Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Panerai Illumination

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:43:15 PM in Panerai (17)

Like other truly successful watch companies, Panerai watches all reflect a shared feature and language unique to the brand. Its most distinctive style is a large cushion case sporting highly legible dial and a wide variation of highly polished steel bracelets and rubber or leather straps. The Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT, one of the brand’s flagship models, enjoys considerable popularity in the contemporary watch market. This model’s cushion case is fashioned from solid brushed stainless steel, with a watertight polished steel crown that is protected by Panerai’s trademark crown protecting device – a half crescent device that keeps the crown locked unless the release lever is pulled back. The 44mm round case is topped by a non-too fancy dial with amazing legibility day or night. This amazing feat, which is also a Panerai distinction, is achieved through its non-radioactive Luminor material that sheds luminescence to the markers. It is a perfect wear for men of action and distinction looking for versatility, legibility and presence. 
 
Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco is an authorized dealer for Panerai.
 
 

On Top of the Game

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:41:19 PM in Patek Philippe (17)

Patek Philippe, the globally acclaimed Swiss watch manufacture, is undoubtedly at the pinnacle of watchmaking. That said, the company continues to invest heavily in Advanced Research for making more precise watches in thinner more elegant cases. The adage “If you’re not moving up, you’re going down” rings true in the dynamic environment of Patek Philippe’s Geneva workshop and administrative headquarters.  As fourth generation and current President Thierry Stern puts it, “We are at the top now, sure, and we could last maybe ten more years without trying something new, but after that we would fall if we did not continue to push things forward.” Patek Philippe’s competitive edge comes from its focus on authentic precise instruments that offer real substance – top-class aesthetics, innovative modern technology, and unchallenged technical functionality that springs from four generations of legendary watchmaking experience. With its undying drive for excellence, the company’s trailblazing streak is surely tough to beat. 
 
Find your Patek Philippe timepiece at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Patek Philippe.
 
 

Same Old Brand New Marvel

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:37:32 PM in Bell & Ross (16)

Bell and Ross veers away from its iconic boxy-case design for its BR 126 Sport watch, but not from its emblematic Vintage appeal. The brand’s first watches were designed by Belamich and Rosillo – yes, that’s your Mr. Bell and Mr. Ross – and were launched in 1992. These earliest models bore the shape and semblance of cockpit instruments that became an integral part of the Bell and Ross design that initially catered to serious diving and aviation professionals. Through the years, the company continues to expand its reaches to sports enthusiasts, which led to its circular case vintage models such as BR126 Sport. While the timepiece has a sophisticated and every-day-wear friendly design, it no less upholds the four design principles of Bell and Ross, that is optimal water resistance, unquestionably precise Swiss mechanical movement, specialized functions, and clear visual indicators. Check out the new face of a trusted name. 
 
Find Bell and Ross at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for Bell and Ross.
 
 

A Rebirth of an Icon

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:35:28 PM in Longines (16)

Longines, the world renowned Swiss watch manufacturer based in Saint-Imier, has been dipping in its 180-year old archives to come up with another fantastic re-edition of its famous classic timepieces. The brand’s newest re-do of its 1960’s classic has a name that is quite a mouthful – Expeditions Polaires Francaises- Missions Paul-Emile Victor, and a make that is equally interesting. The 38.5mm highly polished case has a nice and simple profile that brings to attention the overall design of the watch – silvery white dial marked with dark hands and SuperLuminova numeral indicators; a good retro-sized crown that facilitates easy winding and sports the unmistakable Longines winged logo; curved lugs that lets the 9mm thin case comfortably hug the wrist; and leather bracelets that complete the classic and sophisticated  Expeditions Polaires Francaises look.  Inside it is the extremely reliable Longines L619 base-caliber adjustable movement that performs with great accuracy. It is a flawless re-edition that pays homage to Longines’ watchmaking heritage while it utilizes the industry’s most modern technology. 
 
