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Kristen Shirley

Kristen Shirley

Kristen is the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler and regularly travels the globe looking for the hottest destinations and most decadent hotels, testing new private jets and styling shoots, including our covers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

Style Guide: Mesmerizing Moonstone Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

Moonstone’s adularescence (the light-scattering phenomenon that gives it that brilliant glow) is why the gemstone has been considered good luck for centuries — it was given its name because it resembles a full moon hiding behind a veil of clouds. The silvery, pale-blue hue is mesmerizing, and there’s no size or placement of moonstone too insignificant. Of course, moonstone surrounded […]

Natural Wonders: Jewelry Inspired by Nature’s Curves

By Kristen Shirley

Faceted gemstones and delicately cut diamonds will always have a place in your jewelry collection — but sometimes the most beautiful and intricate pieces are those inspired by the natural lines and curves of the Earth. From Coomi’s ancient Roman glass with its weathered patina — dating back to the 1st century AD — to Jorge Adeler’s marvelous citrine ring […]

Doutzen Kroes on Saving Elephants in Style

By Kristen Shirley

After appearing on the world’s most prestigious runways and in countless ad campaigns, supermodel, philanthropist and activist Doutzen Kroes lends her famous face to an urgent cause: saving Africa’s elephants from the ivory trade. As the global ambassador for Knot On My Planet — a campaign directly benefiting Elephant Crisis Fund, where 100 percent of the funds raised support projects […]

Where to Dine, Stay and Explore in Scottsdale

By Kristen Shirley

The desert is not dead — certainly not in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located on the outskirts of Phoenix, the city sits next to some of the Southwest’s most pristine and accessible desert landscapes. It has a lively nightlife scene, which means you can have a fun, outdoor vacation that isn’t overly healthy, and enjoy a dose of culture as well. Scottsdale’s […]

A Guide to Women’s Jump-Hour Watches

By Kristen Shirley

The jump-hour watch often removes the hour hand and displays the hour through an aperture. In ladies’ timepieces, this gives watchmakers more room on the dial to showcase their jewelry artistry and creatively display the minutes. They are also technical masterpieces: As the minutes approach 60, power builds up to make the movement’s hour disc jump to the next, and […]

Eight Luxury Deep Dive Watches For Men

By Kristen Shirley

Whether you’re diving into the ocean or just like a sporty look, one thing’s for sure: Deep dive watches usually spend more time on land than under the sea. After conquering the technical requirements for diving, watchmakers added useful land-based complications like flyback chronographs and calendars, and made them more attractive for everyday wear with decorated and guilloché dials. Here, […]

Behind the Scenes with Jaquet Droz

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. In its Atelier d’Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Jaquet Droz’s artisans preserve and promote ancient decoration techniques, including the very rare paillonnée enameling. Despite being revered in the 18th century, including by Pierre Jaquet-Droz himself, the technique nearly disappeared in the 20th century. The company only has two master […]

The Launch of Twenty~4 Automatic by Patek Philippe

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. The breadth of its mechanical women’s watch collections separates Patek Philippe from many esteemed marques who design serious men’s watches, yet only create quartz watches for women. Its collections range from an exquisite, manual-winding, high-jewelry Gondolo to the ultra-sporty Nautilus and the elegant Calatrava. And with the recent launch […]

The Allure of Jewelry with Golden Pearls

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. The rare golden pearl comes in shades beginning at a pale champagne that intensify into the most coveted hue — a deep gold. Diamonds and opals accentuate golden pearls in a striking way, and an all-pearl piece highlights its captivating natural beauty. Mikimoto necklace in 18K yellow gold with […]

The Perfect Look for Sun-Drenched Vacations

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Pair this season’s dot prints with textured natural-colored pieces for the perfect look for your sun-drenched vacation. Carolina Herrera polka-dot dress, $2,990 Carolina Herrera in New York, +1 212 249 6552, carolinaherrera.com