You may have heard of salt & pepper diamonds before, but few people know much about what they are. These unique stones have not yet been definitively incorporated into engagement rings. However, lately you can see an increase in trends in these special diamonds.
In this short article we will learn about what salt & pepper diamonds are, how they differ from traditional diamonds and the key features of these special gems.
What is a salt & pepper diamond?
The term "salt & pepper diamond" refers to a diamond with inclusions that appear black and white. Some will have more inclusions than others, and no two diamonds are alike – some are dark, others are clear and bright with a few tiny flaws, while others can appear almost gray.
Just like classic diamonds, salt and pepper diamonds are similarly rare and valuable. The main difference is in the look, so if you're looking for something a little less traditional, the salt & pepper diamond might be the perfect choice.
The more inclusions in the stone, the less sparkling the diamond may be
Do salt & pepper diamonds sparkle?
While traditional diamonds are polished to enhance their brilliance, salt & pepper diamonds are polished to highlight the unique inclusions and patterns in the stone.
Therefore, the more inclusions in the stone, the less sparkling the diamond may be. That's not to say that all salt and pepper diamonds are boring. It simply depends on the number of inclusions within the diamond, as well as how the diamond is cut.
While traditional diamonds are often polished into classic shapes, salt & pepper diamonds are sometimes cut into more elaborate shapes, to counteract the reduction of luster from the stone.
Do salt & pepper diamonds last?
Given that they are still diamonds, salt & pepper diamonds are more durable than many other stones. They are slightly more delicate because of their inclusions, being diamonds, they will not scratch.
How much is a 1 carat salt and pepper diamond?
Cost is another reason to consider a salt & pepper engagement ring. Compared to traditional diamonds, salt & pepper diamonds can be much cheaper - depending on the style and cut. As with any diamond, the price will depend on the grade of the stone, the cut and the size. However, in general, the price range can range from $150 to $2000+ per carat.