Check it out at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
 
 

The Golden Bridge

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:32:38 PM in Corum (16)

Corum Golden Bridge watch is a mechanical watchmaking masterpiece that runs on a specially designed mechanism utterly unique in the haute horlogerie world. The Golden Bridge name finds its origins in its extraordinary manually wound mechanism that places its components on a single bridge made of 18 gold. The wondrous workings of the movement can be seen through its equally unique display case made of sapphire crystals on both sides. The original form of this model was designed by renowned independent watchmaker Vincent Calabrese. The equally accomplished haute de gamme movements and complications specialist firm, Vaucher, constructed and reengineered the baton movement of the timepiece, strengthening critical areas and providing measures to prevent damage due to overwinding. Pieced together through strong collaborations and stringent quality standards, Corum’s Golden Bridge is a modern work of art – mechanically and aesthetically. 
 
Check out Corum at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Corum.
 
 

A Fresh Take on Timeless Classics

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:30:02 PM in Baume & Mercier (16)

Baume & Mercier gives a nod to classic watchmaking with its classic Capeland collection, composed of heritage wrist watches modeled from the late 1940’s. The 180-year old Swiss brand strikes a retro look with historic aesthetics on the watches’ components such as pomme hands and scaled tachymeter scale, mid-century style Arabic numerals and bold colors. A clear glass display back reveals the base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7753 automatic movement and its which has been modified by Lajoux-Perret. The dial, which comes in a long list of color options ranging from black and white to anthracite or silver, display a variety of functions – flyback chronograph, tachymeter, telemeter and date. The satin-polished case and leather bracelet reinforces the classic look of the collection. The crown is also more prominent, emblematic of the time when crowns were intentionally large for easy winding. 
 
Check out Capeland at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Baume & Mercier.
 
 

A Legend: On the Road and on Your Wrist

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:27:18 PM in Parmigiani Fleurier (17)

Parmigiani Fleurier is among the youngest legends in the watch making industry. Founded in 1966 by prolific horologist Michel Parmigiani in the heart of Val-de-Travers in Switzerland, it has an infantile lifespan in relation to the dominant centuries-old Swiss haute horlogerie brands. But no, Parmigiani Fleurier is certainly not a fledgling, as evidenced by the multiple global awards it has garnered for its exceptional timepieces. One of such is the “Watch of the Year” Award it received in 2006 from the Japanese press for its Bugatti model based on the equally legendary Bugatti Veyron supercar. The appealing initial idea of the brand was to create “an engine block on the wrist that also tells time”, which gave rise to a highly complex and technical assembly arranged like a transversal engine. It is designed for perfect execution, inspired by the advanced engineering from the automotive industry. When the name is Parmigiani Fleurier, you buy a watch and take home a legend. 
 
Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon is an authorized dealer for Parmigiani Fleurier.
 
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nothing Else Like Jaeger

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:51:12 AM in Jaeger Lecoultre (18)

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a prestigious luxury watch manufacturer based Le Sentier, Switzerland. It was established in 1833 and since then has been the name behind hundreds of famous inventions in watchmaking such as the world’s smallest caliber, the world’s most complicated wristwatch, and even a remarkable timepiece with a near-perpetual movement. The company’s founder Antoine LeCoultre invented the most precise measuring instrument called Millionomètre in 1844, and three years later created a system that eliminated the need to rewind and set watches manually using keys. Not half a decade later, he was awarded a gold medal for his impressive works on timepiece precision and mechanization. Antoine set the tradition of break-through and innovation that the company is still hinged on today. Along the way, the name has astounded the world with nearly impossible horological feats like the production of its ultra-thin pocket watches – the thinnest in the world, grandes complications starting with its Gyrotourbillon I, and historic timepieces such as the Reverso and Douplan
 
Find Jaeger-LeCoultre watches at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
 
 

An Irresistible Feminine Touch

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:49:16 AM in Chanel (17)

Horology is a man’s world – for the most part. But this does not keep excellent female-oriented brands such as Chanel from making their contributions to this predominantly male-driven industry. The Chanel J12 is the famous fashion brand’s take on haute horlogerie. The timepiece was designed as a sports-chick device that nevertheless look charming and elegant with formal wear, a duality that role-joggling women could never seem to get over. Chanel achieved this perfectly with a dainty case and bracelet made of ceramic that glimmer with high polish in black, white or bluish gray hues. Feminine and sophisticated, the watch runs on Swiss Made automatic caliber featuring a 42-hour power reserve. In totality, the J12 is a comfortable and functional device that deserves a place in the male-dominated watch market and a fashionable companion for the modern woman. 
 
