Friday, May 30, 2014

Swiss, Italian, Japanese watch

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:30 AM in Longines (29)

What happens when you mix the Swiss passion for watchmaking perfection, the Japanese quartz technology and the Italian passion for life? You get the Longines DolceVita. It’s Italian term for a life of heedless pleasure and luxury and true to form, this watch represents all that is luxurious and desirable. It has a characteristic rectangular stainless steel case that smoothly transitions to its stainless steel strap with 18k pink gold. The buckle features triple safety folding clasp and push-piece mechanism. The casing, which measures 19.80 X 24.50 mm, features 3 Top Wesselton WS diamonds with 0.269 total carats. It’s also water resistant up to 3 bars. But the real beauty is in the inside. The L178 Quartz guarantees precision movement of the hours, minutes and seconds.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

World-record Patek Philippe auction

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:00 AM in Patek Philippe (29)

When the gravel pounded on the sounding block with finality, history was set at Christie’s New York Important Watches auction last June 2013. As the smoke cleared from one of the highest profiled auctions in the world, Patek Philippe made a record: $2.25 million for a Patek Philippe Grand Complication. A complication is any functions added to the usual watch time functions of hours, minutes and seconds. A grand complication is tenfold more complex. The Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 9791 fetched over a million dollars more from its target auction of $1.5 million. Manufactured in 1898, it features a minute repeating perpetual calendar split-seconds chronograph with grand and petite sonneries and moon phase. Palmer bought the watch in 1900 for around $7,100. Not bad for an investment.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

From Renaissance to Stallone

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:00 AM in Panerai (29)

When you wear a Panerai watch you’re wearing a signature that harks back to the late Renaissance. Founded in 1860, the watch brand brought Italian design and Swiss technology together and started a trend to make watches, not only precision instruments, but fashionable, too. Panerai would soon become the official timekeeper for the Royal Italian Navy, figuring in many notable war-time heroics by Italian submarine fleet. Panerai is remembered to have supplied watches to a group of Italian volunteers who would fit into midget submarines to attack the much bigger Allied fleet. But Panerai would later come across financial difficulties and it would stop supplying the military. Years hence in 1995, a Hollywood A-list actor bought a set of Panerais in Rome, and soon, the signature watch was back in the limelight. Thanks to Sylvester Stallone
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

French style

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:00:00 AM in Bell & Ross (29)

Swiss watches are known for precision engineering, Japanese watches for quartz and Italian watches are popular for their stylish flair. What about French watches? Bell & Ross, the French watchmaker, may give us a clue. Its aviation measuring instrument-inspired line of watches features an unusual box casing that runs against the norm of sleek, graceful and elegant round casings common to luxury watches. The Bell & Ross is straightforward functional—as a plane’s instrument, its inspiration, must be—and unembarrassed by the idea it’s not subscribing to industry trends. Yet this same eccentricity attracts Bell & Ross fans, celebrating uniqueness and the confidence to be different. It’s French and it has little regard for what the world thinks of style. To a French, style itself is Francois.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Celebrating Baume & Mercier

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:25 AM in Baume & Mercier (29)

Baume & Mercier is not just a collection of elegant, luxurious Swiss precision timepieces. They are cool, too. No less than A-list Hollywood actors have lent their names to wear the watch signature. In 2011, Gwyneth Paltrow became the latest addition to these celebrated ambassadors. The acclaimed actress kicked off the Baume & Mercier campaign with a cocktail party in Swiss. But the watchmaker wanted to tweak its Swiss roots and position its Hamptons collection for cosmopolitan living. And where better to target a diverse urbane set of people than New York, one of Paltrow’s favorite cities. Paltrow joined a line of previous Baume & Mercier celebrity endorsers including: Meg Ryan, Kim Basinger, Teri Hatcher, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Garcia, Ashton Kutcher and Kiefer Sutherland. 
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Jewelry or watch?

