Apart from taste, beauty, and appeal, finding the perfect diamond requires some extensive knowledge on how to determine genuineness in a piece. But not all of us have the time nor the training to instantly recognize the genuine from the not. Fortunately, limited distribution allows just that. Consumers can buy exactly what they are wish to buy by making sure that the store from where they are buying is an authorized distributor. It also reinforces the idea that a product is special, rare, and difficult to obtain – which are superficially the desire of some customers. Let’s admit it, who would want a common, mundane jewelry piece that can be bought at any store, right?
And that is exactly what FireMark Diamonds did. It selected and limited the number of independent retail jewelers throughout the US and Canada that are authorized to carry the FireMark® Princess Cut Diamond – hence it cannot be bought over the internet or in retail chain stores. By buying at authorized dealers, you can be assured that you will be buying only the most perfectly cut Princess Diamond there is, and no other.
Come see it at Schiffman’s in Winston-Salem.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pickard fine china is more than just a luxurious addition to a glamorous dinner. Many companies appreciate the significance of the fine china signature as a statement of excellence; thus, not a few of them use Pickard for awards or recognition of a stellar employee or esteemed client. A Pickard award is not lost to the recipient, knowing that the fine china is made by the same artisans who created the dinnerware served in Air Force One, the U.S. president’s aircraft. Pickard offers a wide range of award items, such as tankards, fluted bowls and coffee cups and mugs. Also noteworthy items for appreciation are oval mint dishes, federal pitchers, round covered boxes, Ruth Candy dishes and shell-shaped dishes.
Pickard is available at Schiffman's in Schiffman's at Friendly Center.
Men and women have one word for an ideal lover: Hot. The word comes with a bunch of good words to define it; sexy, smart, awesome, talented and fashionable. Everybody wants to be “hot” and somebody who’s “hot”. Jewelry also accepts this trend, and there’s only one brand that could be hot and not hurt, in fact, it’s pleasurable to touch. It’s hot and luxurious—the world’s most perfectly cut diamonds.
Hearts on Fire once again will break any diamond that claims to be the best. Now, with a Director of Design, Hearts on Fire is in for some hot jewelry. With seventeen years of extensive experience to back her up, Hearts On Fire Director of Design Ilaria Lanzoni's mind works brilliantly and ready to set another record of exuding a blinding light through Hearts on Fire diamonds.
With her vast experience in the world of art, Ilaria derives her inspiration in the most simple yet fascinating things. According to her, inspiration can be found in many forms and sometimes surrounds us when we are not aware.
Under Ilaria’s leadership, Hearts on Fire will put the Sun to shame with its two new hot collections; the Illa and Copley Collections.
The Copley Collection was inspired by her experiences in the enchanting city of Boston. She was captivated by the surrounding towering architectural structures and beautiful streets the city in the few weeks she spent in the city. This experience inspired her and before she knew it she was seeing things she never imagined to be beautiful and astonishing. Her journey in the city brought her to the idea of creating the Copley Collection.
The Copley Heart design is the heart of Copley. One of her main designs in the collection was derived from the ironwork of scaffolding and balconies that graced the old brownstones found throughout the entire city. These intricate and soft designs would become the very foundation for her entire Copley Collection, named after one of Boston’s most historic and popular neighborhoods.
Like all of us, Ilaria also has her childhood stories. She spent her childhood in Northern Italy and one of her most fascinating habit as a child was to look up the skies and stare at the bright stars. This love for the nighttime sky is expressed in the Illa Collection. Characterized by twinkling stars and constellation themed pieces, the Illa Collection is includes stunning and magnificent jewelry that will certainly draw attention in any occasion.
With a generous 537 sparkling diamonds, the Illa Constellation bracelet, is surely not representing a constellation but a whole galaxy. A simple but an elegant look is offered by the single diamond star Illa pendant necklace. Single or multiple, Illa diamonds just match with any attire, from casual to formal and from cocktail to black and tie. The Illa Collection just creates a dreamy aura in whatever room you’re in, this unusual collection is for anyone who has ever looked up and wished to own a star and to adorn it in like they are the heavens.
There’s a lot of effort and hard work required to produce these beauties. 400 skilled craftsmen and artisans joined forces to produce the world’s most perfectly cut diamonds. These craftsmen possess the highest standard of skills fused with the most advanced technology in cutting and manufacturing diamonds in order to produce the most beautiful diamonds in the world that even stars would want Hearts on Fire craftsmen touch them and put them in a ring.
