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Gemstone: Diamond
Patek Philippe Nautilus Stainless Steel Watch 5712 Custom Diamond Set 23 Carats
Located in Carlsbad, CA
Brand: Patek Philippe 5712 Stainless Steel Custom Diamond Set 23 Carats ( Color: D-F, Clarity: VVS-VS )
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Platinum Ladies Diamond Cluster Wrist Watch 4.75 Carats, circa 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Platinum Ladies wristwatch featuring 5 Marquises weighing 1.50 carats, graduating baguettes weighing 1.75 carats and numerous Round Brilliants weighing 1.50 carats. All diamond weig...
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1950s American Contemporary Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Ladies Diamond Jubilee Dial Rolex with Date-Just Wrist Watch, c. 2008
Located in Aspen, CO
Rolex Vintage Ladies Rolex wrist watch - 100% authentic and guaranteed to be Rolex. with the original fancy silver diamond jubilee dial, date-just with sweep second hand. Scratch ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Piaget White Gold Diamond Bezel Ladies Cocktail Watch in 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Lucerne, CH
Fine Piaget lady’s cocktail watch crafted in 18 Karat white gold. The bezel is set with an entourage consisting of 30 tapered baguette-cut diamonds totalling approximate 5.50 ct. Fin...
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1990s Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Alexis NY Diamond Ruby Pink Enamel Rose Gold Silver Snake Wrap Bracelet Watch
Located in New York, NY
Large 18k rose gold and sterling silver snake wrap bracelet, decorated with pink and white enamel, 1.10ctw in H/VS-Si1 diamonds and 0.56ctw rubies. Bracelet will fit approx. 6.5-7" w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Rose Gold, Silver, Enamel

Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Medium White Gold and Diamonds Watch
Located in Crema, Cremona
From the multi-acclaimed and iconic Alhambra collection, this watch is the model called Sweet Alhambra Medium with diamonds on the case, on the dial and on the clasp with a black sat...
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Early 2000s Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Ladies Platinum and Diamond Link Wristwatch 9.23 Carats Total
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Exquisite vintage wristwatch embellished with 9.23 carats of glittering natural diamonds. Featuring flexible, elongated platinum links, the glittering bracelet gently wraps the wrist...
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20th Century Unknown Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Chopard Happy Sport Jewelry Gold 18k Rubies Steel Diamonds Box Paper 8237
Located in PARIS, FR
CHOPARD Founded in 1860 For the discerning ladies Chopard is one of the last family-run watchmaking and jewellery company. Wear Chopard watch it's integrate the club of famous act...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, Steel

Chanel Première Ladies Wristwatch H3258 Yellow Gold Diamonds
Located in Berlin, DE
Chanel Première Ladies Wristwatch Yellow Gold Diamonds Reference: H3258 Material: 18k Yellow Gold Movement: Quartz Measurements: 22 x 16 x 6,2 mm Dial: Black Bracelet: 18k Yellow Go...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Michele Stainless Steel Diamond Coquette Watch
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Congratulations! You have found your everyday never-fail watch! This watch will take you through your everyday with ease and it's amazing quality won't let you down. This is a women'...
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Watch with Sea Shell Cameos and 0,88ct Total Diamonds
Located in Marcianise, IT
Stainless steel Watch with Sea Shell Cameos PVD treated with 27 mm Sea Shell Cameos and 0,88ct diamonds. Fully handcarved Peony on a sea shell cameo set on Stainless steel Pendant...
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2010s Artisan Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Vintage Audemars Piguet Ladies Cocktail Watch in 18K Gold
Located in Lucerne, CH
Rare Audemars Piguet ladies cocktail watch ref. 25468. Bow-shaped case and bracelet in yellow gold 18 karat. The three moving elements are pavé set with a total of 222 full brilliant...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Modern Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ref 2444 18K White Gold Trinity Diamond Ladies Wrist Watch
Located in New York, NY
From the pioneer men's wristwatch Santos, to the ethereal Ballon Bleu, Cartier watches are known for their beauty, fine craftsmanship, and elegance. Founded in 1847, Cartier is the o...
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20th Century French Modern Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Chaumet Wristwatch in 18K Gold and Diamonds, Model-Style
Located in Paris, FR
Woman's wristwatch in 18K GOLD and diamonds from the house of CHAUMET. Model Style. Watch length for a 16.5 cm wrist Watch width 23 mm Dial height: 3.6 cm 100 diamonds on the bezel w...
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1990s French Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Mark Coupe Resonator 18k Gold Ladies Watch 40pt Diamond Bezel
Located in Montclair, NJ
This elegant and well-made ladies' Tiffany & Co. Resonator wrist watch by Mark Coupe features a 21mm solid 18k yellow gold cushion shaped case decorated with an outstandingly fine qu...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rare, Mint, Audemars Piguet Vintage 18K White Gold Bracelet Watch
Located in Bozeman, MT
Rare, Mint, Audemars Piguet Vintage 27mm 18K White Gold Oman Bracelet Watch This Audemars Piguet Vintage 27mm 18K White Gold Bracelet Watch features an 18K White Gold case measuring ...
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Mid-20th Century British Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Gold

