Salt And Pepper Diamond Guide

Jessica Flinn Founder and Jewellery Designer  on 10th Anniversary

Picture this: he’s just got down on one knee and the moment you have been waiting for has finally arrived. He slowly opens the box and you’re met with... the emoji ring. 


A boring single stone solitaire – a round white diamond centre stone, on a white metal ring shank. It’s very pretty, but it’s the same ring you have seen on the hands of Jane, Michelle and Sally. It’s a white gold ring, with little personality and it’s the same as everyone else’s.  


Let’s reset and try this again. He’s back down on one knee, the box opens and WOW! 


What you find is a uniquely cut grey diamond centre stone, nestled between bright white diamond side stones with an Art Deco feel. Set in platinum, rose or yellow gold.


Now that’s what we’re talking about! 


Whilst some traditions are worth holding on to, why settle for the cookie cutter engagement ring? If you’re interested in an engagement ring which has buckets of personality, isn’t on everyone's finger and still has a fantastic sparkle, you should consider a Salt & Pepper Diamond. 


What is a salt and pepper diamond?


The short answer? It’s a diamond! With black and white personality captured within the stone. 


The long answer:


All diamonds are formed naturally over millions of years under intense heat and pressure, and only the rarest of diamonds emerges in a perfect eye clean condition. Most diamonds contain varying amounts of personality (also known as ‘inclusions’). A salt and pepper diamond is a natural diamond which has an abundance of personality encased within the stone, often giving the effect of salt or pepper within the stone.


The inclusions inside a salt and pepper diamond vary in colour and style, ranging from intense blacks, to grey, clear and even white inclusions. Each diamond tells a unique story of its formation with inclusions that look like feathers, peppercorns, veins, clouds and crystals.


Are salt and pepper diamonds still diamonds?


Yes! Salt and pepper diamonds are still 100% diamonds, which means they’re still rare and valuable. One of the benefits of choosing a salt & pepper diamond is that no two are ever the same. Each one features unique inclusions that are impossible to replicate, making your ring 100% one-of-a-kind.


Why we love them:


They’re an amazing alternative to diamonds, and a nod to traditional engagement rings.

They’re less expensive than white eye clean diamonds, so you get more for your money.

They require fewer resources to mine, so they’re more ethical than white diamonds.

Each one is unique, some appear black, some white and some grey.


What else do I need to know about salt and pepper diamonds? 


Salt and pepper diamonds are often cut quite differently to traditional white diamonds and are often hand-polished so they have more personality, even down to the details of the individual facets. They’re cut to bring out the unique inclusions and patterns in the stone. Salt and pepper diamonds can also be “rose cut” which means that rather than having a pointed back like a traditional gemstone, they’re mostly flat on the back. Ideal if you’re wanting a low profile engagement ring which will be practical for day to day wear. 


Some round salt and pepper diamonds are cut like a traditional white diamond, this style of gemstone shape is called “diamond cut”. Our Bridgette and Sophia salt and pepper rings are cut in this traditional way. 


And if you’re looking for something even more unique, there are even some cuts that are exclusive to salt and pepper diamonds including:


Elongated hexagon diamonds

Shield cut diamonds

Kite shaped diamonds


Due to the variety of shapes that are available in these diamonds, your ring design can be classic or completely unique. They work well as simple solitaires, classic trilogy rings or as dramatic multi-stone rings. 



Meet our SALT & PEPPER RINGS