Friday, June 27, 2014
The name echoes boldness and it couldn’t be farfetched. The Breitling Galactic Collection sports a bold, solid style mixed with elegant accents. It suits the person who demands an ultra-sporty watch, while not requiring chronograph functions, making the Galactic line lighter and less bulky than its chronograph cousins; thus, more elegant. One of its notable features is the double date window for an optimal view of the number. Furthermore, the Galactic exhibits a chronometer-certified self-winding movement protected by a water-resistant solid case. It is also available in steel or rose gold models, and you can even ask for a gem-set bezel. Of course, the Galactic is a true Breitling, proud of its renowned Breitling 49 Caliber technology and 42-hour power reserve. Take it with you at the conference room, formal dining table, or out in an adventure.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
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.
Alex Sepkus offers an impeccable array of gold, gem-encrusted bracelets that surely impress the most discriminating taste. They are indeed statement jewelry. To get the most out of these luxurious pieces, wear them properly by matching them with the right dress. Keep in mind that less is more. An Alex Sepkus bracelet, by itself, is already opulently styled; so make sure to minimize glitz on your dress. Likewise, keep your dress simple. Let the Alex Sepkus jewelry carry your outfit to sophistication. Along with a beautiful bracelet, make sure your earrings match its color and opulence. The same tip goes for the necklace and rings; all your jewelry should be of the same metal, style and hue, and all of them should match the color of the dress, which should be preferably neutral such as black, white or cream.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
You vow in your wedding to wear the Suna Bros. ring forever, or at least until you die. But should you really wear it all the time especially if you’re traveling in an adventure, say, a backpack tour of Eastern Europe? Why not? But a little extra care should be taken especially if you’re going to places you’re not familiar with or if you’re traveling alone. The fast rule is never take off your ring at any time. That includes shower and cooking. It’s easy to forget the ring when you do this. Unlike forgetting it on your kitchen table, leaving it some hotel or, worse, restaurant’s restroom is as sure as sunrise that you’re not getting it back. In the rare case that you need to tuck it somewhere, keep a small pocket attached to your clothes. This ensures the ring stays with you all the time.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
If you’re minimalist and love wearing jewelry with simple but striking features, you’ll love Marco Bicego’s Delicati Collection. Marco Bicego revamps his previous successful repertoire of styles like the Marrakech, Jaipur, and Milano, by creating jewels in bare style but with minute details. The collection celebrates Marco Bicego’s penchant for culture — from Arabic to Indian to Italian — and reduces them into colorful pendants strung in hand engraved 18k yellow gold chain. You have a tempting array of rose cut cushion amethyst, brilliant cut diamonds, irregular faceting blue topaz, and other gems delicately styled as only Marco Bicego can inspire to happen. Whether you wear the Delicati Collection on the most lavish night or the most ordinary casual gathering, it shines without being loud, a mark of sophisticated fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
One good thing about dress watches is that they never go out of style. In fact, ironically, the older the style the likelier the dress watch becomes more stylish, such as vintage and classic watches. So if you want to stay fashionable all the time, check A. Lange & Sohne dress watches. The strap, of course, is leather in brown or black that sets the vintage mood of this signature. More so, the multiple dials that indicate time, moon phase, and perpetual calendar bring to mind the classic, chic twenties and thirties. The patent A. Lange & Sohne dial layout eliminates overlapping dials. It is as practical as it’s stylish. Undoubtedly, the true spirit of these dress watches is the tourbillion as seen through the sapphire crystal case.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You must keep a professional look when at work, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give it a little style. Go ahead wear a Christopher Designs in the conference room or during a dinner with a valued client. Just keep some dos in mind to avoid getting the wrong attention from co-workers or the boss. As a rule, the office jewelry should be about restraint and not embellishment; don’t let your jewelry get too much attention. That means stick to stud earrings or minimalist necklaces, or bracelets with less dangling charms. Avoid danglers or layered designs, or jewelries with multi-colored gems or metals. Quality supersedes quantity here; after all, you’re wearing a Christopher Designs. Likewise, try to put down conversation around it when people get curious. That way, they’ll likely ignore it on the next round (but admire it secretly).
