THE TREND: Stating something clearly in “black and white” used to mean being very straightforward and exact. Nonetheless, the latest versions of black and white diamonds are anything but ordinary. Although black and white diamond combinations have been a staple in diamond jewelry cases for years now, current creations go beyond the classic. They are dramatic, bold, and often somewhat irreverent. The drama of the dynamic duo is enhanced with the advent of blackened metals, which increase the dramatic edge even more.
WHY IT’S HAPPENING: As the consumer mood switches to the more austere, black and white diamond combinations permit larger carat weights but at prices competitive with white diamond-only styles. From a design standpoint, the interplay between the dark and the bright offers a study in contrasts consisting of vintage-inspired looks to new age spiritualism or even rock and roll themes. In a world of color, it’s amazing how the simple juxtaposition of black and white often results in fine jewelry’s most creative expressions.
WHO HAS IT: Bochic, Stephen Webster, Yael Diamonds, Hellmuth, Erica Courtney, Stuller, Christian Tse, Roberto Coin, David Yurman, Michael M., Zorab, Garavelli, Breuning, Ivanka Trump, Neil Lane, Catherine Angiel.
HOW TO SELL IT: Fortunately, consumers have become used to seeing black and white diamond combinations. The key to their success, however, depends upon aligning styles to fit a client’s lifestyle—from everyday, fun, and sentimental looks to hardcore, high drama appropriate for special occasions. Don’t forget the men either. Thanks to the versatility of this dynamic duo, the combination works well in men’s jewelry and in almost any metal, enabling retailers to hit a price point as well as a fashion moment.
KC DESIGNS’ corsage diamond rings in 18k white and black gold, suggested retail $3,120 to $7,125, (212) 921-9270, www.kcdesignsnyc.com.
FROM TOP: FREDERIC SAGE’S fancy phenomena “polka dot” quartz and 18k gold pendant with black and white diamonds, suggested retail $26,980, (516) 482-1424, www.fredericsage.com.
YAEL DIAMONDS’ three 18k gold and black and white diamond pendants, (415) 989-9235, www.yaeldiamonds.com.
CHRISTIAN TSE’S Art Deco inspired white diamond earrings with black diamond micro-pavé, suggested retail $15,000 to $49,000, (888) 688-1988, www.christiantse.com.
FROM LEFT: BOCHIC’S bakelite cuff with black and white diamond fan decorations, suggested retail $13,000, (212) 873-0707, www.bochic.com.
HELLMUTH’S two black and white diamond spotted “Croco” 18k gold bangle bracelets, suggested retail $17,326, (951) 788-5930, www.hellmuth.de.
STULLER’S black and white diamond interlocking paisley bracelet in 14k white gold and sterling silver, suggested retail $781, (800) 877-7777, www.stuller.com.
FROM LEFT: CATHERINE ANGIEL’S diamond and blackened platinum flaming heart pendant and 14k gold “Mother Renegade” pendant, suggested retail $2,900 to $3,400, (212) 924-4314, www.catherineangiel.com.
MICHAEL M.’S one-of-a-kind 18k gold flower pendant featuring four natural, uncut black diamonds, 8.76 carats total weight, uncut yellow diamond center, and pavé diamonds, suggested retail $17,660, (888) 563-4910, www.michaelmcollection.com.
FROM TOP: STULLER’S three black and white diamond and 14k gold men’s rings, suggested retail $791 to $1,378, (800) 877-7777, www.stuller.com.
MICHAEL M.’S black diamond center stone and 18k gold rings with white diamond accents, suggested retail $7,615 to $8,230, (888) 563-4910, www.michaelmcollection.com.
ZORAB ATELIER DE CREATION’S 18k gold and black and white diamond snake ring, suggested retail $13,484, (877) 967-2287, www.zorabcreation.com.
LE VIAN’S black and white diamond rings in 14k “Strawberry Gold,” suggested retail $3,247 to $6,248, (877) LEVIAN, www.levian.com.