Find J12 and other Chanel watches at Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Chanel.
 
 

Set the Ball Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:47:52 AM in Ball (17)

As a renowned maker of trusted diving watches, Ball Watch has been partnering for decades with the best athletes in this field, including Guillaume Néry who is the holder of many constant weight free diving world championship titles. The Engineer Master II Skindiver is a remake of Ball’s 1960’s Skindiver model, then released to respond to the growing popularity of diving in the United States. The newer model is undeniably retro in style, clearly visible in its black round dial with large numeral indicators and hands. The technology that powers it, however, is far from outdated. As in all the Ball watches, the Swiss Made Skindiver bears astounding functionality and quality that only Ball Watch could guarantee – automatic caliber ETA 2836-2, 15 double sized micro gas lights for night reading capacity, and shock, water and magnet resistance. 
 
Find the real stuff when it comes to divers’ watches at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Ball Watch. 
 
 

The Da Vinci Legacy

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:46:02 AM in IWC (14)

Artist, scientist, and inventor among other things – Leonardo da Vinci was an exceptional man in his generation who continues to inspire the both the thinker and tinkers of our age. Without him, the current world would have been a different place. IWC’s Da Vinci collection is a tribute to the great master, whose greatest passion was the precise measurement of time. The collection’s Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month Chronograph embodies the revolutionary mind that inspired it. The timepiece is powered by the 89800 calibre that is comprised of 474 parts and controls the watch’s multiple functions – a crown-activated rapid advance perpetual calendar, leap year display, stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds, an hour and minute counter combined in a single totalizer at 12 o’clock, and the large double-digit display for day and month that is a pioneer in the industry. 
 
Find out more of this collection that stays ahead of its time when you check out IWC at Shreve & Co. with store location at Palo Alto.
 
 

How Time Flies

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:44:05 AM in Breitling (17)

Time flies – literally at Breitling, the premier manufacturer of time-telling precision instruments since 1884. Established in the Swiss Jura by the modern chronograph inventor Léon Breitling, the watch brand has a rich history closely intertwined with the field of aviation. Breitling’s first independent chronograph pushpiece, which separated the stop/start functions from the reset one created great strides in aviation, especially in flight time calculations. The brand’s highly technical and aesthetically impressive models such as the Navitimer 1461 spurred Breitling to the top of the industry for highly-functional modern watches trusted by serious sports enthusiasts and seasoned aviation professionals. The Grande Complication Navitimer Chronograph bears the famous circular aviation slide rule combined with a “leap year calendar” and the sophisticated Breitling 19 selfwinding mechanical movement that is comprised of 450 parts. 
 
Fly forward to the future with sophistication, precision and confidence with Breitling – available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
 
 

Never at a Stand-Still

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:40:03 AM in A. Lange & Sohne (15)

“There’s something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: To never stand still.” Walter Lange, great grandson of A. Lange & Sohne founder Ferdinand Lange, lives by this paradigm. With the destruction of the Berlin Wall, Walter spearheaded the relaunch their family’s watch company in Saxony. He was then at his 60’s, the golden period when everyone else started to seriously think about retirement. Not Walter Lange. The reestablishment of the brand not only gave a bright ray of hope to the people of Glashütte but also brought back to life the standards of watchmaking perfection that Ferdinand Lange’s company operated on earlier in history. Now in his 85th year, the patriarch is still involved in many aspects of the A. Lange & Sohne development as a recognized world-leader in haute horlogerie with strong presence in Asia, Europe and the United States. 
 
