There are two types of grey diamonds used in jewellery, fancy grey diamonds and included or ‘salt and pepper’ grey diamonds.
Fancy grey diamonds are rarer than white diamonds, and, as with all coloured diamonds, their unique colours are as a result of chemical impurities within the stone itself or as a result of the unique structure of that diamond’s crystal lattice.In the case of fancy grey diamonds, it is the presence of hydrogen or boron within the stone that gives them their colour. The grey colour varies in intensity and is graded on a scale from faint grey through to fancy dark grey. The darkest stones have smouldering, deep graphite tones.
The second category of grey diamonds is ‘Salt and Pepper’ grey diamonds which offer a distinctive alternative to white diamonds. These diamonds contain many black and white inclusions (the ‘salt and pepper’) that give them their grey colour. Salt and pepper grey diamonds are highly individual stones, with a unique beauty and ‘personality’ created by the pattern of marks within each stone. Learn more about Grey Diamonds at our journal post.
At McCaul Goldsmiths we love designing eye-catching rings using grey diamonds which sparkle with hints and flashes of many colours. Our 18 carat yellow and rose gold designs bring out the playful colour and patterns of ‘salt and pepper’ grey diamonds perfectly, whilst 18 carat white gold and platinum settings create a cool, icy aesthetic for your statement piece. As they are less commonly seen, grey diamonds offer a way of making your engagement ring absolutely breathtaking and unique. The clean, structural forms of McCaul Goldsmith’s designs lend themselves perfectly to these chic, statement diamonds. Contact usto find out about commissioning a grey diamond ring or view our bespoke page to find out about the process.