Friday, May 29, 2015

A Unique gift

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Kosta Boda (30)

Need to spice up your gift idea to someone you want to impress? Giving gifts takes a higher artistic level with Kosta Boda's line of art glass vases by designer Bertil Vallien. A first look at these beautiful pieces tells you that they're made by passionate hands and not machines. The Vase Blue Mix, for instance, features a happy combination of etches and scratches that seems to explode on a fun party flair. On the other hand, the Vase Orange Heart has rustic simplicity with a solitaire heart dominating its surface. The body is dressed in gradient orange hues that evoke the melancholic feel of sunsets. Contrary to this, the Vase Brown Stripes is suggestive of the relaxing smooth waves of a calm, deep blue ocean. You can also choose the Vase Blue Man, which is highlighted by an enigmatic sculpted human symbol.
Kosta Boda is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Give and take

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Mikimoto (45)

Relationships are built on a give-and-take culture to be successful (not the kind of giving someone a Mikimoto jewelry and expecting a luxury men's watch in return). Expecting to get 100% of what you want from your partner will only lead to disappointment and, worse, a failed relationship. Instead, work on reaching a compromise, where you speak clearly of what you want and you also listen closely to what your partner wants. The goal is not to win an argument, but to resolve the issue. Because arguments are inevitable, make sure you're fighting on fair grounds. Don't ever bring in past issues to back your points. Also, don't attack your partner's person, instead, stick to the issue. It's also helpful to use lots of “I” instead of “you,” that way, you avoid saying bad things about your partner.
Mikimoto is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

The Mark of tattoo

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:55:00 AM in Metalsmiths Sterling (34)

Tattoo is a universal art form that decorated and colored the world's peoples for as back as the prehistoric times. In fact, Otzi, the neolithic Ice Man dug up and dated to be from the Stone Age, sported 57 carbon-based tattoo marks, one of the earliest known tattoos. Likewise, several pre-Columbian tribes in Peru and Chile also marked their bodies with tattoos, such as the Moche. The art was used to signify hierarchical status in their culture. Tattoos were also found in European tribes like the Celts and Picts, as well as, in far eastern societies like in the Ainus of Japan. Metalsmiths Sterling celebrates this universal appeal and application of tattoos in its Ink line, which features the Street Finish look that only improves with age, like the age-old beauty of tattoos.
Metalsmiths Sterling is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fantasy by Lladro

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:58:30 AM in Lladro (32)

There's an Alice in Wonderland-kind of experience seeing this latest Lladro collection. Fantasy by Jaime Hayon features innocence, playfulness, magical, and even a dash of naughty and nice shaped and crafted in the renowned fine porcelain the Lladro way. The Spanish designer said his works is a cross-over of his own fantastical imaginings and of Lladro's familiar themes. There is a childish dream present in The Rocking Chicken Ride, while the Masquerade Bud Vase evokes a mysterious, a bit dark, thoughts of a circus clown. The Lover III is charming in its splendid poise and dressed in unimaginable combination of textured colors. Meanwhile, the Medium Conversation Vase has the gay and pompous spirit of a Venetian party, truly a piece de resistance in your living room.
Lladro is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Body language secrets

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:56:44 AM in Memoire (2)

When a man gives a woman a Mémoire ring, obviously he's serious. The ring is a testament to commitment, that the relationship is heading to a richer and longer experience. But long before this day happens, if you're just starting out on a date, how do you know if he likes you? There are body language cues that you can read. If he leans toward you on more than one occasion, he likes you. If he smiles often and in an extended fashion (the joke's long been over), he likes you. Conversely, if he looks down more often than normal, he's shy and he likes you. Another cue is when he subconsciously fondles with his hair, sleeve, collar, or jewelry, he's nervous because he likes you. Now tell him you like him, too. 
Mémoire is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Molten Frost

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:52:55 AM in Michael Aram (36)

