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Rare & Beautiful: A Path to Exotic Diamonds

By Manon Crespi Scott West platinum Argyle Violet ring with 2.83 carats Argyle violet diamond, 0.67 carats Argyle heart-shaped vivid pink diamonds and 0.83 carats Argyle round vivid pink diamonds, price on request, scottwestdiamonds.com Sometimes when tragedy strikes new paths are forged. Such was the case for Larry West back in 1972. He was a jazz-piano-playing physics student at the University […]

Harrods Host a Celebration of High Jewelry

By Lauren Jade Hill Throughout the coming weeks Harrods will be hosting a Celebration of High Jewelry in the Harrods Fine Jewelry Room. Held in collaboration with some of the world’s most revered jewelry houses, the exhibition will feature pieces by brands such as Graff, Harry Winston and Cartier, among many others. Taking a closer look at the beauty of […]

Jewelry: Fan Favorites

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. A recent trend in the jewelry world, fan-shaped jewelry, has been catching our eye. With a bit of a vintage feel, these pieces remain thoroughly modern and showcase excellent craftsmanship and some special stones. Picchiotti designed a couture ring to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It even graces […]

Rare & Beautiful: Monica Rich Kosann

By Manon Crespi For a self-proclaimed introvert, fine-art photographer and jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann certainly has a knack for drawing out the emotional side of her subjects. “I’m like everyone’s hairdresser or bartender,” says Kosann of her clients, “I’m there to reveal it.” While speaking with Kosann and researching her background, I discovered a prominent thread running through each […]

Jewelry: Tropical Treasures

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Nature and its fragile ecosystem has been top of the news and top of designers’ minds lately. Beautiful, artistic odes to far-flung destinations and exotic animals are seen throughout the fashion and jewelry worlds. Our favorite tropical pieces incorporate a bit of whimsy. Bulgari’s high jewelry collection […]

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 […]