Friday, January 01, 2016

Pirouetta by Kirk Kara

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

It embraces your finger until it becomes a part of yourself, transforming your delicate hand into an elegant showcase. That what happens when you wear the Kirk Kara Pirouetta Collection, a line of hand-engraved precious metal in playful twisting styles. You have a wide selection of designs for this collection, such as: single diamond set on platinum for women, or a yellow gold band for men. You have the option to choose a band that fuses both white and yellow gold, a symbol of harmony that your relationship aspires to. The fusion is seamlessly crafted that the different metals appear as one. Likewise, a Pirouetta piece can have blue gems as accent to the diamond ring. You also have the option to choose simple lines or elaborate patterns to match your personality.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Dahlia Collection

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 1:00:45 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

Kirk Kara's heritage started from 1890 as the firm gets designers and artisans to work together to create and capture beauty from different inspirations. One collection that draws from the beauty of nature is the Dahlia Collection. Dahlia has been named the to be the national flower of Mexico in 1963. The collection takes inspiration from this to create pieces that offer a unique yet understated beauty that flows naturally. Every piece off the collection is intricately designed with milgrain edges, marquise leaves, floral details and fresh colors - reminding the wearer and the beholder of spring in bloom. 
Pieces from this collection show a design aesthetic that emphasizes the pureness of nature itself. See the Dahlia Collection up close. Visit Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Winning moment for Kirk Kara

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:45:30 PM in Kirk Kara (23)

You know a signature jewelry is a cut above the others when it wins accolades from credible industry bodies. Kirk Kara won first place in the JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards for eight straight years now, bagging the 2015 best bridal design. JCK is the jewelry industry’s main trade publication and industry authority for independent jewelers. The winning Kirk Kara entry is an elegant Pirouetta rose gold split shank engagement ring and wedding band. It competed under the $5,001-$10,000 category, featuring diamonds of 3/8 total carat weight with milgrain edging and filigree. The engagement ring also includes an optional 1-carat center stone. The award highlights Kirk Kara’s best-in-class craftsmanship and material quality that fits the most lavish weddings. The jewelry brand was also a finalist in the $2,501-$5,000 category with its Pirouetta halo engagement ring.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Historical trivia

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

What's the connection between a jewelry signature and the wholesale massacre of a people? Recently, talks are rife again about the Armenian genocide that saw about 1.5 million Armenians killed under the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) during World War I. Armenians were targeted by the Ottomans and forced to march to the Syrian desert with little or no food, resulting in large scale deaths from starvation and exhaustion. Unlike other genocides, the Armenian genocide is difficult to put a closure for lack of direct links from the perpetrators, who were the Ottomans, and who had since dissolved into modern Turkey. One of the victims turned out to be the grandfather of Kirk Karaguezian, founder of the jewelry brand, Kirk Kara. It was the old man who started a small shop in the 1890s that would inspire Kirk to create one of the most fine wedding and engagement ring brands today. 
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Social Proof

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

One of the surest signs that you're getting the best-in-class brand is what industry authorities say about it. It's called social proof, what others tell about a brand is more powerful than what the brand owner says about it. And when the “others” are authoritative figures, the social proof lends to the brand more credibility. Take Kirk Kara, which has been the Jeweler's Choice winner for five years in a row. The award is far from being an opinion of a single individual or body; it's given by vote of choice among 16,000 fine jewelry retailers every year. Never mind that Kirk Kara has impressive seamless craftsmanship that reflects a fiery beauty, or that its lines flow elegantly and highlight your features; the opinion of thousands of jewelry sellers tell you the signature is a top act.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Taking Back the Engagement Ring

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:39:36 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

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, October 03, 2014

Most expensive weddings

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

Princess Diana's wedding is said to be the most expensive in history, costing about $110 million. Her gown was covered with 10,000 pearls and her ring was also one of the most expensive wedding rings. If you think her son's wedding pales in comparison, maybe yes, maybe not. It turns out Prince Harry's wedding to Kate Middleton is the third costliest (it runs in the family) at $34 million. So that leaves us wondering, which is between the weddings of the royal mother and son? For that you need to go to India, where Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia got married to the tune of $66 million. She is the daughter of one of the richest men in India. So how much you want to raise the bar with your wedding? You can start with a luxurious diamond ring like a Kirk Kara.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Surprise her

