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Welcome to Elite Traveler’s Shopping and Lifestyle page. Get the latest news on luxury watches, jewelry and fashion.

Rare & Beautiful: Couture 2017 Trends

By Manon Crespi Renowned jewelry brands and independent designers from around the world descend upon Las Vegas each June to unveil their latest collections at the Couture show held at The Wynn. Far more than a tradeshow, this is a must-attend event for exclusive luxury jewelry retailers and global media outlets, all of whom are eager to discover fresh, new […]

Rare & Beautiful: The Irresistible Opal

By Manon Crespi The opal gemstone holds an indefinable allure for me. There’s something about its iridescence and dancing flashes of color that has always reminded me of water. After speaking with my gemologist friend, Anissa Carroll, I discovered I wasn’t far off. According to Carroll, a Gemological Institute of America graduate and long-time international diamond and colored gemstone grader, […]

Jewelry: Black and White

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Nothing makes a white diamond sparkle more than contrasting it with black. Glittering black diamonds, smooth onyx or dark rhodium-plated gold all offset the gems in these dramatic pieces. Author Truman Capote’s black and white ball in 1966, and his elegant inner circle of socialite “swans,” served […]

An Inside Look at CIRCA – The Jewelry Buying Company

Established in 2000, CIRCA is the preeminent buyer of jewelry, diamonds and watches with 14 private offices throughout North America, Western Europe, and Asia. Renowned for its expertise and courteous, discreet service, CIRCA has redefined the client experience when selling jewelry, diamonds, and watches that clients are ready to move on from. CIRCA’s professional buyers graduate from a rigorous training […]

Harry Winston Launches New Fine Jewelry Collection

By Olivia Cuccaro May flowers are blooming outside – and in Harry Winston’s latest fine jewelry collection. Inspired by the enchanting wildflower, the Forget-Me-Not collection expands the Winston “garden” with new diamond jewels. Drawing on the namesake flower’s delicate silhouette, Winston designers, led by the late Maurice Galli, have created a seven-piece line of daytime jewels. The collection features round brilliant, pear-shaped and […]

Jewelry: Fine Feathers

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Feathers are very much in fashion this fall, so get a head start on your shopping with a whimsical feathered jewel, which is sure to last longer than the real thing. At Harry Winston, jewelry and horology find the perfect balance in this stunning timepiece. It […]

Rare & Beautiful: Vahan

By Manon Crespi In catching up with Greg Der Calousdian of the Vahan jewelry company, I was fascinated to learn the rich history of this multi-generational family-owned jewelry company. Greg and his younger brother, Cedric, both work in the family business, but it’s the older brother, Greg, who co-designs today’s Vahan collections alongside his father Sacha Der Calousdian. In my […]

Top High-Jewelry Houses

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. The pinnacle of the jewelry world, high jewelry features a house’s most exceptional stones and showcases its creativity and technical advances in craftsmanship. Each piece is special and rare, most never recreated. Some pieces, like the Hope Diamond seen here, become world-famous. Some are purchased […]

Buccellati Arrives on Net-a-Porter

By Olivia Cuccaro Fine jewelry is becoming as easy to shop for online as everyday clothing and accessories as more and more brands take the plunge. Italian jewelry house Buccellati has partnered with luxury women’s retail site Net-a-Porter to bring shoppers handcrafted pieces without ever setting foot in a boutique. Named as one of our Top High-Jewelry Houses in the […]

Rare & Beautiful: Garden Party

By Manon Crespi With spring in the air flowers are cropping up everywhere. And so, too, is the next wave of spring’s floral-themed jewelry. Nature has always been a source of inspiration for jewelry designers, but it can hardly get old when it references the new life and new beginnings that springtime faithfully brings. Whether classical or contemporary in form […]