Friday, June 24, 2016

From Jewelry to home decor

Posted by Schiffman's at 10:00:00 AM in Jay Strongwater (2)

What is now a celebrated lavish creation that lends an artistic touch to your home interior used to showcase big, bold fashion jewelry in the eighties and nineties. Jay Strongwater jewelry—which is still sold as a collection—was styled to “razzle-dazzle”. In an interview with “Doha Today,” Strongwater, the founder, said his transition from purely jewelry to home décor isn’t unplanned or unexpected. He said he was drawn to clinical-like minimalism even at the height of his jewelry business. To him, jewelry designing is as organic to home interior accents as egg to bacon. “I remember I was working on creating this new earring one day twenty years… I was using those different bezels and twisted wires and all those jewelry components, and all of a sudden it turned into a beautiful picture frame,” he recalled one of his early forays into home décor.
 
Jay Strongwater is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
 

White vs. colored

Posted by Schiffman's at 10:00:00 AM in JB Star (5)

Should you go for a colored gemstone ring or the classic white diamond ring? It depends on the occasion and your preference. Weddings are usually traditional, so a classic like a white diamond is an ideal fit. However, if you have a strong personality or artistic style, wearing a colored gemstone can spice up the event. On the other hand, attending glamorous, vibrant parties (think Ibiza) may be kinder to colored gemstones, where being trendy and flair is often preferred over elegance and the classics. Again, it doesn’t mean going traditional in these events puts you out of place. It all boils down on how you handle being different, which is a virtue that can make you stand out for the better. If you’re looking for colored rings, JB Star has a rainbow of choices from green, blue, purple to pink, red, and yellow.
 
JB Star is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.
 
 

Matching jewelry as a couple

Posted by Schiffman's at 10:00:00 AM in John Hardy (38)

Having matching jewelry as a couple should not stop at engagement and wedding. How about continuing the tradition throughout your marriage? Matching jewelry can make your bond as a couple stronger.  Sure, it’s just for the show, but symbols are a powerful everyday visual trigger that reminds you your special bond together. However, feel free to move away from white diamonds and platinums when jewelry matching as a couple. You can go for the same brand even with different collections. For instance, John Hardy for men offers bold and classic cuffs, necklaces, and rings. The guy can match these items with her John Hardy bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, and cuffs and coils. Even if the men’s and women’s collections look differently, they are “spiritually” connected by the John Hardy Asian-European fusion style.
 
John Hardy is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and at Friendly Center.
 
 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer sale, anyone?

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Halcyon Days (3)

What’s better than summer? Why, a summer sale, of course. Halcyon Days has launched its summer sale season offering up to 50% off the price of its bangles, tableware, and home gifts. Halcyon Days’s hand decorated bangles are especially ideal this summer. Bold, stylish, and colorful, the bangles can be stacked across different styles and colors. You can go for a monochromatic look or match the hues of a sunny day with a mix of reds, oranges, and yellows. Match the bangles with Halcyon Days scarves and you’re in for a fashionable beach or outdoor outfit. The scarves feature a wide array of prints, from animal themes (ex. “Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians”) to floral (ex. “Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase’) and mystic (ex. Gladys Deacon).
 
Halcyon Days is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.
 
 

Summer flowers for summer weddings

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Hearts on Fire (10)

Having an impromptu wedding this summer? Or, even if you’re planning for next year’s summer, here are some cool floral ideas to make your summer wedding a winner. Try sunflowers for the bridal bouquet. Nothing says summer as loud as a bunch of happy sunflowers. But if you want roses, choose a variation of brightly colored ones. Mix reds with yellows, greens, and use whites as the base. For the wildly inspired, how about using coral wildflower for the bouquet? Although we feel for the poor lady who’ll catch the bouquet later. Daisies also make good wedding floral theme. And don’t forget the guys. A spray garden rose looks nice as boutonnieres. Also keep in mind to use hardy flowers so they don’t easily wilt on a hot day. These summer flowers can easily complement your luxury bridal jewelry like a Hearts On Fire ring.
 
Hearts On Fire is available at Friendly Center in Downtown Greensboro and in Winston-Salem.
 
 

Ceramic vs. porcelain

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Herend (40)

They both look elegant and luxurious and they both lend to your interior design an artistic flair. But ever wonder what the difference is between porcelain and ceramic dinnerware. Strictly speaking, porcelain is a sub-category of ceramic, which also includes stoneware, pottery, and earthenware. But ceramics are generally referred to as clay products that look more rustic, rugged, and solid than porcelain. The main difference is in the type of clay used and the temperature during firing. Porcelain uses a finer clay and is heated at a higher temperature that makes it finer (hence, fine china) and expressively thinner (hence, the “tink”) than ceramics. Think of ceramics as a less processed clay product than porcelain, which has to undergo a more rigorous manufacturing process. That’s why porcelains like Herend fetch a higher price and are generally seen as more exclusive. 
 
