By Kristen Shirley
This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Nothing makes a white diamond sparkle more than contrasting it with black. Glittering black diamonds, smooth onyx or dark rhodium-plated gold all offset the gems in these dramatic pieces. Author Truman Capote’s black and white
ball in 1966, and his elegant inner circle of socialite “swans,” served as the
inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels’ diamond and onyx watch with wings on
either side of the dial. Cartier frequently uses black onyx to represent the
spots of its iconic panther. The stripe here highlights the baguette-cut
diamonds and gives a stylish Art Deco look to the bracelet. Pearls become
modern when combined with noir shades, so Yvel pairs its pearls with black
and white diamonds, while Yoko London uses 18K black gold. Ara Vartanian
likes to work with very large stones that are better suited to multi-finger rings,
which provide more stability and avoid twisting. Designer Graziela brings
toughness to the angel wings in her necklace with dark rhodium-plated gold.
Istanbul-based Gilan’s bracelet has a base of black diamonds with delicate
white diamonds on top. Coomi’s Trinity collection is inspired by the Ganges
River in India, with black diamonds representing pebbles on its shores.