Hearts on Fire diamond achieves the most perfect polish, perfect symmetry, perfect alignment and perfect proportions and the brightest brilliance a diamond could possibly have. Hearts on Fire only offers perfection. Hence, its exclusive method produces an extremely rare display of scintillation. Known as the “Ten Table Diamond” Hearts on Fire diamonds can be seen dancing even at a considerable distance.
Truly works in amazing ways, the world’s most perfectly cut diamond brand still holds the record. As sexy as a Victoria’s Secret’s, as awesome as a Justice League hero and as fiery as the Sun, Hearts on Fire diamonds are the hottest thing in the world of jewelry today, tomorrow and in many years to come.
Hold fire and not get hurt by getting them from Schiffman’s. See more of your favorite Illa and Copley pieces at Schiffman’s in Winston-Salem. Schiffman’s is one of the leading dealers for Hearts on Fire.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
There is a happy feel in collecting Richard Ginori mugs. Perhaps because of the colorful explosion in the design, or the playful, stylistic illustrations. The house on a snowy night exudes an ironic warmth. A window by a coffee table on a washed gradient of blue or green is child-like without being childish. A pencil-like art of crawling vine with the valley as a backdrop radiates a hopeful early morning. The big, bold polka dot design is simple, yet not simplistic. There is also a cabaret-theme typeface that evokes a tease without mocking one’s sensibilities. The mugs’ design is even more accentuated when put alongside each other, a collector’s playground of Richard Ginori artwork rendered in a utilitarian canvas.
Richard Ginori is available at Schiffman's in Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.
Flowers are a favorite among Salisbury collectible porcelain sets. While they differ in detailed rendition, all share a common trait: the seemingly disorderly feminine colors splashed in random patterns, yet the produce an overall soft theme when taken together. The Salisbury porcelain cups, saucers and plates are even made more delicately delectable in the English Bouquet line of pink and white flowers teasing your senses. Equally alluring is the Blossom Time theme of red and yellow flowers, a rather showcase of a cool spring morning. The Daisy theme is bolder; its tan leaves providing a backdrop to its yellow, green and blue flowers. Whatever your favorite floral theme is, a Salisbury arrangement is the suitable choice.
Salisbury is available at Schiffman's in Schiffman's at Friendly Center.
Most of the time, if not always, our look represents who and what we are, thus, our overall appearance matters. Aside from our fashion in clothing and accessories, our crowning glory makes up our head’s centerpiece. So it is very important that we get the best hairstyle that will definitely complement our overall look, and to have the best hairstyle, our haircut should be perfect. Cut is so important that even diamonds derived their beauty from it. Superior brilliance and scintillation come from diamonds with superior cuts. In jewelry, like our crowning glory, diamonds should also find the perfect cut; perfection that’s only coming from Christopher Designs.
Although not a barber, Christopher Slowinski cuts diamonds so perfectly. Slowinski founded Christopher Designs in 1976. Born in Poland, Slowinski apprenticed under master jewelry craftsmen in his native country and in the United States. He was awarded three U.S. patents for his revolutionary work in cutting diamonds. He combines his classic jewelry training with modern technology to create exclusive designs that include his patented Crisscut diamonds.
With 77 “crisscrossed” facets originally used in emerald and cushion Crisscut. Redefining the look of diamonds, the introduction of the first Crisscut flourished quickly. Always been intrigued with taking something established and making it even more beautiful, Slowinski uses high standard technology to produce exceptional beauty among his diamonds because superior technology results in superior produce.
The Crisscut is the trademark remarkably to possess advanced and state of the art engineering. Coming in four cuts, Emerald, Cushion, Asscher and Round, Christopher Designs diamonds have left all branded diamonds inferior and ordinary.
Originally, the Cushion Shape was once the most admired diamond cut but due to having no set proportions, it was very difficult to find two matching stones, resulting in the Cushion Cut's status to give the spot light and pave way to a more contemporary and trendy Round Cut diamonds. But because Christopher Slowinski is a diamond genius, Christopher Designs has formulated a technique and ignited once again the long lost fame well-deserved by the Cushion. Now, by applying the Crisscut facet arrangement, it has been able to provide the clientele with a visually aesthetic stone possessing an unmatched intensity and deep fire brilliance. Today we know it as the Cushion Crisscut.
