Friday, September 12, 2014
Diamonds have a way to make us do something out of the ordinary. For instance, profess our undying love by giving an expensive piece like Christopher Designs to our loved one. But some acts are less than romantic than they are vain. Take the new iPhone 6 encrusted in diamonds. Why would you want your iPhone in diamonds, really? Well, for starters, designer Alexander Amosu studded the phone with about 6,127 small diamonds and one really big diamond dressing up the phone. The big diamond is cut to shape like the Apple logo with a cushion cut, the piéce de résistance. The diamonds are encrusted on a solid 18k yellow gold using a process that took two months. Interested? You can have it for just about $2.75 million. But it still it begs the question—why would you want your phone like it?
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, August 01, 2014
You’re all sexy and glamorous in your formal dress and Christopher Designs jewelry attending a cocktail party. Liquors are in the air and you’re in the mood to, well, party. Don’t lose that glamor (or heaven forbids, the diamond ring) when you go home, though. Make sure you watch what you drink and how much. Likewise, avoid a head-splitting hangover the next day. Drink lots of water to combat the dehydrating effect of alcohol. Also drink your cocktails “in the rocks.” As the ice melts, it dilutes the alcohol level of your drink. Furthermore, avoid carbonated mixes. Carbonated drinks increase the rate of alcohol absorption. In general, light drinks like champagne and white wine contains less alcohol than darker drinks like red and brandy. Finally, enjoy a long talk. After all, you can’t drink while talking, right?
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, June 27, 2014
You must keep a professional look when at work, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give it a little style. Go ahead wear a Christopher Designs in the conference room or during a dinner with a valued client. Just keep some dos in mind to avoid getting the wrong attention from co-workers or the boss. As a rule, the office jewelry should be about restraint and not embellishment; don’t let your jewelry get too much attention. That means stick to stud earrings or minimalist necklaces, or bracelets with less dangling charms. Avoid danglers or layered designs, or jewelries with multi-colored gems or metals. Quality supersedes quantity here; after all, you’re wearing a Christopher Designs. Likewise, try to put down conversation around it when people get curious. That way, they’ll likely ignore it on the next round (but admire it secretly).
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, May 16, 2014
A Christopher Designs diamond ring is designed to last forever. It’s the perfect symbol of an undying love. It makes you wonder if everlasting diamonds like these will be suited for a Hollywood couple. Well, it turns out we have some really long lasting relationships in Tinsel town. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been at it for sixteen years. That’s even long for non-Hollywood lovers. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos did it even longer: seventeen years of blissful togetherness. It’s the same number of years for Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. How about the twenty-one years of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty? The pair met each other on the set of “Bugsy” in 1991. Similarly, David Bowie and supermodel Iman have been together for twenty one years. Who says Hollywood couples don’t last? They clearly deserve a Christopher Designs diamond.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Did you know that men and women differ in interacting with brands online? Men prefer a quickie, while women want to establish a relationship first. Keep those dirty thoughts off your mind; we mean men like scanning QR codes or coupons for quick access to promos. On the other hand, women would like a brand page first and they are more likely to comment or provide feedback to a brand before women would take a deal. These are the findings based on a recent survey by Pew Research Center last year. Perhaps it has something to do with our prehistoric behavior when men needed to act fast to kill for food (hunt a deer), while women demanded more patience to get food (tend to the farm). Whatever, when it comes to building relationships with a luxury signature, women are likely to lose the patience and quickly fall in love with a scintillating diamond ring like a Christopher Designs.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, February 28, 2014
At the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, among the trends spotted on the runway are the pretty pastels. These are soft springtime shades that are easy and delightful to look at. In fact, the colors can be too simple, sometimes bordering in bland, that it will give you more room for accessorizing. An extravagant display of luxury jewelry to match your plain pastel designer clothes wouldn't be a fashion sin. Christopher Designs, which is known for its big-stone jewelry collections, is an eye-catcher. The grandness of its designs will surely perfectly fit without hurting the softness of your plain, simple pastel attire. But this should not be abused! Keep it to just one jewelry piece that will serve as the focal point. The last thing you want to happen is to draw so much attention to your accessories leaving your dress unnoticed.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Years ago, a bashful young man knocked on the door of the house belonging to his prom date. Perhaps it was the few minutes delay? Or, maybe his tie was too tight? For whatever reason, the boy fumbled miserably attempting to place the corsage around his date's wrist.
Years had passed and they got married. The man would one day admit to his wife the true nature of his error. "You took my breath away when you opened the door; I felt helpless.”
“But you know what?,” he teased. “You continue to take my breath away after all these years." In his right hand was a sparkling Christopher Designs bracelet. "If you will be so kind to allow me a chance to redeem myself," he said… as he flawlessly placed the bracelet on her wrist.
