Jewelry 101; Gold vs. Silver

Gold Vs. Silver Jewelry

The use of precious metals can be traced back to as early as 4,000 BC, when Egyptians started using copper to produce jewelry. Although the origins of the word “metal” is unknown, we believe it comes from either the Greek “metallon,” or the Latin “metallum,” both meaning “mine”  or “metal.”

Precious Metals include gold, silver, and the platinum family (including Palladium, used in the making of Hermès‘ silver-color hardware). Any other metals, such as steel and copper, are considered Non-Precious. Precious Metals are most used in jewelry because of their higher value, and because they are less reactive to the elements.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the two most popular Precious Metals used in jewelry: gold and silver.

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Five Gold Cufflinks for Dapper Gents

Gold Cuff Links available on PORTERO.com

Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com, shares some tips and ideas for wearing cufflinks, like a dapper gentleman.

For the lover of French (also known as Double) cuffs, cufflinks are a great way to showcase personality with a small accessory. A gentleman should have at least three or four pair of cufflinks in his arsenal. Cufflinks are considered formal accessories, so wearing them every day is not necessary; unless you’re the boss of a big corporation, then you can wear them as often as you’d like. For most people, wearing them only sparingly will make them seem like small treasures at your wrist.

Just like pocket squares, cufflinks should compliment the outfit, but not outshine it. Think of cufflinks as salt, used to enhance the flavor of a meal, but not overpower it. The most important thing to remember when picking cufflinks to wear is to bear in mind what you’re wearing with them. If you’re wearing color cufflinks wear a matching tie, pocket square, tie tack, or even socks. And if you’re wearing other jewelry or watches, making sure they match will make for an overall polished uniform finish.

Below are our five favorite cufflinks on PORTERO.com

1. Gold Rolex Cufflinks $5,800. These 18k yellow gold cuff links are the perfect accessory to go with your vintage Rolex watch. These cufflinks are rare and very unique. The chain link design is a more traditional style of cufflinks, and is also more special because the design shows on both sides of the cuff, and why wouldn’t you want to showcase these gold cufflinks twice?

2. Bvlgari Gold and Onyx Cufflinks $1,770. If you like elegant yet understated designer jewelry, these Bulgari cufflinks are for you. They feature a bullet back, making them one of the most secure types of cufflinks, ensuring they stay in place.

3. Vintage Gold and Coral Cufflinks $895. The pop of Mediterranean red coral upgrades any old boring work shirt. These cufflinks feature an easy-to-use toggle closure, which will ensure they stay securely in place.

4. Deakin & Frances Chess Cufflinks $6,395. Established in 1786, these fine handmade English cufflinks have been made by the same family for 7 generations. They feature whale back closure, which locks against the cuff of the shirt, making them easy to handle.

5. Vintage Bull and Bear Cufflinks and Tie Tack Set $2,895. For the Wall Street finance guy with the big personality, these are a must wear to that important board meeting. Worn alone or together with the tie tack, these cufflinks are definitely a conversation starter piece.

Iconic Louis Vuitton handbags

Top 5 Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Handbags

We have previously discussed what makes a bag iconic, but every brand has their own bags that are immediately recognizable. In the case of Louis Vuitton, it’s safe to say that most people in the world, whether they’re handbag lovers or not, can identify the iconic monogram logo, and these five styles:

1. The Keepall

Louis Vuitton monogram Keepall available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Keepall 50 $620

 

Louis Vuitton started his career by making travel trunks and bags. Designed by Georges Vuitton, Louis’ son, The Keepall made its debut in the early 1930s. The Keepall’s design features have influenced today’s modern weekend bags, also known as weekender bags. Its style makes it the perfect unisex bag- a travel bag both men and women, who love luxury can enjoy. Because of its size (45, 50, 55, and 60) the Keepall is the perfect airplane carry on.

2. The Speedy

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 with graffiti Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Green Graffiti Monogram $1,860

 

The Speedy’s rich history began in the 1930s, when Louis Vuitton decided to make a more practical, smaller version of the Keepall for every day wear, making it the very first handbags design of the French maison. The original Speedy measured 30 centimeters, but as a special request from a big fan, Audrey Hepburn, the Speedy 25 was born in the 1940s.

When it comes to luxury handbags, the Speedy is one of the most affordable out there, with retail prices starting at $950 for the smallest Speedy 25. At PORTERO, you can find great deals on Speedys, with prices starting at $350.

The Louis Vuitton Speedy comes in four sizes: Speedy 25, Speedy 30, Speedy 25, and Speedy 40. The number is the length of the bag in centimeters.

The Speedy has gotten plenty of makeovers over the years from collaborating designers, like Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama. However, the original monogram and damier canvas Speedy stands the test of time. 80+ years and counting.

