Friday, May 20, 2016
Paolo Costagli is a curious case of mixing New York City’s modern landscape with Florentine inspirations swimming in Venetia opulence and romance. In fact, it can literally be that. Paolo Costagli, the founder, grew up in Florence, Italy, fell in love with Venice, and settled in New York City to start his line of exquisite colorful fine jewelry. “Growing up in Florence, my mother would take me to Ponte Vecchio, and we would play a game where she would point to different gemstones and I would have to tell her what they were,” he said, cluing us in to where he got the inspiration for the signature. He recalled being influenced by the art and architecture that painted his hometown, the balance and creativity finding their way to the brand. Paolo Costagli is truly a classic fused with modernity.
Paolo Costagli is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Panerai, the elegant timepiece signature inspired by the Italian frogmen during world war two, is only expected to celebrate watch performance by endorsing one of the glamorous sports around: yacht race. The watch is renowned for its sea-worthiness and depth-defying abilities—it’s used by divers—so the Panerai Classics Yacht Challenge is the perfect showcase for the watch brand. The yacht race spans the blue waters from the Antilles to the Mediterranean. Aside from the Caribbean to Mediterranean crossing, the Panerai Classics will also make a stopover around the legendary Isle of Wight in the U.K., the only stage outside of the ocean-crossing route. Among the prized awards, winners of each stage are given exclusive Panerai watches with stage numbering and the location, such as: Moonbeam IV, Il Moro di Venezia I, ad Manitou and Siren.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Pearl jewelry is often associated with timeless elegance that evokes a vintage or classic appeal. You see one style and you see them all. However, like other jewelry, pearls can be trendy and, in fact, they do follow contemporary styles on how to wear them. One of the latest pearl trends is to wear multiple strands or layering different pearl sizes and colors over each other. We’ve seen this style in many a Hollywood red carpet event. Another trendy style is wearing chandelier pearl pieces, including shoulder-sweeping pearl earrings. Pearl bracelets and bangles are also making a splash in the fashion scene. Yet one more modern pearl style is putting an accent to a pearl necklace, for instance, a brooch or bow. Be creative on your pearl jewelry, especially if it’s a Mikimoto, which guarantees to get attention.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co.in Post Street, San Francisco, Palo Alto, California, and Portland, Oregon.
It’s the very embodiment of the Parmigiani Fleurier style: the Tonda 1950 watch. The streamlined profile fused with seamless forms highlights the elegance and luxury of the brand . Tonda 1950 features a full-stone set in either a 39mm white or pink gold case. You also have five different round diamond sizes to choose for the dial, which are positioned meticulously with the smallest stone at the center and surrounded by larger diamonds. When struck by light, the diamonds create a stunning brilliance that rivals the most elegant jewelry diamond bracelets. On the technical side, Tonda 1950 houses a PF701 automatic movement and a 42-hour power reserve. The strap, meanwhile, can be a mother-of-pearl calfskin or rose gold links. This is a watch that you’d want to show off in a formal evening.
Parmigiani is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Literally, that is, because this Omega celebrates Earth Day by appropriating part of its sales to “save the planet.” The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, a.k.a. “Goodplanet,” comes in two sizes featuring the timepiece signature’s Co-Axial caliber. It’s a good addition to your watch collection, especially that a portion of its proceeds will support the Goodplanet Foundation. Specifically, the watch supports two wildlife projects in Botswana in Africa. The watch’s case is made of grade 5 titanium and its lacquered dials are accented by blue elements to mirror the ocean’s hue. The watch—both sizes—has blue-coated nylon fabric strap with foldover clasps or polished, brushed titanium bracelets. Capping the design, the watch features a nonreflective sapphire crystal cover and screw-down crowns with the iconic Omega symbol.
Omega is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Choosing the right wedding gown can be stressful. There’s a wide array of styles, price ranges, and debate that come to the territory, not the least the amount of time you’ll need. Saying yes to a dress is much easier than otherwise; so, what if your partner chooses a style that you simply know doesn’t cut it. Instead of saying it’s ugly outright, there’s a way to tell her without hurting her feelings. Tell her that she looks better in another dress style. Cite how the other dress highlights her best-looking features and the Mémoire Bridal you’re buying, which the ugly dress cannot achieve. In this scenario, you’re drawing her attention away from the ugly dress and into her good-looking traits. Surely, she cannot argue about her good looks.