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

Sometimes when your relationship starts to get monotonous and both of you are just going through the motions of being together, it’s time for a few surprises. Here are some suggestions on how you can startle her to remember that, yes, you still love each other, the bills and work aside. Cook her dinner. This is even more surprising if she knows you don’t cook at all. Show up at work and invite her to lunch. This can be a good break for her from all those office stress. Create an album with all your pictures together during the early months of the relationship. Invite her after work to a spa. If you’re in a penny pinch, offer to massage her yourself. But if you have money to splurge, buy her a Kirk Kara for no reason at all.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Love in the Face of a Storm

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

Talk about true love under adverse conditions. Anna and Richard (not their real names) planned a lavish Catholic church with an equally lavish reception after in one of the city’s oldest and grandest restaurants. Everything went as planned except for one thing—a brewing storm. Come wedding day and helpless against the onslaught of a direct typhoon hit, Anna and Richard saw their grand wedding fell apart detail by detail. The cake didn’t make it. The restaurant got flooded. Only a handful of the guests showed up. The limo was caught in the horrendous traffic. The only thing the couple had was the gown and tuxedo they’re wearing… and the Kirk Kara Richard had in his pocket. In the middle of this chaos, stuck in traffic and all formalities swept away by the storm, Richard pulled out the ring and professed to Anna his vow, storm or no storm.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Playful jewelry

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:37:13 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

There’s something playful about Kirk Kara’s Pirouetta Collection. The ring loops around the finger as if frolicking with the woman. As it does this, it reveals its hand-engraved twisting precious metal in yellow, white gold or platinum setting. The Pirouetta Collection features a wide array of styles including a solitaire diamond in platinum for the woman and a yellow gold band accented around by minute diamonds for the man. You have a choice between dual white and yellow gold set or singular styles for a more conservative elegance. The collection also features blue gems to provide a contrasting highlight to the diamond and platinum body. Likewise, you can opt for simple lines or elaborate patterns. It’s an exclusive line of Kirk Kara meant for the one you love.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Marry her!

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in Kirk Kara (23)

You want to impress your loved partner with a Kirk Kara diamond ring. Its breath taking setting and diamond cut will leave her astounded. The mesmerizing scintillation and brilliance that the diamond ring creates will electrify her. The detailed craftsmanship will amaze her and she’ll probably find herself staring at it for the longest time. But then…if you truly want to impress her, marry her. At the end of it, a woman doesn’t want the most impressive and brilliant diamond ring; the one thing that will truly sweep her off the floor is to pop the question. Remember Anna Kournikova’ $2.5 million engagement ring from Enrique Iglesias? Well news said Anna left Enrique last year after waiting endlessly for him to marry her. Apparently, diamond rings can only impress a woman so much.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Joyful Dance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:00:02 PM in Kirk Kara (23)

The story of Kirk Kara has reached far beyond America in its century-old existence. Since 1890, the brand has been perfecting the art of handcrafting rings and fine jewelry. The company’s many awards such as its 6-time Jewelers Choice Award attest to this admirable perfection. Kirk Kara’s excellence lies on its excellent gemologists and craftsmen, time-tested crafting methods and innovative design. One of Kirk Kara’s collections, Pirouetta, captures the grace and joy of dancing with dainty diamond rings set on platinum. Different shades of gold are balanced delicately in the design to achieve a noticeably unique look. The designs are replete with elegant details, emulating the rare and graceful poses and shapes of a joyful dance. Indeed, the woman who receives a Kirk Kara ring is sure to dance with glee as well.
Find Kirk Kara at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Kirk Kara Beauty

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:50:48 PM in Kirk Kara (23)

Six-time bagger of the Jeweler’s Choice Award Kirk Kara believes that bridal rings “should be visually stimulating from every angle”. Joint parts should also come together in perfect harmony, much like the most striking pieces of architecture. The brand’s seasoned artists and jewelers turn this principle to reality using the finest modern jewelry-making equipment backed by a century of solid experience. The Kirk Kara creations stand out in their classic grace and harmony, with intricate, diamond-laden swirls seamlessly flowing into one another. All the pieces are masterfully designed and handcrafted, with patient and persistent care for each tiny detail. As a 120 year old jewelry making company, populated by the best jewelers in the industry and showered with accolades not just from the clients but the authorities of the industry, Kirk Kara surely knows what it is doing when it comes to diamond bridal rings.
Find them at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto for your jewelry needs.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Passion for Perfection

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:21:36 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

