Friday, January 31, 2014

Vintage watches

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:57:07 AM in Bell & Ross (19)

Are you craving for unique fashion without really having to look out-of-this world like Lady Gaga or Ceelo Green? To be a rare kind, you need not look very futuristic like you came from another planet. You can probably warp back in time rather than conform to what's hot and trendy. Try vintage. You'll be surprised that some fashion trends in the past never really get outdated. In fact, like history, fashion tend to repeat itself. Retro clothes, for instance, remain popular--especially among those who love to explore the styles and cultures of another time or those who simply want to standout. To complete your vintage look, you will also need vintage-style accessories. You don't have to look for the dusty pieces sold in antique store. Bell & Ross has a cool collection of vintage watches. Though the watches are predominantly masculine, they have watches for women too. Bell & Ross watches are mostly designed for pilots, astronauts and divers. But who cares in the name of rarity?
 
Bell & Ross is available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

Elegance and tradition

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:52:58 AM in Longines (19)

A balanced mix of elegance and tradition makes timeless watches, like those of Longines. After more than 180 years in the Swiss watch-making business, the technical expertise of Longines is tried and tested. It is, in fact, one of the world's leading watch manufacturers with outlets in over 130 countries. While sticking to its core values of precision and performance, Longines adapts to the rapidly changing times in the style department. But the designs should have a fundamental bottomline: timeless elegance. British actress and "Titanic" star Kate Winslet is among Longines' Ambassadors of Elegance. But what makes Longines watches elegant really? Just read between the lines of refinement and classicism and you will know. The Longines DolceVita collection are known for its rectangular cases. It exudes the charm of the Italian way of life. The Longines PrimaLuna is known for its sparkling elegance. The rounded case is carefully beaded with diamonds--all graceful and magical.
 
Longines is available in Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
 
 

Men and watches

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:46:52 AM in Corum (19)

Men generally value simplicity. Men are usually are not as keen to details as women. This is reflected in the way they speak and deal with things. It is also reflected in their fashion sense. Most typically, what's inside a man's closet are plain clothes to wear like trousers and collared shirts, some sporty and leather shoes and belts. For accessories, probably all he'll ever have is what he needs--a watch. The key to achieve simplicity without compromising style is to choose a high-quality, luxury watch. Something with a streamlined design yet full of value. Swiss watchmaker Corum has a collection of metal-plated watches of premier quality, many of which are limited editions. The designs are classic without being boring. Just enough elegance for a man successful yet covert. One of its famous collections, the "Admiral Cup," is an old collection that never loses its charm, a standard of simplicity and style.
 
Corum is available in Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, California.
 
 

How to choose a gift watch

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:41:34 AM in Baume & Mercier (19)

Watches make fabulous gifts. But is it important to bear in mind the overall personality of the receiver before you hit the purchase button. In reality, not all people are watch freaks. Hence, you should know if the person will love to receive one as a gift, the first place. If yes, there are more details to iron out. The first thing you have to consider in buying a gift watch is the person's lifestyle. There are different kinds of watches for different people. Is the person formal or casual most of the time? The second thing you have to consider is the design. Does the person prefer gold or silver? Does he or she want something classic or trendy? A metallic band or a leather strap? The perfect clue on the best gift watch to buy are the kinds of clothes the person usually wears. Baume & Mercier has various watch collections perfect for different occasions. You can even have the watches engraved with your heartfelt message. The watches also come in a special packaging and are elegantly wrapped to add excitement to the receiver. 
 
Baume & Mercier is available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

Watches for that corporate look

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:37:34 AM in Parmigiani Fleurier (20)

In the grueling and highly-competitive corporate world, how do you tell everyone you mean business and you're on top of the game? Aside from everything contained in your curriculum vitae or portfolio and your communication skills, your success also depends on your looks. Believe it or not, superficial as it may sound, people judge us first by appearance. We also tend to draw people our looks deserve. In the corporate setting, structured clothes--like tailored jackets and trousers and coats and blazers are professional. Looking neat and simple yet classy and elegant would mean to tell the world you are responsible, and organized. Designs in darker colors and shades and simpler geometric patterns also tend to look more professional. For style, you may work around accessories. Discreet metal-based jewelry is more classic and elegant that the flamboyant ones you wear in parties. Watches are perfect accessories in the corporate workplace, besides that fact the they're important too. Parmigiani Fleurier has a fine collection of men and women's watches perfect for your corporate look. The watches are trendy, modern and youthful and will surely standout in a dynamic work environment.
 
