Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Sepkus for Men

Posted by 10:10:55 AM in Alex Sepkus (21)

There's an avant-garde feel about Alex Sepkus' men's jewelry collection. At the same time, the lines are bold and the style is reminiscent of ancient artifacts, with solid shapes of rounds and squares dominating the design layout. From cufflinks to rings and bracelets, the Alex Sepkus men's line is rich in details. For one, the 18k gold band (6mm wide) is rustic yet elegant. It can be worn on a casual evening or an important cocktail event. Likewise, platinum Stone Windows band (7.5mm wide) exudes a tough, rough surface, which works well with a black-tie or white-tie party. The Temple Wall 18k gold band (9mm wide) is equally elegant in a formal evening. You also have a choice to be playful with your Alex Sepkus, namely by wearing a fly and beetle cufflinks with sapphire accents. 
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

John Hardy for Him

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in John Hardy (20)

Thinking what to give him on his special day? John Hardy, the Bali-inspired jewelry brand, has a full line of men's jewelry for your special one. From rings to pendants and bracelets, John Hardy is sure to impress even the rugged guy. The materials are in silver or 18k gold accented by gemstones including black chalcedony, sapphire, and turquoise. Likewise, the line is featured in three iconic John Hardy collections: Classic Chain, Dot, and Naga. From $300 to $3,000, the pieces range from simple beaded bracelet to the luxurious silver link bracelet. He can wear it whether he's out meeting a client or attending a formal party. He can even take the piece out to his  outdoor adventures, either while deep diving or rock climbing. This jewelry is one tough piece with a touch of elegance.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Collecting Marco Bicego for the First-Timer

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Marco Bicego (20)

If it's your first time to start collecting a line of Marco Bicego, we recommend that you start with Unico, the rustic, unique line of colored gemstones. Each stone is uniquely shaped and crafted into 18k yellow or white gold with unusual shapes. The first time you see this collection, you know at once what Marco Bicego stands for: novel, rustic, free-spirited. Unico jewels are hand engraved using the traditional Bulino technique. Gemstones range from cushion cut sapphires to a wide array of emeralds, aquamarines, and tanzanites. The color display is mesmerizing whether you're wearing an Unico necklace, pair of earrings, or ring. Marco Bicego's Unico brings elegance to a casual fashion or, conversely, it brings playfulness in a formal event. It's that unique personality and charm that makes the signature one-of-a-kind collectible.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Largest Christopher Designs Diamond Exhibited

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Christopher Designs (21)

Christopher Designs impressed participants and viewers at the Luxury Review in Manhattan last year with its largest cut diamond: a 20-carat luxurious stone. To give you a perspective, the diamond almost occupies half of a standard size palm. Margaret Becker of Christopher Designs said the diamond is part of the company's signature style, the patented CrissCut, which allows the diamond to maintain its natural shape, while creating an optimized formation of the facets for greater brilliance. The oversize diamond share the same features in proportion to the jewelry pieces that Christopher Designs sell in its shop. “You get more color and fire than regular stones,” Becker added. The event further cemented the jewelry brand's signature, especially among New York's elite, who know what Christopher Designs stands for: ultimate luxury in its category. 
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

The Pheasant Revolution

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Stephen Webster (22)

Stephen Webster introduces one of the most inspiring jewelry lines of late: MagniPheasant. It's a depiction of the exotic bird's multicolored plumage, a species found in the English countryside. The feathers are represented by 18k white gold with mutli-color marquise-cut gemstones and tipped in pave diamonds. The items are rustic as they are elegant that fit the most luxurious cocktail evenings. This collection offers more than a dozen styles, from the simple lines of Plumage Collar and Pave Short Necklace to the complex color display of Feathers Collar and Feathers Cocktail Ring. We fell in love with the Feathers Long Pendant in 18k white gold, black spinels and white diamonds. Likewise, the Plumage Cocktail Open Ring is impressive in a marquise-cut tanzanite, pear shape tanzanite, and white diamond pave.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Uniqueness of a Diamond

Posted by 9:30:00 AM in Kwiat (21)

Diamonds are made more precious because no two stones are alike. Moreover, when raw diamonds go through the jewelry manufacturing process, the difference is even highlighted with miniscule variations in cut and clarity. In effect, when you own a diamond jewelry, it's likely a unique piece. Kwiat celebrates this individuality in its line of engagement and wedding collections. Each jewelry piece has its own mesmerizing display of refracted light dispersed through a brilliant spectrum of flashes in the crown. A Kwiat diamond is cut at a precise angle and size to maximize the light display and meet the standards set by the Gemological Institute of America. Aside from the rings, you have a wide selection of Kwiat pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins to make your fashion a stand alone in the room.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Highlight of Your Moment

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Michael M (19)

