Upon my returns from various jewelry trade fairs, my customers always ask me, “So what is new?” and “What are the trends?” Usually I have little to report, as most trends and designs are often repeating themselves. However, this year I do have news!
With the popularity and elegance of white South Sea pearls and Tahitian black pearls a new combination of black and white has been born in jewelry – black & white diamonds.
Quite elegant in their appearance and beautifully designed, the new black and white jewelry collections were first introduced in the April Basel Fair and have gained rapid popularity since then.
What are black diamonds? The fact, well known in the trade, is that black diamonds are an order of diamonds composed of carbon that didn‘t make the transformation to pure white and crystalline when formed in the earth over millions of years. Or as gemologist Stephen Hofer has stated, “The typical biack diamond is composed of a mishmash of atoms rather than a regular arrangement.”
One of nature‘s glories however, are the few black diamonds which are considered to be ultra–rare like the 1.25 ct round black diamond now in the Smithsonian, or the 33.7ct pear–shaped Star of Amsterdam cut from a rough of 55.85 ct in 1972.
Fred Ward, author of “Diamonds,” feels that when black diamonds have exceptional color, high polish and uniformly smooth surfaces they will be as awe inspiring as any other beautifully made diamonds.
The House of Cartier is among those that have come forth with a new collection of diamond jewelry accented with black diamonds.
In Westchester, ICD is showing a magnificent collection of black and white diamond jewelry created in Italy. Our collection includes pavé white and black diamond “X” rings, domed pavé white diamond rings with sprinkles of black diamonds and earrings with black diamond bali centers surrounded by white diamonds. Other black and white diamond creations are also featured.
For all of my loyal customers throughout Westchester the news this Fall is Black Diamonds!