Friday, October 17, 2014
Tired of your regular diamond jewelry? Consider Kwiat's Tags. It's a collection of necklaces with tags featuring clean gold lines and accented with diamonds on the edge. Kwiat will engrave your name or a dedication on the tag so you can literally wear it. You can also check Kwiat's Cascade Collection. The Art Deco style and sleek, geometric angles give this jewelry character, while inviting gawking eyes and curious conversations. For a more opulent style, the Kwiat Star Collection elevates your jewelry to a higher level. The combination of round and marquise diamonds evokes timeless elegance, juxtaposed against black tie formal and red carpet events. It has been spotted on Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, among many other Hollywood celebrities, and is Kwiat's best-selling collection.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Signature jewelry, like any branded products, come at a price, often twice or more versus a generic version. But signatures like Stephen Webster are worth your money. We can think of four major reasons why you should buy signature jewelry—earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings—instead of cutting on costs with a generic. First, the quality is evident. The company has a name to protect so it will guarantee your satisfaction, lest it runs the risk of ruining its reputation. Second, you can show off your style and sophistication and not worry that someone might discover you're wearing a counterfeit. Third, you can wear it with pride. And last, you can pass it on to the next generation, your daughter or future daughter-in-law. Signature brands have a timeless appeal, and some even become more valuable over time.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When choosing luxury jewelry as a gift for her make sure it complements not only her style, but her personality. For character, signature brands often evoke traits not present in generic jewelry. That's because signature brands like Michael M. exhibit their founder's creative drive, and in effect, his or her temperament. This makes it easy to choose a pair of earring or necklace, for instance, for your lady because the style embodies character. The trick is, which character should you pick? That depends on how much you know her. Is she more traditional than modern or vice-versa? Does she like blue or red hues? Is she's into outdoor activities? If yes, you should ensure the jewelry is sturdy enough if she's wearing it during an activity.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Many people see luxury jewelry as an excess of the rich. They cannot be farther from the truth. Although there are instances that the rich flaunt their wealth including a slew of luxury diamond jewelry, wearing an Alex Sepkus earring, for example, doesn't reflect these people. Instead, luxury jewelry is a cultural thing that has its roots when man first dabbled on ornaments as a social tool. Luxury jewelry showcases our accomplishment, an important aspect in our quest to make consistent progress. The jewelry is but a reflection of this drive. Likewise, it tells us to conform to standards as set by society. By wearing a diamond earring in a black tie formal you're subscribing to the benchmark that society has placed in these important gatherings.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When you wear a diamond ring like Christopher Designs you absorb power, whether you're aware of it or not. Not the hero-type of unnatural power, but sublime social points are added to your stature. For example, a diamond ring sets your standing at once. A salesperson will be treating you more patiently (fair or not) because she recognizes the power of your ring: wealth. People who aspire to more wealth or success are also more likely to gravitate towards you because subconsciously they aspire to be like you. Your fashion and accessories remind them of rewards, and you're the visual model for these people. It may sound unnerving, even scary, that people like you because of your jewelry. No, they like you and how you represent success.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Let me share a simple idea for an anniversary date. It doesn't matter whether you're celebrating your first or fiftieth, my plan can work for couples at any stage of celebrating their marriage. In my case, we're going out to celebrate our tenth. We're dining at a fancy restaurant and we're wearing our best suit and dress and, of course, our Hearts on Fire rings. We had a five-meal course and wine, and had a great conversation about the past. We also talked about the food and the kids. It was a regular tenth anniversary celebration that if you're expecting a surprise, you might be disappointed. I reckon that celebrating anniversaries is all about being together; no need for a fancy party or event that, in truth, will only rob the two of you of the chance to be, well, together for the night. Makes sense?