Mid-20th Century Petite Piaget 18k White Gold and Diamond Dress Watch
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This elegant Swiss creation from the very venerated house of Piaget bespeaks the prosperous feeling of the time when it was created. It is their petite model and it's vertical oval f...
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Mid-20th Century Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Ladies 6919 Datejust Silver Diamond
Located in Sylmar, CA
Brand - Rolex Model - 6919 Gender -Ladies Case Size - 26MM Beze - Steel Diamond Dial - Refinished Silver diamond Crystal - Sapphire Movement - Automatic Rolex Cal.2030 Band - Stee...
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1970s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Rado Centrix Diamonds Black Ceramic Men's Watch R30929712
By RADO
Located in Wilmington, DE
Yellow gold PVD stainless steel case with a yellow gold PVD stainless steel bracelet with black ceramic inserts. Fixed black ceramic bezel. Black dial with yellow gold-plated hands. ...
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2010s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond

Patek Philippe 950 Platinum and Diamond Ladies Wrist Watch, circa 1950s
Located in Zurich, CH
950 platinum and brilliant-cut diamond ladies wrist watch by Patek Philippe for Beyer, circa 1950s. Elegant ladies wrist watch, the bracelet designed as a graduated line of 52 brill...
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1950s Modern Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold, Gold, Platinum

Piaget 3762A6 18k Yellow Gold Spiral Diamond Ladies Watch
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Piaget Case Material: 18k Yellow Gold Case Diameter: 20mm Crystal: Sapphire Crystal Bezel: 18k Yellow gold bezel with marquise cut Diamonds Dial: Gold dial with black hands an...
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Late 20th Century Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Chronograph BNIB Diamond Bezel
Located in Antwerp, BE
ZENITH EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER CHRONOGRAPH BRAND NEW IN BOX WITH ALL WARRANTY PAPERS The Zenith El Primero was used for long years by Rolex for the famous Rolex Daytona and has prov...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Ladies Platinum Diamond Seed Pearl Wristwatch
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This watch was made during the 1920-30's and is made up of Multi-colored seed pearls as the strap and a Diamond surround. The seed pearls are natural multi colored and there are 5 r...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

M&W Ullman Platinum Hand-Winding Women's Dress Watch with Diamonds
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Case #900 Movement #F21 Platinum Case w/ Diamond Bezel and Lugs 14 mm in Diameter (16 mm w/ Crown) Lug-to-Lug Distance = 22 mm Lug-to-Lug Width = 4 mm Thickness = 7 mm Off-White Dial...
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1940s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Michele Serein Diamond Stainless Watch MW21A01A1966 White Round Dial
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Michele Serein Stainless Steel Diamond Watch Model: MW21A01A1966 Serial: GHO4088SS This Michele watch is set in stainless steel for the case and band Diamond bezel as well as 6 ro...
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Early 20th Century Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond

Chopard Imperiale 1215 37 / 3168-52 Chocolate Diamonds MOP 18K White Gold
Located in San Diego, CA
tyle Number: 1215 37 / 3168-52 Model: Imperiale Case Material: 18K White Gold Band: Leather Bezel: Chocolate Diamond Bezel Dial: Original Blue Mother of Pearl w...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Brown Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Retro Equestrian Theme Ruby and Diamond Ladies Watch
Located in Stamford, CT
Following the equestrian motif similar to that of Cartier and Hermes, and various jewelers around the world, this watch is the epitome of feminine refinement. The double snake chain ...
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1940s Retro Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold

Rolex Datejust 36 Meteorite Diamond Dial Steel & 18k Gold Fluted Bezel Watch
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. This Watch Rolex Red Watch Box, and 3 Year Lux Time Co War...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold

Hublot Big Bang Ladies Watch in Stainless Steel with Diamonds
Located in Lucerne, CH
Elegant Hublot Big Bang ladies watch with polished and satin-finished stainless steel case. Bezel set with 126 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.87ct - finished with 6 H-shaped titan...
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2010s Modern Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ronde Folle Libre White Gold Diamond Set WJ304350
Located in London, GB
From Cartier, this 37 mm Ronde Folle Libre in white gold features a silver dial concealed by sapphire crystal. The dial is adorned with a curved white gold grid which is set with rou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Alexis Barthelay Ladies 18 Carat Gold and Diamond Bracelet Watch
Located in London, GB
This gorgeous bracelet watch made by French jewellery designer, Alexis Barthelay is made in 18 carat yellow gold. The bracelet is beautifully crafted with diamond shaped metal panels...
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1980s Retro Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Americaine White Gold and Diamonds Ladies Bracelet Wrist Watch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Cartier Tank Americaine Ladies Bracelet Wrist Watch, 35 X 19 M.M. 18K White Gold 2 piece 18K White Gold case with Factory Set double row Diamond Bezel and a Diamond set Cr...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