Michael M. has been offering a range of fine jewelry collections for years now. Founded in 2008, the company has build up a reputation for engagement and wedding jewelry, notably the white diamond and sapphire collections, that feature sophisticated modern undertones. If Michael M.'s collection seems a perfection that goes beyond seven years in the industry, that's because the founder has been perfecting his craft for over twenty-five years now long before he started the company. This extensive experience is reflected in the signature regal European shank and Dreaming in Color line. Its finest diamonds are set in platinum, 18k white gold or yellow gold for that ultimate luxury feel. When you give or wear a Michael M. you are wearing the highlight of the event, whether you are getting engaged or married.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Fancy Baby Shoes

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Aaron Basha (21)

Some follow the yellow brick road to their imaginings, while others go to 680 Madison Avenue to see baby shoes and ladybugs transformed into fanciful jewelry. Grandmas, mothers, daughters, women across ages find Aaron Basha a delightful set of charms for their magical collection. The signature jewelry has been creating detailed stud sets, charms, and accessories with focus on shoes, lady bugs, and the evil eye made in 18k gold, platinum, French emerald, diamond, and other gems. Aaron Basha, the owner, is also known to help clients herself, when she's around her magical shop in Madison. She'll help you start a collection that you can build up up to your old age, then, pass this collection to the next generation as an heirloom. Aaron Basha's pieces are also ideal as a sentimental gift to a special loved one.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Contemporary or Classic?

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Chimento (19)

Can't decide which jewelry style to wear: contemporary or classical? Either style has its specific traits and the best way to choose the right fit is to base it on your personality. If you find yourself in this dilemma, think of Chimento. It is both stylish and comfortable, while offering an array of pieces that creates a fusion of modern lines with a touch of classic aura. There is an attention to detail in its contour lines that make your fashion look sharp and elegant. Chimento uses 18k gold and other precious metals and gems and shape them into its signature look. Whether you are a novice in fine jewelry or a client for decades now, you'll find Chimento a premium find for its style, comforts, and continuous releases of new lines.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Is This the World's Most Perfect Diamond?

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Hearts on Fire (20)

It claims to have the world's most perfectly cut diamond. Hearts On Fire backs its claim with decades of traditional jewelry craftsmanship and the use of precision technology to create a line of diamond jewelry  with accurate measurements down to the minute details. The company only chooses the most transparent diamonds with a 0.002% miniscule fraction to get the best glow. Furthermore, only 400 master craftsmen today are qualified to create a Hearts On Fire piece. They cut and polish raw diamonds at 100x magnification compared to the industry benchmark at 10x. The result is a deep dazzle of light in each diamond the company referred to as “Ten Table Diamond.” That means if you put a Hearts On Fire diamond ten tables away from a candlelight, the gemstone will still reflect an array of dancing light.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Pave Mémoire

Posted by 12:10:00 PM in Mémoire (21)

Have you been impressed by Mémoire's Petite Prong mounting, considered one of the finest in the industry? If you own a Mémoire diamond ring, whether an engagement or wedding band, then you understand what style in luxury means. But Mémoire isn't just about prone mounting, it has a full line of equally impressive pave settings. The Pave Silk Collection features classic pave styles in varying carat weights and band width. The pave diamonds are set in two rows, three rows, four rows, and up to five rows, and cover half of the length of the band. All styles feature round diamonds. The band, on the other hand, is either in 18k yellow gold or white gold. A platinum 950 is also available for utmost luxury.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Cento, Roberto Coin's Masterpiece

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Cento (17)

If Roberto Coin is renowned for its novel and stylistic approach in its gold and diamond jewelry collections, one line stands out as exquisitely conservative, the Cento. The symmetry and settings are hallmarks of highly skilled traditional jewelry artists and craftsmen, a talent honed from years of practice under the best mentors. Perhaps this is best reflected by the engagement ring line. You have an array of solitaire, pave, trilogy, and tulip styles to choose from to match your fancy. The bands are equally stunning, they are polished to glimmering 18k white gold. A close look at the setting and meeting point of metal and stone reveals the attention to detail and fluid symmetry of the two elements to become a single masterpiece in the hands of Roberto Coin master jewelers.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

The Steps to a Perfect Furrer Jacot

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Furrer Jacot (17)

Furrer Jacot gives you a peek in its website how each of its diamond wedding bands and engagement rings go through the process from design to finished masterpieces. You can feel the intensity and passion that go in each step of the creative and manufacturing work flows. An artist illustrates a design study and renders it in color. It's the first step, yet you can already feel the 3D luxury on paper. Next, you see the raw metal being cut with precision using a high-temperature stream of flame to shape and make the metal fluid. A master jeweler examines up close the half-finished metal piece to look for minute imperfections. Once the band is perfected, a setter delicately puts the diamond in place, a tedious and skillful technique that only an experienced jeweler can perform with unblemished result.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

A Truly Luxurious Ring

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Harry Kotlar (21)