Herend is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Decorate your house with Gien

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Gien doesn’t only make beautiful dinnerware and glassware for dinners. The brand also has a line of ornaments that can enliven your house. For instance, its Ornamental China is a collection of flower vases and decorative pots that can create an accent in the living room. From a museum vase to renaissance imperial and cone vase to Japanese potice, the vases are richly painted or patterned that they can stand alone. Gien also offers a line of lamps that can highlight an arc, hallway, or a center table. These lamps are likewise beautifully painted with flowers or birds that make them look playful and elegant. But if you prefer a more romantic ambiance, go for Gien candle holders. They add a relaxing appeal to the dining room or even the bath area.
 
Gien is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center and in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
 

Limited Grainger-McKoy

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:00 AM in Grainger McKoy (36)

Aside from its regular collection of stunning wood bird-in-flight sculptures, Grainger-McKoy also offers a limited edition line. This collection is more varied, rendered with more artistic license. For example, the Carolina Parakeet is styled with an incomplete body to draw your attention to the details of its facial expression, particularly the action of its beak. On the other hand, the Wren on Lock work depicts the bird that is about to take flight off an open lock, a surreal picture that combines two unrelated elements to tell a story. Another telling work is the Quail in Hand. It shows the bird held by a suggestive hand almost as squeezing the quail to death. Many of these sculptures are made from bronze and are produced in limited supply.
 
Grainger-McKoy is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center and in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
 

Are diamonds good for investment?

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:10 AM in FireMark (2)

It’s a traditional belief that buying diamonds is good investment. But a closer analysis, diamond values have fluctuated over the years even as their prices have gone up. Factoring in inflation, while the price moves up through the years, it cannot keep up with increasing cost of living. These are some of the points clarified by the Rapaport Group, which provides research analysis for gemstone companies. From a financial standpoint, diamonds isn’t really a lucrative investment buy, but a disposable income purchase. That means when you buy a diamond, buy it for the right reason, perhaps, because you appreciate its fine luxury feel like a FireMark Princess Cut. Essentially, the true value of diamond jewelry is that they allow you to project a stylish and accomplished lifestyle.
 
FireMark is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center and in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
 

Friday, June 03, 2016

Hitting two with one stone

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:50:00 AM in Fire & Ice by Forevermark (4)

Combine two world renowned luxury jewelry brands and what do you get? Fire & Ice by Forevermark is the collaboration between The De Beers Group of Companies, one of the world’s most popular diamond names, and Fire & Ice, the jewelry maker cited for its expertise in diamond cutting and processing. Fire & Ice diamonds are said to reflect the highest grades for polish, symmetry, and proportions. The collaboration only adds to the value of both brands, leaving you with a diamond signature that, not only enjoys maximum optical brilliance, but holds the promise that the diamonds are responsibly sourced. Each Forevermark diamond has an invisible inscription on the diamond’s table that guarantees the stone has been mined and processed for shipment in regions free from illegal trade. With Fire & Ice by Forevermark you’re getting two value propositions in one. 
 
Fire & Ice by Forevermark is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and at Friendly Center.
 
 

Finger shapes and diamond cuts

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:45:00 AM in Christopher Designs (36)

When choosing a diamond ring also remember that the shape of your fingers matters to the type of cut you should wear. Like how a pair of earring type complements facial shape, diamond cut solitaire also matches specific finger shapes. A pear cut solitaire is ideal for round fingers. Its pointed end creates a narrow illusion that “trims” the roundness of the fingers. If you have muscular fingers, on the other hand, you should go for square solitaire, whose bold edges can steal the attention from your fingers’ boldness. Meanwhile, emerald diamonds like a Christopher Designs is ideal for thin fingers. The trendy allure of an emerald cut also lends to you a younger appearance. If you’re unsure what finger shape you have, you can always go for round cuts, the most classic style that applies to any finger shape.
 
Christopher Designs is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro, Friendly Center, and Winston-Salem.
 
 

David’s got fans

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in David Yurman (39)

One of the marks of an established brand is that it has a fan base. It doesn’t have to be a throng of followers that can fill up a football stadium; rather, a fan base is any group of people who are devoted to a brand, whose mindset is beyond a regular consumer’s loyalty.  David Yurman, the jewelry designer, got a taste of his fan base, when he visited his Atlanta store last month, and two customers approached him. “Do you remember us?” they asked the designer. Yurman knows his cable bracelet is an icon, but he often doesn’t come face to face with his devoted followers beyond his family and friends. “I still have pictures with you from four years ago!” one of the customers exclaimed. “My wife only wears David Yurman,” the other one chimed in. The designer appeared flattered, even surprised that strangers would treat him like a long-lost friend.
 
David Yurman is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.
 
 

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