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

Featured Jewelry – Pearls, Moonstones, & Alexandrites – June’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to all of our Followers Born in June!

Those with June birthdays are very lucky! Three different fantastic birthstones to choose from – Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite!

Pastel Fresh Water Pearl & Diamond Necklace
Pastel Fresh Water Pearl & Diamond Necklace

Pearl 

Years ago, pearls were considered a piece of jewelry adored by all, and not much has changed today. In fact, in England the 16th Century is known as the Pearl Age. Of all the various gemstones, pearls are rare in that they are the only gems to come from living sea creatures. Additionally, they do not require any polishing or faceting of any sort to reveal the natural beauty of the pearl! Culturing saltwater pearls began as early as the 1900s and by the 1920s the natural pearl market was nearly diminished.

To view our entire collection of beautiful pearls of all kinds, please click here.

 

94.59ct Moonstone & Diamond Necklace
94.59ct Moonstone & Diamond Necklace

Moonstone 

Centuries ago a Roman historian by the name of Pliny stated that this particular gemstone’s appearance had the capabilities to alter with the various phases of the moon. This belief was upheld until almost the seventeenth century. A moonstone portrays a play on light, known as adularescence. and often times the image of a star or even a cat’s eye. In India, moonstone‘s are a very sacred gem that is meant to bring good fortune to those who posses it.

To view our collection of fabulous moonstones, please click here. 

12.18ct Cushion Cut Alexandrite & Diamond Earrings
12.18ct Cushion Cut Alexandrite & Diamond Earrings

Alexandrite 

Named after Czar Alexander II of imperial Russia, Alexandrite is an very rare chrysoberyl that often times changes color. Chrysoberyl’s are a translucent yellowish-green which is the base of an Alexandrite. In the daylight and a fluorescent light, that is what you will see but when incandescent light is used, a purplish red hue appears. This gemstone is so rare that some jewelers stock synthetic versions, but that is not the case at Shreve, Crump & Low. Below we have a beautiful pair of Alexandrite earrings found exclusively at Shreve, Crump & Low.

To view all of our Alexandrite pieces, please click here.

To view other recently acquired items, please click here.

Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market. – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/june-birthstones#sthash.rNpvhih1.dpuf

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.

Blancpain Valentine’s Day 2014

Experiencing the Power of Discreet Elegance

Since 1735, Blancpain has been on the forefront of innovation for the watch industry due to the founders amazing craftsmanship and dedication to the art.

Blancpain Saint Valentin 2014
Blancpain Saint Valentin 2014

Stepping into the 21st Century, Blancpain has made Valentine’s Day another special aspect of their brand. Each year since 2001, Blancpain strengthens their relationship with their women clientele by introducing a limited edition watch which features and ‘unusual interpretation of love’. The 2014 interpretation of love is no short of stunning.

bcheartThis three-hand watch with a 33-mm white mother-of-pearl dial features a subtle heart motif, exuding a seductive aura. A total of three hearts, two engraved and a red transferred one float on the dial as if to be dainty bubbles.

In keeping with the traditional design of Blancpain, the hour-markers sit at the 12, 6 and 9 position with the date displayed at three o’clock. Complete with a diamond bezel, white gold hands, and a white leather strap, this model transforms from a timepiece to a true piece a jewelry that any woman would be happy to wear year round.

bcheart2Since 1930, Blancpain has created ladies’ watches powered exclusively by mechanical movements and the 2014 Valentine’s Day Model is the iconic Blancpain Calibre 1150 equipped with a non-magnetic balance-spring to maintain a constant rate over time.

The Blancpain Valentine’s Day 2014 Timepiece is issued in a 99-piece limited edition, so time is of the essence if you or a loved one would like to own a piece of history! Contact one our Sales Associates today and we will be happy to accommodate! To view other timepieces by Blancpain, click here.

Exquisite Pearl Jewelry

Shreve, Crump & Low’s exquisite pearl jewelry features Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, Mabe, and Freshwater pearls.

Akoya pearls are the most popular pearls today. They can be seen in pearl strand necklaces and earrings. The quality of Akoya pearls is very high, making them a perfect fit for mounting. Akoyas are white with a slight rose overtone, and contain very few blemishes. This allows the Akoya pearl to give off a beautiful luster.


South Sea pearls are some of the rarest pearls you will find. They are larger than the typical pearl and exceptionally smooth and round. South Sea pearls are often set as posts with diamonds to make a radiant piece of jewelry.

Tahitian pearls have noticeable differences when compared to the previous two types of pearls. These pearls are black in color and can have blue, green, or purple overtones. Due to the complicated and sensitive process that produces the Tahitian pearl, these pearls are often high in value.

Mabe pearls are also known as half pearls because of the way they are formed. The oyster that produces the Mabe pearl forms the pearls in halves rather than wholes. These pearls are white yet convey a sense of rainbow colored overtone.

Freshwater pearls look very similar to Akoya pearls. However, freshwater pearls are smaller and less symmetrical than Akoyas. When strung on a pearl strand necklace, freshwater pearls don’t usually look as well matched as Akoyas. These pearls are significantly lower in value than Akoyas.

Click here to see our collections of pearl bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces.  

Michael De Paulo’s Fashions Adorned with Shreve, Crump & Low Jewels

Photo by Russ Mezikofsky

With rave reviews,  Michael De Paulo showcased his Spring ’12 collection “Soirée”, taking color inspiration from painter Henri Matisse.  On Saturday, September 24th, De Paulo presented his evening collection at Boston Fashion Week.  Boston Fashion Week reinvented itself this year, combining forces with the Mandarin Hotel Boston and Boston Properties, erecting a tent for designers to showcase their designs. 




Shreve, Crump & Low sponsored De Paulo’s show, providing jewelry and collaborating with New York based stylist Gerard Vallecello, who served as the fashion stylist and director for the show.  A prominent guest list filled with Boston figureheads, editors and socialites attended the show.  


A Boston native, De Paulo sells his collection through special order at Saks Fifth Avenue. 

June Birthstones: Pearls, Alexandrite and Moonstones



 We’re over the moon with birthstone jewelry for June: pearls, alexandrite, and moonstones. Those of you with birthdays in June are certainly fortunate to have three birthstones.  Enjoy special savings through Father’s Day 2011.