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Rare & Beautiful: Jewelry as Art

By Manon Crespi Whether the medium is canvas and paint, a sculpture of bronze or a modern dance, art is an intersection of life experiences; a meeting place of enlightenment and kinship. The same is true of fine-jewelry works of art, except before we get to the enlightenment and kinship part, we are first confronted with a deep, visceral response […]

March Birthstone Jewelry: Aquamarine

By Olivia Cuccaro The month of March celebrates the aquamarine birthstone. Found mainly in Brazil, this captivating gemstone ranges from greenish blue to blue-green and is mainly light in tone. Its versatile color makes it perfect for white and yellow gold settings alike. See this editor’s picks below for the aquamarine birthstone. Chopard Sumptuous ring of aquamarine, tanzanite and diamonds, […]

Jewelry Trend: Turquoise

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. By Kristen Shirley Ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Persians, Aztecs and Native Americans all wore turquoise, making it one of the world’s oldest forms of jewelry. Today’s designers create beautiful pieces that aren’t at all folksy, but rather elegant artistic expressions. Turquoise can have a matrix, or veins, which are […]

Rare & Beautiful: Christopher Designs

By Manon Crespi I had the pleasure of speaking with Christopher Slowinski of Christopher Designs recently, and was fascinated by his jewelry journey. Slowinski grew up in Poland, where as a young man he was a jewelry apprentice and student at a technical college. He moved to New York City in 1976 when he was 24, and worked as a […]

Rare & Beautiful: Tassels

By Manon Crespi Mastoloni 18K white gold Fringe Chandelier earrings with 11.65mm South Sea pearls and 2.27 carats brilliant white diamonds, $14,300, I’m not sure if the tassel trend is back or if it never actually left, but recently I’ve been seeing tassel-themed jewelry pieces emerging from several jewelry designers’ latest collections. Tassels are being shown in all categories […]

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show

By Olivia Cuccaro Collectors are flocking to in Florida this week to oggle a dazzling array of jewelry, art and antiques. More than 180 international exhibitors are displaying their finest pieces from oil paintings to vintage rings. This year’s lecture series includes Carl David of David David Gallery, Deborah Pollack of Edward & Deborah Pollack Fine Art, Benjamin Macklowe of […]

Heart-Shaped Jewelry

By Olivia Cuccaro Valentine’s Day is nearly here and it’s time to show your loved one just how much you care. In 1941, actor Tyrone Power called upon his friend, jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura, for a way to symbolically “gift wrap” his heart as a present for his wife (see below). While we think jewelry is the perfect gift for any occasion, […]

Christie’s Auction for Valentine’s Day

By Olivia Cuccaro This Valentine’s Day, there’s no better gift for her than a stunning piece of jewelry. Through February 9, Christie’s Jewels Online is featuring a selection of vintage and Art Deco jewelry as well as a variety of pieces with a Valentine theme. See below for our picks of their most romantic jewels. Chopard Happy Amore pendant necklace, starting […]

Rare & Beautiful: Todd Reed

By Manon Crespi I’ve always assumed that Todd Reed’s jewelry designs are a product of his surroundings in Boulder, Colorado. I thought his primary inspiration for using natural elements, sustainable metals and raw diamonds was due to his living in such a progressive and beautiful, if not earthy town. In my interview with Reed, however, I learned this assumption was […]

Jewelry Trend: Coral

By Kristen Shirley Coral jewelry is increasingly precious due to overfishing and the effects of climate change. Its sourcing and trade is highly regulated, and rightly so. From soft pinks to the highly sought-after deep reds, our pick of coral pieces from prestigious jewelry houses allows you to wear the stunning pieces without a weight on your conscience. Bulgari Diva’s Dream High Jewelry earrings […]