Friday, December 13, 2013
For over 150 years, the German watchmaking company of A. Lange & Sohne has kept its place as one of the world’s best high-end watch manufacturers. In a field where the competition is stiff and the task is demanding, this isn’t quite an easy feat and could only be done by keeping the highest quality and standards. What sets this brand apart is its distinctive movement design. Aside from a few models, all Lange watches have mechanical movements. These movements are made from an alloy of copper and nickel known as “German Silver” which gives the movements their unusual color and sheen. Lange watch cases are made of gold or platinum. The timepieces contain distinctive features such as an asymmetric layout without any overlapping among its key indicators. For instance, a dial displays the hours and minutes while a lesser dial displays seconds. Simply yet luxuriously designed, the Lange & Sohne’s high quality watches remain a benchmark for classic watchmaking excellence.
Find A. Lange & Sohne at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
For almost a century now, Suna Brothers has been creating exquisite jewelry pieces from the world's rarest gem stones. Generations of the Suna family have worked closely together to uphold the tradition of excellence established by Kennel and Joel Suna, founders of the Suna Bros. The outstanding quality and the exquisitely timeless beauty of their designs are only a couple of the reasons why Suna Bros’ engagement rings and bands have been the choice of couples for decades. Made exceedingly durable and beautifully seamless through their die-struck process, the mountings of their rings and bands are handcrafted from the finest platinum or gold. Each precious stone is carefully handset into the mounting leaving no gaps between the gems. Beneath each gem is a handcut, pyramid-shaped opening or jour which allows light to enter and then cause the stone to sparkle brilliantly. Draw out a woman's inner sparkle the way Suna Brothers draws out a gem's beauty.
Find them at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto - authorized retailer for Suna Brothers.
Marco Bicego’s creative ingenuity is beautifully expressed in the interplay of sheen and texture between the yellow gold and the vibrant gemstones of his Murano Collection. Beautifully hand-engraved in the time-tested Bulino technique, the textured gold in interspersed by polished gold elements and dramatically enhanced by gemstones that reflect the Venetian Sea in its many moods - from its deep, mysterious shades at dawn to the sun-blushed tints of dusk. The 18K yellow gold of this Murano bracelet is handcast into round-edged geometric shapes that envisage smooth pebbles on a golden beach. The polished gold elements provide contrast to the fine texture of the hand-engraved 18K gold while irregularly-faceted topaz, amethyst, quartz and tourmaline, among others, lend their vibrant beauty to this exquisite work of art.
Marco Bicego’s fabulous Murano Collection is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
John Hardy takes the best of two worlds as the brand successfully blends traditional Balinese jewelry–making techniques with Western designs and concepts. The distinctive modern oriental look of John Hardy creating this exemplary brand’s definite appeal. Palu in Balinese means “to hammer”. It is also an age-old Balinese jewelry-making technique of rhythmic hand-hammering that transforms gold’s surface into undulating dunes of a sun-kissed golden beach or silver into a rippling moonlit lake. This ancient technique is the inspiration for John Hardy’s appropriately-named Palu Collection. The interplay of light and shadow on the precious metal’s surface is the focal point of this breathtaking collection. Superbly handcrafted in fine silver and gold and shaped to emulate the moon’s cool beauty and the sun’s shimmering brilliance, the Palu Collection beautifully expresses John Hardy’s love for natural elegance.
Find John Hardy at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Over the years, engagement rings have been given as a symbol of everlasting love and devotion. No one really knows when this symbolic tradition began but ancient Egyptians used to give engagement rings made of bone or ivory. Now, engagement rings are made of precious metals such as gold or platinum and enhanced by the brilliance of diamonds. Diamonds are the perfect gems for engagement rings. The enduring rock, whose beauty outshines all others when handled with expertise and care, appropriately symbolize enduring love. Christopher Designs understands that an engagement ring is not only a symbol of a couple’s love for each other but a statement of personal style as well. The company constantly strives to create unique bands of exemplary quality and elegant designs that would satisfy even the most discriminating customer. Creating the breathtaking diamond cut called the Crisscut, founder Christopher Slowinski has added the spectacular beauty of this brilliant gem to his fabulous array of engagement rings and bands.
