Friday, June 27, 2014
One thing that impresses me about John Hardy necklaces is their versatility. You can go simple with single linear thread, or complex with multi-layered designs. You can have a solitary precious metal or dual precious metal running across your neckline. You can go traditional like the Classic Chain, which features a small cross pendant, a reflection of conservatism. Or, you can go pagan or tribal-inspired, like the Bamboo Necklace featuring black obsidian and black sapphire strung in bamboo-like beads. Likewise, there’s an evident quiet in the Bedeg Collection, a slim necklace that features a simple chain pattern. Contrast this to the Woven Braided Necklace, a lavish rendition of sterling silver that loops in different sizes and widths, creating a glitzy feel that suits an evening dinner.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, May 16, 2014
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.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Times have changed and, guess what? Men are more sentimental now, even more than women sometimes. They’ll appreciate an occasional surprise gift from their partner even without an occasion. But what to give him? Here are some ideas. Fun desk organizers featuring masculine symbols like hammer, drum set or car miniatures. He’d love to put that on his desk to remind him of, er, work and you, of course. A cool cap with your initials as a wacky way to make him put you on his head. Breakfast sandwich maker, when he’s got no time to prepare a full meal. The side benefit of course is that he gets to make you one, too. If you want something classy but still fun, try John Hardy’s skeleton or mermaid cufflinks. Any way you give it, be sure to make the gift a surprise.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, February 28, 2014
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 Portland, Oregon.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Is yours a growing kid who has seemingly gotten bored with the kind of clothes you shop for him or her? Maybe your child has gone past the stage of wearing cartoon characters or superheroes for church or parties. As children grow, their choice of fashion also matures and it is important for parents to be sensitive of these changes. Double check. Maybe it’s high time to revamp your kid’s closet. Fashion knows no age. Parents should know well how to give a touch of elan for their kids’ wardrobes. But aside from clothes, accessories can also help accentuate your kids’ fashion. At the right occasions, jewelry can look cool on kids. John Hardy has a stylish line of children’s jewelry. The most sought-after pieces are their bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that are handcrafted to premier quality.
John Hardy is available in Shreve & Co. on Portland, Oregon.
Friday, December 13, 2013
John Hardy takes the best of two worlds as the brand successfully blends traditional Balinese jewelry–making techniques with Western designs and concepts. The distinctive modern oriental look of John Hardy creating this exemplary brand’s definite appeal. Palu in Balinese means “to hammer”. It is also an age-old Balinese jewelry-making technique of rhythmic hand-hammering that transforms gold’s surface into undulating dunes of a sun-kissed golden beach or silver into a rippling moonlit lake. This ancient technique is the inspiration for John Hardy’s appropriately-named Palu Collection. The interplay of light and shadow on the precious metal’s surface is the focal point of this breathtaking collection. Superbly handcrafted in fine silver and gold and shaped to emulate the moon’s cool beauty and the sun’s shimmering brilliance, the Palu Collection beautifully expresses John Hardy’s love for natural elegance.
Find John Hardy at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Portland.
Friday, November 01, 2013
It’s one thing to browse the beloved John Hardy collections in the high-end jewelry stores and trunk shows, and another to visit the brand’s eco-loving compound at the heart of the island Bali in Indonesia. The silver jewelry-making company is famous for its sleek contemporary designs of Asian influenced pieces ranging from necklaces, to chandelier earrings, to bracelets and armbands and stone-encrusted rings. John Hardy’s most prominent marks, however, are in the strong environmental consciousness and soulful cultural appreciation of the brand. The company’s uniquely designed compound in Bali, applied with green architecture and surrounded by the lush sceneries of nature, is a reflection of its vision and core values – being recognized as a leader in handmade designer jewelry that are inspired by the essence of the earth and driven by authenticity, transparency, accountability and diversity.
