Friday, February 28, 2014
Pink diamonds are rare. They are mostly found in the remote mines of Africa, India, and Brazil and are formed way deep down under the earth’s mantle. What give them the pinkish glare are the minerals safely contained in the crystals that are far from the surface of the earth and safe from the adverse effects of heat. The minerals are hence trapped and preserved in exactly the right amount and time to give them the pinkish hue. It is this rare value of pink diamonds that makes Suna Bros. one of the truly luxurious signatures in the world. Suna Bros. is known for manufacturing pink diamond jewelry that boasts of simple yet splendid creations soothing to the eyes. The platinum diamond leaf bracelet, starfish pendant, heart pendant, snowflake pin, or the simple gold pink diamond ring--all these display the true essence of craftsmanship that Suna Bros. is known for.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Sometimes the traditional gold or silver jewelry just doesn't blend well with your casual attire of polo shirt, hoodies, and blue jeans. But that doesn't mean you're skipping the bling. John Hardy is a worthy alternative. Have you seen their new arrivals of hip and cool bracelets made of colorful sailing cord, stainless steel, and leather for men and women? Or their creative link bracelets? They’re witty and innovative, not to mention crafted by one of the most admired sustainable jewelry brands today. The John Hardy spirit is inspired by its high regard for the environment. John Hardy pieces showcase the beauty of the earth. Like for instance, its Bamboo collection. One of its designs resembles thin bamboo sticks that have been shaped into bangles. Another design resembles natural black stones beaded into elegant bracelets and necklaces. It’s luxury with a social mindset.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Gems are believed to hold various meanings. From their time of discovery, they have been used for healing and preventing misfortunes. For some it may be hard to find the logic behind these traditional beliefs, but at face value, gems are simply beautiful. And people normally associate beauty with wellness, luck and positive vibrations. But whatever the magic behind these gems, people are captivated and they love wearing them. Marco Bicego perfectly captures the beauty of gems in its jewelry designs. Its Unico collection is made from carefully selected stones that are engraved in yellow or white 18-carat gold. No two gems are alike and Marco Bicego preserves their natural beauty into eternity. You don’t need to believe the healing powers or magic behind gems; you just need to appreciate a truly artistic Marco Bicego gem piece.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
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.
For spring 2014, some fashion-savvy people say orange is the new black. But unlike the universal black though, the fiery hue of orange has to be worn tastefully. Orange is a delicate color that works best with neutral and colors with minimal brightness. The colors you match with it should also be chosen with extra care. For jewelry, an equally solid and vibrant gold will not do harm. Alex Sepkus, which is known for it 18-carat-gold jewelry line that are laden with natural-color diamonds, is clever match for an orange dress. The artistic sense of Alex Sepkus will add more individuality, character and sophistication to its wearer. Consider the play of elements of color and vibrancy in Alex Sepkus jewelry, and a solid-color fashion attire is just like a match made in heaven.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California.
When it comes to music, the classics are eternal. Even if the classics are passed on from one generation to another, they are deeply embedded in the people's consciousness and culture. The same goes with jewelry, the classics are synonymous to timelessness and undiminishing value. Jewelry brand Stephen Webster, which was founded thirty-eight years ago, is celebrated for creating what it calls the "modern classics". The Webster trade secret that enabled the brand to thrive for 38 years (and counting) is to create jewelry that in time will be among the most-prized collections. The fact that the world's most-admired and glamorous stars in the entertainment business today wear Stephen Webster attests to its superb quality and unsurpassed elegance. Not the least, Stephen Webster has 200 sale hubs worldwide, a testament to the signature’s global prominence.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon.
What could be more exquisite than a shimmering mosaic of diamonds? The crystals are carefully pieced together to display perfect elegance. This is called stone-setting — the art of securely attaching gemstones into jewelry. A perfect example is the "Fine Jewelry" collection under renowned brand Michael M. Pave-set diamond jewelry are composed of crushed diamonds that when put together become a more sophisticated fashion piece. But while pretty to look at, paves are only as good as their durability. The common problem with bead-set-jewelry is that the gems — if not properly attached — may start to fall out in time. That is why it would be wise to only purchase from well-established and tested brands like Michael M. After all, diamonds are worth investing, so make sure to get the signature with a great return.
Michael M is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, February 21, 2014
There are people who are fascinated with jewelry pieces but hate wearing them. They are those that are simply not comfortable with foreign objects touching their skin. The solution: accessories that can be worn on your clothes like brooches or pins. Just like any other kind of jewelry, brooches enhance your outfit. Brooches dates back in time when man simply used to wear pieces of cloth. Brooches were used to fasten them. As time passed, brooches have evolved and improved in terms of design. Some brooches serve as badges of identification to a certain affiliation. Others simply worn for aesthetics or because it complements the dress. Jewelry brand Kwiat has a good line of diamond brooches and pins, neatly designed like any other precious kind of jewelry.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, and on SW Broadway in Portland.