Parmigiani Fleurier is available in Shreve & Co. at San Francisco, California.
 
 

Timepieces to memoirs

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:33:38 AM in Jaeger Lecoultre (21)

A timepiece doesn't only tell time. But it can also a be a memoir of your life's greatest milestones. Each of us has a sentimental core, that no matter how pre-occupied we are, we always find time to cherish the past. Jaeger Lecoultre allows you to put personalized special engravings on your watch. It transforms them into precious mementos, that remind you of the people you love or your good memories with them. May it be a birth of a new baby or a 50th golden wedding anniversary, have its symbolds engraved on your Jaeger Lecoultre watch. You can visit the Jaeger Lecoultre and create the design yourself. There is also a wide-array of watch collections under this fine brand that you can choose from and have personalized. Jaeger Lecoultre has been there since 1833, crafting every watch with passion in its ongoing quest for technical perfection. Every Jaeger Lecoultre you wear is a product of 180 years of excellence.
 
Jaeger Lecoultre is available in Shreve & Co. at San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon.
 
 

Fine jewelry watches

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:27:18 AM in Chanel (20)

More than just a ticking gadget that calculates your day, watches can also compliment your outfit and add a touch of class to your looks. Watches need not be a boring piece of wrist wrap. It can be a stylish accessory, stylish and fashionable. Chanel has a fine collection of jewelry watches laden with precious stones. You can choose from various designs of 18-karat white gold or pink gold with diamonds. Different shapes and details are pieced together to form rare and elegant jewelry themes such feathers and ribbons. You can choose from various designs that suit your personality. But one thing Chanel jewelry watches have in common is timeless beauty that abounds in luxurious femininity.
 
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Watches for Extreme Cold

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:34:08 AM in Ball (20)

The U.S. Northeast digs out from snow after a winter storm recently hit. The deadly winter storm dumped up to more than 15 inches of snow in worst-hit areas. But even after the calm, the cold spell lingers into most parts of the U.S., with freezing temperatures playing up to negative 22 degrees Celsius. It is in these times that what people wear matters as the bitter cold could be harmful to one's health. For timepieces, what could stand the test of extreme weather conditions?
 
The Ball Watch company have engineered timepieces that could withstand cold of up negative 40 to negative 60 degrees Celsius. In fact, Ball can be worn for expeditions in the North and South Poles. The Ball Watches have specially blended Swiss watch oils making it possible to withstand extreme cold.
 
Ball Watch is available in Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon.
 
 

Adapted for Two Worlds

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:29:26 AM in IWC (17)

Are you an adventurer who explores borders beyond the human comfort zone? Then a watch from IWC's Aquatimer Collection 2014 is perfect for you. Aquatimer watches have been designed for land and water expeditions. They are sturdy enough to withstand pressure in seas of up to thousands of meters deep. The bright luminescent coating on the dial and the dive-time scale are excellently legible in all visibility conditions under the ocean. There are nine models to choose from under the new Aquatimer collection. One of the highlights in this collection is the "Expedition Charles Darwin," which has been created in honor of the man it is named after. Darwin is a great naturalist, whose observations on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean, had led him to fundamental knowledge about the diversity of species. The "Expedition Charles Darwin" watch boasts of a 30-bar water resistance and its appealing bronze cover in memory of the vessel used in Darwin's expedition.
 
IWC is available in Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon.
 
 

A Timeless Timepiece

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:26:14 AM in Breitling (20)

Swiss watches are synonymous to durability. The Swiss watch-making industry has been thriving since the middle of the 16th century. And in such a long period of time, it has become a mastered craft. One of the the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands on the market today is the Breitling. It has been a specialist of technical watches since 1884. Having been in the industry for so long, it has become a world leader in the development of the wrist chronograph. More than this, it has also been an official supplier of reliable and high-performance equipment to the world of aviation. Breitling's professional watches are designed to survive extreme conditions of air and water without compromising style.
 
