Friday, September 12, 2014
In case you haven’t heard yet, A. Lange & Sohne opened new boutiques in Moscow and New York this autumn. Expectedly, the boutiques are located in a posh neighborhood: in New York’s Madison Avenue; and Moscow’s most exclusive shopping streets, Stoleshnikov pereulok. More than just a showroom, the New York shop is an A. Lange & Sohne manufactory, following the one in Palm Beach, Florida. On the other hand, the Moscow shop targets the growing community of A. Lange & Sohne buyers in Russia, one of the top watch markets in Europe now. Both boutiques feature the brand’s subdued elegance, featuring grey and neutral undertones accented by wood and leather furniture. The freshly installed carpet also adds a warm allure to your watch shopping, while attentive advisors are on hand to help you choose your A. Lange & Sohne.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The first time we saw this John Hardy’s Wide Squeeze Cuff, we’re hooked. Made in sterling silver and 18k gold, it features an engraving of a dragon with African ruby eyes. The cuff’s body, in fact, is an engraving of Balinese culture that features the dragon on a smouldering volcano and a lush greenery of coconut trees and rice terraces provides the backdrop. The engraving pays tribute to 19th century Bali when it was divided into eight kingdoms with each royalty trying to outdo the others with the most elegant and royal jewelry pieces. The kingdoms had since ceased to exist, but the jewelry making practices remain, and this John Hardy cuff is but the latest addition. John Hardy claims it’s only making 75 pieces of these beautiful cuffs. See you in Bali, then?
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When the occasion calls for, well, no occasion, what jewelry gift can you give? Diamonds are too fancy to give someone outside of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and engagements. Earrings and necklaces are a tad formal also to surprise someone for no reason at all. Then there’s the bracelet. It’s a neutral, everyday jewelry piece that a woman can wear at work or in a party, which means it’s the perfect gift just for the sake of giving her something exquisite out of the blue. The Alex Sepkus bracelet fits the bill, a slew of sapphire and natural diamond flora decorates the 18k gold bracelet. It features an intricate pattern reminiscent of Moorish art of the Alhambra. Yes, it’s the perfect luxurious non-occasion gift for your loved one.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Diamonds have a way to make us do something out of the ordinary. For instance, profess our undying love by giving an expensive piece like Christopher Designs to our loved one. But some acts are less than romantic than they are vain. Take the new iPhone 6 encrusted in diamonds. Why would you want your iPhone in diamonds, really? Well, for starters, designer Alexander Amosu studded the phone with about 6,127 small diamonds and one really big diamond dressing up the phone. The big diamond is cut to shape like the Apple logo with a cushion cut, the piéce de résistance. The diamonds are encrusted on a solid 18k yellow gold using a process that took two months. Interested? You can have it for just about $2.75 million. But it still it begs the question—why would you want your phone like it?
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Beautiful diamond jewelry like Suna Bros. didn’t start as refined, seamless pieces. But they do start as one impressive piece, albeit rough on the sides. The jeweler’s challenge is to cut, sharpen, and polish the rough sides to achieve the finished diamond, which is about one-third of its raw size. Since diamonds cannot be fused together, diamond hunters go for lengths to discover the biggest rough diamond. Recently, an astounding 232.08-carat raw diamond was unearthed in South Africa. It’s a Type II D diamond, which means its top quality with no nitrogen impurities and it’s colorless. Experts estimate the price of the raw find at $10 million; it should easily go up once the diamond goes through refinement. The rare discovery is set for bidding between October and December.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
She exudes classic elegance. Her brown eyes and hair highlight her sharp cheeks and angular chin. She’s Chiara Baschetti, Marco Bicego’s model for its 2014-2016 collection. If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s appeared in popular fashion brands, such as, Yves Saint Lauren, Estee Lauder, La Peria, and she also did a stint for Chrysler. Chiara’s Mediterranean looks fits the aura of Marco Bicego’s collections. She has a cosmopolitan style, while she maintains a subtle and reserved personality. Her features are understated but graceful, as a Marco Bicego Marrakesh that fuses gold in one continuing surface. She doesn’t need fancy makeup or dress, she’s is, like Marco Bicego, a beauty in the raw. You can catch Baschetti in Marco Bicego’s print and tv ad campaigns.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
