Friday, July 01, 2016

Engagement diamond ring trends

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Hearts on Fire (28)

Planning to get engaged soon? First check this year’s engagement trends if you want to ride on the latest fashion in engagement rings. One style, the delicate silhouette, is making a strong comeback. The classic design features a solitaire diamond as accent. The newer styles, meanwhile, include nature-themed styles that feature bands with vines, leaves, or buds; or interweaving of metal and diamonds called twisting silhouettes. The distinct halo style, a bold fusion of round and cushion diamonds, evokes a vintage style that’s also riding the trend train. Likewise, the claw prong setting is popular this year. The claws end in thin tips that add finesse and elegance to this style. Then there are fancy diamond shapes getting a good market these days. These include oval, emerald, and square cushion cuts.
Hearts On Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Collecting pilot’s watches

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in IWC (26)

One of the favorites among watch collectors is the pilot’s watch model. This line often features bold dials to help pilots read the time easily even during a turbulence and chronograph function for additional critical data pilots require while flying. If you want to start a pilot’s watch collection, a good brand is IWC. The IWC Pilot’s Watches has a wide range of styles, functions, and price points, which give you flexibility while you build your collection. Among the IWC models, the “Le Petit Prince” is admirable in both style and function, but equally notable is its allusion to one of the world’s most beloved aviators: Antoine Saint-Exupery, the French author of The Little Prince. The watch features mechanical movement, 7-day power reserve, and annual calendar, among others.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Period jewelry is within your reach

Posted by 8:55:00 AM in Fred Leighton (3)

Luxury jewelry isn’t only for having something to display on formal evenings and special occasions. In fact, you can also make a habit of collecting exclusive jewelry pieces either as a hobby or investment. Many of the richest, infamous, and royal collectors understand the value inherent in jewelry collection both as a personal heirloom and status symbol. You, too, can have a personal jewelry collection. A good brand to start with is Fred Leighton; it has a special service that assists collectors to find the make and style of certain periods. The company will alert you once it finds one that fits your collection preference. Furthermore, Fred Leighton provides insurance appraisals and estate valuations. Of course, you can always start with Fred Leighton’ Period-Themed jewelry line, including Edwardian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau.
Fred Leighton is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

Fancy wedding rings

Posted by 8:00:15 AM in Furrer Jacot (25)

Wedding rings don’t have to be in classic style to be elegant. If you want a unique style for your big day, this Furrer-Jacot ring collection may interest you. The brand has a line of carbon rings that lend a novelty fashion to any wedding. The fancier of these sturdy rings has a “wiggly” look, the bands are designed as if they are handcrafted to an imperfect round pattern. The result is a personal style that is at once exclusive and elegant. The ring is made from 750 red gold and carbon with width at 8mm. But if you want a less swanky and more elegant design, another ring model features a diamond setting encrusted in 750 white and yellow gold with width of 7mm. Either way, the Furrer-Jacot carbon rings evoke an air of uniqueness.
Furrer-Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Are you allergic to earrings?

Posted by 8:00:00 AM in Harry Kotlar (29)

Are you fond of wearing signature earrings like Harry Kotlar but are allergic to metal? Some people have sensitive skin that even a slight contact with precious metal triggers their allergy. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear earrings at all. People with metal allergies have some tricks to get around their allergies, such as, coating the earrings with clear nail polish. The thin invisible coat provides the buffer between skin and metal. Another tip is going for hoops that hook into themselves. Likewise, you can always down a pill an hour before wearing the metal to avoid an allergy attack. Then there are so-called nickel-free earrings, although these are hard-to-find pieces. Yet another helpful technique is rubbing antibiotic cream around the earlobes before wearing the earrings. Note though that if you have a medical condition, it’s best to consult your doctor before applying or taking allergy medications.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Exclusivity lends more value to your jewelry

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Eclat (3)

It takes a little sleuthing to discover a luxury jewelry that is at once elegant and, well, not that widely seen, so what you get is a more exclusive look. One of these jewelry “secrets” is Eclat. French for “burst of light,” Eclat showcases bright gemstones elegantly set in precious metals with a whimsical and adventurous take. The brand is quite new—launched in 2003—but it has a fresh appeal that can lend to your style a rejuvenating look. For example, the Multi-Strand Emerald Bead and Diamond Bracelet is bold but still classic. On the other hand, the “Happy Necklace” Gemstone and Diamond Necklace is a cornucopia of playful colors that adds sexiness and sophistication to your casual or formal wear. Eclat has more “secret” styles for you to unravel.
Eclat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

Be in the Company of celebrities

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Carrera y Carrera (28)

Admit it—you’re in awe of celebrities even if subconsciously. That’s why we find them endorsing brands because marketers understand how they influence our buying decisions. This is especially true for luxury jewelry, where prestige matters.  So if you want a jewelry signature that puts you in the company of celebrities, Carrera Y Carrera should be in your list. Let’s call out who have worn the brand. Olivia Wilde wore Sol y Sombra bracelet at the gala night of Cowboys & Aliens. Jennifer Lopez is proud of her Tiger and Cordoba rings during her judge stint in “American Idol”. Berenice Marlohe also likes the Tiger ring at the Madrid premiere of Skyfall. Meanwhile, Sarah Hyland likes the Granada ring and was spotted wearing it at a premiere of the “Hunger Games”. Nice company, eh?
Carrera Y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Breitling soars high