 
Breitling is available in Shreve & Co. at San Francisco, California.
 
 

The Tale of a Timepiece

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:22:41 AM in A. Lange & Sohne (18)

That thing wrapped around a man's wrist speaks volumes of his laurels. More than a time-teller, a watch is also a status symbol of wealth and achievement. That is why women love to give watches as gifts to their men. It could mean a warm expression of moral support and taking pride in his milestones. What should women consider in buying him a timepiece?
1. Lifestyle. There are different kinds of watches that suit a men's varying lifestyles. Is he a corporate stalwart? You can give him an elegant, gold-plated wach. Or is he an adventurous sportsman? You can give him a waterproof, digital watch.
2. Style. Check your man's closet. The watch you are going to buy should appropriately fit the kind of clothes usually he wears. 
3. Price. Know your price limit. Quartz watches are more affordable than gold-plated or platinum watches.
 
A. Lange & Sohne, a German brand, has a wide array of men's watches to choose from. Their functional and ornamental parts are intricately pieced together for durability and style. A. Lange & Sohne is available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

Timeless jewelry

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:17:54 AM in Suna Brothers (20)

Timelessness is the ultimate test of jewelry perfection. A jewelry shouldn't lose its sparkle even when handed down from one generation to another. It shouldn't be out of fashion whatever season it is worn. And it shouldn't depreciate as a prized possession. A wedding jewelry, for instance, is symbolic of commitment and eternal love. Hence, it should be able to stand the test of time and keep its sentimental value. For over 70 years, Suna Bros. has been handcrafting the most exquisite wedding bands. The impeccable quality of these rings are born of meticulous workmanship. The rings are personalized. The stones used are hand-selected for every couple and they are carefully mounted and matched. Suna Bros, a Europe-born brand is known for creating timeless pieces of jewelry. It adds contemporary taste to its designs, making them the "modern classics."
 
Suna Bros is available in Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon, San Francisco California, and Palo Alto California.
 
 

Jewelry and Colors

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:13:48 AM in Marco Bicego (19)

Who isn't fascinated by colors? But colors are more than just a feast for the eyes. Colors, they say, hold various meanings that can change our mood and how we feel. We also use or wear colors to express ourselves. When colors are carefully woven into a piece of jewelry, it becomes more expressive and turns into a rare masterpiece. Look at how a delicate range of aqua blue and green gemstones add charm to a plain golden bracelet in Marco Bicego's "Paradise" collection. The varying shapes of the precious stones and how they are randomly placed in the chain of gold form a distinct character. The colorful jewelry collections of Marco Bicego are made from ultra-carefully selected natural stones and gems.
 
Marco Bicego is available in Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon.
 
 

Touch up your kids' fashion

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:08:54 AM in John Hardy (19)

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, January 17, 2014

A story of Redemption

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:33:06 AM in Christopher Designs (20)

Years ago, a bashful young man knocked on the door of the house belonging to his prom date.  Perhaps it was the few minutes delay?  Or, maybe his tie was too tight? For whatever reason, the boy fumbled miserably attempting to place the corsage around his date's wrist. 
 
Years had passed and they got married. The man would one day admit to his wife the true nature of his error. "You took my breath away when you opened the door; I felt helpless.” 
 
“But you know what?,” he teased. “You continue to take my breath away after all these years." In his right hand was a sparkling Christopher Designs bracelet. "If you will be so kind to allow me a chance to redeem myself," he said… as he flawlessly placed the bracelet on her wrist.
 
Christopher Designs is available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
 
 

Water element

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:30:01 AM in Alex Sepkus (20)

Some people have to go out of their way to find their source of comfort. For others it only takes an Alex Sepkus.
 
One woman lived near a stream where she would spend some time to feel at peace. The gentle rushing water helped to cleanse her mind of all the chaos and uncertainty of her job. She could sit next to the stream for hours and not realize it. The stream became an integral aspect of her life. She even got married on the bridge over that stream. 
 
