Salt and Pepper Diamond Ring
By EC One
A natural salt and pepper diamond in a paer cut is accented with two clusters of white diamonds in this ring. The milgrain-details and organic feel of the diamond gives this ring a vintage feel.
EC One are London’s most highly certified responsible designer and jewellery workshop. B-Corp certified and using exclusively recycled metals and ethically sourced materials, the EC One founders Jos and Alison are forerunners in creating responsible jewellery, leading the way and inspiring many smaller businesses with their trailblazing commitment to fair trade and fair working conditions that resonates throughout the entire jewellery supply chain.
With this commitment they keep standards extremely high, not only in their business processes but also in the quality and style of the pieces they make. Everything is crafted on-site in the EC One boutique in London using beautiful, carefully sourced gemstones and diamonds, making them one of the most popular alternative engagement ring designers in the UK.
Salt and pepper diamonds are real diamonds displaying visible inclusions that create a smattering of black and grey marks, often giving a ’salt and pepper’ speckled appearance. Each salt and pepper diamond will look completely unique, and no two are exactly the same, making it a romantic and original choice for a piece of jewellery. They are extremely popular for alternative engagement rings as they feel less ‘clingy’ than a white diamond, and a more relaxed and low-key choice.
Please be aware that salt and pepper diamonds are different to fancy grey diamonds, which are a pure grey hue that is evenly distributed across the stone.
Pear cut diamonds, or drop diamonds, are teardrop shaped - with a sharp tip at one end and a rounded base. As with the oval diamond, the shape can elongate the fingers, and is a more unusual choice for an engagement ring than a princess cut or round diamond. Featuring the multiple short facets of a brilliant cut but with a less common shape than a round diamond, the pear cut diamond is a super sparkly choice. The pointed end can be quite fragile, despite diamonds being a very hard substance, so make sure it's set well and the tip is protected.
Once considered old-fashioned, pear cut diamonds are having a resurgence in popularity due to innovative and exciting designers creating bold, large-scale solitaire designs with unique settings.
See all pear cut diamond rings here.
Gold is a naturally occurring metal with a warm, glowing finish when polished, and remains the most popular choice for engagement rings due to its natural beauty and hard-wearing strength.
Pure 24k gold is naturally a soft material, and considered too soft to create jewellery with, so it is mixed with small amounts of other metals to create an alloy.
As well as increasing the durability of the gold, adding alloys can also change the colour of the gold to produce rose or white gold, for example.
18k yellow gold is made up of 75% pure gold, and 25% alloy, which would usually include silver and copper.
18k rose gold is made up of 75% pure gold, 22.2% copper, and 9.2% silver.
18k white gold is made up of 75% pure gold and 25% palladium or platinum.