Friday, October 02, 2015
Signature jewelry is not just an expensive piece of elegance that you wear to show off. Branded jewelry carries a message, a personality that rubs off on the one wearing it. Although the materials are quite costly, the brand name itself is what you're really paying for. For example, a necklace or bracelet with sapphires or amethysts looks ordinary. But in the hands of a branded jewelry, in this case, Marco Bicego, the same jewelry piece becomes alluring. It's the story behind the jewelry that counts. For Marco Bicego it makes sense that one of its colorful gemstone collections is aligned with an ancient Indian city known for its master gem-cutters: Jaipur. At its height, the city had the most number of gem-cutters in the world; Jaipur itself must have glimmered like a gemstone from a distance at sunset.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When everyone in your high society circle seems to be wearing the most expensive diamond jewelries, how do you stand out without compromising luxury? You can try to buy the Cullinan Diamond at $400 million, if they sell it. But you can always get a Suna Bros. colored diamond jewelry. They're not as expensive, although they still cost money, for a reason. The Suna Bros. colored diamonds are rare and not all jewelry shops will get the chance to offer them. The stones are mined from the Argyle region in Australia, which happens to be one of the few places on earth where pink, red, and yellow diamonds can be sourced. In fact, the source is so rare that scientists from the Smithsonian Institute studied the diamonds' composition to get clues about their scarcity.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When in Moscow do what tourists do. Check the Kremlin. Have a selfie at the Red Square. Marvel at St. Basil's Cathedral. Visit the Gorky Park. Or see the panorama of the city at the Poklonnaya Hill. You can also, perhaps, get yourself an A. Lange & Sohne watch. After all, the signature watchmaker has a spanking new and neat boutique in the city's most exclusive shopping area, the Stoleshnikov pereulok. Tourists and Moscow's high society frequent the area for jewelries and signature watches. The shop itself is luxurious to look at: the familiar A. Lange & Sohne grey and neutral hues, contrasted with wood and leather furniture. The cozy carpet lends to your shopping experience a warm feel even in the chilliest weather this city can give you.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The modern CEO understands that luxury and rugged can come together, or corporate sophistication and outdoor adventure can mix. This CEO follows the board's formalities, while he can easily be buddies with his staff. For this CEO, the Breitling Navitimer is a fit. The watch fuses fashion and function. It can highlight any dashing corporate suit or accentuate your outdoor adventure getup. Imagine presiding over a board meeting in the morning, then heading for a rock climbing with your buddies in the afternoon. And you don't need to change watches. You still enjoy the Breitling engineering for precision time-keeping with self-winding chronograph. The watch also features a triple-dial function and a Manufacture Caliber 01 movement. Likewise, it has a brown background that adds elegance to its otherwise rugged casing.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The last blood super moon rekindled talks about superstitions and supernatural events. The moon, in spite of modern science, still evokes nostalgic mystery in us. The same inspiration is found in one of John Hardy's popular collections: Palu. It mimics the rugged lunar surface, creating a rustic but elegant appearance, and not a few times, curious eyes are caught by the collection's out-of-this-world style. Where most jewelry designers opt for an unblemished, seamless style, the John Hardy Palu goes against the flow. In the end, the contrarian approach becomes a trend—a rare phenomenon, perhaps, at the level of a blood super moon? The Palu Collection is manufactured through traditional Balinese hammered craftsmanship. The same technique has been in practice by the locals long before the first Europeans arrived in Southeast Asia. Today, John Hardy is known for fusing European elegance with traditional indigenous styles.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Diamonds are graded for their weight, clarity, and cut (sometimes color, too). When it comes to cut, one of the most renowned is Christopher Designs' Crisscut Round diamond. This diamond features 109 facets, way above industry grading benchmarks. Although the mastery in the cutting itself is impressive—great attention to minute details—when even the slightest light (ex., candlelight on a dinner date) strikes the Crisscut Round, the diamond truly comes to life. The tiny refraction panels bounce the light in every directions before pushing it outwards to create stunning luminosity and radiance. Inside the diamond are twelve walls that draw to the center in perfect balance and resulting in scalloped edges. The Christopher Designs Crisscut Round is also impressive when seen from the top, where it appears to have a bottomless pit.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Pendants are a subtle way to express your style, while playing a bit sensual. Pendants, especially the solitary types, draw the eye towards your chest, teasing men, yet keeping a safe distance from naughty minds. If you're looking for elegant pendants, Alex Sepkus offers a wide array of distinct designs, each one with unique appeal. The cross in 18k gold and accentuated with cabochon sapphire and diamond evokes conservatism. On the other hand, the “Little Lambs” cross has a vintage appeal and lends to your personality cultural sophistication. Meanwhile, the diamond letter pendants set in either platinum or 18k gold provides a rustic feel, which betrays your introspective mind. There are other pendants for your choosing, such as, the Orchard and ball pendants.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