If you wish to give only the best, find Christopher Designs at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
“When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book”, says Alex Sepkus. And like outstanding books, his fabulous jewelry creations entrance us with their timeless magic. Meticulously handmade, each original piece tells a beautiful story in precious gold or platinum and vibrant gemstones. Every detail is carefully designed and finely-executed. Alex Sepkus’ team of highly-talented craftsmen frequently use microscopes to execute the fine details and the unique hand finishing that give his pieces their distinct appeal. Sepkus’ creations do not conform to any standard style or design for each piece is like a personal statement that touches a responding chord within the wearer and makes her feel that the jewelry piece was made especially for her. The Alex Sepkus Gold Pathway Ring, for instance, takes us to the flagstoned pathway of an ancient temple of a bygone area.
Alex Sepkus’ unique creations are available at Shreve & Co in Post Street in San Francisco - authorized retailer for Alex Sepkus.
After honing his skills as an apprentice at the famous Hatton Garden of London, Stephen Webster has risen to become one of the leading designers of the industry and the creative director of the crown jeweller, Garard. Drawing on his vast experience and inimitable artistry, Stephen Webster creates jewelry designs that are innovative and bold yet brimming with elegant appeal. Intricately-detailed, his designs bring into focus the intrinsic beauty of gemstones, lending lustrous flairs to each piece. His 18K rose gold Poison Apple Necklace is dramatically adorned by deeply-luscious pave rubies shimmering against a black rhodium setting, while its polished rose gold stalk is topped by a single, brilliant white diamond. The apple locket has a top opening detail. A logo-engraved tag together with a lobster claw fastening complete its 20-inch chain. As its name suggests, this glamorous Stephen Webster jewel intoxicates the senses.
Stephen Webster’s luscious jewels are available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, November 29, 2013
When you purchase a Furrer-Jacot band, you are purchasing a piece of superb craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry created by Furrer-Jacot has behind it a tradition of fine craftsmanship that has been passed down from one generation to the next for over 155 years. Blending age-old techniques with innovative high technology, Furrer-Jacot adheres to its tradition of excellence and unsurpassed quality. Every aspect of the jewelry pieces are made one ring at a time by highly-skilled jewelers at the company’s shops in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Unique and individualized, Furrer-Jacot’s dramatic designs are made for the people who are not afraid to stand out. Extremely eye-catching, the bands are a pure luxury to wear such as the Men’s Brushed Chain Link Wedding Band which is superbly crafted in 18K yellow, white or rose gold. This highly-unique band has a satin smooth finish that fells extremely comfortable against the skin.
Visit Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco to find the Furrer-Jacot band just for you.
From Roberto Coin’s flair for beauty and excellence comes an astounding gem – the Cento Diamond. Taking the brilliance of this beautiful gem to a higher level, the Cento has twice as many facets as the traditional 57-facet diamond. Boasting of 37 facets on the table and an astounding 63 facets around its pavillion, Cento dazzles with its brilliance and fire. Its facets create a symmetrical floral pattern at the heart of the gem. Made from flawless to nearly-flawless stones, this cut is applied to diamonds over 0.07 carats. Roberto Coin chooses only colorless diamonds to bring out the Cento’s ultimate beauty. Seeming to say “I Love You” a hundred times over, the Cento C-profile Solitaire Ring is made of platinum with a 4-prong C-profile setting that securely holds the centerstone, which is often accented by smaller diamonds. Roberto’s signature ruby on the inside of the band completes this fabulous piece.
Propose with a Cento Diamond from Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Roberto Coin, Italian jeweler and designer, signs his jewelry creations with a small ruby or rubellite in a hidden position that will surely touch the wearer’s skin. With this ruby, Roberto Coin pays tribute to the passion and joy of living which he also exemplifies in his jewelry designs. Many myths and legends surround this vibrant gem. Since ancient times, the ruby has symbolized love, passion, vivacity and power. A ruby’s red glow seems to come from flames deep within it, never to be extinguished, making it a symbol of everlasting love. Ancient Egyptians believed that when a ruby is worn next to the skin, it would bring its wearer happiness, health and good fortune as well as success in affairs of the heart while Burmese warriors protected themselves by inserting rubies under their skin. Roberto Coin brings the mystique of these ancient myths and legends to his vibrant jewelry creations.
