Matter of the Heart-shaped Gemstone

The heart. It’s the universal symbol of love. The holder of emotions. The giver and sustainer of life. The cupid’s central aim.

There are aching hearts, soft hearts, hearts of steel and hearts of gold. And then there is the heart of stone.  At Shreve, Crump & Low our preferred heart of stone is a precious gemstone!

The heart shape is one of the most complex shapes of gemstones. Therefore, like all matters of the heart, a high amount of care and attention must be taken when cutting the stone.

The best heart shapes are those in which the two halves (called lobes) perfectly compliment one another, the cleft is distinct and the pavilion (the most vulnerable part of the stone) comes to a gentle point.  At Shreve, Crump & Low, we have a strong vetting process that allows for only the most beautifully symmetric stones to pass through our hands to yours.

Here are some of my personal favorite heart-shaped jewels currently offered at Shreve, Crump & Low:

A 5.02ct heart-shaped diamond pendant with diamond halo and triple-strand chain. This piece is particularly noted for a superior cut, color and clarity. Note the curved wings, symmetric lobes and beautifully carved cleft of the center stone.

A 5.02ct heart-shaped diamond with a halo surround consisting of 38 round-cut diamonds.

An incredible natural fancy pink diamond and diamond necklace. While pink diamonds themselves are incredibly rare, it is quite unique to have an entire necklace of multiple individual heart-shaped pink diamonds, each accentuated by a halo, making it an unmistakeable and perfectly romantic gift.

A diamond and natural fancy pink heart-shape diamond necklace, consisting of 2.24 carats total weight of natural fancy pink diamonds and 5.35 carats total weight of colorless heart shape diamonds.
Closeup of heart-shaped diamond and natural fancy pink diamond necklace.

A very similarly designed multi-colored sapphire and diamond necklace.

A multi-colored sapphire and diamond necklace consisting of 29.76 total carats of colored sapphires and 4.86 total carats of diamonds.
A closeup of two heart-shaped colored sapphires with diamond surrounds and interspersing bezel-set round-cut diamonds.

A striking 3.70 carat AGL Colombian Emerald and natural fancy pink diamond ring. Not only is the cut of this soft stone perfect, the under gallery of this ring is exquisite, featuring small fancy pink diamonds and a scroll motif. As is the case with all of our jewelry – no detail is overlooked.

A natural Colombian emerald and natural fancy pink diamond ring, consisting of one heart-shaped 3.70 carat emerald of Colombian origin, with AGL cert, surrounded by a total of 0.88 carats of natural fancy pink diamonds , with a diamond shank.

Any of these carefully crafted heart-shaped jewels will make the perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift—however we do not recommend wearing it on your sleeve : )

Click here to view more heart-shaped jewelry at Shreve, Crump & Low.

About the Contributor: Christina Alford is a Senior Sales Associate located in our Greenwich CT flagship store. She can be reached for further comment and inquiries at [email protected] or via phone at 203-622-6205

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.

The intoxicating allure of amethyst

Amethyst, thetraditional February birthstone, is purple quartz and occursin hues ranging from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, and cultures. Amethyst was believed by ancient Greeks to protect the owner from drunkenness and the powers of Dionysus, the god of intoxication. It was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was widely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle, since amethysts were believed to heal people and keep them cool-headed. Additionally, beads of amethyst have been found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.

Gifts of amethyst jewelry are ideal Valentine’s Day presents for women born in February.

Click HERE to see gorgeous pieces of amethyst jewelry from our Boston store.

Amaze Her this Valentine’s Day

Shreve, Crump & Low has over 215 years of experience making Valentine’s Day dreams come true. This year is no exception.   We have curated a special collection of remarkable jewelry  – heart-shaped jewelry, earrings glowing with rubies, rings sparkling with pink sapphires – suited for this most romantic of occasions. 
Please click here to see jewelry and gifts that will amaze her on February 14th.  

Remember, we offer free shipping on all purchases and free overnight shipping on purchases over $250.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are also pleased to include an exclusive Shreve, Crump & Low traveling jewelry box with online purchases over $1,000 made by February 10th.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Shreve, Crump & Low!

Nanis: Heart-themed jewelry from Italy

Shreve, Crump & Low is honored to carry the Nanis Collection of FineJewelry, a creative expression of world-renowned designer Laura Bicego.  The designer’s collections reflect differentinspirational moods, with her beautifully designed jewelry using graphic shapesof hearts perfect for expressions of love for Valentine’s Day.
Nanis, from Vicenza, Italy, combines fine Italian designs with modern practicality. Laura melds traditional, handcrafted gold working techniques withan elegant and stylized flare. Today, Nanis is recognized internationally asthe symbol in fine Italian design.
Nanis isknown for making jewelry of perfect construction and guaranteed durability thatis elegant, sophisticated and timeless. All Nanis jewelry is hand-made using18kt gold-either plain gold with alternating polished and engraved elements, orgold jewelry pieces enriched by diamonds or natural color stones. Preciseengraving is completed by expert hands using an awl, which distinguishes Nanisjewelry from others, due to its high aesthetic value.
Laura is asecond-generation jeweler who learned her craft from her father Giuseppe Bicegoat their family’s manufacturing workshop in the serene Italian countryside ofTrissino, Vicenza. It is in this same town that Laura and husband Piero,founded their own factory and jewelry design house.

Please click here to see some of the beautifulpieces of Nanis jewelry in our collections.

The ultimate in luxury porcelain

Herend holds a rich history spanning many years, crossing many oceans and charming generation after generation to enjoy worldwide acclaim as the pinnacle in supreme porcelain, also known as “white gold.”

Now the largest porcelain manufactory in Europe, Herend was founded in 1826 to produce earthenware in the small Hungarian village for which it was named. At the time, Hungary was flooded with low-cost pottery, so competition was fierce. In 1839 a major turning point occurred when Mor Fischer became the Manufactory’s new owner. Taking Herend in an entirely new direction, visionary Fischer carved out the unique niche of producing dinnerware replacement pieces for Europe’s royal families to complement their valuable porcelain patterns from Germany and the Far East.

Fischer engineered a string of royal successes that quickly put Herend on the map and led to the next phase of Herend’s growth, when Manufactory artists began designing dinnerware patterns of their own. Queen Victoria’s 1851 purchase of a large set for Windsor Castle was a milestone, setting the stage for aristocrats throughout Europe to clamor for Herend in their estates.

The company’s foray into America came in 1853 with its medal-winning entry at the New York Exhibition of Industrial Arts, now commonly known as the World’s Fair. In the 1850s Herend added meticulously-crafted figurines to its creations, with folk figurines commanding center stage in the early years. Herend’s trademark fishnet pattern, which is widely recognized and prized as Herend’s signature design, started in 1858 when an artist intrigued with a Chinese plate’s fish scale design painted it onto a rooster figurine to imitate feathers.

Today, Herend is beloved world-wide as the ultimate in luxury porcelain. We are pleased to carry an extensive collection of Herend gifts and dinnerware. Please click here to see our fine china patterns.  Please click here to see our Herend figurines.