18 Carat White Gold Longines Watch Round Diamond
Located in Palermo, IT
18kt White Gold Longines with Round Diamond. 17,5 cm gr 33,60
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1960s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Ladies Art Deco Diamond Sapphire White Gold Wristwatch
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
With antique allure, this beautiful ladies art deco Britscar wrist watch, circa 1930's, has a working Swiss 17 jeweled movement. The eighteen karat white gold rectangular watch face ...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

1970s Vacheron Constantin Ellipse Diamond Pave Set Dial Yellow Gold Wristwatch
Located in New york, NY
Basic Specs *25mm Height x 22mm Length *170mm Fits up to wrist size * Can be resized as necessary as a complimentary service *Fully Signed Dial, Case, Movement & Clasp *Perfect Wo...
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1970s Modern Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, 18k Gold

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Watch Custom Black Diamond Set 12 Carats
Located in Carlsbad, CA
Brand: Audemars Piguet Black Diamonds = 12 Carats Rubber Strap Made in Switzerland
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Black Diamond

Chopard Your Hour White Gold Mother of Pearl Dial Diamond Set 10/6805
Located in London, GB
A 24 mm white gold Your Hour by Chopard, featuring a white mother of pearl dial and H-shaped bezel and case set with 34 round brilliant cut diamonds. The white gold bracelet comes wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Pasha Watch, 18 Kt Yellow Gold Original Diamonds Pave Set
Located in Heerlen, NL
Cartier Pasha watch, 38mm. 18 kt yellow gold original diamonds set Pave. Original yellow gold Grill (demountable) Strap: leather with yellow gold folding clasp Dial: Mother of pearl ...
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1990s Swiss Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Girard-Perregaux Pink Gold and Diamonds Haute Horlogerie Watch
Located in Crema, Cremona
This Girard-Perregaux Haute Jewellery watch is characterised by the quality of its mechanism, its excellent finishing and its aesthetic inventiveness. This authentic masterpiece has...
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Early 2000s Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Elegant Rado Lady’s Watch in 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By RADO
Located in Lucerne, CH
Unique RADO lady’s watch in 18 karat yellow gold. Case and dial set with 132 single-cut diamonds totalling approximate 1.30 ct. Case further set with four pieces of hematite. Beaut...
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Early 2000s Swiss Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Hematite, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Concord Stainless Steel Ladies Diamond La Scala
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: quartz Function: hours, minutes Case: 26mm stainless steel round case, diamond bezel, sapphire crystal, pull/push crown, water resistant Dial: mother of pearl diamond dial ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Jean Lapaix Watch with Diamonds and Mother of Pearl
Located in Carlsbad, CA
Brand: Jean Lapaix Gemstones: Diamonds Dial: Mother of Pearl Movement: Quartz
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond

Rolex Turquoise Roman Dial 3cttw Diamond Bezel
Located in New York, NY
[Evita Diamonds] #1 Trusted, Best Rated, Very High Quality & Purity Here at Evita Diamonds since 1992 we have built an enormous and dedicated family to our customers for over 30 yea...
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2010s Unknown Art Deco Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond

Rolex Datejust 16014 Steel Black Diamond
Located in Sylmar, CA
Brand - Rolex Case -Size - 36mm Model - 16014 Datejust Bezel - Steel Diamond Dial - Black Diamond Movement - Automatic Cal.3035 Band - Steel Jubilee
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1980s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

1960s Gubelin 18 Karat Yellow Gold Double-Row Diamond & Ruby Set Bracelet Watch
Located in New york, NY
A 1960s Gubelin 18kt Yellow Gold Premier Double Row Diamond & Ruby Set Bracelet Watch Basic Specifications & Case Dimensions Case Dimensions - 20 mm x 20mm - Fits up to a 190mm wr...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Chanel Première Yellow Gold Diamond Watch
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Chanel Première watch crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. 20mm x 28mm case, 18 karat yellow gold chain bracelet, black lacquered dial, diamond set bezel and onyx cabochon crow...
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2010s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Rolex Mens Stainless Steel Ice Blue Diamond Datejust Wristwatch with Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. This Watch Includes Rolex Red Watch Box, and 3 Year Lux Ti...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Longines Gold Rubies Diamonds Russian Gold Lady Watch Bracelet, 1910
Located in Herzelia, Tel Aviv
Gold Case Longines Swiss Watch with fine Diamonds and Rubies. Highly important and collectable item. Longines Swiss watch specially designed for a high society Russian customer. Brac...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold

