FINE JEWELRY | Two 20 – Carat Diamond Watches From Jaeger – LeCoultre Have World’s Smallest Movement

Jaeger – LeCoultre has held the record for the world’s smallest mechanical movement  – since 1929. The caliber 101, a mere 14 mm long and less than 5mm wide, is still used today. It drives two new high jewelry models from the brand, the Snowdrop and the Bangle. Both are made of 18k pink gold and designed as bracelets, according to standards of high jewelry making, with integrated cases and movements. Each is set with about 20 carats of diamonds, all classified as IF-internally flawless to VVS clarity grade.

The Snowdrop is set with of 904 diamonds, 204 of which are substantially sized pear-shaped gems. The remainder are classic brilliant cuts, for a total of 20.9 carats. The design was inspired by the white bell-shaped flowers of the same name that grow through the snow in the Vallee de Joux watchmaking district of Switzerland. The case is integrated with the manchette – style bracelet, with a circle of pear – shaped diamonds surrounding the dial to form a flower. Waves of diamonds repeat the petal pattern in perfect symmetry throughout the bracelet.

The diamonds in the center of the bracelet are set according to the griffe or claw method, which minimizes surrounding the gem and allows more light to pass through from different angles. The bracelet’s structure is supported by two bands of gold with diamonds that are grain-set, a linear setting technique in which tiny beads of gold are pulled up from the surface of the metal and pushed over the stone to secure them. The gemsetting work for this piece represents 130 hours of work by Jaeger – LeCoultre artisans.


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The ingestible collagen boom began several years ago, ans still shows no signs of abating. In fact, it’s been given yet another bump by avid TikTokkers touting its beauty benefits as ever more options pour into the marketplace. Among the promises: It will bless you with dewy, plump skin, strong nails, supple joints, even healthier … Continue reading Does Ingestible Collagen Work?

Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oscar winner and UNHCR goodwill said  the annual June 20 … Continue reading Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

7 Health Benefits Of Cherries

It’s cherry season again! They’re fresh, plentiful, beautiful, and delicious, but, you may be wondering – are cherries actually that good for you? The answer is yes, 100 times yes! Cherries are not only one of the healthiest fruits, they also rank as one of the most health protective foods overall. One cup, or about … Continue reading 7 Health Benefits Of Cherries

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

Coffee lovers will tell you that every time of day is the best time to drink coffee; however experts say that there is an ideal time to sip a cup of joe in order to really reap the benefits of that caffeine boost. ‘If you are someone who has average tolerance to caffeine, then after having coffee, whether it’s … Continue reading When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

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