At Portland, Oregon, A. Lange & Sohne is sold at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. Jewelers.
 
 

Classics with a Different Take

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:37:29 AM in Suna Brothers (17)

All classics are not created equal, and Suna Brothers proves the point with its selection of perfectly cut diamonds bearing unsurpassed beauty. Expert diamond cutters and seasoned jewelry making specialists work closely together in the brand’s New York workshop to design and produce the world’s unique and elegant “modern classic” jewelry pieces. While creating the initial pencil and gouache renderings, Suna designers pay careful attention the scale, balance and details – all essential components of the brand’s signature modern classic look.  Suna stones are rare precious gems that are selected by hand and matched to maximize their brilliance and beauty. Suna Brothers takes nothing for granted in the production stage, from the creation of wax models to the final polishing and inspection of the final products, to make sure each piece stamped with its serial number and trademark is a jewelry that deserves to be a treasured heirloom for generations to come. 
 
Find Suna Brothers at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – an authorized dealer for Suna Brothers.
 
 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bold Style Statement and Subtle Elegance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:07:33 PM in Marco Bicego (16)

The Marco Bicego perfection is the elegant fusion of spontaneity, asymmetry and versatility. Currently fourth top seller in the United States, the renowned Italian brand is steadily gaining grounds in the luxury jewelry. In the industry littered with brands, names and glittering stones, Marco Bicego differentiates his jewels with a unique and natural finish inspired by the world’s most evocative cities and landscapes. His collections feature matched necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that are crafted in handcrafted 18k gold, with the Bicego trademark hand-engraved pattern, and adorned with colorful exotic stones in beautiful organic shapes. Inspired by exotic places such as Marrakech, Goa and bestselling Jaipur, these collections stands as testimony to Marco Bicego’s rare skill in blending innovative technology and old-world Italian crafting traditions. Their natural designs make them a bold statement of personal style that stand out in any event or occasion. 
 
Check out Marco Bicego at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. Jewelers with store location in Palo Alto.
 
 

Extravagant Love

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:05:49 PM in John Hardy (16)

The Cinta, which means “love” in the Indonesian language, is a collection of John Hardy’s finest haute joaillerie pieces. The Bali-based brand is a world-renowned jewelry manufacturer distinctive in its rare Asian inspired designs and affinity to the protection and preservation of the environment. The Pura Naga Sea Gold is a Cinta necklace made of 18k gold and sterling silver with a pendant elaborately fashioned into a sinuous figure of the Naga – Bali’s mythical dragon that symbolizes love, prosperity and protection. The Naga is beautifully encrusted with a myriad of yellow sapphires, brown diamonds, red spinel, on its body’s detailed engraving especially handcrafted by John Hardy artisans. Two elegant golden South Sea Pearls take central stage in the necklace – an ode to the Indonesian tale of love and sacrifice regarding the cosmic dragon and his beloved pearl. The Pura Naga, literally “the dragon’s palace”, is an extravagant expression of love both in essence and form. 
 
Find John Hardy’s Cinta collection at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
 
 

No Ordinary Gem

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:03:34 PM in Christopher Designs (17)

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.
 
 

The Works of the Master Mind

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:02:00 PM in Alex Sepkus (17)

There is no platform too small, no pattern too tedious and no simple things too dull for the prolific Lithuanian artist Alex Sepkus. The award-winning fine jewelry designer listens repeatedly to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” on his IPod and immerses himself with great literary works, yet also finds great inspiration in life’s simple pleasures like lazy mornings and the sight of beautifully rendered flagstones on medieval church floors. His golden 15x11 mm bean pendant is a shimmering example of the artist’s deeply expressive and remarkably detailed designs. The bean-shaped piece is a 360 degree sculptural item hand-engraved with nearly-microscopic geometric patterns in the quintessential Alex Sepkus flourish. The spontaneous order of brilliant diamond and tiny circular designs for this pendant, worked untiringly under a microscope, are part of the Alex Sepkus charm that enthralls the world especially among his peers. 
 