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Corum (30)

Corum watches are massively luxurious that don’t hide their predilection to extreme opulence mixed with extreme outdoor design. If you’re a guy with a lavish lifestyle that is matched only by your extraordinaire passion for the outdoors like sailing and swordfish catching, Corum fits a perfect tee. But what if you’re a lady? Well, Corum has an equally line of ladies watches for the queen of rugged affluence. Meet the Corum Golden Bridge Lady, a hulking masterpiece of white gold casing set with round diamonds, scratch-proof sapphire, black leather strap and accentuated with 18k gold tongue buckle and precision manual movement. This Corum has 40 hours of power reserve and is water resistant up to 3 atm. It does look more like jewelry if you ask us. 
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Japan attacks Switzerland

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Parmigiani Fleurier (29)

The Seventies. It was an exciting moment for Japanese watchmakers when they perfected the quartz movement. Now watches could be sustained electronically with precision. The Seventies cast a wide dark cloud over Swiss watchmakers that had mastered manual and chronograph watch technologies over centuries of perfecting watchmaking. But economic realities set in and, soon, Swiss watchmakers were scrambling to get into the quartz technology. The centuries-old Swiss watchmaking was in peril. Parmigiani Fleurier, then an apprentice, wouldn’t believe the once cherished and admire Swiss watchmaking that had kept mankind on track of his time and goings-on and elevated Europe to the next level of modern living would just end in the seventies, thanks to the Japanese. Against the advice of industry observers at that time that the future is quartz, Parmigiani Fleurier would set in motion the resistance to keep Swiss watchmaking alive. He didn’t fail.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Height of complication

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:15 AM in Jaeger Lecoultre (30)

Some luxury watches are impressive; but some even more impressive. Take the Jaeger Lecoultre Hybris Mechanica. It is the epitome of grand complication, a page from that era that marked the height of precision engineering mastery. One of its poster models, the Master Grande Tradition takes inspiration from the pocket watches of the 19th century. It features the Flying Gyrotourbillion, an engineering masterpiece that allows the complication to seemingly float in a vacuum of weightlessness. The result is a movement unimpeded by gravity giving you highly precision timing. The watch also features spherical balance-spring, a chronograph activated by a monopusher and ultra-bright aluminum carriages. It is enclosed in an impressive white platinum case. The watch is clearly only for the select few. To be exact, only 75 people will own this item.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Chanel’s jewelry heritage

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Chanel (26)

Chanel is known for its luxury fashion wear and perfume collection. But did you know it also makes jewelry? In 1953, the Chanel House approached jeweler Robert Goossens to create a line of long-strand black and white pearl necklaces to complement the knitted-wool Chanel style. The pearls were meant to soften the flamboyant Chanel skirts and cardigan suits. Chanel would expand its jewelry collection to include bracelets, rings, earrings and head jewels. The last exudes the unique Chanel French provincial innocence, as displayed by the Camelia Galbe Head Jewel. It’s set in 18k white gold featuring diamonds and black ceramic.  The head jewel conveys a thirties-era air and complements a formal casual wear. It is highlighted by floral accents to ad that distinct Chanel feminine touch.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Exquisite Breitling Navitimer

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:55:00 AM in Breitling (30)

Wearing a professional watch like a Breitling Navitimer is a delicate straddle between formal and rugged wear. Generally, wearing big, bulky watches to the boardroom is like wearing a tee to a formal evening gala. But the Breitling Navitimer, although in every aspect bulky and full of overwhelming features like a self-winding chronograph, triple-dial functions and the Manufacture Caliber 01, is just as elegant as the best dress watch. The numerals are laid out neatly against a deep classy brown backdrop. The lines are streamlined and at most fashioned in orderly symmetry. The bronze dial only adds to the elegance of this watch. Likewise, the stainless steel bracelet pulls this watch towards a more chic and graceful attire than a casual everyday getup.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

The Classy watch

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:00:10 AM in A. Lange & Sohne (28)