Like any other rings, the engagement ring has three basic parts--the band, the setting, and the gemstone. The band is the round part of the ring that wraps around the finger. Bands can be made out of different materials like platinum, silver, or gold or a mix of metals. For diamond rings, a light-colored band will be perfect as it will allow the diamond to stand out while a gold band will tend to make the diamond yellowish. The setting is that part attached to the band that holds the gemstone in place. It has to be sturdy enough to withstand human activity and time. And of course, the gemstone — which is the centerpiece of the ring. What better gemstone could there be than a perfectly cut diamond. Just like what jewelry brand Hearts on Fire is known for. From the name itself, Hearts on Fire designs rings that exude intensity — fit for a love that cannot be quenched.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
The highly anticipated video of the official FIFA World Cup 2014 anthem will feature movie star, singer and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. Aside from the beautiful star that she is, you will certainly take notice of her usually elegant fashion sense. You may wonder what her jewelry is. In that video, Jennifer wears Chimento. Chimento's designs have a touch of glamor every single time. One of its collections, the "Red Carpet," says it all. The intricate designs of the Red Carpet and how the stones are placed to form a coherent beaded pattern make it a feast for the eyes. For the more conservative and classic, it has the "Traditional" collection that reminds the world that simplicity is beauty after all. But Chimento isn't just for the woman, but also for the man. The men's line is subdivided into two collections: the "Trendy" and the "Classic."
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A bracelet of ladybugs. That explains just how novel Aaron Basha could get. And it actually does have a ladybug bracelet under its collection of playfully made fun-to-wear accessories. Among others, it also includes the evil eye bracelet and the baby shoes pendant. These are the kinds of jewelry mom and daughter could wear and share a bond. The Aaron Basha main boutique quietly stands along Madison Avenue, among other designer names showcasing the latest trends. But Aaron Basha, which has been designing jewelry since the 1950s, stands out on the league of its own. Aaron Basha also has a good line of charms with various themes from animals to planes and cars, bells to butterflies and bugs, and frogs to flowers. It also has a good line of chains and accessories like bracelets, earrings, pins, rings, spacers, enhancers, and clasps.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and on SW Broadway in Portland.
Jewelry isn't just beautiful because it sparkles, but it is sometimes precious beyond material value. And more than the fancy, what defines its true worth are the memories behind it. This is exactly the message that the jewelry brand Mémoire conveys. It shows us "how memories are held." Mémoire is a love language, a symbol of long-lasting commitment, or an embodiment of royalty and success making it the perfect gift you could ever give to your loved ones. Are you marrying the most important person in your life? Mark that once-in-a-lifetime experience with a pair of rings from Mémoire's wedding band collection. With more than a couple of decades in the jewelry industry, Mémoire has mastered quality and craftsmanship making it a story of success that it is today.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California.
Beauty. Art. Perfection. These are the three magic words the put Harry Kotlar Jewels on the pedestal. Harry Kotlar's elegantly designed rings, bands, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets are surely a must-have. The core element of every Kotlar jewel is its perfectly-cut diamond that the brand has been known for since 1948. Kotlar sells one of the finest diamonds in the world market today. If you find it hard choosing a piece or two from the Kotlar collection, then the Kotlar Cushion center stone set is for you. The 18-carat rose gold earrings, the 18-carat rose gold pendant, and platinum rings are all handcrafted to perfection. Harry Kotlar is inspired by elegance making its brand synonymous with quality and integrity. It's a family-owned business ran with passion and commitment. No wonder, it has carved its own niche in the diamond industry.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon.