Find the Alex Sepkus collections at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
 
 

The Life Behind the Name

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:59:40 PM in Stephen Webster (18)

Stephen Webster is the favorite name in Hollywood for fine and silver jewelry in the less mainstream gothic, rock and roll and steam punk styles. Stephen was born in the southern part of England and received his education at Medway College. The young and gifted designer first opened a store in London in the year 1994. Just 14 years later, Stephen reaches in the jewelry world has expanded into more than 20 international boutiques, a firm grip on the fashion trends of Hollywood, and worldwide acclaim for his ingeniously modern jewelry designs. Simultaneously holding two directorship positions in the industry’s biggest players, Stephen Webster is a celebrity and a star in his own rights. 
 
Check out his remarkable pieces at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto – authorized distributor for Stephen Webster jewelry.
 
 

More Diamonds, More Amore

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:58:05 PM in Michael M (15)

More diamonds, more sparkle, more love. That is the package that comes with Michael M.’s Amore diamond bridal ring collection. Handcrafted by seasoned craftsmen in the company’s workshop in Los Angeles under the direction of the brand’s founder himself, Michael Meksian, each piece is fashioned from a choice of platinum or 18k gold and encrusted with diamond stones and center stones. The distinctive feature of Michael M. rings are the regal European shanks and lavish use of diamonds on metal settings. The Amore collection is fully decked not only with sparkling stones, but also fully arrayed with elaborate and elegant designs and completely immersed in meaningful symbolism of love and passion. 
 
Find the Michael M. Amore and other bridal collections at Shreve & Co. Jewelers on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized retailer for Michael M.
 
 

Moonlit Love Affair

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:56:07 PM in Kwiat (17)

The majesty and melodrama of the moon has moved poets, produced sonatas and inspired master artists. Kwiat’s Moonlight collection follows along the same creative tradition. Using masterfully matched diamond stones, Kwiat creates a selection of elegant jewelry pieces that emulate the graceful and glittering elegance of a beautiful moonlit night. The collection features bracelets, rings, and earrings that shine with rows of Kwiat pave diamonds, crafted in the same masterful strokes that won the brand a permanent place in the Hollywood red carpet and among the most recognizable names in the diamond and jewelry industry. Established in the old diamond district of New York City in 1907 by Sam Kwiat, the family company continues its hundred-year affair with diamonds of classic sophistication. 
 
Find Kwiat at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Portland, Oregon – authorized retailer for Kwiat diamonds.
 
 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Passion Intensified

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:28:12 AM in Hearts on Fire (16)

Intense is what Hearts on Fire diamond engagement rings are all about. Perfectly engaging, perfectly timeless, and perfectly passionate, the luxury jewelry pieces from the world-famous brand shine with the brilliance and intensity of fire, symbolic of love’s unquenchable fervor. The Hearts on Fire diamond, uniquely faceted to reveal a stunning ring of eight hearts at the bottom and a perfectly formed symmetrical fireburst on top of each stone, was perfected in 2006 and quickly became known, quite fittingly, as “The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond.” Hearts on Fire’s engagement ring collections feature the elegant and glamorous Hearts on Fire diamond in a whole array of classic solitaires, remarkable three-stones or contemporary halo and micro-pave designs. Center diamonds stones range from 3.00 carats and up, and are guaranteed to sparkle with life and reflect the passionate love that they symbolize.
 
Find Hearts on Fire diamond engagement rings at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Hearts on Fire.
 
