Saturday, March 28, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Luxury jewelry doesn't have to be all serious and predictable. David Yurman, a contrarian of the industry, knows that jewelry can be fun, even childish. Taking off from its Beatnik and care-free heritage, David Yurman plays with colors and creativity to give us the Seduced by Vibrance Collection. Gemstones are mounted on twisted cables highlighting a playful affair. You have a range of stones to choose from: turquoise, amethyst, and citrine are but a few of these semi-precious stones. The collection evokes bold but elegant strokes you can wear on formal or casual dress. Wearing David Yurman is more than just adorning yourself with luxury; it's an attitude that showcases your confidence. Collect this David Yurman line and watch curious eyes try to figure out your jewelry.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Wearing pearls requires confidence, which is often earned through years of dabbling in luxury pearl jewelry. If you're drawn to pearls for the first time, your best bet is to try Mikimoto, the Japanese signature renowned for South Sea Pearls in white or black. Its pearls exude a subdued light at their core amidst an unblemished surface. Trust Mikimoto to find you the right pearl strand for your neckline for formal evening or casual wear. You can choose from a variation of long and short strands. The Choker at 16 inches is perfect for women with thin and long necks, while the 18-inch Princess is an option. Likewise, the 22 to 24-inch Matinee works well if you have a more robust neckline and shoulder, as does the 30-inch Opera necklace create a linear illusion to make you appear thinner. Discover more options with Mikimoto.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Watchmaking is as much an art as it is an engineering marvel. This, Piaget takes to heart with the Protocole XXL Paris and New York featuring enameled painting on a Piaget timepiece. The miniature painting is applied on 18k white or yellow gold to highlight the opulence of the piece. Notwithstanding the signature style of Piaget and the remarkable mechanism inside the watch, the painting lends to the piece more exclusivity and luxury to an already luxurious item. Far from stealing attention from the watch, the enamel art enhances the overall smooth sophistication of a Piaget watch The workmanship requires a high-level skill. Each enameled piece is kiln-fired twenty times to achieve the shine and unblemished finish. The timepiece comes with a hefty price tag, as do all works of genius must.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Your marriage has faced challenges and problems since the moment you slipped the ring into your partner's finger. If your marriage has survived for more than ten years now, a celebration should be in order. Relive your commitment by giving her another ring, an A. Jaffe to show her that the best of times in your marriage are still ahead. An A. Jaffe luxury ring symbolizes of your growing love for her. You can choose from the different styles of the A. Jaffe Eternity Collection, from classic to contemporary, such as bubble diamond styles to stackable rings in vine motif. The design is elegant, which is sure to excite her yet again as the both of you look forward to another committed ten years in your marriage.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Spanish has the unenviable position of playing second fiddle to French and Italian design, but in jewelry, this Spanish signature can match the most luxurious European jewelry today. Carrera y Carrera has only to showcase its renditions of a leopard's muscular body or mythological creatures to impress the customer. Better still, its Taj Mahal collection exudes the mystic and intricate style of the brand. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings are dressed with passion and distinct lines and patterns inspired by nature. The Carrera you see today was the art perfected in 1885 by its founder, Satoria Carrera, who worked in gemstones and precious metals as if a wizard creating magical rings for royalty. Experience the Carrera opulence and celebrate the Spanish's passion for life and art.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The Italian watchmaker pays tribute to another Italian, whose science has had a great influence in horology: Galileo Galilei. It's said to be the most complex watch Panerai has created, the L' Astronomo, which features 30 examples of a Tourbillion with the Equation of time or L'Astronomo as reference. L'Astronomo refers to the variation between the natural time indicated by the sun and the movement time measured by a watch due to earth's orbit and axis position. The difference can reach up to fifteen minutes, a major variance when every second counts. Moreover, the degree of difference changes where the person is, so Panerai customizes the watch based on where the client lives. To commemorate this exclusivity, the city and the mil estimation are engraved on the case back.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It's a story worth recalling that showcases Patek Philippe's sophisticated timepiece engineering and, not the least, the Gilded Age aristocracy's high-level jealousy. It was the thirties and Henry Graves, Jr., an American industrialist and banker, didn't like it that his contemporary, James Ward Packard, owns the by-then world's most complicated watch. Like what ultra rich people often do when they want things for themselves, Henry thought of buying his way. He commissioned Patek Philippe to create a more complicated watch to best James' watch. Using state-of-the-art technology and skilled craftsmanship, Patek introduced to the world a few years hence, a pocket watch with 24 mechanical parts that work individually but in unison and can chart the Milky Way. It's the world's most complicated watch, earning Henry the title he coveted from his friend. The watch would sell for $11 million or so in 1999, another record-high that its original owner would not have lived to see.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Corum has got plenty of impressive models, but the Golden Bridge Collection is one of its most iconic styles. The parts assume a novel vertically aligned linear pattern suspended in tonneau-shaped cases, mimicking the real Golden Gate. Furthermore, a transparent case back teases you to peek inside the engineering masterpiece of this watch. One of its models, the Ti-Bridge 3-day Power Reserve, features a CO107 manual movement. It's crafted with titanium in lieu of gold or stainless steel. The case measures 42.5 mm x 52.5 mm with a curvaceous surface to snugly fit on your wrist. Its dial features a red arrow power indicator that complements the minute and hour indicators set on a peripheral flange ring. This is a watch meant to announce your success or simply to boast of your style.