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Style Guide: Mesmerizing Moonstone Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

Moonstone’s adularescence (the light-scattering phenomenon that gives it that brilliant glow) is why the gemstone has been considered good luck for centuries — it was given its name because it resembles a full moon hiding behind a veil of clouds. The silvery, pale-blue hue is mesmerizing, and there’s no size or placement of moonstone too insignificant. Of course, moonstone surrounded […]

Natural Wonders: Jewelry Inspired by Nature’s Curves

By Kristen Shirley

Faceted gemstones and delicately cut diamonds will always have a place in your jewelry collection — but sometimes the most beautiful and intricate pieces are those inspired by the natural lines and curves of the Earth. From Coomi’s ancient Roman glass with its weathered patina — dating back to the 1st century AD — to Jorge Adeler’s marvelous citrine ring […]

Women’s Fashion: Pretty in Pink for Spring 2019

For instant glamour, inject a dose of hot pink into your spring wardrobe. Whether you go all out in head-to-toe fuchsia or accent your look with a magenta shoe, you’ll be sure to turn heads. Altuzarra sunglasses Price: $435 More information:,

Color Play: Statement Making Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Make a statement in single-color jewelry. From a high-jewelry masterpiece with 161 carats of yellow diamonds to earrings with amethyst and matching purple enamel, there’s a piece to suit every occasion. Tiffany & Co bracelet in platinum with 133 carats pink sapphires, price on request, Tiffany & Co in […]

The Largest Diamond Ever Found in North America on Display at Phillips

By Emma Reynolds

In December 2018 the largest yellow diamond ever found in North America (and one of the 30 biggest diamonds found in the world) was unearthed from Canada’s Dominion Diamond Mines in Diavik (just 135 miles from the Arctic Circle). From January 31 to February 3, Phillips will be displaying the diamond in the 552 exhibition, presented by Canadamark. This Canadamark fancy […]

Oscar Heyman’s Invisibly Set Necklace for the Ultimate Jewelry Collector

By Elite Traveler

Oscar Heyman is dedicated to superlative gemstones, timeless designs, and impeccable craftsmanship. No piece better highlights the firm’s strengths in these three areas than the Invisibly Set Ruby Necklace. This storied firm was founded by brothers Oscar & Nathan Heyman in 1912, six years after emigrating to New York from Latvia. Four additional brothers and two sisters joined the business, […]

Beautiful Briolettes in Fine Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The faceted, teardrop-shaped stone brings a sense of playfulness to any piece of jewelry. We love how clusters of the stone shimmer and shake, whether adorning a stunning watch or dangling from a ring or necklace. Chopard Copacabana necklace in 18K white gold with 282.79 carats sapphire briolettes, 27.35 […]

Behind the Scenes with Graff

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Known for its incredible high jewelry, as well as acquisition and polishing of some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the Letšeng Star (a 550-carat rough diamond) and the Magnificence (the largest emerald-cut D flawless diamond in the world), Graff’s exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional stones set it apart […]

Golden Orbs in High Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Celestial bodies, bubbles and golden cages filled with rock crystal are just a few of the ways that designers showcase the brilliance of gold. Several of these pieces twist and twirl, revealing secret stones or transforming into something new. Marina B Atomo necklace in 18K yellow gold, $39,000, Marina […]

The Fine Jewelry Embracing Swirling Sparkle

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Twisted ribbons, coiled spirals and turbulent ocean waves inspire designers to create pieces brimming with life. Far from more traditional, linear pieces of jewelry, these swirls of diamonds and precious stones pull you to admire their undulating curves. Dior Petit Caprice earrings in 18K white gold with 2.75 carats […]