The Asscher Cut diamond is known for its pace facet configuration and is named after its developer Joseph Asscher. The Asscher cut accomplished in drawing the eye into the center of the stone creating the impression of immense profundity but Asscher had an unfortunate side effect, it was a loss of brilliance due to light dodging out the bottom of the stone called light leakage. But through Christopher’s fashionable Crisscut facet configuration, Christopher Designs has figured out and solved the mystery for increasing the Asscher's brilliance creating the illusion of depth and fire.
Cut from AGS ideal "triple zero" diamonds, the Crisscut Round shows off 109 facets, exuding unmatched radiance. The stone actually has 12 straight walls and 12 sides, each so flawlessly cut that a dozen arrow point flawlessly to the stone's midpoint. The diamond's edges break the light, creating the illusion of an exquisitely scalloped margin. Christopher Designs introduce the Round in 2008 and although related to the 58 faceted round brilliant diamonds, it possesses unique and distinct quality making it an original cut.
For more than fifteen years, the Crisscut Emerald diamond's superior brilliance and remarkable scintillation has captured the hearts and attention of fashion enthusiasts and jewelry collectors alike. Christopher Designs is so popular worldwide that makes its Crisscut diamonds as the most sought after diamonds for the facets that consistently bouncing the light off and giving the Crisscut diamond a life and an illusion of flames, scintillation and brilliance—a perfection found only from Christopher Designs.
Each diamond has a Christopher Slowinski personal touch. There’s no stone cut and set in New York that Christopher has never laid a hand on, another quality that makes his diamonds extra special. “There isn’t a stone that is cut or a setting that is cast in our New York City factory that I don’t personally inspect. Christopher Designs is proud of its work and stand by every piece that leaves its workshop.” says Christopher.
Even stars are no match to the Crisscut. True, stars dazzle in the night skies, but Crisscut diamonds glow at any time, day or night. With Christopher Designs, your diamonds are cut into perfection giving it the maximum brilliance and immortality that stars don’t possess; and while stars die, your diamonds last forever.
Come and see these diamonds cut into perfection at Schiffman’s. Radiating brilliance and fire like no other, Christopher Designs diamonds are available at Schiffman’s in Winston-Salem. Schiffman’s is an authorized and trusted dealer for Christopher Designs! Who knows, they might even give you a perfect haircut!
Most of us are contented of the usual ways of how things should be. The explanation is that we have set our minds to the usual manners on how we do things and these manners are accepted and tolerated by our system because they are known and what is known can be tolerated. We want the highway to be plain and stable, which makes the trip ordinary and boring. Twists and turns are needed, to experience new things, to be open and be bold. Going for the extreme is not necessary, just a little twist, and it makes all the difference. That’s what exactly David Yurman did, and we’re lucky because he continues to do it.
David Yurman was born on October 12, 1942. He is an American jewelry designer and privately owns the jewelry company named after him, David Yurman Inc. Growing up in Long Island, New York, his earlier steps as a designer and businessman started when he was selling little sculptures in his high school canteen.
Jacques Lipshitz and Theodore Rozack were the two famous sculptors whom David apprenticed for twenty years. Sculpting served as David’s outlet and through this, he developed creativity and identified his own style as an artisan. He entered at New York University and after a year, David left college and hitchhiked across the country to California where he found sanctuary in the beatnik artist colony of Big Sur.
In the late 1960s, David returned from his bohemian sojourn in California to Greenwich Village where he began working with sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp. It was in his studio that David met Sybil Kleinrock, a gifted painter who, like David, recently returned from the beatnik scene in California. The journey all started when Sybil caught the eye of the gallery owner, while wearing one of David’s pieces to an art opening, who asked if it was for sale. Although David couldn’t dream of recreating something so personal, Sybil saw an opportunity. In the early 1970s, they moved to the countryside and formed Putnam Art Works. Throughout the decade, David and Sybil exhibited their designs and paintings at craft fairs, and in 1979 they were married. By the mid-1980s, David Yurman had made a name for himself with his iconic cable bracelet.
The cable bracelet is the renowned trademark design of David Yurman. A twisted helix bejeweled with gemstones on its both ends, the cable bracelet has taken the jewelry industry into a whole new level of overall beauty, design and craftsmanship. Driven by artistic inspiration and with Sybil’s painter’s understanding, David’s expertise in sculptural media and mastery in art merged into creating a masterpiece that no other designer has ever made before—a piece of art with a twist.