Find the john Hardy pieces that each form part of the brand’s heritage and story at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, September 27, 2013
John Hardy is a maker of Asian-inspired designer jewelry based in the hearth of the island of Bali. Surrounded by a wonderful natural setting, creativity flows in abundance at the John Hardy eco-friendly workshop. Head Designer Guy Bedarida ceaselessly stirs the brand into greater heights of artistry with his modern oriental designs. Each piece is steeped with the cultural heritage and natural beauty of its island home. The Batu Dot Morocco Chandelier Earrings is a part of the brand’s Dot collection, drawing inspiration from ancient form of granulation method employed by Bali’s traditional jewelry making art. The piece shows off its elegant yet casual form with striking turquoise stones the color of clear blue skies and tranquil seas set in expertly handcrafted twisted knot and dot design. Light and casual, the piece gives a new shade of life to your day to day grind.
Check out John Hardy’s Dot and other collections at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Cinta, which means “love” in the Indonesian language, is a collection of John Hardy’s finest haute joaillerie pieces. The Bali-based brand is a world-renowned jewelry manufacturer distinctive in its rare Asian inspired designs and affinity to the protection and preservation of the environment. The Pura Naga Sea Gold is a Cinta necklace made of 18k gold and sterling silver with a pendant elaborately fashioned into a sinuous figure of the Naga – Bali’s mythical dragon that symbolizes love, prosperity and protection. The Naga is beautifully encrusted with a myriad of yellow sapphires, brown diamonds, red spinel, on its body’s detailed engraving especially handcrafted by John Hardy artisans. Two elegant golden South Sea Pearls take central stage in the necklace – an ode to the Indonesian tale of love and sacrifice regarding the cosmic dragon and his beloved pearl. The Pura Naga, literally “the dragon’s palace”, is an extravagant expression of love both in essence and form.
Find John Hardy’s Cinta collection at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
There is nothing more entrancing than love. So, among John Hardy’s sets of handcrafted designer jewelry pieces, there is nothing more exquisite than the Cinta “Love” haute joaillerie collection. The Cinta showcases the Bali-based jewelry manufacturer’s taste for unique pieces inspired by Asia’s rich culture and done using modern European techniques. Each design in the collection centers around special shells or stones that designer Guy Bedarida collected from his travels, which the John Hardy team of expert jewelry makers then embellish to their most stunning looks. The Singhasari Naga Majesty cuff is made of 18k yellow gold that features a rubellite central stone flanked by two Nagas set in pink diamonds and sapphires. In Indonesia, the Naga is the cosmic dragon that brings love, prosperity and protection. This mythical creature is the favorite symbol of love in Bali, which is the reason why Naga made its way into John Hardy’s Cinta, the collection that started out as John Hardy’s special gift to his beloved wife.
Find Cinta at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
The river has long been the wellspring that inspired songs, poetry, epic drama, reflections, and works of art. In the Indonesian Island of Bali, John Hardy – world-renowned manufacturer of nature inspired designer jewelry, carries on this tradition of creative musings among talented artists. Its Kali collection, named after the Balinese term for river, draws inspiration from the steady streams of water that flows through the edges of the bustling John Hardy compound. The sterling silver pieces are cleverly decorated with black sapphire stones and fashioned to resemble the smooth patterns of riverbed pebbles like the ones that are so refreshing to walk on. As this refreshing pattern continues to gain popularity among jewelry connoisseurs and nature lovers, Head Designer Guy Bedarida expands the Kali collection to include other related natural themes like Zen gardens, yacht’s chains, and water flowing over rocks.
Check out the Kali collection from John Hardy at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Over the years, the bamboo has become one of the most symbolic designs of John Hardy jewelry, the jewelry designer and manufacturer based in the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia. The iconic smooth stems and nodes of the bamboo are skillfully transferred by John Hardy local artisans into platinum, silver or gold that turn out to be best-selling pieces of contemporary jewelry. The Crossover Cuff of the Bamboo Collection is a light and ingenious design with dazzling white sapphires and expertly carved sterling silver. The crossover strands gives a solid yet natural feel to the whole piece, making it a perfect accessory for either casual or flamboyant affairs. Much more, with every purchase of the Crossover Cuff, the brand plants 8 bamboo seedlings in its Greener Everyday project.