How do you fancy a 10.11 carat radiant cut diamond platinum ring? Harry Kotlar recently created one of the most stunning diamond rings with the release of Harmone. Just how luxurious is this piece? It doesn't have a published price, you have to call for a quote. This exclusive work is reserved for one who believes price is no issue when it comes to luxury. If this is you, then you can delight on two rows of pave diamonds that cover the entire length of the platinum band, culminating at a three-stone centerpiece. The thee-stone features a central radiant cut yellow gold diamond between two smaller stones. Total carat weight including the band is 12.04 with clarity set at VS2. This ring truly deserves a second look.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Pois Mois

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Roberto Coin (23)

What happens when you combine 18k yellow gold, the retro “television shape” of the fifties, and an avante-garde style? You get Pois Mois, one of the classiest lines of Roberto Coin, the chic and ultra-modern jeweler prized for its innovative styling. The lines are clean and defined, you can examine the surface on close scrutiny and you'll realize the patterns and dimples are strikingly uniformed. Likewise, the encrusted small diamonds are carefully set, sturdy and stylistic at once. Pois Mois is best known for the squarish cuffs, but the line also features circular necklace pendants, aptly called the Circle of Life. The length is standard at 45cm with the gemstones varying in pattern and placement. You can easily feel a sense of ultimate luxury in these yellow gold masterpieces.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

From Vienna with Perfection

Posted by 7:33:15 AM in A. Link (18)

To the untrained eye a diamond is a diamond. But to the masters, an A. Link stone is a cut above the usual. It uses a 60/60 table and depth cut that gives the diamond more dazzle even in the dark with a hint of light. The ratio creates the ideal balance between weight and refraction, creating an extra sparkle not found in standard cuts. Likewise, the cut maximizes polish, culet, symmetry, and girdle, all prized by jewelry retailers in the U.S. This technique is brought to the country by Adolph Link from Vienna in the mid-1890s. Using the skills and techniques he learned from Europe's master jewelers, Link would create one of America's luxurious diamond jewelry, whose color, clarity, and craftsmanship match the benchmarks of the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gem Society.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Europe's Classical Jewelry

Posted by 7:31:53 AM in Wellendorf (23)

Did you know that each Wellendorff collier requires a gold wire the length of two football fields? That's the amount of luxury put into each Wellendorff piece, a brand that dates back to the nobility of nineteenth century Europe. When you wear this signature, you're wearing a masterpiece that had mesmerized the German high class of past centuries, who would ride with their entourage past Baden-Baden, a quaint town renowned for goldsmiths. One of these jewelers was Ernst Alexander Wellendorff, who created numerous classical and timeless jewelries that had impressed Europe's nobility and royalty. Today the same masterpiece is handed down to you by his great-great grandchildren. When you wear a Wellendorff, you're wearing one of Europe's most luxurious brands with a history of excellence and classical pride.
Wellendorf is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.

Prehistoric Jewelry

Posted by 7:30:09 AM in Penny Preville (23)

Study shows that wearing jewelry isn't vain at all. In prehistoric times, people would wear them as a form of identify. For instance, bead necklaces and bracelets had less fancy roles to the bearers; the jewelry signifies which tribe they belong or which class. It could have also symbolized accomplishments, like number of kills for a warrior. The jewelry was even more important to identify their wearers when they're killed or gone missing to give clues to those who were looking for them. So when you see someone wearing a signature jewelry, for instance a woman showing off her Penny Preville platinum piece, she has thousands of years of reasons behind her. She may as well be identifying herself to belong to a tribe: that of classy women.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

A Refresher on Engagement Ring Types

Posted by 7:26:15 AM in Martin Flyer (18)

Not all engagement rings are the same. Here are the different types, each one evokes its own meaning. Solitaire is a single gemstone set in the ring, which is classic and exudes timelessness and confidence. Three-stone is a gemstone set in the middle between to smaller gemstones. It's flashier than solitaire; hence, fits someone who wants to show off a bit of his love. A Channel, on the other hand, is a group of small diamonds set along a crevice or channel. It's sturdy and works well for a someone who's into sports or outdoor activities. The Shared Prong is a diamond held above the ring by prongs, which lets in more light, reminiscent of a vibrant lifestyle. Lastly, the Micro Pave shows a large diamond surrounded by small diamonds and metal beads. It reminds one of antiquity, a symbol of opulence reserved for the truly luxurious. Martin Flyer can tell you more about the subtle differences among these types.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Taking Back the Engagement Ring

Posted by 6:39:36 AM in Kirk Kara (18)

Can you reclaim the engagement ring if the relationship takes a sour turn? Legal experts believe so, arguing that the ring is a conditional gift, a contract that has to be fulfilled. In legal terms that means marriage. If the deal is off, under property laws, so is the engagement ring ownership bestowed on the recipient, your partner. But there are loopholes, so said some romantics. If the ring is offered during a holiday, such as, Valentine’s Day or Christmas, when proposals are common, the ring becomes a gift and cannot be retaken. It's an inconvenient issue nobody wants to talk about, not the man who's down on his knees, a Kirk Kara in his hand and whose main worry is how to get the coveted yes at the moment.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.