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, June 20, 2014
So you have made good of your promise to marry her in a memorable wedding with a Stephen Webster ring to cap the climax. Now offer something memorable for the rest of her life. Live in a toilet. We’re not kidding. It’s a house designed to resemble that ubiquitous seat in Suwon, South Korea. An ex-mayor had the two-story house built to remind him of his humbling past: he was born in a restroom. But this toilet doesn’t come cheap; it’s worth $1.1 million, a price that luxury jewelry buyers can surely afford. The toilet house was built to commemorate the inaugural of, what else, the World Toilet Association. Not that we literally recommend you build your own toilet house, but a house with a story will surely add to the memories that you will be collecting since marrying the person of your dreams.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Aaron Basha’s enamel-treated pieces in precious metals offer alternative (and cute) charms that you can give as a lovely present to your wife, girlfriend or even daughter. They are finely crafted with adorable themes. The Airplane Charm in 18k gold light blue enamel with diamonds presents a sweet gift to someone who likes traveling. The Baby with Bottle in 18k gold white diaper with diamond bow, meantime, is perfect as a baby shower gift or for a new mother who needs some emotional lifting. Similarly, the Aries Zodiac Charm, also in 18k gold orange ram with diamonds, adds a personal touch, an ideal and memorable present to someone close to your heart. On the other hand, the Ball Fish with Flower and the Baseball Charm will surely tease the child inside the receiver.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Thinking of that perfectly luxurious engagement announcement? Start with a perfect diamond ring, a Kwiat. The Kwiat Vintage Rings offer a sophisticated line of truly rich designs and styles that no contemporary trends can match. The Lace diamond band in 18k white gold features graceful scrolls and squares that frame brilliant diamonds to create a lace pattern. Meanwhile, the Ruby and diamond ring in platinum presents layers of the gemstone with a scallop-like edge and surrounded by a classic rose cut diamond center. For a different luxurious aura, the Eros sapphire also in 18k white gold offers a center bright asscher cut blue sapphire surrounded by tiny blue sapphires and diamonds. Similarly, the Oval Onyx provides an elegant piece of diamonds around this rich black precious stone.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
You know what can be more valuable than a diamond ring to a woman? A pair of diamond stud earrings. After all, women can wear luxury stud earrings even in the most casual setting, which is hard for a lavish, attention-grabbing diamond ring; in short, they’ll love the earrings because they can use these luxurious jewelries all the time. Hearts on Fire offers an impressive array of diamond stud earrings in different shapes and themes. Likewise, they are modern and chic and complement any casual or evening dress. They can be fancy like the Lorelei Floral Earrings and Atantico Circle Earrings, or conservative as the Three Prong Stud Earrings and Aerial Cluster Stud Earrings. They can be rose gold like the Lorelei Bow Stud, or white gold as the Copley Single Diamond Stud. You have a range of choice to be impressive even in the most banal moments like the office.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Don’t stop at the luxurious Michael M. diamond ring when considering a memorable engagement announcement. Match its rich style and affluent material with an equally luxurious sumptuous dessert. Yes, before you unravel your lifelong intention for her, impress her with an elegant dinner date featuring the world’s most expensive desserts, the epitome of your disposable asset. Treat her with the Golden Phoenix Cupcake. It uses exotic vanilla from Uganda and edible gold and served on a Villari 24k gold cake stand. At $1,000 apiece it’s very affordable for someone who can buy a Michael M., right? Or if you find it too much, how about some jelly beans worth $500 a jar? It includes 24k gold leaf confectionery ingredients to make it a true luxurious prelude before you announce the big event.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Trying to feign luxury may border to the ridiculous. Take Stuart Hughes’ iPhone 5 in solid gold frame and encrusted with 600 brilliant diamonds at its side. The home button takes the cake, a huge 26k black diamond, putting this unit as the world’s most expensive smartphone at $15.9 million. Then there’s the Vertu Constellation for only $6,600. It’s made of titanium with the back panel covered in calf leather. It features a 4.3-inch sapphire crystal and a Snapdragon Qualcomm CPU with 32GB storage. You don’t need all these features, but the phone sure makes you appear opulent, which is unfortunate because it also makes you look ridiculous. If luxury is truly your aim, go for diamond jewelries like a Mémoire. They’re lavish, while they give you an air of sophistication. That’s the luxury you should afford.
