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Not-So-Fine Jewelry

In the novel Confessions of a Shopaholic, the title character has a revelation while assisting in the search for the perfect suitcase.  She wonders, "How can I have overlooked luggage for so long?  How can I have just blithely led my life ignoring an entire retail sector?" 

While counterfeiters have never truly ignored any luxury goods sector, they seem to be having a similar revelatory moment with respect to fine jewelry.  Sure, there's money to be made in fake handbags and DVDs -- but what about bling?

WWD's Liza Casabona and Sophia Chabbott report on the gathering hoard (sorry, couldn't resist) of counterfeit Tiffany, Cartier, David Yurman, Van Cleef & Arpel, Chanel, Gucci, Bulgari, and Hermes pieces, and how these brands are responding.  Jewelry, unlike apparel, has had copyright protection in the U.S. for over 50 years, so even unmarked copies can be challenged.  On the other hand, the goods are small and easy to conceal.  Just try stuffing a dozen fake handbags in your pocket and strolling nonchalantly through customs.

And yes, those quotes are from your humble blogger -- at Fordham, not NYU (though maybe I'll drop by and say "hello").  Many thanks to Liza for not only a very pleasant conversation in the midst of Fashion Week but also her consistently insightful coverage of the fashion law "beat"!