Dress watches merit attention because of the confidence and sophistication they exude. Think of them as people in power or of authority; they hardly need to explain to others their important role. They just sit in the corner or at their office and people know they are respected and to be aspired to. Just like the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time watch. It has smooth, clear lines and dials that hide the precision engineering complication inside. The novel design does away with a main time dial, instead an analog Arabic numeral takes the place. But its most characteristic trait is the chiming mechanism, the world’s first. The full hour is indicated with a low-pitched tone, while the quarter hour produces a high-pitch. This Old World charm exudes at once class and confidence. 
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

New IWC watches

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:00:00 AM in IWC (26)

Just when you think you have been impressed by IWC, the Swiss luxury watch, the signature launches two more stylish additions to its rich collection of chic, elegant timepieces. The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic is launched this May in limited edition of 1,000 pieces. It’s inspired by the materials used in Formula One motorsports, encased in carbon fiber and ceramic bezel. Furthermore, the watch boasts of a Pellaton automatic winding, central hacking seconds and 28 jewels. The watch is also engraved with “One out of 1000” to illustrate exclusivity. On the other hand, the Ingenieur Dual Time reflects a more classic appeal in stainless steel with silver-plated or black dials and bold Arabic numerals. It also features bold bores in the bezel, the signature of IWC watches, and has 27 jewels.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Denzel and Ball

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:00:00 AM in Ball (26)

Who wears a Ball watch? Someone who is confident, exhibits a flair for style and renowned for taking his craft seriously. Someone who simply likes its design. He can be Denzel Washington. No, he didn’t officially endorsed Ball, but luck had it for the professional watch brand, Washington chose to wear a Ball in one of his blockbusters, The Taking of Pelham 123. In a few scenes the actor is seen sporting the Ball, a personal choice according to a company spokesman. Not that Ball is uninvolved. John Travolta, the nemesis in the movie, also wears a Ball. But he is a paid endorser for that film. Clearly, Ball got more than what it bargained for thanks to its sleek design and functionality that impresses even A-list Hollywood celebrities. 
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

How to choose your maid of honor

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:00:00 AM in Suna Brothers (29)

Choosing the maid of honor proves to be more complicated than shortlisting the wedding ring down to Suna Bros. pink diamond ring. Unlike the ring which has clear-cut above-industry qualities, your maid of honor doesn’t come with a benchmark. The maid of honor is your team leader that will help you make sure the wedding and its preparations run smoothly. To avoid jealousy of who is the better friend, focus the choice on skills. Whoever you think has multitasking skills and events organizational talent wins the coveted role. Treat the selection like a professional and your other friends will less likely be “offended” of being left out. In any case, show them your Suna Bros. ring and the conversations will surely drift to how lovely the ring is.  
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Childhood promise: I’ll give you a bamboo ring

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:20:55 AM in John Hardy (28)

Some years ago I was a first grader in Naperville (IL) and I had this best girl neighborhood buddy. We would bike together, check the flowing stream at the back of our house and create imaginary characters out of cloud formations. At night, we’d simply lie on the roof and count the stars before our parents would call for us to snuggle in bed. We imagine we’d be together for the rest of our life. Until our family moved to Southeast Asia because my dad had to manage an offshore factory. My buddy and I were broken-hearted, of course; but I promised her I’d come back and marry her and give her a bamboo ring (it’s my childish idea that all things in Asia were made of bamboo). Did I make good of my promise? Yes and no. I married her years later.  I plan to give her a John Hardy Bamboo themed bracelet this Christmas to fulfill the other half of my promise.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Special gift ideas for a friend

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:15:00 AM in Alex Sepkus (30)

Who says only couples can give luxury jewelry to each other? Special friends deserve the same elegant and luxurious jewelry like an Alex Sepkus bracelet of tiny diamonds set in 18k gold. But if that’s too much for the wallet, here are some equally special gift ideas for a friend. Give her a coffee table book based on her interest (ex. travel, people, art, plants, dogs, etc.). Have you heard of the new 3D printing pen? Yes, you can draw your gift in three-dimensional for a desktop décor. If you can bake, give her a homemade cookie or similar items that showcase your signature recipe. Gadget accessories like a smartphone camera lens are also much appreciated. A subscription to her favorite magazine like an indie music mag or arts magazine can do wonders, too.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Anniversary gift ideas