Mémoire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, June 13, 2014
If jewelry can be brought to life, none perhaps can make this happen than Roberto Coin. His line of animal-inspired jewelry pieces can inspire even the least art-inclined person. And he uses animals that are not by nature cute or associated with beauty. Take spiders, octopuses, geckos and snakes and Roberto Coin will transform them into admirable, even heavenly, works of creations. The Gecko Bracelet is imaginative with its detailed tail whose scales are independently crafted. The Snake Bracelet is similarly alluring, a feminine charm that is both sensual as dangerous like a woman. The Spider Bracelet has an intense look that attracts, rather than scares. The Octopus Ring is royally elegant with its tiny diamonds liberally encrusted around its brilliant head. If you have this notorious penchant to scare your woman with evil creatures, give her these malevolent but luxurious pieces instead.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
They look like talismans, little trinkets from faraway lands that contain some magic or power. Wellendorff’s line of amulets and rondels are charming, if not stunning, add-on pendants and danglers to dress up a golden necklace or bracelet. The amulets and rondels are diamond-encrusted with colorful highlights. The Genuine Delight Onyx stands out with its distinct white waves that seem to come out of the gemstone’s core, mimicking twinkling stars against a jet black night. The Rondel Firmament features an opulent display of diamonds set on cold enamel 18k yellow gold reminiscent of starry summer nights. Similarly, the Rondel Cherry explodes in flaming cherry red like a summer’s day. Encrusted diamonds lend an accent to the style, reflecting the temporal beauty of cherry blossoms. These are some of trinkets that can be added to Wellendorff necklaces and bracelets.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It’s easy to imagine a little Penny Preville with big innocent eyes opening her grandmother’s jewelry box one regular day. The old lady must have been quick to reprimand the curious child that those jewelries were not toys. That day when she first saw those sparkling, luminescent jewelries stuck in Penny Preville’s mind, one that would set in motion her passion, and soon, her destiny to create a line of signature jewelry defined by femininity, luxury and detailed designs. Her Feathers Collections is one of the most impressive styles she’s created. These are not yellow and white gold leaf figurines created in molds and mass produced; rather, each speck of the fern leaf has its own distinct movement. That’s the depth of detail Penny Preville puts on her jewelry, and one that puts her jewelry brand among the best in the world.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
If you have the cash to splurge on diamond jewelry make sure to money binge wisely. The best bet is to go for signature jewelry brands that have built a reputation for quality craftsmanship and customer service. A. Link has been in the diamond business since 1904 with a flair for creating stunning diamond earrings, bracelets and necklaces, among others. The company was one of the first to lobby for uniformed parameters in diamond cutting to ensure buyers get jewelry pieces that abide by quality standards. You can sense this heritage and commitment to quality and style when you look at the Lattice Collection. A. Link designers playfully fused rose and yellow gold with diamonds. The result is a fine line of jewelry pieces that you won’t think twice splurging your hard-earned money on.
A. Link is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
We think of progress as mankind’s quest to perfect his previous works. Mozart didn’t stop at playing what he learned from his maestros; he composed new, complex sonatas. Shakespeare loved Chaucer, but the former improved on his craft to elevate English literature to a new level. Newton learned from ancient philosophers, but he pushed the boundaries of science even further. Similarly, Roberto Coin, yes the jewelry maker, was fascinated by diamonds, but he wanted more. A diamond that would reflect more light and create more kaleidoscopes. To make the extraordinary more exemplary. Thus, was born Cento, his patented diamond cut that is more intense and brilliant than regular diamonds. It features 100 facets versus the average 57 facets, a product of years of research and drive for perfection. We don’t think it’s the perfect diamond because Roberto Coin, for all we know, must be thinking of pushing the boundaries even further.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
With a slew of signature brands pitching diamond engagement and wedding jewelry, it’s difficult to choose the best one for you. For starters, here are seven reasons why Furrer Jacot is one of the best choices. First, it’s 100% premium Swiss quality, the standard of precision craftsmanship in timepieces and jewelry. Second, it has a wide array of collections: diamond rings, carbon rings and platinum wedding bands. Third, you get a range of customization options that follow your finger contour and style. Fourth, Furrer Jacot presents unique designs, not just standard off-the-rack trends. Fifth, not only are Furrer Jacot rings elegant, but they are a comfort to wear. Sixth, you get comprehensive services after purchasing the jewelry, a feature not readily available in other brands. And lastly, Furrer Jacot follows strict ethical standards. That means you get authentic precious metals and stones.
Furrer Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When looking for luxurious rings, you have more options with Harry Kotlar. Besides just offering diamond rings, the signature also carries rings set with sapphires. The Harry Kotlar Platinum Pink Sapphire gives diamond rings a run for their money. It has one faceted cushion-cut sapphire set in a bezel, a gallery and split shank pave with round brilliant-cut diamonds and two trapezoid-cut diamonds in prong set and split shank. Similarly, the Harry Kotlar Platinum Sapphire Ring features one oval shaped blue sapphire at the center with surrounding bezel and split shank pave set. The ring also features brilliant-cut diamonds, plus two shield shaped diamonds in prong set and also a split shank. Both rings are perfect for the most glamorous evening event as they are casually elegant for regular gatherings.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Diamond rings are not just for engagements and weddings. More importantly, it should be for anniversaries. Engagement announcement expresses your plan to commit to her. Wedding shows that you’re serious to carry out this plan. But anniversaries prove that you have done your job. Anniversaries validate both the engagement and your wedding. That’s why make sure to give her an even more elaborate diamond ring in your anniversary. The Martin Flyer Classic Diamond Anniversary Band is a perfect idea. Not only is it a gift of proof that you’ve loved her as you’ve promised; but the same love will even flourish more in the next chapter of your marriage. It’s a gift of reassurance and re-commitment that tells her beauty never fades and your love never wavers.
