Large white diamonds have reflected the ideal center stone in an engagement ring for almost a century. However, a new phenomenon has emerged to contrast this long-accepted white standard: Salt and Pepper Diamonds
As seasonings, salt and pepper have been mainstays in cuisine since 450 BC. Demand for salt and pepper diamonds, however, is a far newer development. Like all natural diamonds, these diamonds formed below the Earth’s surface billions of years ago. Traditionally, the gemstones were deemed less desirable than white diamonds. However, many modern brides are eschewing traditional norms to embrace salt and pepper engagement rings.
So, What Is a Salt and Pepper Diamond?
In order to explain a salt and pepper diamond, we must start by explaining the concept of clarity. You may be familiar with the 4 C’s of diamonds. Cut, clarity, carat weight and color profoundly impact a diamond’s overall aesthetics and cost. However, clarity is most closely related to the appearance of a salt and pepper diamond.
Simply put, clarity measures “imperfection” in a diamond. As a diamond forms, the crystal will likely be exposed to carbon, minerals and even other diamonds. These elements accumulate to create lasting marks, or inclusions. Most diamonds feature some level of imperfection. However, the inclusions in salt and pepper diamonds are more plentiful and more noticeable compared to “purer” diamonds. These inclusions create the black and white marks that give salt and pepper diamonds their name and unique appearance. Some diamonds feature more inclusions than others.
No two diamonds are identical and salt and pepper diamonds are no exception. The diversity in salt and pepper diamonds helps to provide additional character to your engagement ring. There is a virtually unlimited array of different salt and pepper gradients, varying from otherwise clear diamonds with a few minor marks to diamonds that are almost black.
Why Choose a Salt and Pepper Engagement Ring?
An engagement ring is the perfect symbol of a couple’s love so why should it look like everyone else’s? Salt and pepper diamonds offer a dynamic alternative to traditional white diamonds. The gorgeous style provides a unique twist on an engagement ring. Brides are looking for a ring that sets them apart and the salt and pepper diamond provides an ideal way to stand out from the crowd with a gorgeous and distinctive ring.
Moreover, salt and pepper diamonds are rife with symbolism. The inclusions distinguish a ring by adding additional character to the design. The imperfections also provide a sentimental metaphor for marriage. Although, like a partner, no diamond is perfect, your salt and pepper ring reminds you to look past the flaws and focus on your love.
Finally, in many cases, salt and pepper diamonds can be less costly than a traditional white diamond. Since this style is historically less desired than traditional white diamonds, they are often less costly than a “pure” diamond. This means that your budget may go farther with a salt and pepper diamond, adding an additional wow factor to the ring.
Whether you stan for the salt and pepper diamonds or you favor pure white diamonds, Buchroeders has you covered. Our jewelry of experts is here to help you design the engagement ring of your dreams. Learn more about our custom jewelry for yourself.