With so many signature jewelry counterfeits still in the market, let's reiterate again the importance of buying only from authorized dealers. In the U.S., fake jewelry comprises 29% of the overall counterfeit goods and the rate keeps on increasing every year. There are clues when you're being sold a fake item. If the price is a bargain, the jewelry must be fake. Luxury jewelry like Stephen Webster don't sell on price; they sell on value and image. In fact, no luxury jeweler will price his products as cheap, lest the brand suffers. Some people consciously buy fake to get the feel of wearing the real thing. But think about it—they're just announcing to the world they're cheap and fake every time they wear a counterfeit piece.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Giving her a Michael M. diamond engagement ring will surely impress her, but why stop there when you can reinforce the moment with these lifestyle-of-the-rich-and-famous tips. One, invite her to a restaurant and order a fancy dessert at the end with the ring safely tucked in. If it's possible, order a custom dessert, for instance, with her initials on a cake. Two, rent a luxury car for the day (or hour if you're truly tight) and use it to take her to a date. Limousines for rent are so outmoded; go for that Ferrari for rent that you came across in the internet. Three, take her to a hill or somewhere that overlooks the city's skylights. It's the perfect landscape for a romantic moment that she'll cherish forever.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Jewelry pieces like necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings aren't the only thing that you can wear to exude luxury. There are brooches and pins, which enhance a dress or suit to match the occasion. Brooches and pins like the Kwiat collections are elegant enough to give you that “jewel” look, but they're subtle as well if you don't like the flagrant opulence that jewelries often exude. For men, brooches are perfect to show off without appearing vain. For women, brooches give you that mystery that attracts men. Moreover, brooches and pins aren't only for style; they can do certain function like pin a loose end or hide a minute blemish in your favorite dress. You can also wear brooches and pins even at the office for that flair of power dressing.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Italy's Mediterranean coast is a breeding ground for arts and culture because its fresh morning breeze and temperate starry nights evoke inspirations. The sound of wave splashing against the beach, the simple life of fishing villages, the colorful panorma of sunsets and sunrises, all these feed the soul to create. When it comes to creativity, this region is remarkable to have helped inspire classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, and the finest wines. It's also home to Ilaria Lanzoni, the creative head at Hearts On Fire. In an interview, she admitted to recall her childhood on clear nights along the coast as her inspiration for many of Hearts On Fire collections. Among them, the Atlantico reflects her Mediterranean memories. Look closely into this collection and you'll see the waves moving across the jewelry's cresting lines.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Many jewelry brands are either contemporary or classical to suit your personality. Contemporary styles are popular among people who want to follow trendy styles, while classical pieces are more appealing to those who like the vintage feel. But what if you're both? You can buy one set for trendy and one for classical, or you can opt for Chimento. The jewelry brand has style and comfort in mind when it designed its collections. They combine modern clean lines with an air of classic elegance. When you wear them, they at once lend to your outfit sharpness and sophistication. Likewise, the attention to details is unmistakable, whether in its 18k gold or other metals and gems. The company also releases a new line regularly, giving you more choices over time.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Harry Kotlar combines beauty, art, and perfection to create stunning diamond jewelry that stands out in the industry. From rings to bracelets and earrings to pendants and necklaces, a Harry Kotlar jewelry puts you on a pedestal even in a roomful of glamorous people. The brand's secret is in its perfectly cut diamond, its trademark since 1948 as one of the world's finest diamonds, until to this day. Notably, the Kotlar Cushion center stone highlights the brand's eloquence in handling diamonds from processing to cutting and to setting. It's hand-created with attention to details, as are Kotlar's 18 karat gold earrings, rose gold pendant, and platinum rings. The Kotlar signature is inspired by its roots in quality craftsmanship with integrity, just what the family who started the business has aspired to from the company's beginnings.