Christopher Designs is available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Over the years, engagement rings have been given as a symbol of everlasting love and devotion. No one really knows when this symbolic tradition began but ancient Egyptians used to give engagement rings made of bone or ivory. Now, engagement rings are made of precious metals such as gold or platinum and enhanced by the brilliance of diamonds. Diamonds are the perfect gems for engagement rings. The enduring rock, whose beauty outshines all others when handled with expertise and care, appropriately symbolize enduring love. Christopher Designs understands that an engagement ring is not only a symbol of a couple’s love for each other but a statement of personal style as well. The company constantly strives to create unique bands of exemplary quality and elegant designs that would satisfy even the most discriminating customer. Creating the breathtaking diamond cut called the Crisscut, founder Christopher Slowinski has added the spectacular beauty of this brilliant gem to his fabulous array of engagement rings and bands.
If you wish to give only the best, find Christopher Designs at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Crisscut Round, the latest and possibly the most famous, addition to the Christopher Designs’ Crisscut gallery was introduced in 2008. And the hallmarks of round cut diamonds had never been the same since. Surpassing the related generic round brilliant diamond’s 58 facets, the 109-facetted Crisscut Round occupies a class of its own. Cut from discreetly selected AGS ideal “triple zero” stones, Christopher Designs’ Crisscut Round diamonds bear unrivaled brilliance and fire. Using modern technology and patented cutting patterns, the brand ingeniously crafts individual stones with 12 sides and 12 straight walls expertly angled and proportioned to create the look of exquisitely scalloped borders. A dozen arrows point perfectly to the center of the stone, adding depth, elegance and overall value. Favored by jewelry connoisseurs and couples, the Crisscut Round is among Christopher Designs’ most prominent patterns.
Check it out at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized retailer for Christopher Designs.
Friday, September 27, 2013
The ornate medieval design and the rows of beautiful Crisscut cushion diamonds of Christopher Design’s classic necklace is surely a show-stopper. Show-stopping may sound like an overstatement to others, but it is the norms at Christopher Designs, maker of sophisticated diamond bridal rings and designer jewelry that bear the famous Crisscut pattern. The brand, established by Polish immigrant designer Christopher Slowinsky and holder of multiple patterns, is reputed for its unique crisscrossed configuration that results in an amazing extra number of facets and delicately scalloped border on each stone. The 18k white gold necklace, a remarkable classical rendition of a gorgeous wide collar in 18k white gold and topnotch grade diamond stones. The charming necklace naturally solicits admiring looks for its expert build and daring – not to mention glamorous – creativity.
Find out more about this jewelry piece and other Christopher Designs jewelry pieces at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
There is no such thing as an ordinary diamond – at least not at Christopher Designs. Christopher Designs works on the most precious gem on earth using world-recognized sophisticated technology and remarkable engineering. Christopher Slowinsky, the jewelry brand’s eponymous founder and designer, focuses on innovation as he endlessly pursues perfection in his beloved craft. His pieces and patterns such as his trademark Crisscut, formed by an ingenious crisscrossing of the facets on the stone’s surface, continue to redefine the art and science of jewelry making. According to him, the technological aspect of the crafting process is just as important as the aesthetic value of his collections. Modern tools paired with age-old diamond cutting techniques give the Christopher Designs diamonds that outstanding perfection and doubly extraordinary brilliance and fire.
Find Christopher Designs at Shreve & Co. Jewelers, authorized distributor in Portland, Oregon.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Back in the 1990s, when the brilliance of the round cut diamonds have taken over the market by storm, the future of fancy cut diamonds started to become bleak. Compared to the brilliant round, the step-cut cushion or emerald looked less dazzling and almost entirely glassy. Then Christopher Slowinksi and his partners showed up with a clever innovation to these classic cuts with Christopher Design's Crisscut design. The unique crisscrossed configuration and facet arrangement brought new life to the emerald, asscher and cushion cuts. The crisscut pattern is carefully designed and cut using the most modern technologies to make light bounce off among facets, giving the stones a depth of fire, scintillation and brilliance that could almost rival any brilliant rounds. “I have always been intrigued with taking something established and making it even more beautiful,” explains Slowinski. And that is exactly what he did to the fading glories of the fancy cuts. Experience a fresh twist to the cuts you have always loved.
Check out Christopher Designs’ crisscut diamonds at authorized dealers, including Keller & George Jewellers on Millmont Street.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
There is always room for improvement, even in a field teeming with seasoned experts like the diamond industry. When Christopher Design’s Crisscut Diamond was launched with its 77 facets (versus the conventional 48) with great fanfare, the definition of a brilliant diamond was redefined. “I have always been intrigued with taking something established and making it even more beautiful,” explains Christopher Slowinsky, the Polish master jeweler behind the Christopher Designs label. Slowinsky first applied his design to emerald shapes, then to cushion cuts. In time, the classic round cut diamonds also grabbed the spot light in the diamond ring market with their vibrant 109 facets, cut with 12 sides and 12 walls using excellent technology-aided engineering that creates an illusion of scalloped borders. With the multiple patents that Christopher Designs holds, you would think Slowinksy and his seasoned team of artists and diamond experts would like to sit on their laurels, but no. They still believe that there is always room for improvement.
