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.
A look at Suna Bros. jewelry inspires the romantic inside. It's one of the most luxurious rings, necklaces, and bracelets that you can give to your lady. While you're at it, you need a powerful romantic line as you give the jewelry to her. Where else to source your quote but from romantic novels? But to avoid being tacky, quote from lesser known novels and you'll even appear more sophisticated. Surely you haven't heard of this: “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” It's from the book, “Across the Universe,” by Beth Revis. How about this: “I love you the way a drowning man loves air,” from “The Crown of Embers” by Rae Carson. The point is to look for quotes that haven't been heard much to give your moment more exclusivity.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
IWC introduces another member to its most prominent collections, the Portofino line. This year, IWC launched the Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night watch, a 37 mm model that fits both wrists of male and female. It's targeted at people with slimmer wrists. The watch is available in red gold and stainless steel, featuring a diamond-set bezel and 12 jewels on the dial or a variation of it. The model also features a mechanical movement, 24-hour display with a second time zone, a 42-hour power reserve, and a white mother-of-pearl dial. This year also marks the return of the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase featuring a classic cloud scene as the dial's backdrop with a combination of diamonds that represent the moon and stars. The watch is available in white gold, red gold, and stainless steel.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
He calls it perfect “imperfection”. The Marco Bicego Confetti Collection lives up to its name: a rain of disorganized, colorful elements that look like without a pattern; yet when viewed as a whole or from a distance, the entire thing flows in a cohesive movement. The confetti becomes an art in unison. Similarly, Marco Bicego Confetti features uneven but colorful gemstones including sapphires, rubies, and amethysts, set in 18k gold necklace, ring, or bracelet. Using the traditional Bulino technique by second-generation Italian artisans, the jewelry achieves harmony, a picture of raining glittering colors on you. The collection is as classic as any luxury jewelry, as they exude timeless elegance on casual gatherings. Wear them on formal evenings or as your everyday attire, people are sure to take a second look on your fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
If dress watch is your thing, A. Lange & Sohne should be in your list. It's one of the classiest dress watches today with a heritage that goes back to its Saxon roots. One of its more prominent collections is the Lange 1, which was introduced when the brand was relaunched in 1994. The Lange line has many versions and Lange 1 is its basic model. It has asymmetrical design with overlap-free displays. It also features 365 movements on its 53 jewels and a lever escapement. Furthermore, its patented micrometer-screw index adjuster with whiplash spring provides a shock-resistant oscillator. Lange 1 is measures 30.4 mm and is available in platinum, pink gold, yellow gold, or white gold. It's a good introduction to more sophisticated Lange 1 models including the Lange 1 Moon Phase and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Breitling tried its hand on combining elegance and robust, sturdy features and did not fail its admirers. The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition features a two-tone dial with vintage-style counters, plus a double caseback with a cover for a solid seal. It's watch for the executive, who loves to drive not only his company to greater heights, but scale waves on his yacht for a feel of the great outdoors on weekends. The double caseback cover allows a personal engraving for exclusivity, while a sapphire crystal peek-hole lets you admire the engineering marvel inside. As with other Breitling models, this classic-cum-rugged watch has anti-magnetic, anti-shock, and super-water-resistant features. It also features the manufacture Breitling caliber 01 movement, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute for its high-performance self-winding chronograph function.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