“Cable shapes and forms everything on some level.” David says. That’s all you need to make a difference, not extravagant and exaggerated designs. Truly is, the cable is the unifying theme in David Yurman’s pieces.
And with a twist, the Cable Wrap Collection is one of the most outstanding David Yurman collections. In this collection, David places gemstones and fabulous diamonds generously embracing them with excellent strands of cable.
Sybil and David’s talents as artisans gave birth to numerous notable collections. Including the X Collection, Silver Ice (where he incorporated silver and pave diamonds) and the Buckle Collection. Each collection has identity of its own, all of equaled beauty. These collections demonstrate the brand’s signature designs, from twisted cable to sterling silver embroidered with precious gemstones to finest diamonds set in darkened silver. Darkened silver is truly a David Yurman signature design. Excitement and life are maximized with every intricate detail laid on the smooth darkened metal, a perfect location for sparkling pave diamonds.
Without a doubt, a David Yurman design is iconic and multi-dimensional. And when it comes to dimensionality, the Starburst Collection captures the angles of the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower. Each piece is a celebration of shapes and forms and 18k gold or sterling silver arranged with diamonds and suggest the liveliness of colors bursting from the lights of magnificent fireworks in all of Paris.
David Yurman, in his desire to expand the selection among his pieces, he and his son Evan, created the Classic Collection. Classic is a timepiece collection featuring a Chronograph, a Three-Hand and a Moon Phase—all three displaying the iconic signature cable design on the exterior part of the watch encasement.
David and David Yurman Inc. have one thing for all of us; we should not settle for less and ordinary. Like him and his company, everyone should aim for the best and to have the best, we have to go out of our comfort zones and have a calculated risk. In the end, we’ll get the difference in life we all have been looking for.
Get something different and extraordinary by visiting Schiffman’s, where David Yurman pieces come in handy! Experience the cable bracelet at Schiffman’s in Winston-Salem. Schiffman’s is an authorized dealer for David Yurman.
Monday, June 17, 2013
A jewelry brand as a business is constantly confronted with conflicting loyalties which it must reconcile. It is after all responsible not only to its end-users whose interest it has to serve with zeal and honesty but also to the suppliers of its raw materials to preserve the latter’s confidence and loyalty. The criticism and prejudice against jewelry manufacturers stem largely from the failure on the part of some manufacturers to reconcile those conflicting loyalties, and partly from the way some of them misinterpret profit and how to maximize it. But not all.
The practice of high ethical standards is an essential aspect of Baume & Mercier’s corporate identity. It is a luxury brand whose fundamental identity revolves around values of authenticity and accessibility, taking pride in responsible business practices, rooted in social responsibility and the ethical use of natural resources. So the next time you go shopping for a timepiece think of how Baume & Mercier’s sustainable and ethical business practices all go hand in hand with your own virtues. They would definitely fit.
Come see it at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.
Imagine dining in eighteenth-century England with the queen. Your eyes are mesmerized, not by the sumptuous dish served before you, or the royalty at the far end of the table. It is the gleaming silver cutlery in your hands that catches your attention. It’s a The 925, you know. At first grasp you feel the firmness of silver mixed with the right amount of another metal to create that strength. The spoon’s curvature is passionately inviting; you can see your eyes in the reflection glowing with lust. The fork is equally alluring, and without noticing it, your hand is already caressing it up and down. The knife looks sharp, yet it teases you to touch it. Lost in your ecstatic self, suddenly you snap out of your fantasy. Everyone is looking at you. That can very well be The 925 experience.
The 925 is available at Schiffman's in Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.
A utilitarian ware is hardly a medium for art or a platform to express one’s passion. But not this bowl. A Simon Pearce bowl, in fact, is deceivingly simple but at one glance, it demands a closer look. The subtle curves of a Royalton serving bowl punctuated into precise points are saying this is no utilitarian bowl, never mind that you can use it endlessly and the ware will not chip or break. Moreover, the manner the Royalton nestling bowl seemingly opens up to the gawker like a blooming flower to a bee captures one’s senses. The Woodbury round serving bowl is simple; but its contour reveals the craft of a master potter. Simon Pearce pottery bowls offer more exciting designs, such as the Cavendish modular serving bowl, the Brookfield bowl and the petite bowls.
Simon Pearce is available at Schiffman's in Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.