Check out Christopher Designs at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Before the rise of the more contemporary Round Cut, the Cushion was the most popular cut for diamond gems. This cut, which is a cross between the deep and large-faceted Old Mine and the modern oval cut, stands out with its marvelously classic and romantic look. Even with its popularity, the cushion is precious for its rarity. There used to be no set standards for cushion cut proportions, which made a good pair of cushion cut diamonds a very unusual find, indeed. Christopher Designs, manufacturer of the celebrated crisscut diamonds, fashions its cushion cuts with state-of-the-art techniques that apply facet configuration to a predetermined set of parameters. Christopher's crisscrossed design has also set its diamonds apart from the rest of the brilliant diamond crowd. The beautifully unique stones are perfect for women who love the timeless elegance of classic jewelry, and are also an unwavering symbol of love and commitment for traditional yet fashionable couples.
Whether you are one or the other, Christopher Designs can help you find the cushion cut that you or your beloved desires. Find them at Shreve & Co in Palo Alto - authorized dealer for Christopher Designs.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Christopher Slowinski, designer and owner of Christopher Designs diamond jewelry, untiringly pursued his dream to make a name in the jewelry making industry. His most famous design, however, sprang from an unpremeditated incident. Christopher was working on an invisible-setting technique in Europe when he accidentally cut the stone in the wrong place. He noticed the stone shone brighter in the area of the erroneous facet, so he curiously made more crisscrossed cuts on the diamond to see how it would turn out. This was the birth of his celebrated Crisscut design, which now has four varieties backed up by United States patents. Crisscut stands as an unmistakable trademark on Christopher Designs diamond pieces. High-quality stones and precious metals, excellent craftsmanship, and this unique rendition, which brings out every diamond’s scintillation, brilliance and fire, make Christopher Designs a trusted name for wedding bands and engagement rings. For more of Christopher Design’s diamond collections, visit Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Christopher Slowinsky, born in Europe, learned the intricacies of jewelry-making from the masters of the trade. He came to America thirty years ago and channelled his innovative designs to the world through Christopher Designs. The brand embodies his desire and continuing efforts to blend his classic jewelry training with the revolutionary technological advantages of the day. The United States and International community has granted Christopher six patents for his unique diamond and jewelry patterns, the most popular of which is the spectacular crisscut diamond. The crisscut describes the crisscrossed facets that give the diamond extraordinary brilliance and fire. His creations have been featured in many fashion magazines and found their way to countless celebrities’ wardrobes. As an authorized dealer for Christopher Designs, shreve & Co. has a wide array of crisscut diamonds and other jewels by Christopher, all available in its shop on Post Street, San Francisco.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Christopher Slowinski’s passion for perfection allowed him to put a mark in the jewelry business. Working as an apprentice back in the day, he learned the different processes employed in jewelry making. To his dismay, he found out that many companies sacrifice quality to cut cost. This wasn’t the way to go for Slowinski. He figured that through the development of newer and more efficient technology, they can reduce cost while improving quality. This was his dream but it wasn’t just a dream for long. Aided by his classic jewelry training joined with new technological advances, Christopher Slowinski didn’t just become a renowned designer; he became a brand. His company Christopher Designs knows nothing else but the dedication to the creating of high quality jewelry using the best materials around. His tenure in the industry afforded him many national and international patents. One of these is the Crisscut Diamond – this is not related whatsoever to his name but to the cut that makes any diamond more breathtaking with additional fire and brilliance. To know more about Christopher Designs and the Crisscut Diamond first-hand, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Christopher Designs.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Coming to America a quarter of a century ago, Christopher Slowinski started working as an apprentice jeweler. He was trained by master craftsmen with impeccable pedigree but he wasn’t sure that everyone in the industry was making the right choice as to which direction to go. “Over time, I learned the various processes involved in manufacturing jewelry. To my dismay, I also learned that to cut costs, many companies sacrificed quality.” Christopher observed. “I didn’t want to do it that way. Only through the development of new and better technologies should we reduce our costs, while improving quality. This was my belief, so I set out to make my dream a reality.” Working on his dreams, he had successfully merged his “classic jewelry training” with the revolutionary technological advances. His efforts earned him the grant of many United States and International Patents. One patent that he is particularly proud of is his Crisscut diamond (has nothing to do with his name). Using 77 facets, 33 cuts more than the usual 44 used to cut emerald a stone, the Crisscut brings out the brilliance of fire hidden within high quality stones. With hard work and the strictest devotion to excellence and producing jewelry of the highest quality from the finest materials, Christopher Slowinski has put his brand, Christopher Designs, on the map; and on the top of the charts. Interested in jewelry from Christopher Designs, visit an authorized dealer like Shreve & Co..