Friday, April 29, 2016
Shapes and textures are two important characteristics to look for in a diamond jewelry, particularly wedding rings and engagement rings. The shape of the stone, for instance, is the pivot from where the rest of ring’s style revolves around. A round diamond will have a different setting appeal than, say, an emerald cut one or a princess cut. On the other hand, texture refers to the surface of the diamond, the metal or the overall feel of the piece. Halo diamonds will have a rough surface because of the brilliant diamonds surrounding the major stone. Conversely, a solitaire will have a smoother “feel” because it has less surface than multiple diamonds. The pattern and joints in the precious metal also dictate the texture. Use shapes and textures to guide your preference when buying diamond rings.
Furrer-Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Men have few accessories to wear if they want to appeal to their fashion senses. Unlike women who have a wide range of jewelry pieces, not the least dress styles, men are often stuck with a limited choice in what they can wear. So they have to choose well to project the right image. For a slick, neat and smart look, they can turn to watches that match a good set of well-fit suits and shoes. They can turn to Corum, the Swiss watch, for that classic and elegant look. The Corum Admiral Cup, for example, has simple patterns that reflect confidence and charm at once. It can be paired with a formal wear or daily corporate attire for power dressing. A set of three Corum watches, perhaps, is all a man needs to be stylish the whole time.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co.in Palo Alto, California.
Colored gemstones are the go-to jewelry pieces come this summer. Their bright, playful colors exude a happy, sunny disposition that matches the warmth and clear skies of summer. Wear them daily as part of work dress or on weekend outings to the beach or a simple stroll at the park. Gemstones like sapphires, amethysts, topazes, and citrines can bring to life necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, cuffs, and bangles that are crafted in monotone or two-tone metal such as yellow gold, white gold, platinum, and sterling silver. Eclat has plenty of these gemstone-accented pieces, including: the Red Jade Ring; Three Blue Topaz Ring; Four Sapphire Ring; Blue Topaz Pave Ring; and Green Amethyst Sparkler Necklace. Color your summer this year with these playful jewelry pieces, even as you project style and coolness.
Eclat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Diamonds are carbon-based mineral forged deep in the earth’s bowels for millions of years by extreme heat and pressure. The result is the strongest material on earth known to man. Diamonds get their strength from the unusual arrangement of their facets inside, which number to a dozen or more. Each one supports the rest creating a unified foundation that can withstand the hardness of other solid materials; hence, only a diamond can cut a diamond. The facets also serve another purpose: they bounce off light and in effect create brilliance or “fire” inside the stone. This brilliance can even be made brighter by cutting the diamond in the right angles. This is the secret of Fire & Ice by Forevermark, its diamonds are cut that the facets are precisely angled to reflect the most brilliance.
Fire & Ice by Forevermark is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Some of the best luxury diamond jewelry brands rely on the design and style sensibilities of their artists more than the craftsmanship heritage of the signature. Many of these jewelry companies employ creative minds to help their founders or historical craftsmen to come up with new concepts. In fact, these creative geniuses have, on their own right, become celebrities themselves, and at times, the reason why buyers will want to go for a particular signature. Take Rebecca Selva for Fred Leighton. She’s the Chief Creative Director for the brand, having designed its jewelry pieces that have since been worn by A-list Hollywood stars, namely, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman. Selva is the brains behind Fred Leighton’s signature styles like the Bellperron citrin diamond cuff and pave diamond-encrusted flowers, said to be a favorite by not a few celebrities.