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Kwiat (29)

Whether it’s your fifth, tenth, twentieth or golden anniversary, give her something that will remind her of your love. Here are some ideas. Make a personalized time capsule. Get a box and put essential items like tickets, receipts, old letters, cards, gifts, tees, etc. that at one point or another have represented a moment with her. Put a caricature of both of you in a personalized mug. If you can’t draw ask or pay someone to do it. Buy one of those books where you fill in the questions that chronicle your life together. It will be fun writing down the answers with her. Give her chocolates with strawberries for a touch of sensuality. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with luxury jewelry like a pair of Kwiat earrings.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Wedding gift ideas

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Michael M (24)

A Michael M. White Diamond Collection item will always be a winning wedding gift idea for any couple. Exquisite and opulent, these items will impress even the most sophisticated recipient. But there are other impressive and less expensive ways to gift a wedding couple. A breakfast bed tray will be appreciated especially that new couples still enjoy the intimacy of eating in bed together on a cozy morning. You can also try a luxury signature porcelain coffee set. Couples often keep this thing in a display cabinet as their wedding heirloom, making your gift extra special. And why not give an exquisite Christmas décor even if it’s not in season? Your gift will become a part of the young couple’s holiday decoration tradition every December. Finally, consider giving beach items as most couples head off to a long beach vacation for their honeymoon.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

I remember our first date

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Stephen Webster (27)

I’ve read a Pew research that says many Americans today are unsure if going out with a person they’re interested in can be considered a date. I think that’s a more serious problem than our country’s anemic economy. I’m in my fifties and my generation never had this date doubt. When I was a teen going out with someone to watch a Brooke Shields movie or roller skate in the park at night was definitely a date. Even before taking her out, you have to fetch her at home, say hello to the parents and ask their permission. A soda pop or ice cream split should cap a wonderful date night. And if things get really serious between the two of you, the guy would start saving up to buy a luxury ring, maybe akin to a Stephen Webster ring, to profess his undying love. It was a simple, romantic and  happy life back then.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Longest-running couples in Hollywood

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Christopher Designs (26)

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.

The value of a focused jewelry brand (food companies selling various items)

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:00:00 AM in Marco Bicego (28)

Pepsi used to be just soft drinks. You want a carbonated sweet drink and you order a Pepsi. But now, not only does Pepsi sell you all kinds of crappy versions—diet, caffeine-free, One, Max, etc.—it also sells you items that are far removed from the soda category, such as, tortillas, cereals, potato chips and snack bars. So what does it got to do with luxury jewelry? When a company tries to sell you all kinds of stuff, it smacks of an attempt to rip you off or at least get the most cash out of your wallet. When a luxury jewelry sticks to its core product, like a Marco Bicego focuses on his eccentric art and style, you know that you’re buying the passion, nay, the signature, of that brand, not some commercial attempt to dominate you.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Spice up your diamond jewellery collection

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:40:00 AM in Furrer Jacot (26)

Sometimes a luxury diamond ring can become redundant especially if you’re the type that buys these high-end items regularly. Furrer Jacot understands this predicament, so it releases a full line of diamond jewelry called Highlights, an impressive collection of interestingly styled white and red gold rings. The Magiques, in fact, is delicately crafted with embossed crisscrossing pattern and accented with brilliant cut diamonds. Another Magiques style shows off an even more detailed array of opulent sculpting around the ring with 126 brilliant cut diamonds to boot. Likewise, the Sculptures style combines bare white gold side lanes that parallel a middle red gold centrepiece and features 20 brilliant cut diamonds. Or yet another Sculptures design mimics a king’s crown, combining white and red gold and 70 brilliant cut diamonds. Surely, these new styles will spice up any one’s diamond jewelry collection.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Alternative luxury jewelry