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sometimes the best dating place to impress the lady is to invite her over your pad or house, where she can get a glimpse on how you live. Of course make sure that your place is neat and inviting. It doesn't have to be luxurious; anything that can spark a conversation is a big help. For example, if you're into arts, this is the best time to highlight your painting collection or sculptures. Likewise, you can show off your wine collection or coffee set. If you have cooking skills, a date in your pad is also the best time to showcase them. Make the dinner a conversation magnet. Even if the date is at your place, make sure to dress up formal to set the mood. Once she's impressed with the place, impress her further with your surprised gift: a Chimento necklace.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Here’s an idea on what to give your daughter that she won’t outgrow: charms. It’s never too early to introduce your daughter to the happy and elegant styles of Aaron Basha. The baby shoe charms are delightful, she’ll find them little treasures to keep for posterity even as she grows old. To the child, these colorful charms look like toys, albeit she’ll sense they’re something to be taken care of. To the preteen, the same charms fit her growing interest on something fancy and valuable. To a teenager, the Aaron Basha baby shoes are an elegant display of sophisticated fashion taste; the shoes go well with any trend-setting style. So start collecting memories now; give her one Aaron Basha baby shoe charm for every occasion.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sure you can get any expensive-looking jewelry off the mall for a fraction of the cost of the original. But buying luxury jewelry is more than just about the price. It’s about the value the jeweler puts in his brand and the value you put in your fashion taste. Signature jewelry like Cento by Roberto Coin often embodies the character or personality of the brand’s founder. This trait is reflected on the style or art of the pieces. Unlike cheaper generic types, which are mass produced to sell more, signature jewelry has a limited line, giving your jewelry a more prized value of exclusivity. A limited edition earring, for instance, is more valuable than a generic diamond earring even if the latter has a higher tag. Next time you shop for jewelry, look beyond the price and focus more on the signature.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Because we’ve been attuned to giving something on occasions, often the product of commercialization, we seldom think about what we’re saying when we give the gift. We want to give a special gift, a memorable item for the recipient, but how? It is not necessarily the most expensive; in fact, the trait that makes it special is the hardest part to nail. To make a gift special, you need to know more about the recipient’s wants or situation. This act is the true trait that makes the gift special, when you spend time to get to know more about the person receiving your gift. So when you’re giving something like an expensive item, such as a Furrer Jacot, make sure what type of earring, bracelet, or necklace that she fancies to make the gift memorable.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Buying diamond jewelry need not be complicated, but don’t take it for granted, either. Just because a piece is expensive does it mean you’re getting the best value. Take time to know the vendor (merchant). Is it reputable? Do they have after sales service that you can claim should you need to repair the jewelry (a lost earring, for example)? Study also the signature brand. There are plenty of new but promising jewelry brands like Harry Kotlar, styles that manifest the artistic personalities of their creators. If you’re going for an older signature, make sure the vendor is an authorized dealer; big signature brands often have little time to attend to their customers for sheer volume, so they task their distributors to address customers’ concerns.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Happiness is key to a successful relationship so make sure your partner is all smiles, at least more often than not. Here are a few tips to make her happy. Create a “talk time” every day, where both of you share the day’s happenings, no matter how mundane or short. Listen to her, not just hear her talk. Be interested in what she’s saying. Don’t forget to hug, kiss, or cuddle before retiring. If she’s having a stressful day at work, a hug is even more needed (but she won’t ask for it). Likewise, help her with household chores. Maybe it’s your turn to wash the dishes or clothes. Even if you’re busy at the office, giving time to trivial household demands shows you care for her and your marriage. Lastly, give her a special gift on her birthday or your anniversary — a Roberto Coin ring will be most admired.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A diamond wedding ring like Mémoire reflects, in many ways, relationships. They are after all but a collection of memories, both happy and sad. Whatever life dishes to you, make sure to choose these values, which will see you through life’s most difficult times. Love yourself. That means giving yourself the dignity and respect so you can express the same positive vibrations to others. Focus on compatibility as strenght. No two persons are completely incompatible that they don’t share a thing in common. Find it and build on it. Learn to accept. Often, your ideal future is far different from reality including your marriage. Embrace this difference instead of rejecting it. Finally, be honest, among others, to yourself. Only you know when you are and when you’re not.