Martin Flyer is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
There’s something playful about Kirk Kara’s Pirouetta Collection. The ring loops around the finger as if frolicking with the woman. As it does this, it reveals its hand-engraved twisting precious metal in yellow, white gold or platinum setting. The Pirouetta Collection features a wide array of styles including a solitaire diamond in platinum for the woman and a yellow gold band accented around by minute diamonds for the man. You have a choice between dual white and yellow gold set or singular styles for a more conservative elegance. The collection also features blue gems to provide a contrasting highlight to the diamond and platinum body. Likewise, you can opt for simple lines or elaborate patterns. It’s an exclusive line of Kirk Kara meant for the one you love.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Its iconic cable made David Yurman a world famous jeweler of beatnik and hip fashion pieces. His cable design mirrors his depth of passion, which to this day is reflected in other David Yurman collections, such as in his newest designs. The Petite Pave Labyrinth Single Loop Bracelet with Pink Sapphires features darkened sterling silver with magnetic fold-over clasp. It celebrates downtown New York City, the place where David Yurman and his partner Sybil Yurman have started the cable jewelry style for the past 40 years. The newest line of cable bracelets evokes the magic of New York City’s night, the starlight reflected on the bay and the busy streets. It’s perfect as a casual or formal evening accessory to any event, be it a hip party or a formal dining invitation.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Combine French intricacies and Italian passionate designs and what do you get? The flair of Spanish artistry that is at once romantic, temperamental and seductive. Carrera Y Carrera embodies the Spanish art of Velazquez, Goya and Picasso and transforms them into a rich cultural line of luxury jewelry pieces. The result is a regal array of necklaces, earrings, rings and pendants that mirror the height of artistry in the architecture of Renaissance churches and Spanish royal courts. The details seem mini-sculptures set in baroque detail and even hints of Aztec and other New World artefacts that reminisce Spain’s past glory, when the sun never set in the empire. Well the sun shines eternally in Carrera Y Carrera’s luxury jewelry collection including its impressive Seda Imperial and Circulos De Fuego Collections.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The A. Jaffe diamond ring is a philosophical take on marriage itself. When you look at an A. Jaffe diamond ring you cannot ignore the twisting, bending and complex designs put in by artists as if to mimic the nature of relationship itself. The flowing motion of the white, yellow, rose gold and platinum reflects the unpredictability of love, its ups and downs, and occasionally sidesteps. The quilted-like patterns mirror the maze of marriage, as both man and wife seek their way through the turns and bends in their relationship. Will they emerge triumphant? Or fall down into the sudden drops or face a high wall in their marriage, much like the diamond’s facets stop light and bounce it back and forth; or will they succeed and emerge to reach the solitaire aim of all relationships: ever-lasting love like the immortal life of a diamond.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
One of the best ways to guarantee that you’re getting a top-of-the-line jewelry pearl is to do a background check. Where is the company based? Does it have an authorized office near your area? Is it legally registered to sell luxury pearls? And more importantly, how long has it been in the pearl industry. The last factor ensures the jewelry maker has perfected the art of pearl manufacturing. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, one needs about 10,000 hours (roughly 10 years) to perfect his craft. Consider Mikimoto’s two centuries of time-tested pearl craftsmanship and you understand why its pearl pieces are one of the most impressive, if not the best, pearl jewelries in the world of today. It’s honed by a master pearl maker and two hundred years of perfection.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Gifts are more than material things you give to impress someone. They are lasting imprints, carving memories to the recipient’s heart, as well as the giver’s. Gifts nurture love in creative ways and what can be equally creative, if not more, than offering a gift of Swiss luxury jewelry Piaget. It has a whole array of collection including the Piaget heart earrings set in white gold and diamonds and the Piaget rose pendant in white or pink gold. Whether she’s a lover, wife, sister, mother or a friend, the day she receives a box of Piaget jewelry will be forever etched in her memories. For men, a woman can choose from a range of Piaget watches. They are pricey, yes, but timeless. And the memories are priceless.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.