 

An Abundance of Esprit

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:25:46 AM in Chimento (16)

“Morale is the state of mind. It is elan, esprit de corps and determination,” says G. Catlett Marshall. So inspired, Chimento’s trendy Esprit collection for men indeed resonates with the ardor and vivacious camaraderie of a persistent and confident young man. Targeted towards the savvy and modern urbanites, this selection by famous jewelry manufacturing label Chimento is composed of chic and elegant stainless steel cuff links that perfectly complement the tastes of a suave bachelor. Fashioned in the same high-end jewelry-making tradition of the brand, the collection fuses contemporary design to classic styles using innovative materials and unconventional form. Esprit links come in rose colored pvd coating that increases their durability up to ten-folds, and enhances their aesthetic value at the same time.
 
Looking good is a subtle way to keep a man’s spirits high, so indulge him with the gift of Esprit by Chimento. Find them at Shreve & Co on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized dealer for Chimento jewelry.
 
 

The Charm of Childhood Fancies

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:23:10 AM in Aaron Basha (18)

Aaron Basha, famous New York-based designer of luxury charms and jewelry, takes fun very seriously. The brand is the first name that comes to mind for youthful yet elegant jewelry pieces, such as the flighty and colorful ladybug earrings, playful panda and choo-choo train pendants, and especially the iconic baby shoe charms. The wide selection of intricate designs are like memories of carefree childhood days come back to life again, at least in miniature forms crafted on 18k gold and other precious metals. Aaron Basha carefully builds every lovely piece of its collections by hand. One of Aaron Basha’s famous designs was a diamond-encrusted, life-size baby shoe pendant which took two months to craft by hand and cost more than £1 million for one of the company’s royal clients, a South East Asian princess.
 
You may not be a princess who stays forever young, but you can keep a streak of childlike joy wherever you go with Aaron Basha’s fanciful jewelry pieces, available from selected authorized dealer Shreve & Co. with location in Portland, Oregon. 
 
 

Brilliant Choice for Splendid Memories

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:20:43 AM in Mémoire (18)

Every brilliant woman deserves an equally brilliant diamond, like the ones from Mémoire. The national award winning jewelry brand has been manufacturing flawless, elegant and enduring diamond jewelry pieces in the United States for more than 20 years. Its classic designs are extruded or milled using the most state-of-the-art technology to create exceptional quality jewelry pieces that are unmatched in timeless elegant quality and durability. Every Mémoire diamond stone, regardless of cut or style, is individually scrutinized under microscope by a staff GIA Graduate gemologist to ensure only the finest stones with the most dazzling fire and brilliance makes it to any of the brand’s head-turning designs. Indeed, the most memorable moments with the most special woman in your life shines even brighter with Mémoire’s exceptional diamond engagement rings and wedding bands.
 
Check them out at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized retailer for Mémoire.
 
 

A Shining History

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:18:48 AM in Harry Kotlar (18)

As the premier jewelry manufacturer Harry Kotlar celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, the company looks back with poignant pride to its rich and inspiring history. After toughing out the frightful challenges of the Second World War, Polish immigrant Harry Kotlar arrived in the United States with his family to start a fledgling diamond business. The name that is now synonymous with “The World’s Most Brilliant Cushion Cut Diamonds” began humbly in the pioneer jeweler’s dedication as he personally sold loose diamonds, cut by his brother-in-law, to jewelry manufacturers and retailers. Having lost most possessions during the preceding war, Kotlar’s biggest asset was his quickly-expanding network of relationships based on trust and integrity. The third generation of the family continues to uphold the brand’s sterling reputation in the industry, as well as the first generation’s commitment to Beauty, Art and Perfection.
 
In addition to the brand’s expertly-cut polished loose diamonds, Harry Kotlar offers luxury and bridal jewelries all meticulously handcrafted and set in the most endearing designs. Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon is an authorized dealer for Harry Kotlar. 
 