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The ABCs of PORTERO – Part 2

N is for Nick Marmol, our Creative Director

Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com

Born in London, Nick is a second-generation antiques specialist; a field the English take very seriously. A lover of historic landmarks and an avid traveler, Nick has been all over the world, but his favorite place to visit is India. Nick enjoys playing tennis and fishing, and his favorite restaurant is The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he enjoys the Maine Lobster pan roasted in the shell with oregano and chili. Although he’s British, he doesn’t drink tea.

Nick’s favorite item on the site is a 1940′s Cartier Lighter Watch, engraved “For each year is just an hour.”

O is for Omega

Omega Speedmaster Watch available on PORTERO.comOmega Speedmaster Moonwatch $12,425

 

Since 1848, Omega has created high quality, luxurious watches. PORTERO has an array of contemporary and vintage Omega watches, including the Seamaster, Speedmaster, DeVille, and Constellation. President John F. Kennedy, Prince William, and many other public figures have worn Omega watches.

P is for PORTERO Promise

It’s our mission to help you get the most out of luxury. PORTERO respects the brands we serve, and we guarantee the authenticity and condition of all merchandise, and we ensure the highest level of service and security. That’s our promise. And we don’t take it lightly. We guarantee our products are 100% authentic, or your money back. We carefully and accurately describe all items and conditions, and all photos are of the actual item up for sale, no stock photos. We also provide the highest level of security for the safest buying experience. In addition, we vet every single one of our vendors, and work with knowledgeable curators who are passionate about customer service. We pride ourselves in making the buying, selling or finding of luxury as seamless as possible.

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The ABCs of PORTERO- Part 1

Get to know PORTERO.com, your online source for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.

A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of PORTERO.com

Alexis Clarbour, Director of PORTERO.com

A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.

Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.

 

B is for Birkin bags

Shiny Crocodile BirkinShiny Crocodile 30 cm Birkin $82,00o

 

Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. PORTERO.com is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.

C is for Chanel

Classic Chanel Flap Bag available on PORTERO.comVintage Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag $4,600

 

Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel  jewelry.

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Our Favorite Red, White, and Blue handbags; Happy 4th of July!

Red White and Blue Bags available on PORTERO.com

By Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com

Happy 4th of July! Whether you wear red, white and blue from head to toe, or you prefer to incorporate patriotic colors through your accessories, we have three handbag choices to help you show your national spirit this 4th of July weekend. Stay safe!

1. Red Chanel Petite Timeless Tote $1,850. This Petite Timeless Tote, also known as PTT, is special because it’s hard to find in red. The caviar leather makes this bag very durable, and with the proper care, can last for years.

2. White Birkin 30 cm $21,000. In Clemence leather and palladium hardware, this pristine 30 cm Birkin makes for a great summer accessory.

3. Louis Vuitton Monogram Addiction Lockit Vertical Bag $2,100. As seen on the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 runway, this limited-edition Louis Vuitton Addiction Lockit Vertical Bag is made of navy matte rubber, with three-dimensional lamé monogram; the perfect complement for your Fourth of July outfit.

Lady Dior bags available on PORTERO.com

Lady Dior Handbag- A Tribute to Princess Diana

Lady Diana Lady Dior

Christian Dior’s Lady Dior bag was first crafted on the basis of wanting to successfully create an iconic, recognizable bag, which, in fact, Dior did. Created in 1994, the tote was first called “Chouchou,” which means “Favorite”  in French. In 1995, the First Lady of France, Madame Bernadette Chirac, gave Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, the latest handbag design by Dior. Lady Diana fell instantly in love with the bag; and as the most photographed woman in the world, the bag was highly photographed on the arm of one of the world’s most beloved woman of all time. The Lady Dior became an instant success. In honor of Lady Di, Dior decided to rename its iconic bag and pay tribute to the Princess of Wales, and since 1996, the bag has been known as the Lady Dior bag.

The Lady Dior bag is truly unique in both beauty and elegance. Deceptively simple, each handbag takes no less than eight hours to make. They feature quilted stitching- the signature Dior motif- with diagonal and perpendicular stitching. The arched handle is both feminine and elegant, and the charms that adorn Lady Dior have the four letters in the Dior name.

The Lady Dior is the French maison’s signature bag, and has seen a lot of guises since its creation in the mid 1990s, but its timeless elegance remains the same. The bag has also been the subject of many short films, known as The Lady Dior Saga, starring Marion Cotillard, who was the face of Dior from 2008 to 2015.

The Lady Dior bag is rarely seen in the secondary luxury markeplate, mainly because many tend to hold on to this timeless icon. Many celebrities, royalty, and influencers have been seen toting around the Lady Dior. Don’t forget to visit our Lady Dior handbag page, so you too can feel like a princess.

