Articles / In the Black

This season, the fashion spotlight is shining on black, as an accent to color, as a contrast to white and as the main event, all on its own.

The hottest jewelry right now features the subtle glamour of black diamonds. From Milan to Fifth Avenue, the high-contrast look created by black and white designs has caught the fancy of jewelry buyers worldwide. Mixing black diamonds with white diamonds set in white gold or platinum allows for the ultimate in contrast. The black-and-white contrast creates an elegance that pairs perfectly with eveningwear and special nights out. Some designers are bringing the black look to more affordable price points by using black sapphires instead of black diamonds.

Tahitian pearls are also riding high on the wave of black jewelry. Consumers have embraced black Tahitian cultured pearls as much for their simple elegance as for their iridescent black colors. Grown in sizes from 8mm up to 18mm, Tahitian cultured pearls are a magnificent centerpiece to any jewelry collection. Worn alone in a ring, dangling on a pendant or paired in earrings, these gems are a must-have this season. The black-and-white look is equally dramatic with Tahitian pearls. In bracelets, earrings or necklaces, black Tahitian pearls and white Akoya or South Sea cultured pearls together can go from daytime to evening with ease.

David WeissDavid Weiss

Graduate Gemologist, GIA
Certified Appraiser