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Match Your Jewelry’s Stone to Your Vacation

By Kristen Shirley

Deciding which jewelry to bring on vacation is always a dilemma. It’s difficult to find the perfect statement piece that is also casual enough to blend in wherever you end up. Our recommendation is to pick distinctive earrings in a brightly colored stone and keep the rest of your look simple. And if you can match the stone’s origin to […]

Purple Jewelry for Modern Royalty

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. While we are far from the days when Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone outside the royal family from wearing purple, the color remains associated with power, prestige, wealth and yes, royalty. Channel your inner queen with these purple jewels, which feature amethyst, tanzanite and sapphires. From Cartier’s latest high-jewelry […]

Nouvel Heritage: Traditional Craftsmanship with a Modern Edge

Nouvel Heritage was born of the fusion of two typically contradictory styles: the fiercely modern and the timelessly elegant. Uninspired by the the monotonous styles represented in classic gem-heavy fine jewelry, Nouvel Heritage’s CEO and Creative Director Camille Parruitte set out to bring a modern edge to traditional Parisian handcrafting. Parruitte’s upbringing in the epicenter of Paris’s handcrafted jewelry market […]

Rare & Beautiful: David Yurman High Jewelry

By Manon Crespi

David Yurman 18K white gold High Jewelry Chain Stax bracelet with 2.75 carats blue sapphires and 9 carats custom-cut baguette diamonds, $58,500,  davidyurman.com It wasn’t the first jewelry piece David Yurman made when he and wife, Sybil, launched the David Yurman company back in 1980, but it was arguably the one that put his name on the map: the cable […]

Into the Deep: Playful Ocean-Inspired Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Whether it’s a playful octopus swimming in the ocean’s depths or a palm tree swaying gently on the beach, the marine world offers plenty of inspiration for designers. In a recent addition to his beloved Crazymals series, de Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi rendered an endearing octopus called Buddy in […]

Rare & Beautiful: Enchanting Metals

By Manon Crespi

I’ve been intrigued lately by the unique way jewelry designers are using metal colorations in their fine jewelry collections. Some are forsaking traditional 18K gold altogether for stronger and lighter titanium, while others opt for ceramic and rhodium-plating to enhance 18K gold. The wonderfully creative and exquisite jewelry below showcases varying applications of all three materials. Neha Dani titanium and […]

Celebrating the Fine Jewelry of Oscar Heyman

Oscar Heyman has been creating extraordinary fine jewelry since 1912. Now the brand is known as the “Jeweler’s Jeweler” for showcasing the striking elegance of colorful gemstones and the beauty of women who wear them. Each piece is meticulously crafted by American artisans using European techniques, which have been passed down through three generations of this family business. The history […]

Ananya Launches Fine Jewelry Collection in London

By Lauren Hill

Deeply rooted in Indian culture, fine jewelry brand Ananya celebrates the personal meaning behind jewelry and its power to connect with the wearer. Up until now, Ananya has been focused on its Asia-based clientele but November sees the launch of the fine jewelry brand in London, with two signature collections being introduced first, along with the opportunity to create bespoke […]

Radiant Rubies for the Holiday Season

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Rubies have long been considered the ‘king of all gemstones,’ but we love rubellites and red sapphires nearly as much. And yes,while red stones are perfect for the holiday season, these pieces feature stunning craftsmanship and stones that are well suited to wear year-round. At Graff and Bayco, rubies […]

World’s Largest D-Flawless Diamond Auctioned Off

By Will Grice

Christie’s has just announced the world’s largest diamond has been auctioned off for a record breaking $33.8 million, the largest sum of money ever paid for a gem of its kind. The 163.41-carat flawless diamond necklace, known as Art de Grisgono, sold for $33.8 million after auction house taxes and commissions. The diamond is suspended from a large emerald necklace, […]