Birks of Canada Platinum Diamond Emerald Art Deco Ladies Watch, circa 1930s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Birks of Canada STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Diamond Emerald METAL / MATERIAL: Platinum CIRCA / YEAR: 1930's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 34mm x 14mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Rolex Datejust Midsize Aftermarket Mother of Pearl Dial Diamond Bezel 6827
Located in New York, NY
ROLEX DATEJUST MIDSIZE 31MM AFTERMARKET MOP DIAL DIAMOND BEZEL 6827 -Condition: Mint -Case Size: 31mm -Movement: Automatic -Metal: 18k Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel -Feature: Date d...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Bueche Girod Yellow Gold Diamond and Pearl Dial Ladies Mechanical Wrist Watch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1980 Bueche Girod Ladies Wrist Watch, 26 X 22 M.M. 18K Yellow Gold 2 Piece case with a White Gold bezel of White and Cognac Round Brilliant cut Diamonds totaling 1 Carat, 17 Je...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex 178274 Datejust Stainless Steel Mother of Pearl Diamond Watch
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex Model: Datejust Reference Number: 178274 Serial: "M" Serial Case Measurement: 31 mm Case Material: Stainless Steel Dial: Mother of Pearl Diamond hour marker dial with si...
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Late 20th Century Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Stainless Steel

Corum Admiral's Cup Legends Stainless Steel and 18 Karat Rose Gold with Diamonds
Located in Hicksville, NY
Basic Info Listing Number NB00024 Brand Corum Model Admiral's Cup Legends Watch Reference No. 082.101.29/V200 PK10 Case Rose Gold & Stainless Steel Front & Back Sapphire Crystal Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Day-Date Tridor Diamond Set 18139
Located in London, GB
A rare 36mm tridor Day-Date by Rolex, made from white gold and yellow gold, featuring a rose Jubilee dial set with 10 round brilliant cut diamond hour markers. Set with 40 round bril...
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20th Century Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Watch Mens QS Datejust Stainless Steel with Black Diamond Dial Watch
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. This Watch Includes Rolex Red Watch Box and 3 Year Lux Tim...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 18K White Gold Pavé Diamond Unworn Full Set
Located in Geneva, CH
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Full Diamond Reference n° 15125BC/Z/8040BC/01 36mm size Open back case Manual Wound movement In Full 18K White Gold Original Audemars Piguet Diamond se...
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Early 2000s Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Vintage Rolex White Gold and Diamond Ladies Mechanical Wrist Watch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1950s Rolex Ladies Wrist Watch, 15 M.M. 14k White Gold 2 piece case with Diamond set Lug tops totaling .20 Carat. 17 Jewel Mechanical, Manual wind movement. Original White Dial...
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1950s Vintage Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold

Vintage Chopard Yellow Gold Diamond and Sapphire Watch
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Chopard Yellow Gold Diamond and Sapphire Watch No box or Papers included.
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco Diamond Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Antique and Vintage Diamond Jewelry and Watches

Diamonds and antique diamond jewelry are primarily associated with storybook engagements and red-carpet grand entrances — indeed, this ultra-cherished gemstone has a dramatic history on its hands.

From “A Diamond Is Forever” to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” pop culture has ingrained in our minds that diamonds are the most desired, the most lasting and the most valuable gemstone. But what makes the diamond so special? Each stone — whether it’s rubies, sapphires or another stone — is unique and important in its own right. April babies might claim the stone for themselves, but just about everyone wants this kind of sparkle in their lives!

There are several factors that set diamonds apart from other stones, and these points are important to our gem education. Diamonds are minerals. They are made up of almost entirely of carbon (carbon comprises 99.95 percent; the remainder consists of various trace elements). Diamonds are the hardest gemstones, ranking number 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Even its name, diamond, is rooted in the Greek adamas, or unconquerable. The only object that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth at very high temperatures (1,652–2,372 degrees Fahrenheit at depths between 90 and 120 miles beneath earth’s surface) and are carried up by volcanic activity. Diamonds are quite rare, according to the Gemological Institute of America, and only 30 percent of all the diamonds mined in the world are gem quality.

In the 1950s, the Gemological Institute of America developed the 4Cs grading system to classify diamonds: clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Not all diamonds are created equal (there are diamonds, and then there are diamonds). The value of the diamond depends on the clarity (flawless diamonds are very rare but a diamonds value decreases if there are many blemishes or inclusions), color (the less color the higher the grade, cut (how the diamond’s facets catch the light, certain cuts of diamonds show off the stone better than others) and carat weight (the bigger, the better). When you start shopping for a diamond engagement ring, always prioritize the cut, which plays the largest role in the diamond's beauty.

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