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Bulgari Opens New Flagship Store in New York

By Olivia Cuccaro

Rome is the heart and home of high-jewelry house Bulgari, and that distinctly Italian spirit was tangible as Elite Traveler previewed the brand’s restyled flagship store in New York City. It was in 1972 that Bulgari first arrived in Manhattan with a boutique in the Pierre Hotel before opening at the current Fifth Avenue location in 1989. Completely transformed, the stunning […]

VASHI Launches Diamond Concept Store in London

By Lauren Jade Hill Diamond specialist VASHI led by Spanish entrepreneur Vashi Dominguez is considered one of the diamond industry’s leading retailers for offering the world’s most extensive selection of customisable diamond jewelry. Now VASHI has taken this idea of custom diamond jewelry to the next level by opening a diamond concept store in London’s Piccadilly. Launched in October 2017, […]

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L’École Van Cleef & Arpels Daniel Brush Exhibit

By Olivia Cuccaro Developed to educate the public on the inner workings of the jewelry world, L’École des Arts Joailliers by Van Cleef & Arpels has tapped the elusive artist Daniel Brush for an exhibit in Paris. Brush’s work was last presented five years ago at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, making this comeback with […]

Rare & Beautiful: Moving Parts

By Manon Crespi It could be said that I have an ardent affection for all jewelry designers simply due to their ability to create something visually exquisite. When said jewelry designers are also mathematicians, architects and philosophers? Well, then they have me enthralled with their genius as well! I had the pleasure of meeting three of these beautiful, passionate and […]

Roberta Naas on Ethical Jewelry Practices

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Today more than ever, consumers are concerned about responsibly sourced jewels and precious metals. They want to buy their jewelry with a clear conscience, knowing the gems and metals were mined both ethically and sustainably. It was back in 2006 that the concept of “blood diamonds” hit us thanks […]

Jewelry: Squared Up

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. While we love feminine, romantic styles, we also love geometric stones and shapes that lend a cool edge to fine jewelry. Nam Cho’s incredible Navajo earrings feature over 17 carats of diamonds, including 13.30 carats of perfectly-set baguette diamonds. The Perpetual Motion ring from Yael Sonia mixes […]

Rare & Beautiful: Carved Gems

By Manon Crespi With the resurgence of carved gemstones in jewelry design, I was curious to learn more about the art of stone carving, otherwise known as glyptography. While the craft’s required precision and skill is impressive in its own right, the history of glyptography is rather notable as well. In my opinion, the most interesting part of the history […]

Jewelry: Like a Rainbow

By Kristen Shirley This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Whether playing with a rainbow of colors or re-creating a rainbow, designers turn to the symbol of hope to create these beautiful pieces. Spinelli Killcolin became known for his linked stacked rings of different sizes, called Galaxy rings. They can be worn stacked or across multiple fingers. […]

Rare & Beautiful: South Sea Pearls

By Manon Crespi I’ve always been captivated by the exotic South Sea pearl, and for good reason. South Sea pearls, which range in size from 8-18mm, aren’t just larger than other types of pearls. These rare and beautiful pearls also possess high-luster colorations with extraordinary metallic nuances. I recently caught up with Scott Friedman, a Master Gemologist Appraiser and founder […]

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, 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 […]