Many months would pass until one day she needed to leave the stream.  The husband's job required a transfer. The wife realized she had to say farewell to the stream. The man purchased an Alex Sepkus swirling water ring as a way for his wife to always remember the stream. The 18 karat gold symbolizes the golden years she had spent at home, while the diamonds signifies the man's love for his wife. The woman found solace in wearing the ring, because it never failed to remind her of home.
 
Alex Sepkus is available in Shreve & Co. at San Francisco, California.
 
 

Don’t Feed the Sharks

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:26:45 AM in Stephen Webster (21)

Some people require a gentle reminder, while others require a bite to secure a successful career. 
 
One woman was promoted at a young age for her focus and ability to overcome daily challenges. She always wear a Stephen Webster unclenched shark jaw bracelet around her wrist to serve as an ever ominous reminder to watch her back. She must stay afloat in what feels like a shark infested territory of her workplace. She knows that her colleagues may smile, but behind the veneer they are hungry for her job. She must maintain a survivor's mentality, unless she wants her job thrown to the next wunderkind. Will she allow the jaws of corporate politics to clench on her? Not a chance! In the meantime, she wear the Stephen Webster with pride and elegance.
 
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. at Portland Oregon and San Francisco California.
 
 

Citrus Splash on the Rocks

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:23:50 AM in Michael M (18)

There is more to fruit than meets the eye. One man draws his inspiration from a citron.
 
The man had his whole life ahead of him. He wanted to travel. See the world, soak in all the different cultures and treasure the experience. It was in the Middle East where he discovered the perfect Citron. A ritual was to be performed before each harvest season, in which the fruit of the citron, or the "goodly trees" was received. Religious leaders were dispatched to scour the region for the perfect citron. It was at the harvest festival that the man met a most attractive young lady. The man fell in love with the woman and promised to return for her one day. It was several years before the man made it back. The two embraced one another, but the woman pulled back to ask the man what exactly took him so long. "I couldn't return without the perfect citron," said the man as he presented her with a Michael M Citrine diamond ring. 
 
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

A Kwiat Experience

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:20:35 AM in Kwiat (20)

One man had been shopping aimlessly in pursuit of the perfect wedding ring. However, all the wedding rings seemed to look indistinguishable to one another. One ring, however, stood out from the endless sea of identical rings. A ruby red ring from Kwiat instantly captured the man's attention. The man envisioned his fiancée's wedding ring as a symbol of originality and elegance. Conveniently, his fiancée's favorite color happened to be red, the color of passion. What better color than red to express fervent devotion to his future wife? Add to that, a Kwiat wedding ring was sure to impress her, he thought. The man bought the ring and gave it to his wife as a symbol of his everlasting commitment, much like Kwiat rings are designed to last for life. 
 
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
 
 

Star bright

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:17:56 AM in Hearts on Fire (19)

This was how one family's Christmas tradition inspired one husband to show his love with a Hearts on Fire.
 
It's a Christmas tradition in his house where a fresh alpine is brought home and meticulously decorated with an array of colorful ornaments. The last and final piece to the Christmas tree has always been the star. The responsibility of placing the star belongs to the wife, who always makes sure that the star is arranged just right. 
 
One Christmas, the wife was distraught to realize the star was broken. The couple went shopping for a replacement, "but they just don't make them like they used to," said a disappointed wife, as the couple returned home empty handed. However, on Christmas day the husband presented his wife with a shiny Hearts on Fire diamond star pendant, whispering to her, "because it just wouldn't be Christmas without a star."  
 
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon.
 
 

Who Needs Rock City?

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 6:12:17 AM in Chimento (18)

 
Ever used jewelry as a way out? One guy does just that! 
 
His girlfriend requested him to take her to Rock City, a place that  boast of an impressive rock formation, to celebrate their upcoming anniversary. The girl had a passion for geology and Rock City boasts of a marvelous display of quartz rocks. 
 
The girl was looking forward to sharing her love of quartz with her boyfriend, but a geology lesson wasn't exactly what the boy envisioned for an anniversary date.  "You don't understand," she said, "you have to see an actual quartz just to get the full feel." 
 
On the day of the anniversary the boy surprised his girlfriend with a Chimento rose quartz ring. "Just so I can get the full feel," he said. "I love it!" exclaimed the girlfriend, before adding, "who needs Rock City anyway!" 
 