Searching for the perfect dinnerware to match your newly laid out garden? The Michael Aram Molten Frost lends to your open-air zen corner a rustic matte feel, a nice contrast to the natural greenery around you. It's industrial art meeting environment-friendly lifestyle, a fusion of contrast and compatibility. The items are handcrafted and feature an etched surface that also hides future scratches. They are made from high polished stainless steel designed to last for generations. The rich texture of the plates, bowls, platters, and serving sets, among others, adds character to the overall garden ambiance. Molten Frost is crafted using traditional techniques, with each piece an individual artwork. Aside from the dinnerware pieces, the collections also includes a mini clock, picture frame, and double cooler.
Michael Aram is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, May 15, 2015

So you want to be a wine expert?

Posted by Schiffman's at 11:00:00 AM in Ne'Qwa (32)

Are you're still amazed at how some snob can guess a wine's brand, the species that it's made from, the vineyard where it came from, and, yes, the year it was made, all by just sipping the wine? The answer is simple — he's tasted the wine before. Think about it, wouldn't you recognize the taste of a Big Mac the next time you bite into one? Sans the snob, wine tasting is really just like, well, eating a burger. The key is to build a repertoire of wine brands so you expand your taste knowledge. While you're at building up your mini wine cellar room, it's also helpful to invest in wine accessories like elegant wine glass and Ne'Qwa wine stoppers. These little extras help to project yourself as a true wine connoisseur, hopefully without the snottiness.
Ne'Qwa is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.


Posted by Schiffman's at 11:00:00 AM in Marco Bicego (46)

Did you ever notice what makes Italian designs eye-catching and drool-enticing? Whether it's a mink trench coat or a ubiquitous item as an office swivel chair, Italian design approaches styles with minimalism. It's even more apparent when Italian design is put beside, say, French or Spanish styles; the former's streamlined lines and propensity for a single, solid seamless piece are highlighted. In jewelry, this is evident in Marco Bicego, the Italian signature known for eccentric culturally-oriented jewelry pieces. The fine jewelry signature features elegant lines with little distraction and most pieces are forged as a solid singular piece with minimal accent of gemstones. Even when Marco Bicego sprinkles varied colors in its collection, such as Jaipur and Milano, the result is still an impressive take on minimalist art.
Marco Bicego is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Secrets of fine china

Posted by Schiffman's at 11:00:00 AM in Mottahedeh (32)

Paper-thin, delicate, and elegant, fine china has long been a sought-after dinnerware among the rich and high since the first shipment of Chinese made porcelain made it to late medieval Europe. The secrets of porcelain-making was even a state-guarded secret during those times that nations like France, Italy, and China were known to keep their porcelain makers locked in their shops for life for fear of leaking the secret. Well, the secret is out and fine china is everywhere. But there are still secrets to be told about porcelain-making and its modern keeper, Mottahedeh, is not telling us anything. We know it keeps some proprietary way of making impressive fine china, maybe a descendant of a medieval craftsman or imperial China is locked in a tower somewhere in a Mottahedeh compound? How else can this company create fine china that others can't?
Mottahedeh is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Orange Howell Gift Ideas

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:30:00 AM in Orange Howell (32)

If you're thinking of a nice gift idea or an impressive corporate giveaway for your valued client, think Orange Howell. The jewelry signature accepts commissions for its line of sterling silver crafts. It can be trivial but memorable souvenirs like money clips, hand-etched with your logo or name. The clips are made of .925 silver and custom engraved to your style. You can also order for a voucher or bill clipboard, also with your name or logo hand-engraved on the sterling silver. Orange Howell made one for Ritz-Carlton, your clue on how exclusive and luxurious the signature brand is. Likewise, you can commission a set of custom baby gift items like sterling silver baby cup, silver spoons with tourmaline accents  of rose pink, ocean green, and periwinkle blue. You can even have a personal monogram on the set.
Orange Howell is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

