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The Designers Using Wood in Fine Jewelry

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Although it’s an unexpected base for fine jewelry, don’t overlook wood. Artisans elevate the humble material with fine craftsmanship, precious metals and, of course, diamonds. Brazilian designer Silvia Furmanovich specializes in marquetry, creating incredibly detailed jewelry and clutches from tiny pieces of hand-cut and hand-painted wood. Her cherry blossom […]

Breathtaking Carved Creations in Fine Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. One of jewelry’s most enduring traditions, carving motifs into precious gems, can bring a lightness to significant stones, as well as be simply breathtaking. Secret watches frequently incorporate carved stones that slide away to reveal the time. Graff is particularly adept at this, creating beautiful pieces that marry its […]

Rare & Beautiful: Paul Morelli  

By Manon Crespi

After speaking with American jewelry designer Paul Morelli, one thing became abundantly clear: my small-town Nebraska childhood was even less eventful than I remembered it being – at least compared to Mr Morelli’s childhood! While I went home after school every day to chores and homework, Morelli went to his father’s costume shop, which he says, “was filled with sewing […]

Beaded Beauties in High Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. There’s something sensual about draping oneself in beads of precious gems, which is perhaps why beaded jewelry is having a resurgence in recent collections. From high-jewelry line Chaumet Est une Fête comes a stunning suite: Aria Passionata. Drawing on the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, whose stage and […]

Sensational Jewelry with Rock Crystal

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Forget rock crystal’s costume-jewelry reputation. Recently, designers have been using the clear stone to showcase important gems in their high-jewelry lines, sometimes even letting it take center stage.Winter and whimsy feature heavily in these collections. Rock crystal’s transparency complements winter-inspired pieces, such as in Boucheron’s range that explores frigid […]

Rare & Beautiful: Padparadscha

By Manon Crespi

JB Star platinum ring with 3.14 carats unheated oval Padparadscha sapphire, 0.60 carats half moon diamonds and 0.84 carats round diamonds, $59,990, Padparadscha has always been a fan favorite among avid gemstone collectors, but my friend,  Douglas K Hucker, CEO of American Gem Trade Association, says it’s gaining fame and recognition outside the gem community as well. Known for […]

Rare & Beautiful: Alexandrite

By Manon Crespi

Oscar Heyman platinum Alexandrite ring with 4-carat Alexandrite and 1.69 carats diamond, $170,000, William Noble platinum ring with 3.81-carat cushion-cut Alexandrite and 0.92 carats diamonds, $96,000, What could be more intriguing than a rare and beautiful gemstone with an interesting past? Image a Finnish mineralogist climbing down into the mines of the Russian Ural Mountains in the early […]

The Diamond of Your Dreams

Every woman aspires, at some point, to own the diamond of her dreams. But whether it’s a self-purchase or a gift, a diamond is often a “blind purchase”. How can you get a gorgeous sparkling diamond and ensure that you’ve made the smartest value decision? Tips have been offered on buying the diamond of your dreams. Want a brighter, whiter […]

Match Your Jewelry’s Stone to Your Vacation

By Kristen Shirley

Deciding which jewelry to bring on vacation is always a dilemma. It’s difficult to find the perfect statement piece that is also casual enough to blend in wherever you end up. Our recommendation is to pick distinctive earrings in a brightly colored stone and keep the rest of your look simple. And if you can match the stone’s origin to […]

Purple Jewelry for Modern Royalty

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. While we are far from the days when Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone outside the royal family from wearing purple, the color remains associated with power, prestige, wealth and yes, royalty. Channel your inner queen with these purple jewels, which feature amethyst, tanzanite and sapphires. From Cartier’s latest high-jewelry […]