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Stephen Silver is renowned for our extraordinary ability to procure, design and handcraft the world's finest jewelry and gemstones.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Estate Collection includes some of the finest pieces from the Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Retro eras. Signed and period pieces are the company's specialty; many of which are from prestigious jewelry houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., and Harry Winston.

The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Signature Collection exemplifies modern day luxury combined with old world elegance to produce true works of art. Exquisitely handcrafted in platinum and 18-karat gold, using only the very finest diamonds and colored gemstones, our Signature Collection is exceptional in quality and extraordinary in style.

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Watches

'Only Watch 2017' Auction Raises $10.7 Million for Charity

Annena Sorenson

Last week in Geneva, a bi-annual event of significant magnitude in the watch world took place. Only Watch 2017 is a charitable auction wherein top watch brands create a one-of-a-kind watch donated to the cause. All proceeds go to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year’s auction by Christie’s witnessed 49 unique watches up for sale. The end result: a total of CHF 10.776 million ($10.7 million) was raised. (The Swiss franc and U.S. dollar are currently trading at approximately equal value).

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Geneva Seal Represents the Ultimate Certification of Quality in Fine Watchmaking

Annena Sorenson

When it comes to luxury Swiss-made watches, some brands pull out all the stops when it comes to certifications and seals. But only those located in Geneva can lay claim to the Hallmark of Geneva — also known as the Geneva Seal. Additionally, it is not just good enough to be located in Geneva (otherwise many brands would move there) to get the Seal. It is a designation that is earned and it is the ultimate certification of quality in fine watchmaking.

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Black-Clad Watches a Hit for Halloween and Year Round

Annena Sorenson

With Halloween around the corner, it's a perfect time to take a close-up look at the watch world's use of "black" in creating watches of substance. Black-clad timepieces are all the rage these days, thanks to their mysterious, and often stealth, look. Depending on the watch, the black color is obtained in a variety of manners. Some brands turn to black materials, such as carbon fiber or black ceramic for their cases and then finish the watch with a black strap. At the high-end of the luxury spectrum, some brands even turn to new high-tech materials that include layered carbon and other sophisticated alloys borrowed from the auto and aviation fields.

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How to Keep Your Watches Safe

Annena Sorenson

Most of our clients own more than just one watch. In fact, many have started a nice collection. So, the question we hear all the time is "How do I keep my collection safe? How do I secure my watches when I'm at home or traveling?"

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'Elite Traveler' Magazine Publishes Top 50 Watches of 2017

Annena Sorenson

In its September/October issue, the prestigious Elite Traveler Magazine — authorities on all things luxury — published its "Top 50 Watches of 2017" list. The 20-page cover feature is a behemoth reportage of the top watches to enter the market in 2017. The carefully curated selection was made by Elite Travelercontributing editor, Roberta Naas. The 34-year watch-industry journalist is the author of six books on watches and founder of www.ATimelyPerspective.com — the online e-zine.

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MB&F Moves From Jellyfish to Octopus

Annena Sorenson

You may recall a few months ago we brought you news of the all-new MB&F HM7 Aquapod watch, nicknamed Jellyfish. That watch, which made its debut at SIHH in January, features a center tourbillon surrounded by two rings, one each to indicate the hours and the minutes. The watch is equipped with bright blue Super-LumiNova for easy reading. Additionally, the rounded top of the watch, along with the luminescence recalls the shape and feel of jellyfish.

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Grand Prix of Watchmaking Awards Announces Nominees

Annena Sorenson

This year marks the 17th edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve — a top watch awards event. An expert jury has pre-selected 72 watches that will vie for the winning prize in each category. The winners will be announced at a gala affair in Geneva on November 8, 2017.

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What Makes Your Watch Glow in the Dark?

Annena Sorenson

Today, so many watch brands offer timepieces with hands or numerals that glow in the dark, but did you ever wonder how they bring luminescence to the dial? Over the years, the materials used to make dials easy to read at night or underwater have evolved, from dangerous and life-threatening substances, such as radium in the early 1900s, to today's safer and brighter methods.

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Today We Shine the Spotlight on Watch Brand Ambassadors at the US Open

Annena Sorenson

Those of you who love tennis are surely watching the events taking place at the US Open Tennis Championships — an exciting tournament that will crown its champions in New York this weekend. We are paying attention, as well, because certain players are also brand ambassadors for watch brands we carry in our store.