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The woman may be playing a more important role in keeping the marriage than previously thought, so said researchers at the Rutgers University and the University of Michigan. Because women in general are more expressive, their happiness, researchers said, can easily manifest to their husbands' outlook. Conversely, a happy husband may not send the signals as fast or clear as the other way around, according to the study. Researchers analyzed data from 394 couples who have been married for at least 39 years. Although the study is inconclusive it supports the social stereotype of the woman as the key make of the home, while the husband provides the support. If you're a husband make sure to think about your wife's happiness to keep the marriage healthy. Surprise her with a gift, an A. Link bracelet, perhaps; she deserves to be happy.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Every year Wellendorff releases a limited edition of ring styles called, Ring of the Year. Each ring style symbolizes life's destiny, a take on the precious elements in life that we hold dear. This year is represented by Luck, that abstract idea of bringing good fortunes to one's life. Only 214 editions are made; each ring is in purple and accented by diamonds, while marked with “2014”. But you can also collect previous Wellendorff Ring of the Year styles as far back as 1997, which features a red ring with Chinese blossom. It's a collectible that marks the handover of Hong Kong to China on that year. Likewise, the 2000 peace ring in blue is memorable to mark the turn of the millennium. It features a dove and the emblems of major religions like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Martin Flyer offers three main lines of fine jewelry: bridal, classic diamond, and fashion. Across these lines, Martin Flyer uses three precious metal groups to forge your dream ring, each one representing a symbolic meaning and unique feature. Martin Flyer uses gold either 14k or 18k, the former being 58.5% pure and the latter 75% pure. It can be yellow, rose, white, or pink gold. On the other hand, the signature jewelry also uses platinum as the most secure and durable setting for its pieces. Martin Flyer uses 95% platinum with 5% cobalt for added strength. The metal is naturally white and won't fade over time. Another metal used by Martin Flyer, while technically part of platinum family, is palladium. It's more precious than gold, but more affordable than platinum.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Luxury jewelry is not just about elegance and delicate style. It can also be rugged, manly, and intimidating. None perhaps reflects this design recently as much as the new David Yurman Forged Carbon Collection. It's definitely for a gentleman with a flair for the bold and striking style that leans on fantastical, may we add, robotic influences. The sharp and confident lines and strong features of these carbon fiber rings remind not a few of the Transformers in the film. Handsomely crafted, the rings feature a high-tech composite that's said to be 3.5 times stronger than steel but lighter by 65%. If you salivate over sports cars and high-tech gears, this collection matches your desires. It plays around your big boy's fantasy, while maintaining an air of luxury to the bearer.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Princess Diana's wedding is said to be the most expensive in history, costing about $110 million. Her gown was covered with 10,000 pearls and her ring was also one of the most expensive wedding rings. If you think her son's wedding pales in comparison, maybe yes, maybe not. It turns out Prince Harry's wedding to Kate Middleton is the third costliest (it runs in the family) at $34 million. So that leaves us wondering, which is between the weddings of the royal mother and son? For that you need to go to India, where Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia got married to the tune of $66 million. She is the daughter of one of the richest men in India. So how much you want to raise the bar with your wedding? You can start with a luxurious diamond ring like a Kirk Kara.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The main difference between regular and signature jewelry is the creative spirit behind the collection. Regular jewelry pieces are often mass produced even if some of them are equally expensive because of the materials used. But signature jewelry like Carrera y Carrera carries a personality, that of the genius behind the art and craftsmanship of the design. Meet Manuel Carrera, the founder and artist behind the Spanish luxury jewelry. He's renowned as one of the trendsetters in Spanish styles in jewelry making, imbuing his jewelry with Latin passion and lively attention to details. His golden pieces are akin to celebrating a fiesta, a cornucopia of festive spirits accented by gemstones that add striking colors. Today, the team behind Carrera y Carrera carries the founder's artistic flair, the signature of Spanish jewelry.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A. Jaffe is cooking up something novel next spring as a way to keep memories alive. Called simply, Maps, it's a collection of necklaces with pendants engraved with a map. The map, of course, is customized to a place that you hold memorable, such as: your first date; the restaurant's address where you proposed; or the place where you met each other. Encrusted with diamonds and set in precious metals, the pendants are made more precious with a unique way to keep your memories alive. Using state-of-the-art engraving, the map of your choice is set at the back of the pendant. It's a simple yet elegant idea to remind each other a special day and place in your relationship. Watch out for this new collection come spring 2015.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.