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Graff Unveils the ‘Lesedi La Rona’ 302.37-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond

By Emma Reynolds

The principle diamond from Graff’s record-breaking 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond has finally been cut to reveal a massive 302.37-carat emerald-cut diamond, the largest emerald cut in the world. There are a few records broken surrounding this stone: First, the Lesedi La Rona is the largest diamond discovered in more than 100 years and the second largest ever found; […]

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 […]

Velaa Private Island Maldives Debuts Two High-Jewelry Collections

By Emma Reynolds

Set on a small, lush island in the constellation of Noonu Atoll islands in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is an oasis designed to feel like the edge of the world. Velaa which means Turtle in the local language is shaped like a sea turtle, with its overwater bungalows constructed to resemble the head of the island and the main […]

Louis Vuitton Launches Horizon Soft Luggage Collection

By Emma Reynolds

Traveling just got chicer with Louis Vuitton’s new Horizon Soft luggage the collection, designed by industrial designer Marc Newson. Though the brand’s hard luggage collection, also designed by Newson and released in 2016, has been an iconic staple in its collection, this new soft-sided rolling luggage was made with the modern traveler in mind. These innovative suitcases are practical for […]

Doutzen Kroes on Saving Elephants in Style

By Kristen Shirley

After appearing on the world’s most prestigious runways and in countless ad campaigns, supermodel, philanthropist and activist Doutzen Kroes lends her famous face to an urgent cause: saving Africa’s elephants from the ivory trade. As the global ambassador for Knot On My Planet — a campaign directly benefiting Elephant Crisis Fund, where 100 percent of the funds raised support projects […]

Patrick Ta On His New Makeup Line and Collaborating with Moët & Chandon

By Emma Reynolds

Patrick Ta is one of the most in-demand makeup artists of our time, having worked his magic on famous faces of ‘It’ girls and actresses alike, including Gigi & Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Munn, Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner, among others. Ta recently announced a partnership with Moët & Chandon for its Living Ties collection, a […]

Safari-Inspired Fashion for Spring 2019

By Elite Traveler

Grand Cayman’s beautiful beaches and leafy palm trees are the perfect backdrop for spring’s safari-inspired fashion. Let these khaki pieces, raffia hats and army-green dresses inspire your next vacation wardrobe. Photographer: Laurie Bartley Stylist: Daniel Edley The story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of Elite Traveler Chloé silk-crepe blouse, $665, silk-crepe pants, $580, earrings, $715, Darcey bracelet, $470, […]

Spa of the Week: Spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

By Emma Reynolds

Tucked into the lush hillside of Costa Rica’s resort and residential community, Peninsula Papagayo, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo recently debuted a newly re-imagined destination spa to delight worldly travelers. Featuring treatments with localized ingredients and techniques, the spa is a can’t-miss if you find yourself in this tropical destination. The spa’s new decor feature neutral […]

Fendi’s Iconic Baguette Bag Returns in a Dazzling Way

By Emma Reynolds

It was in 1997 when Fendi‘s Baguette bag became an icon  —  the Silvia Venturini Fendi-designed bag is also regarded as the first ‘It’ bag, made popular by Sex and the City‘s lead character Carrie Bradshaw. More than 20 years later, the Roman maison is reintroducing its iconic purple sequin Baguette bag with a modern twist.  After its runway debut during Fendi’s Fall/Winter […]

Roberta Naas on Independent Watch Brands

By Roberta Naas

Over the centuries, the watch industry has often been called a carriage trade, with many independent watch brands working together to create luxury watches. However, as they grew into fully integrated manufacturers and became icons, large conglomerates began snapping them up. Today, three top luxury groups — Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Richemont and Swatch Group — own more than […]