How would you feel when someone gives you an expensive diamond jewelry piece? Ecstatic? Anna Kendrick, the 29-year old star of “Pitch Perfect,” thinks otherwise. That is, a crazed fan sent to her address a pair of diamond earrings. It sounded so creepy that she threw it in the trash. She felt it didn’t feel right to wear it, much less give it to her friend or a family member. The incident sounded like straight from a serial killer suspense script that Anna was sure she did the right thing. And, oh, the diamond gift came with a letter that professed the man’s “love” for her. We wonder though had the diamond been a Stephen Webster, would it find its way to the bin? Perhaps she’d think twice. Last time we heard, refuse collectors are scampering to find Anna’s discarded diamond.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Engagement diamond rings need not be the same old story; rather, they can be infused with modern style, while their classic lines are retained as with Michael M. rings. The diamond signature has a wide array of engagement ring styles, each one with unique quality. The Bicolore Collection, for instance, intertwines gold and platinum as a symbol of the strong partnership in marriage. The metal is set with colored diamond center stones. Trinity Collection, on the other hand, showcases micropave, U-settings and channel-set shanks. Two smaller stones hug a major diamond at the center, creating a masterpiece of detailed work. Likewise, the Princesse Collection exemplifies the best princess-cut diamond ring. Michael M. sets the princess like an inverted pyramid and flanks it with cascading side stones for an impressive finish.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
It’s enough to make you grab that Hearts on Fire you’ve been eyeing and call her to pop the question. One Christmastime, Matthew McConaughey wrapped a ring in eight different boxes deep for Camila Alves, mother to his children. Camila kept on opening each box, and because the family tradition calls for taking turns to open one box in each round, she got to stop opening further for more turns. She was wondering about the fuss with the gift and got the surprise of her life when she opened the last box: the ring. Matthew took the ring, got on his knees and said, “Will you marry me and take my name?” It’s a classic proposal, but still, it packs in a punch that only the most romantic in us can dish out.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Aaron Basha has a line of exquisite leather strap bracelets in which to hang the signature cute charms. The leather straps come in 16 cm leather in various colors. Choose from red, orange, black, blue, brown, purple, and more to match your dress and the charms. The clasp is sold separately, and you have a wide array of clasp designs to match with this simple but elegant strap. Even without a charm, the strap can be used as a wrist highlight when you’re wearing a light colored casual dress. It can also act as a breaker or neutralizer when worn with a set of gold or silver cuffs or bracelets. Of course, it’s best displayed with an Aaron Basha charm, whether it’s an animal, a car, heart, star, train, or any other trivial Aaron Basha creation.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Jennifer Lopez, once spotted wearing a Chimento, has been spotted recently wearing a twinkling set of eyes beside “Dancing with the Stars” Maksim Chmerkovsky at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Fans were quick to ask—is she…wearing the Chimento? Seriously, they want to know if she and he are it? A stolen picture showed the two in a flirty engagement, too close and intimate for “just simply talking.” Predictably, Lopez denied they’re a thing. She said they’re just being flirty in a nightclub. What could be out of the ordinary there, really? Chmerkovsky also denied the rumor and admitted they’re in a bar, she’s sensual and he was easily swayed to admire her flirtatious stance. We cannot blame him, can we? Still, it begs the question—are they it?
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You’re probably aware of the diamond basics: carat, cut, and clarity. If you want to know more about diamonds the better to appreciate it, Kwiat shows you a more advanced assessment of the precious stone. The table is the flat face at the diamond’s top. In charts, you’ll see a table percentage, which indicates the proportion of the table to the diamond’s overall diameter. The girdle is the widest part of the diamond. A diamond chart benchmarks the girdle from thinnest to widest. Wider girdle is preferred because they’re stronger; in fact, finer diamonds even have facets in their girdle. Above the girdle is the crown and below the girdle is the pavilion. The depth is calculated by matching the diamond’s overall height against its widest diameter.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Next time you hear of a woman getting an expensive jewelry like Harry Kotlar, don’t be quick to envy her. A Harry Kotlar, admittedly, is one of the most impressive high jewelry pieces, but it’s not about the brand. Does a show of wealth will make you happy? Confucius once said, “Admirable indeed is a man (or woman) who did not allow his joy to be affected.” But if you go by a study on Chinese wealthy reported in The Economist, between 1990 and 2010, a period of increased wealth up to fourfold among many Chinese, the researchers didn’t find any significant increase in life satisfaction. The study suggests wealth is not easily tied to happiness, but it doesn’t mean it’s also a source of unhappiness. The point is, more than longing for expensive jewelry, long for the reason it’s given to you.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
We’re all familiar with the guy kneeling down and showing an expensive diamond ring like a Mémoire to ask her girlfriend for marriage during a sports event or in an unexpected situation. Well, here’s one for the record. She asked and he was surprised. In 2005, singer Pink took matters in her own hands when she showed up at the Pro 250 class race to cheer for motocross champion, Carey Hart. But she had more in mind than backing him up. Onto the third lap, Pink held a signboard with the words, “Will you marry me?” Confused, Carey went into the next lap only to come across Pink again, this time, holding, “I’m serious!” Carey stopped his bike, ran after Pink and picked his new fiancée. Who said women can’t ask for it?
