For years, decades and even centuries, every woman have dreamed of a perfect, dazzling, diamond engagement ring that shines bright like… well, a diamond. But lately, couples have been looking for something – anything – different from the traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring. Some are choosing vintage or art deco or geometric styles; some are shunning diamonds completely in favor of colored gems like sapphires or topaz or emerald or ruby; some are buying with their conscience and selecting lab diamonds.
And now, some are choosing salt & pepper diamonds too. Otherwise known as ‘imperfect’ diamonds, these are the diamonds that have long been discarded by jewelers and brides due to significant inclusions (i.e. internal flaws). 99.9% of diamonds have some kind of inclusion, but they’re so small they can’t be seen by the naked eye. With imperfect diamonds, these inclusions are not only large and visible – they also affect the diamond’s overall appearance.
Basically, a salt & pepper diamond doesn’t sparkle like its perfect cousins do because less light is refracted through its interior. Instead, it has a kind of mottled appearance that’s greyish in parts, white-ish, and parts, and sparkly in a few places under the right light. In other words, it’s totally unique. Like that ugly stray dog that nobody wants at the shelter, or the weird curved carrot that nobody at the grocery store will buy. Just as good, but for some strange reason, unloved but brides are choosing imperfect diamonds for more reasons than their one-in-a-million appearance. They’re significantly cheaper than that perfectly cut and polished white diamond you see on everybody else’s ring fingers.
WHAT IS SALT AND PEPPER DIAMOND?
Most diamonds have flaws, imperfections or inclusions. These inclusions vary in color, shape, and sizes. Inclusions are mere blemishes which may be carbon spots, cracks, feathers, clouds or even chips. So salt & pepper diamonds usually contain a mix of black and white inclusions also known as flaws. The term salt refers to white inclusions and Pepper for black inclusions, making up the name Salt and Pepper.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES A SALT AND PEPPER DIAMOND FROM A TRADITIONAL DIAMOND?
Next to standard diamond types, Salt & Pepper are best seen as the “wild” variant of diamonds. They usually contain flaws and are normally less pure than traditional diamonds, so they are much less expensive.
Though they are not quite the “glory” of diamonds, Salt and Pepper diamonds are unique and stand out when placed next to a more common Diamond. So they come in an elegant mix of black and white spots and have a silky gray color. What makes Salt and Pepper diamonds so peculiar is that no two pieces are exactly alike.
More so, Those diamonds are rough cut and come out ‘raw’. The popularity of a salt and pepper gem is because of its uniqueness. Putting on a Slat and Pepper diamond places you on a different level from the crowd. It’s different and unique, yet it’s elegant.
HOW ARE THESE GEMS MINED AND PRODUCED?
During the mining process, a large amount of soil and rock is extracted from the ground, hoping to find small diamond debris. The natural resources are sent to an ore processing facility where rough diamonds are extracted. It could take a few hundred tons to produce a carat of gem-quality rough diamonds. The extraction process depends on how rich the ore is.
IS THERE AN EXTRA CHARACTERISTIC TO THIS GEM?
Well yes! Salt and Pepper diamonds are Environment friendly. The process of mining causes no disturbance to the environment and has a cost-effective mining process. So they are also affordable when compared to the prices of standard diamonds, which means you can get the benefits that come with a diamond for less.
SHOULD I CHOOSE A SALT AND PEPPER DIAMOND?
If you’re looking for a stone for your engagement ring, think about what you want the ring to say and how you want it to look. A salt and pepper ring isn’t for everyone.
Buy a salt and pepper ring if you:
1- Want a unique looking ring
2- Want lots of design options
3- Want an affordable diamond
4- Want to stand out with your choice
5- Don’t care what people think or say about your ring
6- Don’t really want to conform to society’s norms
7- Think imperfection is beautiful
8- Want a more ethical stone
9- Want the durability of a diamond
Don’t buy a salt and pepper diamond if:
1- You’re after brilliance and sparkle
2- You’ve always wanted a colorless diamond
3- You want to follow tradition
4- Want to have more diamonds to choose from
SALT & PEPPER GEMS KEY FEATURES
Wild & Raw, Wicked & Weird, Mysterious, Simplistic yet sophisticated, Versatile, Speckled, Smokey, Silky, Environment friendly, Inexpensive.
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. We’re talking up to 60% cheaper for the same carat weight and 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.
SALT AND PEPPER DIAMONDS ARE THE FUTURE?
There are diamonds that have the usual attribute, and there are those with great peculiarity. Are you in search of diamonds that possess the most unique look and gorgeous designs? Do you need diamonds that depicts the true luxury and class these treasures hold? because salt and pepper diamonds hold the definition of Out of the ordinary diamonds with class and luxury.
Following a recent surge in requests for salt and pepper diamonds, we’ve begun our hunt for a certified and trusted supplier with the hope of soon being able to offer ethical salt and pepper diamonds as a permanent collection feature.
There’s no shame in opting for the traditional; the white diamond solitaire is a classic for a reason. We love it, and we’re just as enamored by a brilliant colorless diamond as the next person. But, if you feel the next chapter of your life would be best commemorated with an unusual salt and pepper diamond that bucks the status quo (like you, perhaps?), contact us today.