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:45 AM in Aaron Basha (30)

Diamonds are not the only expensive gemstones. In fact, some gemstones can be more expensive and elegant. The Black Opal found in Australia costs as much as $2,355 per carat, while an Alexandrite discovered in the Ural Mountains has a price tag of $12,000 per carat. So when thinking of luxury jewelry, other gemstones can offer you a more varied choice. The Aaron Basha Topaz Evil Eye is one. It features a mesmerizing center eye swimming in the middle of blue topaz and set in 18k gold. It is accented by diamonds, which in this case become a backdrop rather than the star. The Aaron Basha Topaz Evil Eye can be set as an earring, a necklace pendant, a bracelet accent and a ring solitaire.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Face shape matters

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Harry Kotlar (30)

There are many ways to wear earrings that match your face and style. If you have a round face, which tends to make you wide and full, long dangles can slim the facial shape. A pair of Harry Kotlar dangles featuring marquise center stones and set in handcrafted platinum gives your face a more vertical appearance. On the other hand, if you have a long face, it’s best to wear wide and round earrings to make the face look fuller. The Kotlar Cushion stud, also handcrafted in platinum and set with 18k rose gold and pave bezel, expands the long facial shape to strike a more balance appearance. Harry Kotlar has more of these luxury earring collections that work for people with round or long faces.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

332 Bentleys for one diamond!

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Mémoire (26)

Do you know how much the most expensive diamond is? It’s the Pink Star Diamond sold for $83 million in a Sotheby’s auction. That’s $1.4 million per carat! Or 332 brand-new Bentleys. The diamond was unearthed in South Africa in 1999. Pink diamonds are usually more expensive than white because they are rarer; and the Pink Star is priced even higher than other pink diamonds because of its peculiar, vivid pink hues. Why would someone pay for this much? We don’t know. But we know people love diamonds and would pay a reasonable price for, say, like a Mémoire. It has the classic, timeless elegance of diamonds in 18k gold and platinum. It’s perfect for weddings, engagement, anniversaries and other special moments in your life, maybe to celebrate an occasion like owning your first Bentley.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

How to wear necklaces properly

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Hearts on Fire (28)

Wearing a necklace is a fashion statement that accentuates your overall outfit. It can either make or break your total appearance, so make sure you get the tips covered. Wear clothes with minimal pattern or prints since you want the necklace to stand out. Have fun mixing necklace styles with necklines to find your style. An Illa necklace by Hearts on Fire underneath a collared shirt is nifty, but can work wonders. Also make sure the necklace isn’t long enough to sit right between, well, the cleavage to avoid unflattering stares. Provide a breather between that area and the tip of the necklace. Lastly, do not pair other opulently designed earrings or bracelets with a bold necklace. They will cancel each other out. Instead, use subdued jewelry pieces, with the necklace providing the bold statement.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Diamonds from conflict-free zones

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:00:00 AM in Cento (22)

Diamonds are so precious that countries would wage war over its mines. From the colonization of South Africa by the British Empire, which wiped out the last vestiges of the Zulu Empire, to the contemporary rebel groups that seek to undermine legitimate governments, much mayhem and murder have been done in the name of diamonds; hence, the term, blood diamond. To counter this violence, ethical diamond jewelers like Roberto Coin follow a Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which certifies that the diamond business is not financing violence by rebel movements. Roberto Coin’s Cento is, in fact, certified to be free of diamonds from conflict areas. The jeweler’s social and ethical commitment ensures that you, too, will not be party to promoting violence in Africa when you buy a Cento.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Wellendorff in the Game of Thrones

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in Wellendorf (31)

