Jewelry Insider: Art Deco Style

The Art Deco style is one of the most beloved and desired of all jewelry aesthetics in both American and European history. Replacing the organic, flowing lines that dominated the Art Nouveau movement of the early twentieth century, Art Deco embraced sleek geometry and perfect symmetrical patterns. The development of industrial machinery allowed for not just accurate precision in the production of the jewelry, but also mass manufacturing of the pieces, which meant beautiful, high-quality jewels were not limited to only the elite.

Diamond & Sapphire Art Deco Pin

Besides clean, strong lines, Art Deco is also characterized by striking contrasts of colors, typically using enamel and materials such as onyx and coral. Both of these aspects were reflective of modern artistic movements of the time: the strong lines imitated Cubism while the intense colors emulated Parisian Fauvism.

4.36ct Emerald & Onyx Art Deco Ring

Earrings

Earrings were now long and feminine, contrasting with the shorter hairstyles of the period. Linear and geometric, earrings usually terminated with larger gemstones of color.

10.50ct Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings

Necklaces

Like earrings, necklaces were often long and flirty, with tassel pendants or intricate beading. Necklaces emphasized the low-cuts of short dresses and complimented the newly popular tassels on clothing.

Pearl and Sapphire Tassel Pendant

Brooches

Brooches were worn on every feasible part of the clothing, including the hat or scarf. Coral, onyx and Jade were incorporated into many brooches, and an Asian motif of pagodas and flowers was often represented in many of these jewels.

Art Deco Carved Jade & Diamond Pin

Bracelets

Art Deco was also influenced by Egyptian Revival, which is my personal favorite. The bracelet below is a perfect example of Egyptian Revival in Art Deco, and one of my favorite pieces at Shreve, Crump & Low.

Art Deco Egyptian Revival Multi-Gem Bracelet

SCL Acquires Extremely Rare 10 carat Flawless Diamond

Shreve, Crump & Low’s newest, and possibly greatest acquisition, is a loose Oval Brilliant Diamond weighing just over 10 carats having a color and clarity of D / Internally Flawless. This impressive stone measures 16.50 x 12.29 x 7.78 millimeters. Certified by the Gemological Institute of America, this diamond comes with a classification report stating the diamond is Type IIa, otherwise known as the rarest form of natural diamond, and quite possible the most valued.

10ct Oval Diamond
10.02 D IF Oval Brilliant Diamond, Type IIa

Type IIa diamonds contain little to no nitrogen in the chemical structure making them the purest type of diamonds available. Extremely rare to find, Type IIa diamonds represent 1-2% of all mined diamonds in the entire world. These rare diamonds are usually mined in Golconda, but are not limited to India.

One of the most famous examples of a Type IIa Diamond is the diamond weighing just over 33 carats that was gifted to Elizabeth Taylor in 1968 by her then husband Richard Burton.

Adding to Shreve, Crump & Low’s already impressive collection of fine jewelry, this 10 carat D / IF Oval Brilliant, Type IIa is available for purchase at an incredible value. As a loose stone, the opportunities are endless in customizing the perfect piece of jewelry that will compliment every woman’s style.

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Featured Jewelry – Diamond – April’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to All of Our Followers Born in April!

Custom Made 14.04ctw Round Brilliant Diamond Halo Drop Earrings
Custom Made 14.04ctw Round Brilliant Diamond Halo Drop Earrings

Those of you born in April are pretty lucky! Diamonds as a birthstone? Not only can you receive the traditional white diamond as an amazing gift, but now colored diamonds are a new way to make a statement. Available in a vast range of colors from black to yellow, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!

The story of diamonds is one that we all have some basic knowledge in. To spark your memory, diamonds date back billions of years! They are said to be one of the hardest substances on Earth and thus are appropriately identified. The name “diamond” is adapted from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible, which gives us a variety of beautiful vintage pieces to admire today!

6.57ct J/Vvs2 Oval Brilliant Diamond 3 Stone Ring
6.57ct J/Vvs2 Oval Brilliant Diamond 3 Stone Ring

It is said that those who wear diamonds increase their inner strength, provide balance and clarity, and provide the wearer with better, healthier relationships as the diamond is a symbol of eternal love. It’s no wonder that diamonds have become the symbol of love in numerous cultures – it’s been that way forever!

As the oldest jewelry store in America, Shreve, Crump & Low has been a premier place to find the most exclusive diamonds, and is even more so now. Each diamond available in our store is bought by our CEO, Mr. David Walker.

4.36ct Cushion Cut Natural Pink Diamond Ring
4.36ct Cushion Cut Natural Pink Diamond Ring

Therefore, each diamond, or entire piece of jewelry that is available at Shreve, Crump & Low has been hand selected due to it’s extremely high quality in color, clarity, cut and carat weight. In fact, we have purchased a number of great diamonds as of late that are sure to a be hit, some of which are pictured in this post!

As mentioned earlier, colored diamonds are more rare than white diamonds. Shreve, Crump & Low has a beautiful selection of Fancy Colored Diamonds, available in all styles of jewelry, from classic engagement rings to statement necklaces. Yellow diamonds seem to be the most “common” colored diamond, while pink, blue and brown are harder to come by, but Shreve’s has them all!

To view the collection of fancy colored diamonds, please click here. To view all recently acquired items, please click here.