If there's a luxury jewelry brand that undoubtedly gets an A in the design department, that would be the Furrer Jacot. Furrer Jacot generally boasts of a clear and plain sailing design. Its jewelry pieces simply transcend fashion the best way it could by being one-of-a-kind. It combines shapes and textures in a clever way making its designs very distinct. More than a brilliant design, Furrer Jacot is also known for its fine quality that does not only ensure durability but also wearing comfort. Furrer Jacot specializes in customized engagement, wedding and diamond rings. And just like the brands tagline goes: "It seals the most incredible bonds." Based in Switzerland, it has been thriving in the industry since 1858, placing it in a strong market position worldwide as one of the finest.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Diamonds are forever, so a classic song says. Hence, you would want to choose the best of it. Here are three things to keep in mind when buying signature diamonds. The secret of a perfect diamond is in the cut. The cut, which pertains to the proportion, the polish and the finish, determines the brilliance of a diamond. Another measure of quality for a good diamond is its clarity. Some diamonds have colors, but most people always prefer clear, if not, colorless ones. Lastly, you need to know a diamond’s carat. Basically, the carat refers to the weight of the diamond. The bigger the carat, the more expensive the diamond is. The Cento collection makes use of diamonds that define perfection. The Cento diamond has been made to achieve unique brightness, its trademark that other signatures emulate.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
If you have a passion for rare jewelry, then you must be somewhere in the nooks foraging for limited editions. But the search need not be a wild-goose chase. Roberto Coin has a fine collection of limited edition rings under its Animalier collection. The rings come in various designs of Siberian Tigers, Lion, Elephant, Eagle, Dragons and Bull--making it truly one-of-a-kind. These rings of unmistakable creative are very artistic, elegant and detailed; you would love to have them in your precious collection of rare jewelry. Founded in Vicenza, which is tagged as the city of gold in Italy, the Roberto Coin brand was formally launched in 1996 and, since then, has reaped extraordinary success. It’s a brand that is sure to only add value to your jewelry over the years, making Roberto Coin a good investment.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
For variety and style, there are many fun ways to wear your necklaces. You can wear your necklaces as bracelets by wrapping it around your wrist twice or thrice for an alluring look. Necklaces can also be worn as anklets if you're wearing a short jeans or skirt. It'll look cool and delightful. But for luxury necklaces like that from A. Link's Opera collection that are made of precious diamonds, you could wear them conventionally with a twist. Wear them together or separately, wrapped or cascading to create a different look-and-feel for your wardrobe. It is also important to match them with the right clothes, that will make them standout and shine. Whether as part of a thematic wardrobe or simply an accent to a casual dress, the A. Link necklace is sure to impress.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Purple is the color of royalty--probably the very reason why Wellendorff had to create a purple collection under its jewelry line. Jewelry is traditionally associated with royalty or nobility--fit for a king or queen and prince or princess. Other than this symbolism, purple also speaks volumes about the people who wear them. In color psychology, purple means gentleness and a free spirit aside from nobility. It also means being tranquil and peaceful, creative, idealistic and generous.
Wellendorff's purple jewelry collection perfectly embodies the purple character. It also looks pleasing to eyes and freshens up the mind. More than its captivating and adventurous designs, Wellendorff is also known for quality. It claims to be the finest German jewelry since 1893, and we couldn’t’ agree more.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco, and in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California.
There are countless jewelry brands out in the market today that we sometimes find it hard to choose which one to buy. And we consider as many factors in buying like the trend and what's hot, what's unique, what's cheap or expensive, and what our friends say are cool. But one thing we tend to forget sometimes, the best things are actually the ones that adhere to simplicity. Penny Preville's signature collection is exactly just that. The pieces under this collection need not be gaudy or very elaborate. They just have to be simple yet exquisite and stylish. Penny Preville's jewelry doesn't steal attention from the person who wears it. But it rather complements the beauty of the wearer . And might we add, reinforces the giver’s status.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California.
If there's one thing, aside from men, that women fall in love with, it would be diamonds. Women's love affair with diamonds has always been a mystery that not even men themselves could explain. But rather than questioning women's special ties with this sparkling piece of precious gem, men better use it to their advantage. Why not give your lady a diamond ring (tip: give it on a non-occasion to achieve a greater surprise impact)? And she might just fall more deeply in love with you.
Martin Flyer has an exquisite collection of diamond rings and jewelry. Rekindle romance with the finest Martin Flyer classic diamond anniversary band. Make her want you more, by adding a Martin Flyer classing wedding day jewelry pendant and a Martine Flyer classic stud earring.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A ring so beautiful that you just can't keep your eyes off it. That’s Kirk Kara's hallowed promise to its patrons. As Kirk Kara's branding goes, "Forever captivating," its rings speak eternity to its bearers (as well as to its givers). When Kirk Kara says it will take your breath away, it will do more than just that. Because Kirk Kara's mesmerizing details are crafted to inspire passion and adoration.