Mémoire Bridal is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
If you’re a fan of Roland Garros tournament, and you’re a woman with a taste for luxury, you’ll be happy to know that Longines has a special edition just for you. The Longines Conquest Roland Garros ladies watch celebrates tennis fans with emphasis on the prestigious French Open. The special watch model celebrates the clay court tournaments in Paris, with no less than Stefanie Graf, the brand’s Ambassador of Elegance and champion of the French Open, endorsing it. The watch features a quartz chronograph movement and has a round 36mm stainless steel case. It has a commemorative engraving of “Roland Garros Paris” on the caseback to showcase the exclusivity of this model. The stainless steel strap and rhodium-plated hands add to the glamor and durability of the Longines Conquest edition.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Jewelry fashion is more than just purchasing a single item; it requires a good eye on which pieces are ideal to combine. One of the most elegant jewelry styles you can achieve is by combining yellow gold and sterling silver. Yellow gold provides that brilliance and luxury, gold being traditionally a symbol of opulence. But skin tones within the balanced range—in between the translucent white and pitch black—can diminish yellow gold’s brilliance because both the skin color and gold share a few hints of yellow. To counter this, a sterling silver positioned beside the yellow gold can help accentuate the gold. Likewise, silver’s neutral shine balances the “extravagance” of gold; thus, achieving a more pleasing style. If you want to create the silver-gold stunning combination, John Hardy’s Bracelet Bars are a good start.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Heading to the beach is no longer just about surfing and frolicking under the sun. Especially if you’re going to a luxurious resort, you need to remember the beach is also a showcase of the latest beachwear trends and style. That means wearing signature flip flops and donning wide-brim hats matched with oversized sunglasses. Skimpy bikinis are also hot, but you can use a chiffon beach cover up. Light and single-colored beach dresses are in style, while tassel sarong and playsuits are always pleasing to the eye. Don’t forget to wear the right jewelry; yes, you can add rustic but luxurious pieces to go beyond the bead bracelet-look. Marco Bicego’s travel-themed collections are a perfect example. They’re handcrafted and accentuated by pastel colored gemstones, which can give an added allure to your beach wear fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Asking for her yes is a day you want to be special and almost always the center of attraction is the ring. You want it to be extra luxurious like a Kwiat; however, the whole engagement event also involves other essentials to make the day memorable. The ring may be the focus, but the highlight is what you’ll be saying while holding it to her and you’re on your knees. “Will you marry me?” is cute but you can do better by personalizing the message. Likewise, the venue is important. You may want it extravagant with a lot of pomp or maybe you prefer to keep it simple, just the two of you enjoying the romantic moment. What you wear should also be taken into account, especially in the age of selfies. Remember you’ll be preserving the photos for years; surely, you don’t want to a silly rugged-looking you many years hence.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Met Gala 2016 has come and gone and we, ordinary mortals, are left ogling at the glamorous fashion displayed by celebrities. One of the most exclusive social events in the Big Apple, Met Gala is the must-be and –be seen for many Hollywood celebrities. This year’s theme focuses on fashion “in the age of technology,” or whatever that means. Although the gowns are the centrepieces, the Met is also a big showroom for the best jewelry signatures worn by brand endorsers. One of the highlights is Demi Lovato’s Harry Kotler diamond earrings. The American singer/songwriter and model pairs the diamonds with a sunrise yellow, neo-tech inspired gown. The diamond earrings lend to the high-tech look a soft elegant touch and even highlighting Lovato’s deep brown eyes. Sometimes all it takes is a really nice pair of earrings to hit a fashion high note.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Remember the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre, the watch with an art deco rectangular appeal that you can swivel? The reversible style became popular during the height of the British Empire, when watches were worn during polo plays. The Reverso allows players to protect the glass cover by swivelling the casing around. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso would become the face of this style, and to this day, the only luxury brand offering this design. Interestingly, CEO Daniel Reider said Reverso sales increased three years ago, signalling the watch trend towards vintage styles. To celebrate Reverso’s 85 years in the market, Jaeger-LeCoultre released an anniversary edition, featuring larger casing and fully automatic movements. Likewise, the wearer can customize the monoface and duoface of the watch. Owning a Reverso gives you that exclusivity appeal.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Pink diamonds are rare that wearing them lends to your style an exclusive and luxurious appeal. They are reserved for special occasions, and, unless it’s a wedding or engagement ring, you don’t wear pink diamonds to do your groceries. They are so exclusive that they are a favorite by Hollywood celebrities to brag about their engagement. Nick Cannon gave Mariah Carey a pink diamond ring when he proposed. Blake Lively also sports a pink diamond with a delicate setting. And, of course, who’d forget Ben Affleck’s pink diamond gift to Jennifer Lopez. The beauty of pink diamonds is, although they have color, they match almost any formal dress styles and hues, perhaps, save blue and its shades. Black or white, yellow or red, a formal dress will look even more stunning when paired with pink diamond ring or earrings. JB Star has a line of these ultra-glamorous diamond pieces.
JB Star is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Hearts On Fire recently appointed a new global chief revenue officer in a move that aims to boost the company’s overall profits. The diamond company named Stephen Barraque to the new post last April to oversee Hearts On Fire’s commercial activities worldwide, including retail, sales teams, and business opportunities. Barraque brings to the table years of experience in managing fashion brands, such as, LVMH, Fossil, and Baume & Mercier. “We are so excited to welcome Stephane to our family at Hearts On Fire,” Caryl Capeci, company president, said. On his part, the new global chief revenue officer said Hearts On Fire’s value proposition combined with support from its parent company, Chow Tai Fook, gives the brand a strong market leeway in an industry “that is rapidly evolving toward omnichannel, a new definition of luxury and global branding.”
Hearts On Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
IWC recently unveiled the Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher, its newest watch model. As with style trends today in the watch business, IWC’s newest design is an old iteration of a classic but adding a technological twist to the picture. Single pushers are as vintage as they get, a function used in pocket watches to start, stop, and reset time. The new model features a first for the signature: a single-button chronograph. Likewise, it is discrete, burying the pusher into the crown. The result is a neat clean chronograph with all its power, but with the luxurious appeal of a dress watch. The hand-wound function also adds nostalgia to the watch; some people find wounding their watch daily a soothing therapeutic break from the stress that clutter their days.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
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.
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.
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.