Friday, July 24, 2015
Man will never get enough of love, that's why many definitions and quotes of that powerful cosmic force abound throughout history. In 1822, Stendhal wrote in his timeless opus Treatise on Love, "Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Airman’s Odyssey, says that "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." Of course, when there's love-talk, there's Shakespeare, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind" (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream). No wonder that even among jewelry designers, love is a central element in their opulent pieces. Take for instance, Furrer Jacot, who says that "Love is an all-consuming emotion, intense and yet indefinable, a powerful but invisible bond that joins two souls."
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
It has already been two long decades since Aaron Basha first thought of the Baby Shoe line of charms to commemorate the birth of this first grandchild. Since then, he had created a wide array of new charm collections that celebrate life milestones and other memorable moments. Take for instance the Aaron Basha Classic Enamel Saddle Shoe, an 18k gold black baby shoe charm, bedecked with white saddle and diamond bow Or the Aaron Basha Diamond Bow Shoe, another 18k gold piece featuring an all pink baby shoe charm adorned with 0.11 cts diamonds and a diamond bow. These are perfect gifts for kids and for adults, who are, according to Aaron Basha's trademark theme, are "Forever Young."
Get your Aaron Basha Baby Shoe and other elegant charms at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
A masterpiece usually pertains to an artist's work that is given substantial critical admiration, particularly those that are regarded as the most important creation of an individual or a creation itself that exudes unparalleled workmanship or creativity. Notable samples of painting chef d'œuvre include Monet's Water Lilies, Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and Van Gogh's Starry Night. Among jewelry experts, Harry Kotlar is considered as a definite choice when it comes to diamond masterpieces. Take for instance the Kotlar Cushion, which is recognized as the world's most brilliant cushion cut diamond. Kotlar has been creating one masterpiece after another for the past sixty years.
Get a masterpiece of your own. Get a Harry Kotlar piece at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
That's what Mémoire is all about, the burning drive to create uncluttered, straightforward jewelry pieces that are evidently differentiated by their top-tier craftsmanship and uncompromising quality. Maybe ironic at one glance, such sheer dedication to simplicity at times even makes Mémoire pieces multiply itself---literally! Take for instance the Diamond Bouquets Collection. The one-of-a-kind diamond bouquet cast structure creates a look of a full solitaire diamond where the outcome is thrice the actual carat weight. In effect, the supposedly basic lines and clean design actually transforms a Diamond Bouquet piece into three times more its actual make. That's the power of purity and modesty in uncompromising quality and unparalleled mastery that only Mémoire can offer.
Find the Mémoire piece you've been looking for at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, an authorized Mémoire dealer.
Influential New York Times critic Charles Isherwood once said, "The relative unknowns ... bring enough style [to the musical] to make up for any perceived lack of stardust." Quite indeed, mere mentioning the word "stardust" provokes a feeling of magic or charisma. The same sensation of awe is behind Chimento's new collection, Stardust. A seamless fusion of technological precision and master craftsmanship, Stardust pieces feature Chimento-exclusive ergonomic designs that emerge from innovative production ideas. The Stardust white gold bracelet with diamonds, for example, emanates utter sophistication from its peculiar yet decisive form and make.
Get enthralled with your own Chimento Stardust piece, available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, July 17, 2015
It isn't just a glamorous diamond. A Cento stone by Roberto Coin stands out for one reason: it's the first diamond to feature 100 facets compared to the average 57 facets of ordinary diamonds. The result is a richer, kaleidoscopic brilliance because of its deeper refractive light trajectory. The Cento diamond appears hypnotic and grabs attention even in a roomful of fine jewelry. It's designed with one thing in mind: to impress even the most sophisticated client. Roberto Coin has spent years of research and work with the most skillful diamond jewelers to develop the techniques for the Cento's innovative cut. When you wear a Cento, you're not just wearing a luxurious diamond, you're also wearing a testament to the jewelry artist's passion for perfection.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Each diamond is precious, not only for its value, but the story it keeps. When you give someone a Penny Preville diamond ring, its true value lies in the memories that it represents, whether it's an engagement announcement or on the wedding day. It's the same reason, albeit on larger scale, that famous diamonds are renowned, because of the amazing stories that they keep. For example, the Orloff is a 300 carat bluish green diamond from India said to be set once as the eye of a Vishnu's image in a temple in Sriangam. It was stolen in the 1700s by a Frenchman and was sold to an English captain. It found its way to Amsterdam, where an ex-lover of Catherine the Great heard of the stone and bought it for 90,000 pounds and took it to Moscow. The diamond is now kept in the Diamond Treasury of Russia in that city.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Wellendorff diamond jewelry are lavish and can be overwhelmingly eye-catching for someone who is new to fine jewelry. But the signature isn't all about material value. It symbolizes passion and substance that give the brand a unique appeal and appearance. It's known for the movable rings and finely crafted 18k gold finished with cold enamel. Beyond the physical traits, Wellendorff has a line of collections that exude a story. For example, the Moments of Delight embodies happiness in small moments, like a surprise gift on an otherwise ordinary day. The Keep Me Safe tells of cupid's tale that matches two lonely strangers to become a happy couple. The Purple, perhaps, the most iconic of the collections, represents the royal lineage of the brand, which traces its roots in the nineteenth century on a watering hole favorited by German nobles.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
