By Kristen Shirley
This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Some of the world’s most famous stones are colored diamonds, and for good reason. Only one in 10,000 diamonds is certified as a fancy-colored diamond. This rarity alone is enough to make them highly collectible, and then, of course, there’s that other element that is so important in jewelry: beauty. Colored diamonds are simply mesmerizing.
The One and Only One ring in platinum with 1.01-carat fancy deep blue diamond and 2.15 carats white diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, contact email@example.com, theoneandonlyone.com
At The One and Only One, GIA-certified gemologists work exclusively with natural fancy-colored diamonds. The ring here has a 1.01-carat fancy deep blue diamond with a rare color saturation only found in the old Golconda mines in India, which is where the Hope Diamond originated. In London, David Morris and Graff Diamonds are known for their work with colored diamonds. David Morris uses a staggering number of fancy vivid yellow diamonds in this elegant spiral bangle. Graff brings new life to a solitaire ring with its Swirl design covered in pavé pink diamonds. Bulgari’s showstopping necklace features a 12.47-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond. JB Star uses fancy yellow briolette-cut diamonds to great effect, creating a highly saturated pair of earrings that catch the light in an incredible way. Employing his patented Jasmine diamond cut, Nirav Modi’s high-jewelry bracelet has light-as-air white diamond and fancy vivid yellow diamond flowers, each with a briolette-cut diamond in the center.
Bulgari high-jewelry necklace in 18K white gold with one pear-shaped 12.47-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond and 31.86 carats white diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, contact Anita Paredes, +1 800 285 4274, bulgari.com
Nirav Modi Jasmine bracelet in 18K white gold with 13.65 carats fancy intense yellow diamonds and 12.84 carats white diamonds, price on request, available at Nirav Modi in New York, +1 212 603 0000, niravmodi.com
JB Star earrings in 18K yellow gold with 2.74 carats fancy yellow pear-shaped diamonds, 27.75 carats fancy yellow briolette-cut diamonds and .14 carats fancy yellow princess-cut diamonds, price on request, contact David Abuloff, firstname.lastname@example.org, jbstar.com
Graff Diamonds Swirl ring in platinum with 4.18-carat white diamond and 10.83 carats pink diamonds, price on request, available at Graff in New York, +1 212 355 9292, graffdiamonds.com
David Morris Spiral bangle in 18K white gold with 67.42 carats fancy vivid yellow diamonds, 6.53 carats fancy pink diamonds and 9.17 carats white diamonds, price on request, available at David Morris in London, +44 20 7499 2200, email@example.com, davidmorris.com