Friday, March 07, 2014
Tired of the common circular watch? Be square.
We don’t have a historical trace how watches turned out to be circular, the preferred shape by most timepiece brands. It’s easy to imagine because the clockwise movement is circular, so the casing should in no way be any different. But the grandfather clock didn’t seem to subscribe to this idea. So do a few timepiece signatures that create square-ish watches like Parmigiani Fleurier. Its Kalpa collection brings the square timepiece to a new level, elegant, suave, modern, and sleek. Featuring power reserve of up to 55 hours and automatic winding, Kalpa proves that a square watch can be fashionable superior to traditional circular shapes. The casing melds with the bracelet in fluid motion that almost mimics a fine jewelry bracelet. It’s time to be square.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Some timepieces are designed to function with precision; some are meant to be aesthetically impressive. Jaeger Lecoultre wants to be both. And nothing perhaps embodies a Jaeger Lecoultre more than the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ. It’s a mouthful of a name but one that fits its physical appearance: an intricate work of engineering that features minute pieces functioning seamlessly in a perfectly symmetric casing. Its skeleton movement is hand-designed and covered with translucent blue enamel. The result is nothing short of spectacular both in motion and look. Impressively, its perpetual calendar is mechanically designed to function up to the year 2100. The Master Grande is a truly elegant timepiece for the most elegant parties you’ll ever attend. When you wear a Jaeger Lecoultre, you’re wearing beauty and precision in one piece.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Chanel has recently staged a fashion show right inside the supermarket to espouse a chic and classy ready-to-wear trend. Chanel's Fall-Winter 2014 collection was a talk-of-town topic and had gotten good reviews — with some even tagging it as the best season ever. Some have been surprised though. One thing for sure, there is something catchy and everything to love about clothes that look so accessible yet distinctive. Chanel shows the way on how to look extraordinary in an ordinary day when you simply want to shop, stroll, and have fun; just something light and easy. Other than clothes, bags, fragrance and makeup, Chanel also has a line of fine jewelry and exquisite watches. Chanel always offers something novel, the reason why over the years it has become a household name in the world of fashion.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Have you watched the recent 84th Academy Awards? There was House of Cards star Kevin Spacey presenting the Oscars in one of the categories. He was neatly dressed with midnight blue Burberry tuxedo. And a perfect match to it was a damn good-looking watch. Spacey was wearing a limited edition IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph with a coordinating dark blue dial. The Portuguese Yacht Club is a powerhouse collection. The watches under this brood have all the precision of a nautical instrument. They are water resistant with 68-hour power reserve. The watches also demonstrate superb sporting qualities with a fly-back function and an additional flange with quarter-second calibration for recording short periods of time. Longer stop times can be read off like a second time on a separate analog sub-dial. With all these features, certainly, the IWC doesn't only look red-carpet worthy. It is a must-have for its practical value.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
With its mantra, "accuracy under adverse conditions," Ball sees to it that it produces only the sturdiest and superior watches that endure whatever environment. Ball watches are best worn for adventures by people who love to explore and conquer the world at all cost--people who are living life to its fullest. One of Ball's pioneer collections is the Official Railroad Watch. The designs are actually sleek and simple but the devil is in the details. Under these collections are watches that speak their value for themselves like Power Reserve, 60 Seconds, 21st Century, Flying Scotsman, Big Boy, and GCT. Ball has been in the timepiece industry since 1891 and since then, it has been faithful to its mission of creating high-performance watches that could weather the test of time under all conditions.
Ball watches are available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
One thing stylish men should have is watches. A good-looking watch always completes a man's stature. If there's something about wearing a watch, it conveys an aura of productivity and being in control. But what are the kinds of watches men should buy?
There is the weekend watch. It is durable, rugged and utilitarian. Something he could wear with jeans, loafers, and sunglasses. There is also the so-called third watch. Something that is distinctive, timeless, and moderately elegant. It can be worn with anything from T-Shirts to coats. And there is also the so-called fourth watch. These are the pricey watches but are unique and luxurious. They can be worn with a three-piece suit, formal shoes, and tie. Looking for elegance and quality? Try A. Lange & Sohne's wide array of stylish watches.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
There are two words that define professional watches: style and performance. And that is what Breitling watches are all about. Breitling has been making instruments for professionals since 1984. As a matter of fact, Breitling played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph. It is the world's only major watch brand to equip its models with chronometer-certified movements. It also produces its own mechanical chronograph movement, which is rare in the industry. This is how passionate Breitling is in producing top-of-the-line timepieces. No surprise, it has become the official supplier to world aviation. Breitling watches do no only look sturdy but they are actually made to last. They are reliable and high-performance instruments. Because of its excellent reputation, Breitling watches will never be out of trend. They are not just fads that wear away in season.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
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.
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 Palo Alto, California.
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.
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.
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 Portland, Oregon.
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 Palo Alto, California.
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.
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.
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.
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 Portland, Oregon.
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.