It's never too early to get your kids to appreciate jewelry. What could be a better start than introducing them to the children's collection by John Hardy? They'll see how signature jewelry differs from generic ones, where quality is paramount. Not to make them vain, but to train them how to appreciate products that give them the best value in money. You can choose a John Hardy Classic Chain Baby Bunny Station Bracelet, which features an encrusted 18K gold bunny set on sterling silver. Or choose the Baturi Sari Station Bracelet with Blue Topaz as accent, also set on sterling silver. For a more delicate style, the Asmara Heart Station Bracelet features a thinner strap in sterling silver with pink tourmaline as accent. Add the Classic Chain Collection Baby Butterfly Mini Earrings in sterling silver and 18k gold to dress up your daughter.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tired of your regular diamond jewelry? Consider Kwiat's Tags. It's a collection of necklaces with tags featuring clean gold lines and accented with diamonds on the edge. Kwiat will engrave your name or a dedication on the tag so you can literally wear it. You can also check Kwiat's Cascade Collection. The Art Deco style and sleek, geometric angles give this jewelry character, while inviting gawking eyes and curious conversations. For a more opulent style, the Kwiat Star Collection elevates your jewelry to a higher level. The combination of round and marquise diamonds evokes timeless elegance, juxtaposed against black tie formal and red carpet events. It has been spotted on Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, among many other Hollywood celebrities, and is Kwiat's best-selling collection.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Signature jewelry, like any branded products, come at a price, often twice or more versus a generic version. But signatures like Stephen Webster are worth your money. We can think of four major reasons why you should buy signature jewelry—earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings—instead of cutting on costs with a generic. First, the quality is evident. The company has a name to protect so it will guarantee your satisfaction, lest it runs the risk of ruining its reputation. Second, you can show off your style and sophistication and not worry that someone might discover you're wearing a counterfeit. Third, you can wear it with pride. And last, you can pass it on to the next generation, your daughter or future daughter-in-law. Signature brands have a timeless appeal, and some even become more valuable over time.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When choosing luxury jewelry as a gift for her make sure it complements not only her style, but her personality. For character, signature brands often evoke traits not present in generic jewelry. That's because signature brands like Michael M. exhibit their founder's creative drive, and in effect, his or her temperament. This makes it easy to choose a pair of earring or necklace, for instance, for your lady because the style embodies character. The trick is, which character should you pick? That depends on how much you know her. Is she more traditional than modern or vice-versa? Does she like blue or red hues? Is she's into outdoor activities? If yes, you should ensure the jewelry is sturdy enough if she's wearing it during an activity.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Many people see luxury jewelry as an excess of the rich. They cannot be farther from the truth. Although there are instances that the rich flaunt their wealth including a slew of luxury diamond jewelry, wearing an Alex Sepkus earring, for example, doesn't reflect these people. Instead, luxury jewelry is a cultural thing that has its roots when man first dabbled on ornaments as a social tool. Luxury jewelry showcases our accomplishment, an important aspect in our quest to make consistent progress. The jewelry is but a reflection of this drive. Likewise, it tells us to conform to standards as set by society. By wearing a diamond earring in a black tie formal you're subscribing to the benchmark that society has placed in these important gatherings.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When you wear a diamond ring like Christopher Designs you absorb power, whether you're aware of it or not. Not the hero-type of unnatural power, but sublime social points are added to your stature. For example, a diamond ring sets your standing at once. A salesperson will be treating you more patiently (fair or not) because she recognizes the power of your ring: wealth. People who aspire to more wealth or success are also more likely to gravitate towards you because subconsciously they aspire to be like you. Your fashion and accessories remind them of rewards, and you're the visual model for these people. It may sound unnerving, even scary, that people like you because of your jewelry. No, they like you and how you represent success.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Let me share a simple idea for an anniversary date. It doesn't matter whether you're celebrating your first or fiftieth, my plan can work for couples at any stage of celebrating their marriage. In my case, we're going out to celebrate our tenth. We're dining at a fancy restaurant and we're wearing our best suit and dress and, of course, our Hearts on Fire rings. We had a five-meal course and wine, and had a great conversation about the past. We also talked about the food and the kids. It was a regular tenth anniversary celebration that if you're expecting a surprise, you might be disappointed. I reckon that celebrating anniversaries is all about being together; no need for a fancy party or event that, in truth, will only rob the two of you of the chance to be, well, together for the night. Makes sense?