Lady Dior HandbagLarge Black Lady Dior handbag $1,265

 

Lady Diana photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins

A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)

By Elizabeth Bernstein, PORTERO.com‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories

1. Alligator

Hermès alligatorHermès Bleu de Malte Matte Alligator Birkin Bag (SOLD OUT). Hermès Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette $33,000

 

Not to be confused with Crocodile, Hermès’ alligator skin is available in both Matte and Lisse (shiny). Physically, the main difference between alligator and crocodile is that alligator has a type of webbing pattern in the scales, and the scales are less uniform (see crocodile below).

2. Box Calf Leather

Hermès Box Calf LeatherHermès Brique Box Calf Kelly $7,500

 

Also known as veau leather, Box Calf is Hermès’ oldest leather. Box Calf is very smooth with a glossy finish. It’s a very structured hard leather that holds shape well. It can blister if it gets wet, so be cautious around water, and be sure to use a raincoat. Be careful not to make large scratches to the leather as it is smooth and will detract from its beauty. If the leather does get scratched, the item can be taken to the Hermès boutique for servicing, which will reduce the appearance of scratches and blemishes.

3. Clemence

Hermès Clemence Leather Hermès Blue Paradise Clemence Birkin $21,500. Hermès Plomb Clemence Kelly $18,500

 

Clemence is a soft, buttery calfskin with a nice even grain. It will not show scratches as a smooth leather would because of the grain, which is smoother and softer than other grainy leathers, with a nice light weight. Over time, if a Clemence leather bag is overloaded with heavy items, it can become slouchy, so be sure not to overload your bags.

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For the Love of Cartier; the Story Behind the LOVE Collection

Cartier Love Bracelet and Birkin bag

The LΘVE bracelet was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969. He was inspired by the chastity belts worn by women during Medieval times, to protect their virtue and good name.

Similar to a chastity belt, the bracelet locks around the wrist, and can only be removed with a special screwdriver. For a while, Cartier had a policy that no customer could buy a LOVE bracelet for himself or herself – they had to buy it as part of a couple. During the 70s, his-and-hers bracelets were presented to famous couples, like The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Many celebrities were photographed wearing the sleek gold band. The LOVE bracelet became an instant hit.

The original LOVE bracelets were gold plated, but as time went on and demand grew, they started creating solid gold bracelets, and in 1979, a diamond-studded version was introduced. Today, Cartier continues to produce this iconic symbol of love, not only in the form of the original bracelet, but also in rings, cuff links, and earrings. Some bracelets don’t even require a screwdriver, but still have the emblematic LΘVE design.

“The Cartier LOVE series represents the permanence and indestructibility of affection,” says PORTERO‘s Creative Director, Nick Marmol. ” Classic and timeless, it is given as a gift for only the most important occasions.”

Although it was first introduced as a symbol of love, today it can be gifted for many reasons: coming-of-age, graduation, or even as a gift to yourself. The LOVE bracelet’s design is recognizable enough to be considered a modern icon, but simple enough to complement all outfits. It can easily be worn on its own, or stacked with bracelets and/or watches. It looks just as appropriate with jeans and a t-shirt, than it does with a designer gown. Its unisex design makes it the ultimate sign of elegance and sophistication.

It’s been more than 40 years since its introduction, but the Cartier LOVE bracelet has remained relevant in the luxury and secondary luxury market. In fact, Cartier is one of the five brands that will hold its value over time. Today, a LOVE bracelet starts at $6,300 and goes to $56,500 for a white gold and diamonds piece. However, at PORTERO you can find Cartier LOVE pieces for about $5,000.

“Love has become too commercial, yet life without love is nothing – a fat zero.” Said Cipullo. “What modern people want are love symbols that look semi-permanent – or, at least, require a trick to remove. After all, love symbols should suggest an everlasting quality.”
White Gold Cartier Love BraceletWhite gold Cartier LOVE Bracelet $5,190

National Pink Day- The Color Pink and its meanings

Pink Hermes Kelly Bag

It’s National Pink Day and here at PORTERO we’re celebrating by donning pink outfits,and carrying pink Kellys. A mixture of red (representing love and passion) and white (purity), pink represents romance and compassion. It’s a feminine and playful color, that we find calming.

Pink was not a very popular color until the Rococo Period (1720-1777), when pastel pink was all the rage for both men and women throughout European courts. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that pink became a feminine color. In fact, in the early 20th century pink was considered a masculine color. A 1918 Ladies’ Home Journal article read: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

Pink color facts:

Pink is a friendly and affectionate color.

Pink symbolizes good health, think of the term “rosy cheeks.”

Pink represents innocence, and can also remind you of early childhood memories.

Pair your light pinks with stronger neutrals to add strength and sophistication to any look, such as black or dark blue.

Pink always makes for a great pop of color!

Here are some of the fun pink accessories you can find on PORTERO.com

Pink Chanel WOCPink Chanel WOC $3,200
Pink Chanel CuffPink Chanel Cuff $1,440
Pink Birkin bagSpecial Order Pink Birkin $40,000
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