How to pair Judith Ripka Essentials jewelry

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:25:00 AM in Judith Ripka Essentials (33)

Judith Ripka Essentials is known for its line of fine elegant sterling silver and colorful gemstones that combining its rings, bracelets, and necklaces can overwhelm your style if you're not subtle about fashion. The key is to keep a consistent contrast and balance. Here's one good combination, let's say you're wearing a white dress. You can create a subtle contract by wearing a Judith Ripka Trellis Black Onyx ring. It has 14k yellow gold accent that highlights the blackness. The ring is solid and robust, so your necklace should provide a counterweight balance. The Estate Canary Crystal & Sterling Silver features a simple thin loop around the neck, a good contrast and complement to the ring. You can also wear La Petite Green Quartz, a three-stone bangle bracelet. The green lends to your overall outfit the subtle and playful color to break the white and black neutrality.
Judith Ripka Essentials is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Dancing with Konstantino

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Konstantino (44)

The luxury jewelry brand that made its name with a fusion of Byzantine and Greek arts and design has gone to Spain. Konstantino's attraction to passion and art inspired him to the most emotionally charged dance in the world: the Spanish flamenco. Using the dance as style, the Konstantino Flamenco Gold captures the intensity and sharp turns of the dance. The rings and bracelets are exclusively crafted in 18k yellow gold with bold engravings yet fluid patterns. The overall style evokes the richness and depth of the dance with the pieces accented by colored and fiery gemstones, such as, London blue topaz, green peridot, citrine, and pink tourmaline. The Konstantino Flamenco Gold is an impressive jewelry you can wear in either light or dark dress. 
Konstantino is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tiny house made to look big

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:35:35 AM in Orrefors (33)

Tiny houses are the current DIY rage today among American middle-income households. The house can be a home office, a Zen corner for reading, or a study room, a home a step away from home. No larger than a standard room, a tiny house can be made to look spacious with a few tricks. For instance, you can hang long curtains to “create” more ceiling room. Painting the interior with bright colors also gives a sense of open spaces. Also remove any clutter or eyesore like laundry boxes or random things on the floor; they eat up space. Likewise, put some corner lighting. Corner lights make the room to appear like it's spreading out, plus it creates a relaxing mood. Finally, put some elegant highlights in your tiny house by accenting it with luxury items like an Orrefors on a coffee table.
Orrefors is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Family dinner heirloom

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:10 AM in Philippe Deshoulieres (32)

Who says only the rich can own a set of luxurious dinnerware like  Philippe Deshoulieres? Even the middle class can and should have at least one set of this fine dining set. Here's why—a  Philippe Deshoulieres isn't just a material want; it is a family heirloom that you can pass on to the next generation. It symbolizes dinner time, a time when family members sit down together and share stories. A  Philippe Deshoulieres set brings you back to these memories. Imagine your children serving the same plates to their VIP guests years from now, the same set that you've used during formal family dinners. While the guests are impressed with the fine quality and elegance of the Philippe Deshoulieres, you see it as a diary of family memories that only you and your children can understand.
Philippe Deshoulieres is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Cinta means love

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:00 AM in John Hardy (41)

What makes John Hardy jewelry even more impressive beyond its quality craftsmanship is the inspiration and story behind each piece. Take the Cinta. It reminds you of the rainforests of Bali, Indonesia; the mystic mist that envelopes this magical island on early mornings. More so, when you wear a Cinta, you have in your hands jewelry-making tradition that dates back to pre-Columbian times. Cinta means love in Balinese, the perfect term which John Hardy designer Guy Bedarida translated into an elegant jewelry collection. It features 18k gold with London Blue Topaz, which symbolizes tranquility and balance. The gemstone is  surrounded by sapphires, which represent joy and protection. Cinta is just one of the many John Hardy jewelry collections that combines European craftsmanship and Balinese traditional practices.
John Hardy is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.


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