Fred Leighton is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Power dressing is all about projecting confidence, authority, and credibility. It helps you set a high-level benchmark at once when meeting people who come across you for the first time. In the corporate world this is important when meeting with prospects, partners, or suppliers, who you need to impress even before you say a single word. It’s called sublime impression that communicates to the other party of your importance. Sleek suits, leather shoes, neat personal style are all part of power dressing. Likewise, wearing the right watch is important. Often in meetings, people’s eyes stray from looking at you to looking at visual cues about you even unintentionally. If they spot a Breitling Chronomat 41 on your wrist, they know you have class and taste, traits that may aid you to close a deal.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Classic jewelry diamond set on white gold or platinum can be transformed into something less formal by combining it with colorful dresses or bright casual clothes. This way, your wedding or engagement ring can be a part of your summer look. On another note, colored gems look livid when paired with plain clothes for, yet again, another summer style. If you have old jewelry pieces you haven’t worn for a long time, for example, pearls, why not get a couple of beads and string them with sterling silver bangles or bracelets. The pearls’ shiny white gleam will add an elegant accent to silver jewelry. Yellow gold and sterling silver like in an Alex Sepkus collection are also complementary, for instance, a yellow gold earring with a sterling silver necklace can work pretty well.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The gentleman today in the corporate world can be as vain as women. They can clean their face with facial wash, or rub cream on their face before retiring. They can also have liposuction, skin bleach, and other cosmetic surgeries to make them appear younger, healthier; thus, more competitive. Furthermore, the young man of today can be choosy about his clothes. No longer limited to the boring suits of his father’s time, today’s man has a slew of fashionable suits, shoes, and even jewelry to choose from. Although it is now acceptable for men to be vain, the gentleman with confidence doesn’t need all the vain treatments to look good. Sometimes he just needs to wear the right classic stuff, like a Baume & Mercier Classima watch, for instance.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
There are many ways to look fashionable and get the attention of your co-workers. One is to follow the trend. Trends are often started by Hollywood, so wearing something that’s popular among celebrities can make you look popular, too. Two is to create your own style. But this approach may be difficult if you don’t have a natural swag for fashion. Three, which is the road less traveled, is to wear something out of the ordinary. We don’t mean you look like Lady Gaga, but a little added piece to your overall getup can create a stunning look. Tip—wearing a Bell & Ross vintage watch gives you an air of wisdom and confidence. Vintage is a sign of earned experience and that signals to your colleagues that you’re a veteran in the field who commands authority.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Yellow gold has a flair and flamboyance that you have to be careful to match it with less vivid clothes to highlight the jewelry piece’s strength. Yellow gold usually works well with light neutral colors like white, grey, light brown, etc. However, yellow gold may look too vivid when matched with black; it reminds one of the flag of Germany. On the other hand, the jewelry complements primary and secondary colors in their light shades: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and violet. When matched with these colors, yellow gold becomes more striking and the style gives off a lively style that works fine on casual and semi-formal occasions. For luxurious yellow gold, Carrera Y Carrera has a wide selection that features intricate patterns and radiant shine.
Carrera Y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, April 15, 2016
In yet another highlight of A. Lange & Sohne’s renowned watch craftsmanship, the The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater was awarded the Technical Star at the Watchstars Awards 2016 last March. The award was given to Walter Lange for his masterpiece during a media event at the Baselworld show, the world’s premier event for watch signatures. Zeitwerk was critiqued by 51 international watch experts standing as jury; they chose the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater for its renowned reinterpretation of a complication. The timepiece features a Lange LO43.5 manufacture calibre, a lever escapement, with an in-house manufactured shock-resistant screw balance spring that moves at a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour. It is available in black leather strap that highlights the mechanical underpinnings of the complication. This watch is truly a masterpiece.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Who said luxury watches come in round shapes? Not Vacheron Constantin, which has some of the more eccentric shapes in its array of collections. Perhaps the most out-of-the-box shape of them is Heures Creatives line, which has around eight models in varying shapes. One model is shaped as a fan hugging the strap, while another is subtly aligned with the strap, as if the whole watch is just a bracelet. Yet another Heures Creatives model mimics an opulent mirror, reminiscent of the mirror we see in royal bedrooms. Meanwhile, the 1972 Collection also has strange, but surprisingly, elegant shapes. The collection has about seven models, each one shaped as a rectangular in an interesting perspective angle, as if you’re looking at the casing from a 45-degree angle on its left side.