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Breitling (29)

Breitling isn’t only synonymous to high-precision Swiss watches. The brand also brings to mind the signature jet team that graces various major air shows in the world. Like the recent “Warriors Over the Wasatch” event at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. The Breitling Jet Team wowed the audience at the Pineview Reservoir Weber County with their stunts of flying a few feet close to each other while they flipped and rolled together in varied formations.  The team showcases the importance of precision and timing, two characteristics of the Breitling name.  The jet team is the largest civilian display of military aircraft in the world flown by some of the best pilots. "There is no equivalent to what we do and we perform these planes around the world,"  team leader Jacque Bothlein said. "We really try to build the show as entertainment."
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

The Man and the diamond

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Fire & Ice by Forevermark (3)

He’s one of fashion industry’s fastest rising star. Bibhu Mohapatra and his creations have graced big-shot fashion magazines, such as, Marie Claire, and Vogue, and also top media outlets like New York Magazine, Time, Forbes, DNA, and Wall Street Journal. So, what makes him click? Perhaps it’s his style of fusing the old with the new, the traditional with modern, with a dash of social consciousness. His collection of hand-woven silks sourced from traditional weavers in his hometown in India, for one, is well critiqued. On the other hand, he has partnered with Fire & Ice by ForeverMark to create a line of diamond jewelry exclusive to the brand. The collection—Winter Fall Show—was highlighted at the New York Fashion Week. The jewelry pieces are an ideal complement to Mohapatra’s vibrant and colorful fabrics.
Fire & Ice by Forevermark is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

A Really Impressive luxury watch

Posted by 9:00:00 AM in Corum (29)

Want a luxury watch that is not as widely used and media saturated as the usual suspects you find endorsed by sports and Hollywood celebrities? There’s one  that’s just released this year by Corum. But be prepared to shell out $40,000 up for it. The Corum Golden Bridge timepiece is exclusive; the company only released the first version of the brand’s signature “baguette” movement now since the ground-breaking feature was introduced more than 35 years ago.  The watch model is patterned after the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA and is available in 18k diamond-encrusted white gold, 18k rose gold, and 18k rose gold set with 84 diamonds. It measures 43 mm across and 8.3 mm thick. The watch is water resistant up to 30 m. But the main attraction is that you can see a 360-degree view of the movement.  The Corum Golden Bridge Round is developed by Dino Modolo.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Meet Carmen

Posted by 12:20:00 PM in Bell & Ross (28)

Carmen Jorda Buades is not your usual model. She’s beautiful, slender and has this fiery look—a stunner if you must. But all the stereotypes of a model stop right there. She’s after all a professional race driver, a development driver for the Renault F1 team. It’s no surprise then that Bell & Ross has picked her recently as the watch signature’s brand ambassador for its ladies watch collections. The move reinforces Bell & Ross’s direction to position the signature along the exciting and glamorous image of motor sports. For Jorda, the partnership couldn’t be more natural. " I fell in love with Bell & Ross brand back in February and particularly with the BR S collection,” she said. " They are unique and classic watches that convey strength as well as femininity.” 
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.


Posted by 12:00:50 PM in Aaron Basha (29)

Aaron Basha, the “magical” jewelry known for its collection of evil eye and baby shoe charms, has a new line of jewelry pendants. Called Hamsa, the collection takes inspiration from the folkloric apotropaic amulet that depicts the hand as a magical protection. Hamsa is Arabic for five, referring to the digits of the hand. In Jewish it’s called hamesh. It’s traditionally used as an amulet or decorative pendant. Aaron Basha transforms this item into cute little pendants that feature the hand in different styles, material and gemstone accents. There is a Hamsa in18k rose gold featuring a diamond and sapphire eye. Likewise, another Hamsa shows an 18k yellow gold with turquoise and diamond as the eye. Yet another Hamsa features an 18k light blue enamel with diamond accents.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.

4 Reasons to buy a luxury watch

Posted by 12:00:15 PM in A. Lange & Sohne (27)

Buying a luxury watch isn’t just a fancy impulse. It has specific uses that go beyond telling you the time. One, you need not brag about your wealth or status; an expensive watch like A. Lange & Sohne will do the talking. Two, you showcase your fashion taste or cultural appreciation. This is especially true if, like an A. Lange & Sohne, the watch embodies heritage. Three, you love machines, even minute engineering piece like the gears and springs that move in unison. A luxury watch is almost always an engineering marvel, particularly for timepieces featuring Swiss movement. Fourth, you want to impress people. It’s like having a sports car only on a smaller scale. A watch signature never fails to draw the attention of your male friends.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Be Different

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Alex Sepkus (29)

When we think of what luxury jewelry to wear on a formal evening party, we often imagine classic elegance. Either we go for diamond or pearl piece to match our streamlined gown. Fancy, but nothing out of the ordinary. What happens is everybody tends to look similar. Just check any Oscars night and you get the picture. However, you can stand out and be different without looking ridiculously out of place. There are a number of luxury jewelry brands now that cater to your fancy but they still evoke that formal wear appeal. Signatures like Alex Sepkus—its dome rings and fancy necklaces are at once bold, different, yet still elegant. Our favorite? The 18k gold, rose cut and natural color diamond "Victorian" dome ring (5.4mm wide) matched with the 18k gold and diamond red coral necklace.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Looking for a new member to your collectible watches?