Wellendorff has an air of feudal opulence that reminds us of, what else? Game of Thrones. If the fine jewelry line is available to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, who do you think will be buying them? Here are the possible Wellendorff candidates in this medieval fantasy land. Prince Oberyn of House Martell belongs to one of the richest families in Westeros with probably $42 million in total assets (horses included). Petyr Bealish may be worth $58 million in assets despite not being born into luxury. He’s made his fortune out of his “pleasure” houses servicing the other kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen is also a good candidate to be wearing a Wellendorff. She probably has $381 million in assets having come from an old family that ruled the Seven Kingdoms for generations. But perhaps Tyrell and Lannister will be hoarding all the Wellendorff with a combined asset of nearly 15 billion dollars. 
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

How to get A. Link

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in A. Link (23)

The Lattice Collection of A. Link Diamond features one of the most exquisite and expensive lines of diamond jewelry. The diamonds are brilliantly cut and set in successive strings, giving you little room to take a breather from being mesmerized. This signature is reserved for the truly successful person. So if you want A. Link you simply got to live like how successful people do. First, successful people wake up early, specifically three hours earlier than average working people. Second, successful people have a daily to-do list that they accomplish. Third, they strive for continuous education like listening to self-improvement audio or reading. Fourth, successful people always find time to network with other people. Lastly, they live a healthy lifestyle that allows them to keep up with their demanding times.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

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.

The True value of diamond rings

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in Martin Flyer (23)

A Martin Flyer diamond ring is sophisticated, engaging and truly a work of art. The details are cunningly executed, producing one of the most brilliant diamond settings in the industry. Its signature FlyerFit is a hit among high-fliers and celebrity clients who demand no less than the most impressive diamond rings around. But sometimes it’s not always the craftsmanship or the masterful cutting and setting that makes a diamond ring valuable. When Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, married Princess Catherine “Kate” Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, he gave her a ring that costs around $137,200. It’s not much compared to other celebrity wedding rings that cost in millions, but William’s ring is priceless for one reason: it’s her mother’s wedding ring, the one the late Princess Diana wore when she got married to royalty.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Classic advantage

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in Penny Preville (31)

Modern luxury jewelry collections are fine, but classics or vintage jewelry have an air of opulence and nostalgia that only they can own. When Michael Douglas married Catherine Zeta Jones, he gave her a $2.5-million diamond ring, a vintage, marquise-shaped, 10-carat diamond with a 1920s vintage vibe. Douglas probably felt classics are more sophisticated and project more confidence. He’s right. Take the Penny Preville Classics Jewelry Collection. The simple elegant lines exude timeless elegance like the Engraved and Marquise & Round Bangle Bracelets. Paired that with the Round “Believe” Charm and Classic Round Earrings, you have one of the most graceful jewelry showcases ever. They can be worn on the most formal events or during casual night dates. Classic styles do not tune out of time, so they give you a lot of fashion flexibility.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Eccentric jewelry

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 PM in Roberto Coin (31)

Roberto Coin is known for creating eccentric and at times edgy styles in fine jewelry. His Italian flair always finds itself reflected in many of Roberto Coin’s peculiar collections. Take the Roberto Coin Pois Mois Collection. It elevates fine jewelry into a new height.  Typical of the signature’s avante garde style, the collection has striking and powerful lines that are at once elegant and ultra-modern. The square-ish and rounded edges of the bracelet and ring are inspired by the television set of the fifties that give the Pois Mois a charming air. It’s a classic with an arty modernism but refined approach. The ring and bracelet are set in 18k rose gold and accented with tiny holes to reflect a steely character, yet at the same time exude elegance.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Mother’s Embrace

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:00:00 AM in David Yurman (23)

She’d hug you tight when you’re scared of monsters under your bed. She’d kiss your bruised legs when you hurt yourself falling off from your first bike. She’d tell you bedtime stories that took your imagination to faraway lands. She’s your mother and years have taken a toll of her physical features and health. This Mother’s Day, hug her, embrace her and tell her of those wonderful times when she gave you confidence and encouragement. Then give her a David Yurman Bracelet, a symbol of your deep gratitude for the one person who stood up for you. Choose from pave, loop or labyrinth bracelets in gold or sterling silver and accented with diamonds. It’s a timeless piece that will remind her of a daughter’s persistent love.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.


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