We all love a great romantic story and we dream that we also experience one. And one way we express this aspiration is when we give a truly inspiring diamond jewelry like A. Link's square cut or pear shaped pendants. But be careful what you wish for. Not all great love stories end up happily ever after. In fact, one common element in many romantic stories is the tragedy that makes them more colorful. Nothing perhaps best illustrates a romantic tragedy than Romeo and Juliet. But there are other equally tear-jerking endings of recent popular love stories. For example, Nicholas Spark's The Notebook is a story of love and loss. Henry James' The Wings of Dove tells of a dying woman faced with her lover who's in love with someone else. Then there's Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen, which features a heroine who's forced to leave behind a magical place and her loved one.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
There is an air of exuberance in Roberto Coin's Cocktail collection. The soft pastel hues of the gemstones are complemented by the illumination of the diamond and the finely finished gleam of precious metal. You can see the attention to details in the nuances of each jewelry piece. Wear these cocktail rings, earrings, pendants, and necklaces on a casual or formal evening and you'll never be out of step. The gemstones lend to the collection a lightness of feeling, while the rose gold and brilliant cut diamonds add glamor. We do like the pastel gemstones more; they're unique and have an inner core depth akin to black pearls that seem to take your gaze towards the very center of the stone. Before you know it, you've been staring at the jewelry longer than necessary.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, July 10, 2015
The jewelry maker of the iconic cable bracelet has more styles to offer this quarter. We've seen dozens of new David Yurman designs this year, and three pieces caught our attention. The Chandlier Earrings with Peridot and Green Tourmaline in 18k Gold takes the brand away from the coiled theme. It's a great sign that David Yurman offers versatility, while keeping the free spirited flavor in this pair of danglers. We also love the Osetra Ring with Amethyst. It's made of darkened sterling silver, a unique take on the metal, and faceted with a paved gemstone. The band is shaped in a cable style as a signature. Lastly, the Renaissance Bracelet in 5mm cable brings us back to the original David Yurman concept and simplicity. It's a must-have for any collectors of this jewelry signature.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Did you know that you can upgrade your Martin Flyer wedding ring? You can change the look or classification of your existing ring, which cost less than buying another ring. There are plenty of reasons why you want a new ring look. For instance, your taste has changed or the ring is handed down to you by your mother but you want it to suit your style. A style change can also mean to celebrate an anniversary milestone or a special event like the birth of your first child. Getting a ring upgrade can also suit wedding vow renewals, or quite simply, you can now afford a more lavish style without throwing away the original ring. You can change the look to a Bombe Pave, Cut Down, Halo, hand engraved, or Wide.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
What's the connection between a jewelry signature and the wholesale massacre of a people? Recently, talks are rife again about the Armenian genocide that saw about 1.5 million Armenians killed under the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) during World War I. Armenians were targeted by the Ottomans and forced to march to the Syrian desert with little or no food, resulting in large scale deaths from starvation and exhaustion. Unlike other genocides, the Armenian genocide is difficult to put a closure for lack of direct links from the perpetrators, who were the Ottomans, and who had since dissolved into modern Turkey. One of the victims turned out to be the grandfather of Kirk Karaguezian, founder of the jewelry brand, Kirk Kara. It was the old man who started a small shop in the 1890s that would inspire Kirk to create one of the most fine wedding and engagement ring brands today.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Did you know the signature jewelry A. Jaffe is selling maps? Not the printed version, but its Maps Collection feature necklace pendants with a street-level map engraved with a special location in it. Special, of course, depends on you, whether it's the restaurant where you met your partner, a memorable park in the neighborhood, or the old house where you grew up. A. Jaffe marks this special place in the engraved map with a diamond to commemorate its significance. Although the idea is likely not to strike a chord with traditional jewelry lovers, the A. Jaffe Maps is definitely unique. It's a nice gift idea to remind someone a special story. The pendants are available in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, and come in heart, circular and rectangular shapes.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The Spanish jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera known for its passionate designs and romantic flair features the Mi Musa Collection, yet another one of its lines that use love as theme. The collection is dedicated to the founder's muse, his wife, Marina, and features elements of harmony, striking composition, and precise execution. Each piece is a tribute to eternal love, represented by a classical depiction of a frog on a lilypad. The choice of theme is playful as it is romantic. The frog features an unblemished finish and detailed styling, while the leaf features subtle lines that suggest precision craftsmanship. Mi Musa is available in yellow and white golds, and accented with rubies, emeralds, tsavorite garnets, and diamonds. The rings are also available in large and small versions.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
In Greek mythology, Hyacinth is a divine hero from Greek mythology and is identified closely with archery god Apollo, that when he died, Apollo created a flower from his blood, the hyacinth. Victorians are known to adore this flower for its fresh, lasting fragrance; they also devised a planting method by painstakingly arranging them in low beds, one color each per row. Probably inspired by the same Victorian reverence for the plant, Mikimoto used different colored gemstones combined with Baroque pearls to create its new Hyacinthia necklace and earrings. The necklace was patterned after the flower it was named after, with astounding 22mm Baroque South Sea cultured pearls, 2.14ct pink sapphire, and 33.57ct tumbled tanzanite elegantly framed in 24.78ct diamond asymmetrical vines set in platinum. The earrings provide the perfect complement of Baroque South Sea cultured pearls and tumbled tanzanite.