Posted by 12:00:00 PM in Baume & Mercier (28)

We all love Baume & Mercier Capeland. They are functional and elegant at the same time. Each model in the collection expresses a complicated, sophisticated look powered by its chronograph function. Just when we thought we’ve seen all the bells and whistles of the Capeland line comes the latest from Baume & Mercier: the limited edition Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece. A first look and you know this one is for keeps, a collectible piece with its vintage appeal. The exclusive watch model is based on the Shelby Cobra race car that won the 1963 Sebring, a grueling 12-hour race event. The watch has the same black and yellow livery of the CSX 2128 race car. Likewise, the watch’s dial design is patterned after the Cobra’s dashboard with the addition of the Cobra emblem as counterweight to the seconds hand. It sure is a nice addition to your collectible watches.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Plan ahead in buying the wedding ring

Posted by 1:55:00 AM in A. Jaffe (33)

Choosing the right wedding ring should be planned ahead so you make sure you end up with the band you’ll love for the rest of your life (or marriage, at least). First, start the research early, as far a year ahead from the big day. Second, narrow down your choices. Do you want a platinum or gold? Yellow or white gold? It’s easier to choose from a smaller set of options. Third, work around a budget. There’s no point thinking about platinum if you can only afford gold. Fourth, think about the future. Your preferred style may be trendy now, but what of ten years from now? If you’re unsure about style a classic design like an A. Jaffe wedding band is a safe bet. Lastly, only buy from an authorized seller.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

Can you have mismatching wedding rings?

Posted by 1:45:00 AM in Suna Brothers (28)

Your wedding rings don’t have to match if you have differing style choices. It may sound the marriage is off to a bad start because you can’t agree on a similar wedding band, but no. In fact, quite the opposite, having your own style each is a good sign of a healthy respect for each other. So, if you want yellow gold because it matches your fair skin, go ahead and get a yellow gold ring. If platinum is his choice, no problem. Both of you may like Suna Bros. but in different styles. Go ahead. What’s more important is you have an inscription in both rings that bond them together. Maybe the wedding date or your initials engraved on your partner’s ring and vice-versa.  On a symbolic note, your respect and love towards each other are what make the rings special.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

The Show-off diver’s watch

Posted by 1:00:00 AM in Tudor (2)

Who says diver’s watches have to be bulky, rugged, and bold? They can be classy and luxurious, too. Yes, they can carry the Tudor elegance. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze is arguably the classiest diver’s watch around. The 43mm bronze case is matched by a light aged brown fabric strap and matt brown disc, giving the watch a vintage air. The watch features a proprietary mechanical movement developed by Tudor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. Likewise, it is protected by a high-performance aluminum bronze alloy with brushed finishes and housing twenty-five jewels. The watch can dive to as deep as 660 feet or 200m. It’s an elegant and high-function diver’s watch that you can show off and depend on during weekend out-of-town diving gigs.
Tudor is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

Oddly beautiful watches

Posted by 1:00:00 AM in Vacheron Constantin (2)

Luxury watches can go beyond elegance and opulence and be oddly beautiful. Take Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’Art, a timepiece collection depicting artworks in watches. This Vacheron Constantin line showcases not just the art, but talent and outstanding expertise of the brand’s watchmaker. The designs are out-of-the-box ideas. For instance, the Elegance Sartoriale-Herringbone Pattern showcases a smaller watch inside the case and is placed off-center right. On the other hand, the Mecaniques Gravees assembles a mechanical artwork as a dial backdrop. Meanwhile, Lady Kalla features an elongated watch in a glass-like casing. There are more odd but elegant styles that will challenge your norm of a luxury watch. The watches feature Swiss movement with manual winding and water resistant up to 3 bars. These are eccentric designs that reflect your desire to stand out and be different.
Vacheron Constantin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Wellendorff comes to the U.S.

Posted by 1:00:00 AM in Wellendorf (30)

Wellendorff recently opened a boutique in San Francisco, it’s first in the U.S. Although the company has been manufacturing its signature rope-like made from wafer-thin gold filaments and spinning rings made of colorful enamel and diamond for over a century now, it’s only lately that the brand takes on the American market.  The great-great grandson of the founder, Christoph Wellendorff, admitted San Francisco is an ideal place for an acquired taste like Wellendorff. “I came back for business reasons 45 times in my life and my love for SF grew even more as I began to appreciate and understand American wine and the American kitchen. We’ve created a Wellendorff family here in San Francisco,” he said. Wellendorff are fancy luxury jewelry that has had adorned royalties and nobilities of Europe. 
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.


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