Baselworld 2014

Baselworld-2014-2Each year, the best of the best in the watch and jewelry industry gather in Basel, Switzerland to share the newest in their craft. At this unique show known as Baselworld, the watch titans as well as the smaller craftsman mingle with some of the greatest diamond dealers.

Baselworld’s international fame is a result of the hard work by watchmaker turned head of the Baselworld Exhibitor’s Committee, Jacques J. Duchêne, but the roots of the show date back to 1917 when only a few watchmakers were in attendance. While watches and diamonds seem to be the highlight, other products such as various textiles local products are also showcased; it was not until 1926 that the exhibition hall was dedicated solely to watches and jewelry.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.25.39 AMOver the year’s, some of the most exclusive watches have been released at this incredible exhibition, including our beloved Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 1972. In fact, it was this same year that companies from France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom were participating. Before earning the name Basel in 1984, the show was known exclusively as the Swiss Watchmaking Fair. It wasn’t until 1986 that exhibitors from countries outside of Europe were allowed to participate, thus becoming the world’s most prominent watch and jewelry show and remains so today. In 2003, the name of the show was changed from Basel to Baselworld as we all now know it.

Duchêne states that much of the success of Baselworld is due to the diversity of the exhibitors because their interests and expectations are so vast that nearly everyone can find what they are looking for. In 2013, 1,460 exhibitors from 40 countries were in attendance. A second grand factor in which Baselworld attributes it’s success is the quality of each of the exhibitors, the stands, the visitors and the media coverage.

At Shreve, Crump & Low, we look forward to the new releases in 2014 from our watch brands! To view the list of brands with new timepieces available in our stores, click here. To view more brand offerings in our pre-owned collection, click here.

Happy National Jewel Day!

For those who may not know, it’s one of our favorite days of the year! While everyday for Shreve, Crump & Low is about celebrating jewels, March 13, is the day we can celebrate our passion nationwide – Happy National Jewel Day!

18K White Gold 3 Stone Ring with 1 16.89 carat Emerald Cut Diamond 16.89 Flanked By 2 Trapezoid Diamonds
18K White Gold 3 Stone Ring with a 16.89 carat Emerald Cut Diamond Flanked By 2 Trapezoid Diamonds

This day celebrates gems and diamonds of all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors! It is no secret that people have been wearing jewelry for centuries, whether the pieces were made of stones and bones, worn to protect against potential dangers to oneself, decorations or symbols of status. Everyday is a great day to wear your very best, but this was made to celebrate the love of jewels!

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Meet The Newest Member Of The Diamond Dealers Club!

Shreve, Crump & Low is honored to announce that our company, led by owner & CEO David Walker, has been inducted into the Diamond Dealers Club, the largest diamond organization in the United States!

Late last week, Rueven Kaufman, the President of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York called Mr. Walker to welcome him and the entire Shreve Company to this prestigious organization. This honor was well earned by Mr. Walker as he has been buying and selling high-quality diamonds for the last thirty years!

(from left to right) Shreve, Crump & Low Vice President Michael Groffenberger, Shreve, Crump & Low Owner & CEO, David Walker,
(from left to right) Shreve, Crump & Low Vice President Michael Groffenberger, Shreve, Crump & Low Owner & CEO, David Walker, and Shreve, Crump & Low Director of Marketing & Advertising Brian Walker

The history of the Diamond Dealers Club is certainly an interesting one. Starting in 1931, the legend states that a stone was dropped and thought to be lost while two diamond dealers were examining it on the street. That night, one of the two gentlemen was hanging his pants, when the missing diamond stone fell from one of his pant cuffs! At that moment, it was then decided that American diamond dealers should follow suit to their European counterparts and organize a secure place to conduct their own business. The location would be in lower Manhattan where the New York diamond business was booming.

The initial investment to start the Club was only $50 invested by three men entering a partnership! At the first meeting, membership increased rapidly, thus a formal club was born. The interest of all members was the same; reform abuses, to promote healthy commerce among all members by creating better social and economic conditions and eliminating unfair business practices. Over 80 years later, this mission still rings true. Today in 2014, the Diamond Dealers Club is the largest diamond trade organization in the US, as well as one of the principal diamond exchanges in the world.

We invite you to visit our stores in Boston & Chestnut Hill to view our collection of diamonds in person!

Featured Jewelry – Garnet – January’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to All of Our Followers Born in January!

What a way to start off the New Year, with another fabulous birthday! The birthstone for January is Garnet, signifying trust, loyalty, & eternal friendship, dating all the way back to 3100 B.C.! In fact, in Greek mythology, it is said that the god of the underworld, Hades gave Persephone a pomegranate as a gift before she journeyed to return to her mother, Demeter. Since, Persephone was kidnapped and forced to be queen, the gift of the pomegranate was used to ensure that she would return to Hades again after her journey was complete.

14K Yellow & White Gold Garnet & Diamond Earrings
14K Yellow & White Gold Garnet & Diamond Earrings

The root of the word Garnet is derived from the Latin word granatum, which means seed. This particular gemstone is named this way due to it’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed, and the color of a piece of Garnet ranges from the commonly known deep red to a deep green color found in tsavorites (seen below). Today, garnet is found mostly in Africa, India as well as Asia.

2.41ct Tsavorite & Diamond 2 Stone Pendant
2.41ct Tsavorite & Diamond 2 Stone Pendant

To view more of our selection of Garnet pieces perfect for that January gift, click here. To view other recently acquired items, please click here.