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sometimes the best dating place to impress the lady is to invite her over your pad or house, where she can get a glimpse on how you live. Of course make sure that your place is neat and inviting. It doesn't have to be luxurious; anything that can spark a conversation is a big help. For example, if you're into arts, this is the best time to highlight your painting collection or sculptures. Likewise, you can show off your wine collection or coffee set. If you have cooking skills, a date in your pad is also the best time to showcase them. Make the dinner a conversation magnet. Even if the date is at your place, make sure to dress up formal to set the mood. Once she's impressed with the place, impress her further with your surprised gift: a Chimento necklace.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Here’s an idea on what to give your daughter that she won’t outgrow: charms. It’s never too early to introduce your daughter to the happy and elegant styles of Aaron Basha. The baby shoe charms are delightful, she’ll find them little treasures to keep for posterity even as she grows old. To the child, these colorful charms look like toys, albeit she’ll sense they’re something to be taken care of. To the preteen, the same charms fit her growing interest on something fancy and valuable. To a teenager, the Aaron Basha baby shoes are an elegant display of sophisticated fashion taste; the shoes go well with any trend-setting style. So start collecting memories now; give her one Aaron Basha baby shoe charm for every occasion.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sure you can get any expensive-looking jewelry off the mall for a fraction of the cost of the original. But buying luxury jewelry is more than just about the price. It’s about the value the jeweler puts in his brand and the value you put in your fashion taste. Signature jewelry like Cento by Roberto Coin often embodies the character or personality of the brand’s founder. This trait is reflected on the style or art of the pieces. Unlike cheaper generic types, which are mass produced to sell more, signature jewelry has a limited line, giving your jewelry a more prized value of exclusivity. A limited edition earring, for instance, is more valuable than a generic diamond earring even if the latter has a higher tag. Next time you shop for jewelry, look beyond the price and focus more on the signature.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Because we’ve been attuned to giving something on occasions, often the product of commercialization, we seldom think about what we’re saying when we give the gift. We want to give a special gift, a memorable item for the recipient, but how? It is not necessarily the most expensive; in fact, the trait that makes it special is the hardest part to nail. To make a gift special, you need to know more about the recipient’s wants or situation. This act is the true trait that makes the gift special, when you spend time to get to know more about the person receiving your gift. So when you’re giving something like an expensive item, such as a Furrer Jacot, make sure what type of earring, bracelet, or necklace that she fancies to make the gift memorable.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Buying diamond jewelry need not be complicated, but don’t take it for granted, either. Just because a piece is expensive does it mean you’re getting the best value. Take time to know the vendor (merchant). Is it reputable? Do they have after sales service that you can claim should you need to repair the jewelry (a lost earring, for example)? Study also the signature brand. There are plenty of new but promising jewelry brands like Harry Kotlar, styles that manifest the artistic personalities of their creators. If you’re going for an older signature, make sure the vendor is an authorized dealer; big signature brands often have little time to attend to their customers for sheer volume, so they task their distributors to address customers’ concerns.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Happiness is key to a successful relationship so make sure your partner is all smiles, at least more often than not. Here are a few tips to make her happy. Create a “talk time” every day, where both of you share the day’s happenings, no matter how mundane or short. Listen to her, not just hear her talk. Be interested in what she’s saying. Don’t forget to hug, kiss, or cuddle before retiring. If she’s having a stressful day at work, a hug is even more needed (but she won’t ask for it). Likewise, help her with household chores. Maybe it’s your turn to wash the dishes or clothes. Even if you’re busy at the office, giving time to trivial household demands shows you care for her and your marriage. Lastly, give her a special gift on her birthday or your anniversary — a Roberto Coin ring will be most admired.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A diamond wedding ring like Mémoire reflects, in many ways, relationships. They are after all but a collection of memories, both happy and sad. Whatever life dishes to you, make sure to choose these values, which will see you through life’s most difficult times. Love yourself. That means giving yourself the dignity and respect so you can express the same positive vibrations to others. Focus on compatibility as strenght. No two persons are completely incompatible that they don’t share a thing in common. Find it and build on it. Learn to accept. Often, your ideal future is far different from reality including your marriage. Embrace this difference instead of rejecting it. Finally, be honest, among others, to yourself. Only you know when you are and when you’re not.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.