See the Hyacynthia now at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, an authorized Mikimoto seller.
Piaget reaches another significant milestone in its illustrious watch-making legacy. Its best-selling, ultra-thin Altiplano timepieces are now endowed with an equally stunning gold bracelet, further elevating this line in the "must-have" category of sophisticated watches. Meant to cater to fans of casual trendy fashion, the new Altiplano features both white gold and rose gold designs, a polished gem-set bezel, two distinct diameters, perfect for women and men. Akin to all Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget movements, this new Altiplano is available in both 34mm and 38mm, has a 534P automatic mechanical movement, a 42-hour power reserve, and a highly flexible bracelet which gives the wearer unparalleled comfort. Like any Piaget timepiece, its overall make bears the watchmaker's sophisticated watchmaking tradition that features its famous rounded Côtes de Genève shapes, integrated clasp, beveled bridges, soft lines, circular-grained bottom plate, and ideal ergonomics, all of which contribute to its elegant individuality.
Get the new Piaget Altiplano at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, an authorized Piaget dealer.
I remembered watching the film "In Time" (2011), where people live in a world where everyone stops aging at 25, where time is the absolute currency. People are genetically engineered to die at that age but are given one year allowance to fight for survival. For the rich, though, immorality is almost a birth right as they can buy as much time as they want. Good thing, though, our reality is far such fiction, well sort of, as we have people who collect exceptional timepieces and the exceptional watchmaker that creates highly-collectible pieces, like Panerai. Its timepieces are famous for their extraordinarily compelling appearances, made in only a few pieces, and offered annually in completely one-of-a-kind editions and styles, without any recognizable design as the latter year's. Every Panerai timepiece is a unique world of its own, thus its high "collectability" value, just like the recently launched Luminor Base Logo Acciaio, with only 500 units.
No one can buy time, but anyone can collect exceptional timepieces like Panerai, available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
While everybody's got their sights firmly in the future, Patek Philippe is looking the other way around. In fact, this consummate watchmaker even made a series of eight special timepieces to commemorate its 150 years of phenomenal watchmaking. Designed with profound respect for tradition, every piece was made in a limited series, with the instruments used to create them were eradicated. The acclaimed Calibre 89 leads the few Grande Complication models included in this compendium, to capture the vivid statement of the watchmaker's technical transformation. The collection also includes the intricately-shaped Impériales (ca. 19th century), the officer’s Campaign watch of World War One, and the stately tonneau-shaped line of timepieces that represents the enchanting Art Deco era.
So come and join Patek Philippe in its journey back in time with this limited edition watches. Get yours at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, an authorized seller of Patek Philippe.
In 2005, Bell & Ross founders Bruno Belamich (the “Bell” part) and Carlos Rosillo (the “Ross”) introduced their very first square timepiece — the BR-01 — which was meant to initiate a monumental push to achieve brand awareness for this Paris-based watchmaker. BR-01 was the fitting outcome for the highly-elaborate collaboration between the company with space and aircraft engineers to develop luxury timepieces designed for extreme environments. This square watch was earmarked to be used by airline pilots, deep-sea divers, bomb disposal experts and astronauts. Its notable features include an original exceptionally large 46mm square casing with hour-minute-second display, multi-style case metal designs, anti-reflection sapphire crystal glass, and 100m water resistance capacity. This watch is not only extremely sturdy and very functional but also exceptionally stylish as recognized by top fashion magazines like Esquire, GQ and Elle.
Get your iconic Bell & Ross BR-01 at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.