Experience the mystique of Roberto Coin at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The A. Link Lattice Eternity Band is an elaborate and elegant symbol of commitment and love. The band is masterfully crafted from high grade platinum and has a shared-prong mounting that shows off the maximum surface of A. Link's Forevermark Diamonds. The Forevermark Diamond marks a long tradition of diamond expertise maintained for over 125 years. Each diamond is hand-selected and meticulously scrutinized, which is why only 1% of the world’s diamonds become Forevermark. The beauty of these stunning gems are given center stage in each A. Link jewelry piece allowing them to sparkle and dazzle. With its long tradition of outstanding craftsmanship and elegant designs, A. Link creates precious jewelry that last for more than a lifetime. Their timeless beauty have always been meant to last in elegance unfazed by time.
Find your Link Lattice Eternity band and other A. Link pieces at Shreve & Co in Palo Alto.
A woman once wrote about a jewelry piece she owned that survived the flames that had ravaged her home. The jewelry piece which had been a gift to her was a Wellendorff Collier with a little golden angel. Inspired by her story, Wellendorff launched its Golden Angel Collection. Finely-crafted in the Wellendorff tradition of excellence and classic beauty, each ring in this collection holds a touching secret – a little golden angel beautifully etched inside the band. A heavenly host like secret guardians in each band brings a sense of security and warmth to its wearer. The Golden Angel Collection exemplifies Wellendorff’s long tradition of superb craftsmanship and outstanding quality which this family-owned company has upheld for more than a hundred and twenty years. As in all Wellendorff creations, each piece in the Golden Angel Collection carries the Wellendorff logo – a diamond W. The most costly trademark in the world, the Wellendorff W is crafted from 18K gold and adorned with a full-cut diamond.
Discover your Wellendorff Angel at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Byzantine – the word brings to mind vaulted cathedrals and arched palaces with perfectly-shaped domes and buttresses, all intricately decorated and shimmering with colorful mosaics. In this ancient Empire, lavish jewelry were made of gold, bronze, or enamel set with pearls, rubies, emeralds, and other precious gems. The regal yet romantic designs of this bygone era inspired Penny Preville’s Byzantine Collection. Expertly fusing old world techniques with contemporary designs and accents, Penny individually designed the luxurious pieces of this collection. Precious metals such as 18K white, yellow or rose gold and platinum were exquisitely crafted into fine details to create fabulous scroll bangles, teardrop-shaped earrings, delicate chains and eye-catching bands. The exquisite pieces are further enhanced by the shimmering hues of pink and blue sapphires, brilliant diamonds, pearls and moonstones. “My goal is to keep designing pieces that will make a woman look and feel fabulous,” Penny Preville once said. Her breathtaking Byzantine Collection not only makes a woman feel fabulous – it makes her totally feel like a woman.
Penny Preville’s Collections are available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Forever in perfect fit – that is the Flyer Fit Collection. For over 65 years, Martin Flyer has provided the highest quality of engagement rings and wedding bands for couples who wish to tie the knot. This exemplary brand took one step further when it launched its Flyer Fit Collection in 2006. With a unique design that the company has developed, Flyer Fit engagement ring and wedding band sets are made to fit perfectly together without awkward gaps in between, fusing two rings into one fabulous design. Moreover, the rings are handcrafted from the finest gold or platinum and set with rare Hearts and Arrows Ideal Cut Diamonds. These diamonds are cut to ideal proportions with a superior optical symmetry, polish and a specific faceting pattern that gives an illusion of eight perfectly symmetrical arrows on its crown and eight symmetrical hearts on its pavilion. This rare diamond cut gives added allure and value to Martin Flyer’s Flyer Fit Collection.
Find your perfect Flyer Fit set at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The story of Kirk Kara has reached far beyond America in its century-old existence. Since 1890, the brand has been perfecting the art of handcrafting rings and fine jewelry. The company’s many awards such as its 6-time Jewelers Choice Award attest to this admirable perfection. Kirk Kara’s excellence lies on its excellent gemologists and craftsmen, time-tested crafting methods and innovative design. One of Kirk Kara’s collections, Pirouetta, captures the grace and joy of dancing with dainty diamond rings set on platinum. Different shades of gold are balanced delicately in the design to achieve a noticeably unique look. The designs are replete with elegant details, emulating the rare and graceful poses and shapes of a joyful dance. Indeed, the woman who receives a Kirk Kara ring is sure to dance with glee as well.