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The allure of deep oceans as a diver or yacht owner means you're exposed to a “watery and salty” lifestye, but it shouldn't stop you from achieving a sophisticated stye even when out in the open. Longines gives you the choice of bringing luxury fashion to the waters with the Hydroconquest series, sport watches designed to withstand seawater and the depths. It's a luxury watch made for divers and ocean adventurers. The models is water-resistant up to 300 meters. Its stainless steel casing features a unidirectional rotating bezel for navigation and the screw-in crown and case back is solidly shut to protect the mechanism from the harsh environment. That means you can take this watch with you whether your wearing signature outdoor clothes or donning dive suits. Other features include: 6-hour and 12-hour counter; scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal dial; and a self-winding mechanical chronograph.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
It looks more like an aviation instrument than something you wear around your wrist. Bell & Ross, the French watch signature, takes its inspiration from classic aviation instruments of box casings and big, bold dials. It's a contrarian take, something that goes against the trendy round case of luxury timepieces. But Bell & Ross packs in a nostalgic look. It's unabashedly direct: the dials tell time and the casing protects the mechanism. For people with an aversion towards herd-mentality fashion trends, Bell & Ross offers a reprieve. You have a wide array of “plane instruments” that celebrate novelty and the confidence to stand out. If the Swiss has their precision engineering, the Italians their design, and the Japanese their efficiency, this French got an attitude.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
There's more than time-telling with Prive, the Chanel ladies' watch. The elegant timepiece is all about luxurious fashion, featuring an onyx dial with a camellia in mother of pearl marquetry and brilliant diamonds as indicator. Camellia is a personal favorite of Mademoiselle Chanel, who had a preference for delicate elegance and which is prominent across her signature fashion products since she started her studio in the early 1900s in Paris. Prive has an 18k white gold case and intricate mother of pearl design, which adds allure and tease to this watch, much like Chanel's passion and dedication to the beauty and creativity of life. When you wear Prive, you're wearing not just a timepiece, but the spirit and legacy of Chanel. It's your opulent accent to a formal evening.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
One look at this Baume & Mercier watch brings to mind blue and white seascapes and the relaxing coastal lifestyle. The Capeland 10063 takes its inspiration from the serenity of a breezy early morning walk by the beach, the luxury of living in a beachfront rest house. The timepiece features a 40 mm round steel style with polished and satin-finished case and an anti-glare sapphire cover. Likewise, it has a silver-colored Arabic numerals with Superluminova hands for its display. The blue alligator strap with adjustable triple folding security buckle adds to the thematic seaside lifestyle. Capeland 10063 is a sporty and chic watch you can wear on a casual breakfast at the local cafe or at your corporate office meeting with clients. Either, it speaks volumes about your accomplished life.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
If you can't decide between exception function and elegant aesthetics in a watch, consider Jaeger Lecoultre. Its Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ is all about mastery of Swiss timepiece engineering...and much more. The intricate inner mechanism of minute pieces working in unison gives you accuracy down to the millisecond in perpetuity. Its perpetual calendar is likewise designed to measure days until 2100, long after your grandchildren have died but not this watch barring accidents and loss. Beyond the engineering marvel, the style is exquisite. It's enclosed in a symmetrical case and features hand-crafted cover with translucent blue enamel. The overall appearance gives justice to the precision beauty inside. Wear the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ when you want to impress even your most sophisticated friends, who think they have already seen all luxury watches.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The key to wearing a fashion style that stands out is to avoid trends; rather, wear something that's unique but appealing. In luxury watches, that means taking a break from round casings and considering the sleek corners of a Parmigiani Fleurier, the Swiss signature renowned for “watches with corners.” Notably, the Kalpa Collection evokes a classy air, a trait common to four-sided casings. Kalpa features a black or brown leather strap, which blends well with the case and giving it an expensive bracelet look. It's the gentleman’s watch you should have on glamorous gala nights. Moreover, the engineering is equally a marvel. It houses a PF331 Calibre movement with 55-hour power reserve. Its 220 parts are finely crafted to work in a seamless unison, never missing a beat of a second.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 24, 2014
If you're a fan of Duck Dynasty, a reality TV show featuring the everyday lives of the Roberston family, whose lives and business are intertwined with responsible duck hunting, you'll like Ball Watch's limited edition, the DU Limited Edition Sportsman's Watch. The watch was launched to commemorate Ball Watch's support for wetlands conservation and responsible duck hunting. The DU Limited Edition is equipped with micro gas lights and sunrise/sunset indicator. As with other Ball Watch models, this watch can withstand cold weather, moisture, and impervious to water. It's ideal for hunters who demand longer time in the wetlands to acclimatize themselves to the environment or practice long periods of endurance. Ball Watch is manufacturing only 1,937 pieces and reservation is required to get a shot at owning one of these collectibles.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.