There is no shortcut to perfection; there is no substitute for passion. These are the two things that built the respected name of Kirk Kara in the diamond jewelry industry. Established by the enterprising Kara family in New York 120 years ago, the brand is among the top manufacturers of elegant luxury bridal rings in the world. In 2013, the company celebrates its 6th consecutive year of winning the coveted Jewelers Choice Award for bridal jewelry. A feat that only a seasoned company completely passionate about what it is doing could achieve. The remarkably excellent craftsmanship which has been passed down to four generations remains evident in the intricate details of each design and the careful rendering of each piece.
Check out the brand’s wide array of classic and contemporary diamond rings at authorized retailer Shreve & Co with store location at Palo Alto.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Kirk Kara Sets the World on Sapphire

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:01:04 AM in Kirk Kara (23)

Having crafted multiple-award winning pieces of spectacular bridal jewelry for more than 60 years, Kirk Kara is ready to set the world on fire with its bold selection of pink and blue sapphire engagement and wedding rings. The Charlotte diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring is crafted with elaborate hand-etched designs on 18k gold or platinum and adorn with 0.11 carats of diamonds and 1.34 carats of emerald cut blue sapphires. As with other pieces in the Blue Sapphire and Pink Sapphire Engagement collections, the brilliant hues of the piece easily make a stand-out appearance above the more common purely white diamond engagement rings. Kirk Kara’s elegant rendering of both the world’s most valuable gem and the light and joyful “stones of wisdom” exhibits the brand’s world-class expertise in designing and handcrafting the finest engagement rings and wedding bands. 
Find the ring that makes you stand out most in vibrant colors when you visit Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Kirk Kara.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Boyhood Passion of a Multi-Awarded Craftsman

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:41:23 PM in Kirk Kara (23)

Change is constant in everybody’s life, but some childhood memories just cling to us for the rest of time. Kirk Kara, the fourth generation in a family of jewelers, still recalls the magical sights, smells and sensations of his grandfather’s workshop during his childhood years. It was in that early stage in his life that he discovered his passion for jewelry making as an art, long before he started apprenticeship under his father in 1965. He learned that there was no shortcut to perfection, and mastered every phase of the crafting process, from carving waxes to hand engraving. In the current commercialized world where most things are run of the mill, Kirk Kara’s specially handcrafted jewelry pieces stand out with depth and attitude. The label’s diamond bridal rings has been bagging the coveted Jewelers Choice Award for the last six years, an awe-inspiring testimony to the legacy instilled in the heart of the young boy who was Kirk Kara.
Check out his unrivaled bridal rings at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in their shop at Palo Alto.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Kirk Kara Did it Again

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:21:05 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


There have been talks going around that Kirk Kara is the five-time winner of the Jewelers Choice Award. That is not totally true. The truth is, the brand is now a six-time winner. Yes, the outstanding maker of glamorous diamond bridal rings did it again this year. It is not that Kirk Kara designers, expert gemologists and seasoned artisans are award freaks. They are simply talented individuals with overflowing passion for what they are doing. They also just happen to know what it takes to create valuable symbols of love and enduring family heirlooms. The fact that it remains a family enterprise after a hundred and twenty years testifies to Kirk Kara’s commitment for authentic service and strong family values. The name stands for ideally cut diamonds designed in detailed, classic lines and expertly handcrafted jewelry pieces. No wonder Kirk Kara creations repeatedly amaze both costumers and jewelers alike, year after year after year.
Check out the Kirk Kara collections at Shreve & Co. Jewelers, at Post Street, San Francisco.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Woman; A Jewel

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:13:48 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


What sparkles most is you - your style, your femininity, your passionate endeavors and your enthusiasm for life. Kirk Kara, however, comes pretty close. Inspired by the beautiful women dearest to the heart of the brand's designer, Kirk Kara jewelries shine with a weight of individuality and genuine class. Angelique, Kirk's fashionable mother, is the inspiration for Kirk Kara's vintage Angelique Right Hand Ring collection. This masterpiece of poetic feminine grace was featured in Diamond is Forever's 2005 national right hand ring campaign. Kirk's wife, Lucy, has her own eye for elegant style that fills him with creative inspiration day after day. Like women, Kirk Kara's jewelries have their own individual beauties that exude their own intrinsic charms. Find the one that embodies the glowing personality in you. Check out Kirk Kara's collections at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Jewelers' Choice

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:14:13 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