Find Kirk Kara at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
David Yurman grew up on Long Island, sold sculptures in the school cafeteria and started working with other artists like Ernesto Gonzales when he was about 16 years old. It was not, however, until the early 1970s that the brand has started to sell artistic jewelry. The first significant jewelry pieces David Yurman made were a pair of earrings for his wife, which he had initially had been reluctant to reproduce and sell. Thankfully, Sybil his wife had always been entrepreneurial as well as artistic. It was partly due to her influence that the eponymous brand came into being. In 1982, David Yurman introduced the cable bracelet, and now that is the brand’s undisputed bestseller and iconic design.
Find David Yurman at Shreve & Co in Portland Oregon - authorized retailer for David Yurman.
Obtaining a Carrera y Carrera jewelry piece is being part of an awesome creative process. Each piece of the Spanish brand’s collections is an end-result of meticulous and seasoned gold craftsmanship. It was this crafting prowess and creative excellence that turned Carrera y Carrera into a world renowned icon for awe-inspiring luxury jewelry. In the brand’s Madrid workshop, the finest goldsmiths gather and create masterpieces loaded with their own artistic and sensitive expression. Not only do these masterpieces bear the marks of their creators, they are also formed as the fruits of technological, gemological and jewelry-making expertise gained through years upon years of experience. At face value, Carrera y Carrera is a fine name associated with outstanding creativity in gold. When you look even deeper, you realize that the pieces only reflect the profound and everyday wonders of life.
Keller & George is an authorized retailer for Carrera y Carrera.
A. Jaffe’s breathtaking 120-year story through 4 differently beautiful eras is reflected in the company’s noteworthy collections: Classics, Art Deco, Seasons of Love and Metropolitan. These collections reflect the evolutions that A. Jaffe has lived through in keeping strides with the changing times. From classic to experimental to modern pieces, the A. Jaffe jewelries stand out with life and authenticity that comes only with a jewelry-maker’s seasoned expertise. Different as they are, one theme unifies the A. Jaffe pieces. And that is, the A. Jaffe woman. Every romantic and timeless design is created for the day’s sophisticated lady who values the worth of a diamond and appreciates the intricacies of its making. She has the eye for the extra-ordinary and knows how to achieve them. That’s right, A. Jaffe is dedicated to women and inspired by women.
Find A. Jaffe at Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon.
There is more to pearly elegance than just black and white. Mikimoto has proven this all along with its collection of exquisite golden and conch pearls. For its 120th anniversary, the Mikimoto takes a whole new level of exploration on colors with its Four Seasons collection. The selection features one-of-a-kind pieces that capture the brilliance and beauty of nature. Mikimoto evokes the organic and asymmetric beauty using colored precious stones based on masterfully crafted bases of yellow gold. Since they are known throughout history as ‘living gems,’ pearls naturally exude Mother Nature’s timeless serenity. The brand displays this artfully in the Four Seasons collection. Mikimoto’s high-grade cultured pearls take center stage among the colorful floral tapestry like immaculate ladies of the earth.
Find the Four Seasons and other Mikimoto collections at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – an authorized retailer for Mikimoto pearls.
‘It’s complicated,’ in most cases, is a negative remark. Unless you are talking about a watch. Then complication becomes the major consideration that tips a timepiece’s fate towards your good favor. Piaget, the luxury watchmaking company founded by George Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland 139 years ago, prides itself in its heritage of world class complications and ultra-thin watches. The Piaget Emperador Cushion-shaped watch deserves its royal title well. The 46.5mm gold case houses a Piaget manufactured 855P ultra-thin, self-winding mechanical perpetual calendar movement. Its elegant blue dial displays retrograde day and date counters, as well as a second time zone window that proves useful for travelers in getting into the right zone without upsetting the perpetual calendar. The sapphire crystal caseback allows a glimpse of the watch’s mechanisms, an intricacy as interesting as its superbly finished and beautifully readable dial.
Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco is an authorized retailer for Piaget Emperador and other complications.