Find out how you can get these beautiful artworks from nature, while giving back to her in return. Check out John Hardy at Shreve & co. in Post Street in San Francisco.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Nature, impeccable craftsmanship tradition, and rich Asian culture - they all come together in John Hardy's jewelry making workshops in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. The enchanting island is home to the world's most environmentally caring jeweler, sprawled neatly amidst well-loved local communities and abundant supply of inspiration from Mother Nature. Operating since the 70’s, John Hardy extends its love to Bali and receives more love from the land in return. Local dwellers, many of whom are descendants of artisans in ancient royal courts, share their expertise and cultural bounty to the jewelry manufacturer, which in turn helps them become more productive in their rare jewelry making craft. All the while, company and craftsmen stand hand in hand to advocate the preservation of the environment. The brand's necklaces, earrings and bracelets made of sterling silver and 18k gold are embellished with colorful precious and semi-precious stones in ways that reflect its devotion for Asia and nature. Take a pick from John Hardy’s selection of jewelries at Schiffman’s Jeweler in Palo Alto and bring a portion of Bali home with you.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
John Hardy is renowned in the world for its contemporary, well-detailed fine jewelry. In the Bali community where the jewel maker’s headquarters sit, John Hardy is endeared to the locals for its caring support to the folks and the environment. The brand’s commitment as a green company comes from its long-standing affinity to nature and Asia’s rich culture, where it gets inspiration for most of its collections. This 18K golden Kick Cuff of the Naga Collection got its inspiration from the rich Balinese legend of the dragon. The revered mythical creature is believed to bring prosperity and is the central figure in a colorful Balinese tale of love and sacrifice. The piece is beautifully designed to resemble a dragon in motion, with skilfully crafted scale details. For more adorable pieces from the world’s green jewelry maker, visit Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
Monday, January 21, 2013
If you have the penchant for Asian designs and are adamant about the environment’s future, there is no brand more perfect than John Hardy. Taking inspirations from Bali in the mid 70’s, company founder John Hardy infused the island’s traditional jewelry making traditions with new design concepts. What resulted was magic and since 1996 Mumbai, Bali became the company’s production center where everything is created. And in 1999, there came a wonderful addition to the company in the person of Guy Bedarida – senior designer of haute joaillerie of the Place Vendome. He came in as Head Designer and broadened John Hardy’s design concepts with the inclusion of new nature-inspired motifs, European jewelry techniques, and ancient East Asian art. And just like Asian architecture and living, the company has exerted a behemoth effort to become carbon neutral. With the slogan “Greener Every Day”, John Hardy continues to make their processes greener. In 2006, John Hardy launched its “Sustainable Advertising” program. This aims to lessen carbon emissions from their business processes such as print advertising, travel and electrical consumption. John Hardy donates a portion of their proceeds from the sale of their Bamboo collection items to the bamboo planting activities they have been conducting under their “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” program. To look fabulous while not harming the environment, visit Shreve & Co. (authorized dealers) for John Hardy.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Once, there was a Canadian artist and designer that toured Bali in the 1970’s. And like what Bali does to most people, he was enchanted. His interest forced him to stay and to learn the silver-smithing techniques of the locals. Some of them were descendants of artisans that made jewelry in the royal courts. This experience made it possible for John Hardy, above is his story, to apply new concepts to traditional Balinese jewelry making techniques. From then on, the founder became a brand; an icon to the world – an icon of "East-meets-West". Every piece is designed and intricately crafted in the brand’s compound in Bali. To this day, this mixing of traditions continues. Diversity is the mainstay in the John Hardy line and even in the company. Just like the stunning pieces of jewelry, the John Hardy team is compromised of talents from the East and West. The international management team members come from Europe, Australia, America and Asia. The virtuosos handling the pieces come from Bali, Sumatra, Java and other Indonesian islands. Many of them are from the lineage of artisans in the royal courts of Bali dating back to the time of kings. For jewelries that are fit for the ancient royal courts, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for John Hardy.