"Close call," thought the boyfriend. Chimento's Elisir white gold ring, rose milky quartz and white diamonds are available in Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
 
 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Magical treasures for the child at heart

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:06:05 AM in Aaron Basha (20)

For the world-renowned fine Italian jeweler Aaron Basha, taking baby steps could mean making giant leaps toward success. More than a decade had passed since Aaron Basha launched its pioneering line of charmed baby accessories—the Original Baby Shoe Charms Collection. Today, this signature charm collection is part of the company’s dazzling family of jewelry products called “The World of Aaron Basha,” which is a broad range of stunning jewelry line, with each piece meticulously created to express Aaron Basha’s core philosophy of delightful celebration of life. A hands-down favorite from the Baby Shoe Charms line is the Pave Collection, which features an 18-karat white gold pave shoe endowed with a white diamond strap and pink sapphire lace. Offered in several elegant colors and styles, this could just be the perfect gift to welcome your baby girl into the world.
 
Aaron Basha collections are available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California.
 
 

What women want

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:03:43 AM in Mémoire (20)

Just like in that hit Mel Gibson movie, it would be awesome to have the power to “hear” how women think, right? Especially after you’ve gone through a handful of shops and online shopping sites but still remain undecided on what's best to give her. Lucky for us, there’s no need to have that super ability to read women’s minds just to know what they really want. Why? Because practically all women love diamonds…and then there’s Mémoire. If you don’t like to rummage through a handful of similarly exquisite diamond pieces, just look for the recently-launched Diamond Bouquets Collection. Endowed with an avant-garde invisible setting method, the Diamond Bouquet features nine stones surrounding a center diamond to generate an appearance thrice bigger that the real carat weight—with every single bouquet meticulously engineered to make each one to sparkle beyond 500 facets. For sure, that’s far more than what most women would want!
 
Shreve & Co. in San Francisco is an authorized dealer for Mémoire.
 
 

The classic cushion diamond

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:01:36 AM in Harry Kotlar (20)

Among the many archetypal diamond shapes, only a handful is likely to stand the test of time. One of these enduring few is the cushion shape, which is most recognizable for its huge crown, big open culet, and pavilion facets. And to further immortalize this classic gem shape, Harry Kotlar came up with its own fresh, innovative version in the Kotlar Cushion Diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Bequeathed with over 60 facets, the Kotlar Cushion Diamond features four major facets that mirror light into the core of the stone to generate fire and radiance that even the most eclectic aficionados would likely long for. The ingenious, creative architecture ultimately creates a breathtaking cushion jewelry that is likely to transcend industry standard and limits of time.
 
Find a Harry Kotlar cushion diamond at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
 
 

It’s time for your man to shine!

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:59:28 AM in Furrer Jacot (16)

For a long time, maybe because of chivalry or other similar cultural innuendos, weddings had always focused on the bride. But times are indeed a-changin’ and the marriage rite is now sharing some of its spotlight on the groom. For tuxedoes, there is a plethora of designers. For wedding bands, however, there are only a few names you can trust for your most momentous day. A great choice would be Furrer–Jacot’s wedding band from the Carbon Collection. Designed with alternating stripe and is 8.5 mm wide, this one-of-a-kind carbon fibre and 18 karat red gold wedding band is meticulously handcrafted by highly skilled artisans in Furrer–Jacot’s home in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. So why leave your fate to untested jewelry makers when you can always count on the 150 year tradition of excellence of Furrer–Jacot
 
Get your wedding bands at Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon, an authorized dealer of Furrer–Jacot.
 
 

A hundred reasons for perfection

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:57:22 AM in Cento (16)

In a 2003 global premier, fine Italian jeweler Roberto Coin launched Cento—a new brand extension that features what is claimed as the world’s “ultimate 100-facet” diamond collection. Taken from the Italian word for 100, Cento embodies what Roberto Coin calls as the pinnacle of contemporary jewelry design, where 100 represents the highest measure of perfection. Unlike similar round diamonds which typically have around 60 facets, the Cento Diamond has a hundred, which makes this sophisticated gem a highly distinct diamond to date. People might have a hundred different reasons why they search for the best diamond for a loved one (or maybe for themselves), but if they seek for perfection, everything boils down into one name—Cento
 
Find Cento by Roberto Coin at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, an authorized dealer.
 