 

A Unique DNA

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:15:41 AM in Furrer Jacot (14)

The uniqueness of Furrer-Jacot’s contemporary bridal rings is found in the brand’s “DNA of Authenticity, Excellence and Individuality”. For 150 years, the company’s headquarters nestled in the Schaffhausen canton of Switzerland has been operating in the tradition of excellence both in craftsmanship and quality. Furrer-Jacot uses only the finest precious metals in terms of aesthetic value and durability such as 950 platinum, 750 gold in different shades, and 950 palladium. Expert craftsmen in the state-of-the-art manufacturing house tirelessly labor over each ring through multiple stages of production using precise, computer-aided processes as well as time-tested handcrafting techniques. From the preliminary milling to the tedious hand-engraving and polishing, Furrer-Jacot’s rings are handled only by the most seasoned hands and modern machinery in the industry. Neither does the company stop at comfortable and modern pieces. Clients can celebrate their love story with their own personal design in the Ringdividuell Collection®, the brand’s extra-mile effort to assure every couple a one-of-a-kind symbol for their unique romance.
 
Find Furrer-Jacot rings at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Furrer-Jacot.
 
 

Perfectly Different

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 4:12:43 AM in Cento (14)

“The art of being different,” unfading principle of Italian master jeweler Roberto Coin, is apparent even in the way he cuts his diamonds. The 100-faceted Cento diamond is the designer’s most extravagant and creative, not to mention meticulous feat. The perfect proportions of the stone’s table size and pavilion depth best display the combination of refraction and brilliance, designed to showcase more brilliant light and fire. Instead of the conventional 8 sides with 57 or 58 facets, Cento diamonds sparkle and stand out in their nine fold symmetry with exactly 100 facets, a special number that marks the master’s ingenuity and unrivaled craftsmanship. Carefully cut by hand for 12 to 15 hours, each precious Cento stone reveals a beautiful floral pattern that beckons to the jewelry lovers with the most discriminating tastes.
 
Perfect as central stone in a solitaire engagement ring, as a component of a family heirloom or displayed in a gregarious piece of Haute Joaillerie, the rare beauty of Cento finds a special place in every jewelry collection. Find yours at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
 
 

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Wrapped in Delicate Strength

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:14:32 AM in Roberto Coin (20)

Once again, Roberto Coin transcends the norms of jewelry making with its bold and evocative rendition of the elephant, symbol of wisdom and temperance.  Long known for its prolific portrayals of creatures and objects, the brand adds one more masterpiece to its set of limited edition designer jewelry pieces. The elephant, whose trunk can carry a whole tree but also pick a dainty flower with grace, is an embodiment of delicacy and strength with wisdom that balances both. To capture this effect, Roberto Coin’s Limited Edition Elephant bracelet uses a myriad of precious metals and stones starting with a finely detailed, enameled rose gold head figure whose black jade eyes gaze with tender meekness. The prominence of the creature’s ears is highlighted with streaks of colorless diamond stones and instead of ivory, the precious tusks are also completely encrusted with the brilliant stones. Its emblematic trunk is cleverly engineered to wrap delicately around the wrist as an elegant bracelet. 
 
Find this awe-inspiring limited edition jewelry piece at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Roberto Coin.
 
 

Maximizing Creative Liberties

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:12:47 AM in A. Link (14)

Earrings are often the most exciting pieces a jewelry designer could work on. Their close proximity to the face make their every little detail easily noticeable, and the way they are hung instead of wrapped around allows infinite possibilities of 360-degree sculptural designs – a freedom that could not be enjoyed by artists with the more restricted rings or bracelets. Diamond jewelry specialist A. Link loves to take these creative liberties to evoke beauty and elegance through its many notable earring pieces. The Figaro Chandelier Earring, part of A. Link’s Opera collection, lends an air of drama and timeless romance to the wearer’s visage and highlights her lovely features with a dazzling diamond backdrop. The image of the elaborately designed pair of diamond earrings cascading down to the neckline creates a lovely whimsical and sophisticated impression that makes a beautiful face difficult to forget. 
 
Find this masterpiece by A. Link at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in their location at Portland, Oregon. 
 