To win the revered Jewelers Choice Awards is a difficult feat. To win it five times is a mark of exceptional genius. The name behind that brilliance is Kirk Kara, designer and manufacturer of the world’s most beloved diamond engagement and wedding rings. The family-owned ring maker has been around for more than a hundred years, and their natural acumen for the trade shows no sign of fading. They are the trusted brand when it comes to the special symbols of love. Just last year, Kirk Kara’s Angelique Engagement Ring, with 0.35 carats in 18k white gold, was chosen as “Best Bridal Design” by the Jewelers Choice Awards. The design is indeed captivating, with its intricate weaves of white diamond meticulously hand engraved and hand milgrained on 18k gold or platinum.  The gemstone, styling and metal preference for this Kirk Kara ring is fully customizable for a more personalized touch. Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto brings you a wide selection of Kirk Kara gems.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hug, Kiss, Dance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 5:29:42 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


Five years in a row, Kirk Kara has won the Jeweler’s Choice awards. It was the Angelique K1250DC-R that caught the hearts of 16,000 fine jewelry retailers last 2012. Now, Kirk Kara unveils a new collection that surely to wow collectors and romantics alike. The XO collection invites a shower of hugs and kisses from every angle. It is described to have cool elegance meeting fiery beauty. This collection features hand-engraved details that focus the viewers’ attention to the center diamond; perfect for the woman who follows her stylistic sense the same way she follows her heart, as said by Kirk Kara himself. Another addition to the stunning Kirk Kara lineup, is the Pirouette collection. It is deemed as being joyful as it flows like beautiful dance. This is a collection of matching engagement and wedding rings. Kirk Kara’s inspiration for this design comes from dancing of the heart when it starts to fall in love. For these new collections, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Kirk Kara. 

Monday, January 07, 2013

From your Generation to Generations to Come

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


Winning five years in a row in the bridal category in the Jeweler’s Choice Awards is an exceptional feat. But what do you expect from Kirk Kara? Having been in the business for generations; being a part of a family of master jewelers, it is almost as expected for the maker of the most popular high-end bridal jewelry in America. By marrying classical and vintage styles and modern take, Kirk Kara has managed to stay in the forefront of the bridal jewelry market. Kirk Kara has done this through using only the finest materials and a hands-on approach; Kirk Kara himself approves every piece which is engraved by a hallmark of Kirk Kara authenticity. 
Banking on the centuries of experience of artisans, Kirk Kara produces every piece different and durable. This ensures that you are not just buying a ring; but a symbol of your eternal love; homage, to be exact, to the passion behind the act; an heirloom. For Kirk Kara, it is the bond of family that his jewelries best evoke. His jewelries are intended for the family to enjoy. So no one person can really own a Kirk Kara, it is owned by family; now and by generations to come. For your family heirlooms, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealers for Kirk Kara. 

Sunday, September 09, 2012

5 Years in a Row

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


Winning two years straight is a feat; but five years straight? That’s a myth in the making. Kirk Kara bagged the yearly Jewelers’ Choice Awards for five years in succession. It was the Angelique Collection’s K1330DG-R that snagged the award for the fifth time this year of 2012. It has been known to be a poetic symbol of femininity and grace. Kirk Kara hand-engraved jewelries are impeccable symbols for one’s undying love. They are made with expert craftsmanship and spotless perfection – truly are the right signals you want to put out to your beloved for your engagement ring. The experts have voted and they have chosen Kirk Kara five years straight. You know she too has been eyeing her ideal engagement ring from you. Yet you can always be sure that Kirk Kara is somewhere in the top of her list. Do not disappoint. Trust the experts. Kirk Kara is forever. Shreve & Co. is an authorized dealer for Kirk Kara. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Terms and Conditions for Unconditional Love

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Kirk Kara (23)


You have just given your dream girl a Kirk Kara platinum engagement ring to profess your unconditional love. The week after, the deal is off. The emotional trauma aside, when the planned marriage is cancelled, can the man claim back the engagement ring (especially a Kirk Kara one)? Yes, says some legal experts and, likely, a lot of ex-engaged men in the U.S. arguing that the engagement ring is a conditional gift, which under the legal rules of property, is owned by the donor until marriage is consummated. But there are caveats, as contrarians are wont to argue. Should the ring is given during a holiday when gift-giving is universally expected, such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas, the ring becomes a personal property of the recipient. Nothing is set in, well…stone though. As lawyers debate on this, romantics couldn’t care less. They only care that the engagement ring be a symbol of their love; and if it is Kirk Kara’s call, a symbol of an undying devotion that can extend far into being an heirloom like its fine collection of hand-engraved jewelry. Besides, if you are giving a Kirk Kara ring, you are naturally bred in the highest levels of civility.
Shreve is an authorized dealer of Kirk Kara jewelry.
Image: A comfort-fit band wedding ring in platinum from the "Artin" collection


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