So how can the one you'll marry possibly say no when you pop the magic question? Not the least Kirk Kara's creations are award-winning. No wonder, because they exude the truest essence of craftsmanship. But above all, Kirk Kara's secret emanates from the simplicity and purity of its designs.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, February 07, 2014
There are occasions that call for a more sophisticated look for women. So they prepare a splendid evening gown or an elegant cocktail dress that emphasizes their body's curves. But sometimes, such a cosmopolitan dress would also require more emphatic accessories to complement it. For instance, rather than just wearing simple-cut earrings, you can wear drop earrings. Or if you really want a more elaborate piece of accessory, you can try chandelier earrings. What's good about chandelier earrings is that they accentuate the wearer's neck. With the right combination of stones and shapes, it is also visually melodic. David Yurman's Chatelaine collection has elegant chandelier earrings made of sterling silver and faceted amethyst and quartz; perfect for that formal look that will make you standout for the night.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Spain has a rich culture that has influenced pretty much the rest of the world. And it is in this rich cultural context, that Spanish art is embedded. Combining French and Italian influences, the art of Spain has made great contributions to Western art in general. Famous influential artists from Spain are Velazquez, Goya and Picasso — who are all deemed geniuses in their respective crafts. Spanish art is supreme and regal. And that can be seen in its magnificent churches and other precious artifacts. Hence, it wouldn't come as a surprise that Spanish jewelry is as imperial. Spanish jewelry brand Carrera Y Carrera rightfully embodies the art of Spain. In its precious collections, you will see Spanish art to the very last detail. They seem to be mini-sculptures that have been intricately made to achieve a baroque feel that make them a rare masterpiece.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California.
The first thing you need to know when choosing the perfect ring is that there’s no such a thing. Instead, decide on what ring to buy based on your lady's personal style. Remember the kind of jewelry she wears on your dates? Does she prefer simple or more exquisite designs? You may also ask her girlfriends for advice. There are five main types of engagement rings in the market out there. Designer diamond, princess cut, round cut, three-stone and antique diamond. For lavish rings, you can count on A. Jaffe, a jewelry brand established in New York in 1892 that will surely make your engagement memorable. The brand says that they make you a ring with passion like one writes a love story worthy of a lifetime.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California and San Francisco, California.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And if there's one thing men should remember: don't just stick to flowers. Flowers wilt. So why not give your special girl a keepsake, like a timeless pearl jewelry. Pearls symbolize purity of love and romance. In some cultures, pearls are thought to be lucky charms. And one of the best cultured pearls is Mikimoto. Among its Valentine offerings is the love pendant, which literally spells the LOVE word with a precious pearl "O". If one isn't enough to express your love, Mikimoto has the Akoya with Diamonds Special Edition Set. It is composed of an Akoya cultured pearl strand necklace with diamond rondels, an 18-carat white gold signature clasp, and Akoya cultured pearl stud earrings with diamonds. Mikimoto has a wide range of pearl jewelry that are timeless and modernly designed. And if that's not enough, Mikimoto is actually the world's first cultured pearl, founded over a century ago.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Love has to be nurtured through the most expressive and creative ways. And one of most common ways to do so is by giving gifts to your beloved. More than the pleasures of material possession, which some people say don't last, gifts actually become imprints of love. In time, they become symbolic reminders of commitment and even storehouses of good memories we can always go back to when the going gets tough. Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget has a gift collection that your loved ones will surely love — like the Piaget heart earrings made of white gold and diamonds. The Piaget rose pendant — in white or pink gold, also makes an elegant gift. It also comes in the form of earrings. Of course, Piaget watches are also brilliant gift ideas that are pricey but timeless. Your loved ones will surely be charmed with a box or two.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California.
What if you only need the practical value of a watch but you don't want wearing it? You need a gadget to keep track of time but don't want something strapped around your wrist. Then all you probably need is a pocket watch. Many pocket watches are keepsakes handed down from one generation to another and serve as a unique testament of one's lineage. If you don't have an heirloom pocket watch, try Panerai. Pocket watches are among Panerai's premier collection of watches. Panerai has been making quality watches since 1860. It was founded by Giovanni Panerai in the city of Florence, region of Tuscany in Italy during the period of Renaissance. One of Panerai's undisputable achievements is being the exclusive supplier of high-precision instruments to the Royal Italian Army in the early 1900s.
The mantra of Panerai watches can be reduced to three things: passion, technical excellence and exclusive design. Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon.
Subtlety and elegance sum up what men's watches should be and they're precisely embodied in Patek Philippe's signature model: the Calatrava. Created in 1932, the Calatrava collection is a timeless aesthetic masterpiece refined to perfection. Cut all the fuss. When men aren't usually so hot about flamboyant and elaborately designed watches, the Calatrava has always been simple yet more. Calatrava's sleek lines, round polished bezels that may be extra thin and wide, and the simple leather or metal straps are beyond the dictates of short-lived trends. More than the streamlined design, the Calatrava collection relentlessly assures premier quality. Call it the sturdy classic, a machismo expression of subtle elegance in style and practical worth.
Patek Philippe was established in 1839 at Geneva, Switzerland. Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, and on SW Broadway in Portland.