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Here's a Close-Up Look at the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2

Annena Sorenson

Looking for luxury with a little extra wow-factor? Look no further than the Greubel Forsey hand-wound Art Piece 2/ Edition 2 watch. Not only does the piece feature the brand's patented Double Tourbillon 30° (with tourbillon escapement placed at a 30-degree angle), but also — and more importantly — the watch is equipped with a button that the wearer needs to press to display the time. Instead of making the hours and minutes the main focal point of this watch, the brand offers design and watchmaking prowess as the main feature. The time is only displayed in a subdial at 5:00 when the button is activated.

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Ulysse Nardin's Marine 1846 Watch Blends Artistic Panache and Technology

Annena Sorenson

Ulysse Nardin is a brand that has been almost synonymous with the maritime world since its inception in 1846, when merchant captains around the world sought out the brand's pocket chronometers for use at sea. Therefore, creating marine chronometers in its workshops in Le Locle, Switzerland, is something this brand is particularly good at. The newest Marine 1846 — honoring the year of its founding — is a perfect example. Designed to appeal to watch lovers who appreciate performance and elegance, the watch is a deft blend of artistic panache (thanks to the in-house-made Grand Feu enamel dial) and technology (thanks to the brand's pioneering efforts in high-tech materials).

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Time, Astronomy and the Solar Eclipse

Annena Sorenson

Time and astronomy have long been linked. Since the dawn of man, we have planted and harvested according to the moon. Many an ancient ritual was performed to honor the sun, and our first abilities to measure time came with the advent of sundials and similar structures. Over the centuries, we learned to better measure time — moving from tracking seasons to tracking months, then days, hours, minutes, seconds and fractions of a second. Additionally, today, many watch brands track the moon and its phases, along with a host of other information, in astronomical timepieces that are a true wonder.

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Six Tips on How to Care for Your Watch

Annena Sorenson

Just like you would take care of your jewelry or your car, a fine watch also needs to be properly cared for in order to ensure optimal precision and performance. Additionally, cleaning the exterior of your watch will keep it looking great. Here we bring you six tips for proper care.

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Meet the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Black Ceramic

Annena Sorenson

It is no secret that black watches are taking wrists by storm this year. Thanks to the stealth look of black, more and more watch brands are using a variety of procedures and processes to turn their ceramic, titanium, steel and even gold watches black. Audemars Piguet does it beautifully in the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic watch. The entire case and bracelet are created in matte black brushed ceramic — a feat that was perfected after more than 600 hours of research and development.

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Bell & Ross Pays Tribute to Coast Guard Rescuers With New Watches

Annena Sorenson

In its continual quest to provide true instruments for the wrist, Bell & Ross pays tribute this year to Coast Guard professionals who perform daring rescues at sea with its BR V2-92 Garde-Cotes watches. Particularly, the brand has developed two new watches — a three-hand watch and a chronograph.

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Understanding What a Certified Chronometer Watch Is and How It Is Rated

Annena Sorenson

With summer here and everyone focused on sports watches and timepieces that can keep up with their rugged, active lifestyles, it's a good time to take a closeup look at what it means when a watch is a certified chronometer.

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49 Brands Donate Unique Timepieces for 'Only Watch' Charity Auction

Annena Sorenson

In November, the seventh annual "Only Watch" auction will take place in Geneva with 49 luxury watch brands (thus far) donating a one-off watch for the charity auction. Only Watch is organized by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and the auction is led by Christie’s auction house. Proceeds go to the fight for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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Gangster Al Capone's Diamond-and-Platinum Watch Sells at Auction for $84,375

Annena Sorenson

We say it time and again, a good watch holds its value — not just for a few years, but easily for a century or longer. Recent auctions are a prime example. One auction that was held by Boston-based RR Auction witnessed the sale of items owned by notorious gangster Al Capone.

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Ulysse Nardin Unveils Marine Torpilleur Watch

Annena Sorenson

Ulysse Nardin has just unveiled a new timepiece in its Marine collection — and this one sets a new opening price for the brand. The Marine Torpilleur watch is named for the small ships of the 19th century that were sleek and fast for their time. Because Ulysse Nardin has a rich history with marine watches and chronometers, the fit is perfect.

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Independence Day Inspires Us to Show Off Timepieces in Red, White or Blue

Annena Sorenson

Tuesday we celebrated the 4th of July – Independence Day — which honors America’s hard-won independence from Great Britain, and our adoption of the Declaration of Independence. While the dazzling fireworks and sumptuous picnics made the day delightful, the holiday also inspired us to show off some beautiful timepieces in red, white or blue.

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