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, August 29, 2014
If you’re single and looking to meet new girls, there’s no need to try hard and memorize pickup lines to impress them. Rather, be yourself and follow some basic clean rules so you come out as a natural nice guy, not a creepy dude out to stalk someone. First, dress neatly. Keep your hair cut or neatly combed, your mouth fresh, and your clothes clean and pressed. Second, be polite. You’ll be surprised how girls are attracted to men who can still show their chivalric side. Third, pay her a classy compliment. On this regard, it pays to know a bit about what girls like (but not too much or you’ll come across as feminine). For instance, if she’s wearing a Roberto Coin bracelet, give it a casual look and mention the name then move on to the next topic. She’ll think you’re probably a sensitive and sophisticated guy to know about jewelry.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
You got your dream man and now the hard part—how to keep him interested up to that day when he’ll want to give you an A. Link ring. You don’t have to try hard; just be yourself. One good way is to maintain a bit of mystery. Don’t divulge to him all your interests, skills, likes, hates, hobbies, achievements…keep something as a secret and let him discover this. Just when he thinks he’s got you wrapped around his arms, spring a surprise by showing him you play the guitar (just an example). Pamper him a bit (but not too much) by playing around his favorite likes. For instance, he likes spicy food. Without looking obvious eat spicy food with a poker face once in a while and watch his amazement especially that he knows you don’t like spicy. Just keep that glass of water really close.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
After giving her the Cento diamond ring for your engagement, now what? How long does an engagement be to keep a healthy relationship, not the least, prepare your finances for the wedding? Although there’s no definite rule on engagement periods, the general idea is that it’s the preparation for wedding, which is to say, don’t be engaged forever. Around the sixties, seventies, and eighties, engagement lasted between three to five months, just enough time to arrange wedding plans. But today, it can mean years. Our advice? Don’t wait too long to make the relationship cross over to the big day. It’s the level of commitment between the parties that makes engagement work. After all, asking her hand and accepting his request is already the manifestation that you both want to get married. Why wait?
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Guys will do everything to appear romantic in the early stages of a relationship. They’ll give you gifts, even luxury jewelry like Furrer Jacot, to impress you. But once they’re in the relationship, they tend to revert back to their poker-face self. So, how to make your guy romantic forever? There are no fast rules, but try these. Take the lead. Plan a romantic date with you picking the restaurant and the menu. He’s been doing this for so long and he’ll be touched to see you taking charge for once. Make your dates into a game, such as, who can come up with a crazier or more romantic plan. This should put him on his toes to think of new ways for your dates. And if he wins every time, you win.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Attending a formal evening means you have to choose the right dress and wear fashionable jewelry like Penny Preville. But don’t forget the hair. Celebrities are a good source to help you think what hairstyle to wear and what better congregation of celebrity hairstyles than in an Oscar night. Jessica Chastain’s half up and half down style with wavy hangs frames the face and highlights its soft features. Natalie Portman’s princess-like updo with a barrette gives her the vintage class. Stacy Keibler’s off-the-shoulder waves give her a teasing but neat look. Emma Stone’s twisting bun and paired with cat-eye gaze evokes a sweetheart appeal. Lastly, Sandra Bullock’s shiny ponytail she wore in 2012 Oscars proved the style isn’t dead yet. The swing gives her that swagger look.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
As with many things, men and women look at jewelry differently. When a man look at Martin Flyer for example, he thinks of the price and the wealth it projects. A woman looking at the same exact piece thinks of its beauty, fascinated by the diamond’s craftsmanship. The disparity between how men and women look at things has its roots on social biases. Men are trained to be providers, hunters, power brokers, while women are made to believe they need to attract the best man to raise a family; hence, the beauty perspective. For a man, luxury jewelry is a symbol of power and sophistication that reinforces his social stature. On the other hand, a woman sees it as a tool to adorn her, to make her more attractive, to attract attention.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.