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The finest diamond jewelry pieces don't happen by chance. They are a product of a long process with painstaking attention to quality craftsmanship and, more importantly, pride of work. For example, Mémoire diamonds start from the preselection that uses the strictest standards set by the Gemological Institute of America. The world's premier organization for gem quality benchmarks requires that diamonds should adhere to specific proportions and standard weight. From the moment it's mined, a raw diamond is checked by Mémoire for imperfections, and only the best pieces are bought. The raw diamonds then go through cutting and polishing, before they are set on precious metals, which also go under close scrutiny prior to setting. The company claims its 18k gold features 75% purity, while its pieces have 95% platinum.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Collecting charms is a great way to express your personality, while exuding a luxurious sophistication. But before you start buying charms, think of the strap where to hang them. It should last a long time and elegant, too, to complement the charms. Aaron Basha's leather strap bracelets are ideal for starting your collection of charms. In 16 cm length, the bracelets come in different hues, such as, red, orange, blue, brown, purple, black, and more colors to match your outfit and other jewelry. The leather straps, in fact, can stand on their own even without the charms. That means you can wear them with elegance at once. As you collect charms, the bracelet comes to life with Aaron Basha's cute charms, such as, a car, heart, star, train, and other trivial creations.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Diamond jewelry like A. Link never fails to stand out as a fashion statement. Whether you’re wearing formal gown or a hip pair of jeans, the diamond catches the attention. They are timeless and always elegant, but diamond jewelry also follows trends to stay interesting. Recent trends include people liking vintage pieces, reminiscent of the opulent Victorian, Edwardian, and art deco eras. Vintage style usually features intricate scrollwork and royal allusion. Similarly, diamond jewelry with floral and magical moon designs are popular. Some of the trendy pieces include bejeweled insects and diamond rose brooches. Another popular trend lately is colored diamonds. From chocolate to champagne and pink to yellow hues, these diamonds add a rainbow feel to the jewelry. Incidentally, the two popular metals where diamonds are set include silver and white platinum and rose and yellow gold.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You need not a special occasion to wear Wellendorff jewelry. Any ordinary day will do as long as you feel positive about life. In fact, the jeweler created a line exactly for this feeling of elation, when you want to celebrate life any time. The Wellendorff Moments of Delight Collection reveals the your daily happiness, while subtly showcasing your good taste for high fashion even on a casual day. The collection offers you myriad styles to express personal joy. All rings feature the Wellendorff spinning signature and cold enamel finish. The Ring Dream of a Lifetime features the signature purple hue, while the Ring Genuine Delight Ruby is spectacular in its array of paved diamonds. Likewise, the Ring Noble Mother-of-Pearl exudes happiness in purity, featuring unblemished set of pearls. This Wellendorff collection is sure to delight anyone on any day.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Combine black and green in a jewelry color palette and you get a deep elegance that you only see in formal evening occasions. Where black evokes luxury, green provides the refreshing feel. The result is a new way to wear opulence and be the talk of the party. Roberto Coin probably has this in mind when it releases its Black Jade Collection. The pieces contrast black agate and green agate, with mother-of-pearls or other gems providing the accent. You’ll instantly notice the simplicity of the shapes, a quiet confidence seen in women who know their taste and conversations. Some of the highlights of the collection include the Black Jade Ring, which is complemented by white quartz and diamonds. The Black Jade Pendant is also luxurious in 18k rose gold. Meanwhile, the Black Jade Earrings are set in rose and white gold.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Platinum diamond rings like Furrer Jacot are one the most elegant (and expensive) jewelry often used for glamorous weddings and engagements. Although genuine versus fake diamonds are easy to spot, what of platinum? In fact, if you’re one the millions of people who are not lettered on the fine jewelry details, you’re probably wondering, too--how do you differentiate platinum with silver? They do look alike, but their prices are poles apart. The easiest way to find out which is which is to look for the markings. If you see an “S” that means silver; if you see “PT” or “PLAT,” that’s platinum. Platinum is also heavier than silver, so if you have some silver rings, you can tell the difference once you hold a platinum ring (or the other way around).
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Earrings add sensuality and elegance to your fashion. However, wearing the right pair depends on your facial shape. If you have an oval face, where your face tapers off from cheeks to chin, almost any type of earrings will look good in you. Dangles like Roberto Coin's Cento Cascade Earrings add some length to your face, while hoops like Roberto Coin Fantasy Earrings complement its shape. Round faces, where your face is widest at the cheekbones, are also ideal for dangles, but not hoops. For women with heart-shaped faces--the forehead is wider than the cheeks--earrings with elongated lines or curves provide a neutralizing effect. Meantime, square-faced women, those with strong cornered jaws--should go for round earrings or hoops that reach the jawline to soften the face.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.