 

Shanghai commeth in Italian jewelry

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:55:09 AM in Roberto Coin (22)

Italian jeweler Roberto Coin recently launched three exciting new collections to add to his already splendid array of fine jewelry creations. All radiating with dazzling gems in awe-inspiring new designs, these new collections are dynamic and kaleidoscopic in their own distinct way. The Roberto Coin Shanghai Collection is bursting with beautiful rounded stones which provide pieces—like the amber-colored bracelet and earrings—a subtle visual impact. Using a lively mix of amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, sapphire and topaz, the Shanghai Collection’s innovative color blending creates a delicate, yet sudden and profound effect. As with all his collections, Roberto Coin always uses diversity in designs to make each piece noticeably distinct from others. However, whatever piece he creates, there will always be the profound element of femininity, which he says should be inherent in any jewelry.
 
Find the Shanghai Collection at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco, an authorized Roberto Coin dealer.  Also visit Shreve & Co in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
 
 

A century (and a decade) of jewelry-making brilliance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 2:51:55 AM in A. Link (16)

The momentous year was 1904. The place was the young but fledgling streets of early New York. The man was Adolph Link, son of a Viennese goldsmith. After apprenticing under the city’s distinguished jewelry makers like Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, Mr. Link opened the freshly-painted doors of his new business venture. In 1912, he married Anna, whose great diligence and support for Mr. Link allowed the purchase of initial supplies of raw platinum and gold to create his own jewelry designs. From then on, the business boomed and generations of family members joined in and further enriched the A. Link tradition. Today, after 110 years and still family-owned and managed, A. Link & Co. continues to create timeless and exquisite diamond jewelry guided by superior craftsmanship and unrivalled design.
 
Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon is an authorized dealer for A. Link.
 
 

Friday, January 03, 2014

Refinement by Wellendorff

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:23:14 AM in Wellendorf (21)

The Wellendorff family in Germany is a solid name in the global jewelry making industry. The Diamond-bearing W trademark of the company is a 120-year old symbol of glorious sophistication. The company’s strong rope necklaces and colored spinning rings are iconic pieces treasured in illustrious homes all over Asia and America. Along with several hundred other designs in the Wellendorff sample book, the Wellendorff cord, completely made of 18k gold, and rotating ring, with its ingeniously engineered mechanism, are handcrafted by specialists in the brand’s headquarters at Pforzeim in Württemberg. Every day, between 20 and 30 pieces of jewelry are created for their discriminating clientele. Refined rather than ostentatious, Wellendorff jewelries are tangible representations of the brand’s core values, Wahre Werte “Genuine Values”. In the words of a Wellendorff, their jewels are not Christmas tree decorations. Rather these pieces underscore the personality of the owner.
 
Find Wellendorff at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco and in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto – authorized retailers for Wellendorff.
 
 

Between Creativity and Continuity

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:19:46 AM in Penny Preville (21)

Penny Preville is a true believer in style. She explores her market with the knowing eye of an award-winning designer. Her trendy yet delicate modern designs are always one step ahead of what women want. Fashion and culture greatly influence her jewelry pieces, which she had started designing when she was just a young child playing with her grandmother’s music box. Women around the world love her artful balance between elegance, fashion, wearability and innovation. It is the unifying vein that runs through all her collections that highlight fine lines and contours embellished with colorful precious stones. “I believe in continuity. A designer should remain true to her style,” and that is exactly what Penny Preville pulls off every time she launches another collection – fresh and unique yet undeniably Penny Preville.
 
Find her creations at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto and San Francisco – authorized retailers for Penny Preville.
 
 

Evolving Stones and Stories

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:16:41 AM in Martin Flyer (16)

Engagement rings and wedding bands are worth treasuring beyond lifetimes. As they pass on from generation to generation, the stories they symbolize evolve. Martin Flyer, one of the countries bestselling labels for personalized bridal rings and luxury jewelry, knows the dynamic nature of family heirlooms. The company’s seasoned craftsmen are expert not only in furnishing the highest quality jewelry pieces but also trusted in carefully handling updates on cherished heirloom pieces. They know just how to personalize a Flyer ring you have inherited, or change an old ring to suit your new taste, prepare the piece for its next generation bearer, or rebuff it for you renewal of wedding vows. There are many reasons for wanting to update your Flyer ring, and Martin Flyer makes sure your ring evolves with your story while preserving its history.
 
