When they are SALT + PEPPER Diamonds!
Just as there are many types of diets, vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, etc. – there are many types and quality of diamonds for every taste and budget.
We’ve become familiar with jewelry that features black diamonds, champagne diamonds, chocolate diamonds, Fat Free diamonds (a registered trademark).
Most of these names are marketing terms for darker colored diamonds emphasizing their color.
There is a new emerging trend in diamonds which are being marketed for their inclusions! Click the link to see the latest designs.
Something for Every Taste
Salt and pepper diamonds are making an entrance this season.
Traditionally diamonds have been valued for their 4Cs, of which a key characteristic is clarity – or lack of inclusions, sometimes described as flaws.
Salt and pepper diamonds are for an unconventional bride or jewelry collector. Their inclusions are described as features and they bring a unique character to the diamond.
“What we see here, is the focus on the design, rather than the gemstone,” Mr. Gordon observes. “It’s not about quality, but more about price and style.” Beauty is where we find it. Taste is personal.
Of course, they’re still true diamonds. In fact, one way to authenticate an earth mined diamond is to look for internal characteristics. With this new trend, these characteristics are considered desirable.
Food for Thought…
What does this Houston Appraiser think about salt and pepper diamonds?
“Well, grins Ben Gordon, aka The Jewelry Judge, “I’ve made my bread and butter for over 65 years valuing diamonds. In some ways, they make my job easier. The good news is, so far at least, they are not fakes masquerading as real diamonds.”
“It’s my job to stay up to date with the industry,” says The Jewelry Judge, “I don’t form a personal opinion; I apply objective testing and my knowledge to identify, evaluate, and value jewelry, gemstones and watches, to provide information that can be trusted as fact.”
“Some might say that the science of appraising takes away from the romance, but for me, I can never satisfy my curiosity to peer inside a diamond. For me, diamonds of any kind are a feast!”