 

The Wellendorff Difference

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:10:03 AM in Wellendorf (19)

Originality and authenticity – these are two things that a brand needs in order to survive in the highly competitive jewelry industry. Wellendorff, the century-old German manufacturer of fine luxury jewelry, thrives with those two distinctive features engrained in its core values. Wellendorff’s inimitable rotating ring collections are popular all over the world for their unique make-up and rare exquisite quality. Each ring is actually made up of at least four separate rings that are firmly attached to each other but also individually movable, resulting in one ring composed of “spinning bands”. Every ring ensemble has its own gravitating design composed of gold bands – bare or enamel coated, and diamond bands bearing the highest grade diamonds. Each piece has a personality of its own that embodies the Wellendorff tradition of exceptional craftsmanship and rare creativity. 
 
Experience the extraordinary pieces of Wellendorff, crafted in Pforzheim, Germany and available in selected authorized dealers such as Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto.
 
 

The Penny Preville Phenomenon

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:08:01 AM in Penny Preville (19)

Martha Stewart Weddings, Tatler Russia, Milieu Magazine, InStyle, W Magazine, etc. – fashionably elegant jewelry pieces by much-acclaimed designer Penny Preville are featured by style authorities everywhere all the time. The award winning artist from Long Island stepped into the fashion world with her namesake jewelry collection at a young age. Her signature style that fuses old world techniques with contemporary interpretation exudes a lovely sense of femininity, elegance and wearability. The talented entrepreneur and artist speaks fondly of her collections. “Jewelry is very personal and individual to the wearer, my goal is to keep designing pieces that will make a woman look and feel fabulous." No wonder her pieces, which feature vibrant combinations of precious metals and gems, gather accolades and recognitions everywhere. Stylists and jewelers acknowledge her natural gift in the craft, while women in all walks of life relate with the personal touch that each of her pieces exudes. 
 
Find Penny Preville’s luxurious designs at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized dealer for Penny Preville.
 
 

A Fitting Symbol

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:04:30 AM in Martin Flyer (14)

Wedding bands have gone through many major transformations, from the woven grass and reed rings of the ancient Egyptians to the sparkling and elegant diamond jewelry pieces that we know today. Nevertheless, the meaning remains unchanged – a symbol of a couple’s undying commitment to one another. At Martin Flyer, every engagement and wedding ring is carefully handcrafted to become a graceful and enduring attestation of love for each other. The brand’s 10,000-foot facility in Manhattan, New York houses seasoned artisans who are experts in crafting precious metals such as platinum and 18k gold,  handling and setting the finest diamond stones, and designing and engraving the most intricate mounts and patterns that are both contemporary and timelessly elegant. The various Martin Flyer collections under the FlyerFit umbrella, including FlyerFit® Classic, FlyerFit® Vintage, FlyerFit® Simplicity, and FlyerFit® Perfected, cater to a wide spectrum of styles and preferences to make sure each couple can express their devotion in their own unique and personal way. 
 
Find the symbol that perfectly fits you at Shreve & Co in Portland Oregon – an authorized dealer for Martin Flyer.
 
 

Kirk Kara Sets the World on Sapphire

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:01:04 AM in Kirk Kara (15)

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.
 
 

A New Wave of Renaissance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:55:42 AM in David Yurman (15)

David Yurman, New York-based jewelry designer and manufacturer, is a distant offshoot of the Renaissance era. Just as artists in that period recreated the classics with their own aesthetic sensibility and innovative techniques, David Yurman follows after the classic tradition with a creative streak that is his own. His intricate and timeless designs such as the iconic Yurman helix cable bracelets, crosses and knot works are influenced by the elaborate artistry of ancient Greek, Roman and Celtic forms. The brand’s Renaissance Collection is a quintessential David Yurman selection that uses classic techniques and modern technology on precious metals and brilliant gems to produce the sculptural forms and jewel tones found in paintings from classical times. The Citrine Renaissance Ring, fashioned from sterling silver helix cable and embellished with 18k yellow gold bands and faceted garnet, rhodalite and citrine, is a visual description of its designer’s “Continuing in the Classic Tradition” motto. 
 
Find more of David Yurman’s evocative collections when you visit Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized retailer for David Yurman.