Find out more about Martin Flyer at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized retailer for Martin Flyer.
 
 

Aged Techniques for New Traditions

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:13:14 AM in Kirk Kara (17)

Kirk Kara uses time-tested techniques to forge new inspirations into reality. The founder of the renowned bridal jewelry company inherited the trade secrets in the craft from his family’s long line of jeweler generations. He was trained by a master jeweler who was also his father, and wandered the shops of his uncles as a young boy. When Kirk Kara entered the trade in 1965, jewelry making was part and parcel of his being. His outstanding attention to details and rich imagination are exhibited in his brand’s valuable creations. Kirk’s creations evoke a strong sense of family. He draws inspiration from his loved ones and treats every design and every piece as a beginning of a new family heirloom for those who purchase Kirk Kara. Crafted the traditional way, his collections are meant to be part of new family traditions and part of long family histories.
 
Find Kirk Kara at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
 
 

Wonderful Connections

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:09:04 AM in David Yurman (17)

Life is a maze, but a fascinating one, much like David Yurman’s Labyrinth Collection. The designer jewelry manufacturing company welcomes the new year with a glamorous entourage of new collections, one of which is a selection of   gorgeous and diamond studded modern link jewelries. The Labyrinth features a fresh flavor to David Yurman’s signature cable design. The cuffs, collars, earrings, bracelets and rings sport the cable twist interlocked with different number and styles of loops and embedded with dazzling rows of fine diamonds. The Labyrinth Link Drop Earrings carry an air of contemporary elegance with its daring link chains design, crafted in 18 karat yellow diamond twisted in the familiar Yurman cable, linked together in a 56 mm chain. The collection’s knots and loops represent inherent connectivity in life’s many different facets, a trait that Yurman values in his company and family.
 
Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco is an authorized retailer for David Yurman.
 
 

The Madness of a Young Man and the Prestige of an Old Brand

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:06:24 AM in Carrera y Carrera (19)

Carrera y Carrera, the renowned designer jewelry company based in Spain, is an icon of luxury for its creative designs, unique style and grand jewelry pieces that come alive with textures and finishes of precious metals and shimmers of precious stones. The success of Carrera y Carrera is rooted in one man who has found his passion and mastered it.  Manuel Carrera is respected as a creative visionary, innovative entrepreneur, and prolific designer. Frequent visits to a tiny shop enchanted him with the world of jewelry making, especially after seeing Queen Fabiola’s crown in the workshop. He founded Carrera y Carrera in 1965. He was one eager artist who embraced greater and greater challenges and complexities in his craft. His works steadily evolved from exquisite jewelry pieces to magnificent miniature sculptures with stunning elegance. For Manual Carrera, the madness of that young man is now a source of great pride for him, and of wonderful treasures for the rest of the world. 
 
Find Carrera y Carrera at authorized retailer Shreve & Co in San Francisco, California.
 
 

Unfading Elegance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 8:02:05 AM in A. Jaffe (23)

Since its establishment in 1892 as a 19th century jewelry house in early New York, A. Jaffe remains one of the exclusive brands of bridal and luxury jewelry that are catered by the finest American jewelers. For 122 years, A. Jaffe is respected as a key contributor to the evolution of engagement rings in the country. The company created some of the first solitaire and multi-stone engagement rings that were sold in the United States. As remarkable as the designs are the materials themselves, which A. Jaffe continues to scrutinize and inspect with the greatest care to ensure the quality of each precious gem. The diamonds are rare, constituting only .5% of the diamond rocks mined every year. The shanks and mountings that hold these treasured stones are just as valuable. They are made from hypoallergenic nickel-free Palladium alloy, durable beyond lifetimes, perfect for precious family heirloom pieces. The A. Jaffe heritage lives on, just as the stories represented by each ring live on in unfading elegance. 
 
Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto and San Francisco are authorized retailers for A. Jaffe.