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5 Fierce Diamond Watches from SIHH 2019

Every jewelry lover can appreciate these timepieces.

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ONE CANNOT BE a member of the jewelry industry without having a true appreciation for its most popular gem: the diamond. But at the 2019 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (SIHH), it was the watchmakers – even the unexpected ones – that beautified the “bling” in sometimes extreme but often exciting ways.

Here’s a look at five new watches for 2019 that every jewelry lover can wholeheartedly appreciate.

The Diamond Possession watch by Piaget

The Possession watch has been part of Piaget’s women’s line for a while now, and in recent years has included colorful gemstone dials such as turquoise, carnelian, lapis lazuli and malachite. But at this year’s SIHH, the brand went straight-up sparkle with several new versions including one entirely decorated in diamonds, leaving those of us who also write about jewelry for a living squealing with delight.

The 29mm case diameter is an ideal size for any wrist, and the rotating outer bezel makes for quite the “fidget spinner” for those of us who struggle to sit still during press presentations. The watch’s dial, bezels, case and bracelet are set with a total of 621 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 11.17 carats, all in. Show stopper? Um, you betcha.

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The Rendez-Vous Night & Day Jewellery watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre

While Jaeger-LeCoultre put forth some marvelous novelties at the 2019 edition of SIHH, new releases from their Rendez-Vous collection almost always garner the attention of those of us who appreciate jewels. This year, thankfully, was no exception.

The Rendez-Vous Night & Day Jewellery Watch was offered in both 18K white and 18K pink gold, but this time around, the model went big on brilliance. With a newly featured prong-set outer bezel that contained slightly larger round brilliant cuts than had been used in the past, there’s a substance to this edition of the Rendez-Vous that hadn’t been seen in previous versions. The pink gold model in particular was a standout at the show and was accompanied by a glorious mother-of-pearl dial, inner row of round brilliant diamonds, and taupe-colored alligator strap.

The Diamond Set Balancier Contemporain by Greubel Forsey

Greubel Forsey may not be as “household” a name as some other Swiss watch brands, but make no mistake, those who own a GF know both of the company’s watchmaking history and of how highly it is respected within the horological community. This year, however, and for the first time in the company’s history, Greubel Forsey released a highly complicated timepiece embellished in baguette cut diamonds. And trust me when I say that heads were (figuratively) exploding all over Geneva in response to it.

With a 72-hour chronometric power reserve, hand-wound movement made up of 255 parts, multi-level gold and mother-of-pearl dial with visual opening for the balance wheel, and 30-meter water resistance, the watch is already a true timekeeping specimen, but when you add 232 D-E color, IF clarity diamonds to the case, bezel and crown, you may as well just call it a day, because this watch wins all the prizes. Everybody else can go home. Hang it up. We have a winner.

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The Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Jewellery watch by Girard-Perregaux

Vibrant in color and elegant in style, the Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Jewellery Watch by Girard-Perregaux brought sparkle and shine to Geneva this month with a case embellished entirely in round brilliant cut diamonds and a floral-inspired seconds hand.

Containing a total of 444 white diamonds set on the watch’s dial, case, bezel and strap buckle, this Girard-Perregaux women’s timepiece exemplifies what a watch brand could be capable of when it combines extraordinary gem-setting techniques with a solid automatic movement.

The Révélation d’une Panthère watch in diamond by Cartier

Exactly one year ago on this very website I called the Cartier Révélation d’une Panthère timepiece one of my “Best in Show” watches from the 2018 edition of SIHH because of its mind-blowingly magical appearance and ability to entertain the wearer for hours on end. To elaborate: In an hourglass-like fashion and when held at the correct angle, tiny round gold beads trickled down the watch’s dial, forming the figure of the iconic Cartier cat before gravity pulled the beads to a delightful pile of gold in the lower part of the case. This year, however, Cartier decided to challenge David Blaine (if you know, you know) once again, only this time, replacing the beads with, yep … you guessed it … 650 miniscule round brilliant diamonds.

Cartier’s Révélation d’une Panthère is a spectacular example of what an established and respected jewelry and watch maison is capable of when they refuse to follow what’s trendy and won’t allow themselves to be boring. The watch is crafted in 18K white gold and not only contains the inner “trickling” diamonds, but also is decorated fully in diamonds around its bezel and along its bracelet. It contains a manual-winding movement which has a 38-hour power reserve and is limited to 40 pieces.

Barbara Palumbo is a watch and jewelry industry writer, journalist and speaker. She manages the blogging websites Adornmentality.com and Whatsonherwrist.com.

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Jewelry Distributor Arrested With $15M in Counterfeit Goods, Police Say

$15M in counterfeit merchandise was seized.

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The owner of a business in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district has been arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit jewelry.

Moossa Lari is accused of felony trademark violation, according to a press release from the LA Police Department.

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Investigators conducted several undercover buys and surveillance operations and determined that he was “a major distributor of counterfeit jewelry nationwide,” the release states.

Search warrants were served at multiple locations in the jewelry district on Nov. 7 by LAPD in collaboration with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and Custom Border Protection.

Officers seized about $58,000 in cash and over $15 million counterfeit jewelry with Street value of over $1 million, according to the release. Counterfeit jewelry recovered included fake Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Michael Kors, Cartier, Tiffany Co., YSL, Dior, Calvin Klein, Guess, Van Cleef and Bvlgari pieces.

The counterfeit jewelry was tested at the scene and did not meet U.S. safety standards, the release states.

The standard of acceptable lead and cadmium is 90 parts per million. The seized counterfeit jewelry tested as high as 200,000 parts per million.

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Video: It’s Not My Problem When You Buy a $120 Ring and Your Wife Finds Out It’s ‘Fake’

It’s not the jeweler’s fault she got mad.

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LIKE ANY JEWELER, Cullen Wulf sometimes runs into customers who aren’t looking to spend much money.

Unfortunately, sometimes their expectations are way out of line with what they’re willing to pay.

In the video below, Cullen re-enacts a scenario where he encountered just such a customer — a customer whose wife was unhappy with her sterling silver and CZ anniversary gift.

The customer felt that Cullen was to blame, and Cullen set the record straight.

Take a look.

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FTC Releases Disclosures Guidance for Social Media Influencers

It explains when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers.

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Enlisting social media “influencers” has become a popular way to promote a wide range of products, including jewelry.

Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious to consumers what is and isn’t an ad. The Federal Trade Commission wants to fix that.

The FTC has released a new publication for online influencers that lays out the agency’s rules of the road for when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers.

The new guide, “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers,” provides influencers with tips from FTC staff about what triggers the need for a disclosure and offers examples of both effective and ineffective disclosures.

The guide and accompanying videos underscore that the responsibility to make disclosures about endorsements lies with the influencer. The guide outlines the various ways that an influencer’s relationship with a brand would make disclosures necessary, and it reminds influencers that they cannot assume that followers are aware of their connections to brands.

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The guide includes tips for when and how influencers should tell their followers about a relationship. For example, it suggests the words influencers might use, as well as where in their social posts a disclosure should appear.

The new publication summarizes the FTC’s existing guidance in this area, including the FTC’s Endorsement Guides and a 2017 question-and-answer document produced by staff.

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