Vacheron Constantin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The beauty of charms lies in their ability to create meaningful gifts or personal purchase out of seemingly trivial items. You can have a travel-inspired charm as a souvenir to your Paris honeymoon, maybe. Or a baby charm to mark the memory of having your first baby. Aaron Basha has a line of these lovely charms that you can easily put meaning with. For example, the Airplane Charm or Ball Fish with Flower Charm can be a special gift to your child’s 6th birthday. He or she can wear the charm from thereon, as part of his or her casual getup at school or in social gatherings. The charm becomes a physical bonding icon for you and your child, reminding both of you of those memorable childhood years.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Aside from its spinning patent feature, Wellendorff is also known for its iconic Ring of the Year collection. We got a glimpse of these luxuriously crafted rings last year, when Wellendorff exhibited the rings to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It was in 1997 when Wellendorff started creating a limited Special Ring edition and engraved with the year. The Special Rings also feature a special motif, such as, angles, butterflies, and fireworks. All the nineteen Special Rings were on display at the Year Exhibition at Gallery last year in Hong Kong. Some of the items mark special events, such as: the handover of Hong Kong to China and the 2015 edition, the Love for Life motif. This year, Wellendorff is releasing only 216 Danke rings for select women, keeping with the collection’s exclusivity appeal.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Heirlooms are not only about physical items that you keep, then pass on to the next generation. It can also be a place. Yes, an actual location that holds a special memory for you and your loved one that you can point to one day to your child. For example, the restaurant where you first dated, or the church where you got married. It can also be your first house as a couple, or the hospital where your first baby was born. It can even be as trivial—but no less memorable—as that bench in the park where you’d spend late afternoons as a young couple. However, this place may one day be gone and it’s beyond your control. So A. Jaffe has a wonderful idea: its Maps Collection allows you to mark the location with a diamond that you can wear as a pendant forever.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 08, 2016
Steven Kretchmer’s Tension Set Collection has a classic and contemporary appeal at once. The ring features a solitaire stone, a traditional style, but the diamond is set differently. Instead of pronged, it is held by two bold platinum “arms,” as if the thumb and point finger holding the stone delicately. The result is an avant garde effect, an ideal style for the modern woman (and man). One of its models, the Omega Flat ring has a half-matte finish and a flattened shank, instead of a rounded shank, that firmly holds the stone (not included). The Omega Flat, as are many of Steven Kretchmer’s collections, is available in 18k yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and platinum. Aside from 0.50ct diamond, the ring can also hold ruby, sapphire round brilliant.
Steven Kretchmer is available at Shreve & Co. on Portland, Oregon.
Baselword is a favorite event to launch a new model by timepiece signatures. Tudor, in fact, rolled out a new watch, the Heritage Black Bay in Bronze, as an addition to its line of vintage-style watches. It’s a first for Tudor to feature a watch with a chocolate-brown dial matched by a bronze case. The new model builds on the theme of its most recent predecessor, the Black Bay Black, and like its cousin models, it is inspired by the Tudor Submarine released and made popular in the fifties. It has a 43-mm casing made of high-grade aluminum bronze alloy and featuring the iconic screw-winding crown with an engraved Tudor rose emblem. The watch is water-resistant for up to 200 meters and features a Caliber MT5601 movement.
Tudor is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Just this March, a scam company in London targeted clueless investors to sell them fancy colored diamonds at inflated prices. The pricing was marked up as much as 550% off industry rates. The company trading as the Coloured Diamond Exchange lured potential investors via cold calling. The company rented out space in London and claimed it has another office in the United Arab Emirates. Worse, after the sale, investors were unable to hear from the company again. The company is said to have made around 77 sales totalling US$1.7 million. Fancy diamonds like yellow, green, red, and blue stones are more highly valued than white diamonds because the latter are rare. However, to make sure you’re getting the right value off fancy diamonds, nothing beats buying them from a signature shop like Suna Bros.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Heritage is important in diamond jewelry making, but it doesn’t mean heritage alone is the mark of a diamond signature. Technology can help improve on heritage, too. Take Royal Asscher, a diamond cut signature renowned since the turn of the twentieth century. For over a hundred years, the Asscher Cut has been the benchmark for many jewelers for square emerald diamond cut featuring 58 facets. But with the help of computer modeling and simulation, the great-grandsons of founder, Joseph Asscher, were able to create a 74-facet square emerald cut. The Royal Asscher Cut was introduced as the new Asscher; with the help of intensive research and technology’s precision measurements, the Royal Asscher Cut elevates further the signature’s square emerald diamond. This diamond cut is patented, ensuring that you’re getting both heritage and modern technology when you buy a Royal Asscher.
Royal Asscher is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sloane Street was launched just a year ago and its collections quickly garnered the attention of jewelry fans and collectors. The signature is the brainchild of a mom-and-daughter duo based in Corona del Mar, CA, featuring collections of semi-precious stones. Charlotte Gadbois, the daughter, said that people like the fresh approach of the brand in combining colors. “It’s feminine and so wearable. You can dress it up and dress it down,” she said in an interview with OrangeCoast.com. She said that although Sloane Street has a timeless appeal, they have a line of collections that caters to color trends. This makes Sloane Street a good choice when you need to shift from classic to contemporary as often as you want for myriad everyday but varying style.
Sloane Street is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.