What are Salt and Pepper Diamonds? – MTD

What are Salt and Pepper Diamonds?

What are salt and pepper diamonds? Well, in fact they are naturally occurring diamonds that are full of inclusions and natural color markings, making them extremely unique and one of a kind, salt and pepper diamonds have become far more popular more recently. In fact, they are one of our most sought-after gemstones here at Melissa Tyson Designs.

One reason brides love them is that they are beautiful and unique. We are in an age where people have realized that they are special and that should be celebrated. With a salt and pepper diamond, a bride will be getting a diamond that is unique to her personality in shape, color, cut, and pattern. You’ll be getting a diamond that is like no other.

Salt and pepper diamonds are still on a hardness of a diamond 10 on the Mohs scale, but have the added advantage of being more budget friendly. Also, a lot of salt and pepper diamonds are rose cut. That means you’ll get a lot of surface area with them, meaning a larger-looking diamond than the traditional cut, as they are flat on the back with all of the faceting on the top of the diamond, creating a very low profile. "To me, Salt and Pepper Diamonds are like a tiny masterpiece, one of a kind, a work of art, like a tiny painting inside of a diamond." Melissa Tyson, Goldsmith Jewelry Designer. Want to learn more about salt and pepper diamonds? Here are a few words describing them and why they might just be the right diamonds for you.

So, What Is a Salt and Pepper Diamond?

Elongated hexagon salt and pepper diamond engagement ring

Check out this beautiful salt and pepper diamond on a pave diamond band from our shop.

A salt and pepper diamond is a diamond that has inclusions. These inclusions appear black and white. This means that no two salt and pepper diamonds are alike. Some are dark, others are bright, and some look almost gray.

Clarity is one feature that is closely related with brilliant cut white diamonds, with a salt and pepper diamond, we refer to it as translucency, meaning the clearer areas where you can see through the diamond. The more opaque the diamond is the less expensive, the more translucency in the salt and pepper diamond is a determining factor in the pricing. When diamonds form in nature, they could be exposed to high temperature and pressure deep in the earth. The rocks and minerals that they get exposed to leave lasting marks which are known as imperfections, a true geological wonder.

With salt and pepper diamonds, these beautiful imperfections are more noticeable and give them their unique appearance. They could be more in some diamonds and fewer in others, meaning that no two salt and pepper diamonds are the same. This gives character to your ring, making sure that you are the only one with that type of diamond ring in the world.

Salt and Pepper Diamond Engagement Rings

Why You Should Choose a Salt and Pepper Engagement Ring?

There are many reasons why you should consider choosing a salt and pepper diamond for your love story. Here are some you should consider:

Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love. You and your partner have a unique story and you should get a ring that represents that. Salt and pepper rings are a unique alternative to the traditional white diamond rings. They’ll set you apart from the crowd while remaining gorgeous and distinctive. They come in a range of colors from icey white, milky, silvery gray, or the darker gray/black variety that we jewelers refer to a galaxy because the look like the beautiful night sky.

The symbolisms that salt and pepper diamonds come with imperfections are a testament to the fact that your relationship and as humans we are imperfect yet still beautifully and wonderfully made. This ring will hopefully remind you that imperfections add character are such and interesting part of your story. So, a salt and pepper diamond is not only beautiful, it has meaning too.

Salt and pepper diamonds are also less costly, than a traditional brilliant cut white diamond. The demand for the traditional white diamond dictates the market price, you’ll find a salt and pepper alternative at a much lower cost, because up until about 20 years ago these diamonds were basically regarded as throw away diamonds. But with the rise of indy jewelry designers falling in love with these unique diamonds they have come into the spotlight. So, if you’re a couple on a budget, there is no need to go into debt just to get engaged. You could opt for a salt and pepper diamond to help stretch your budget further. You’ll still get the looks of awe when people see your engagement ring. So what do you say?

Hello, I am Melissa of Melissa Tyson Designs and I’ve been happily making jewelry for the past 20 years. I have a passion for unique and timeless design and believe that together, we can help you choose an engagement ring that perfectly represents your love. Ready to get started? Then head on over to the homepage and check out our shop or request a custom design. We would love to design for you.