12 Gray Jewels That Capture the Hazy Shades of Winter

From moonstones to rough-cut diamond slices, jewelry designed with stormy gray stones is having a moment, displaying a wintry spectrum that begins with a murky white and progresses to silver and ends with a dusky gunmetal.

Last year we reported on the use of salt-and-pepper diamonds, or “galaxy” diamonds as they are also known, emerging as a newly popular center stone of choice for cool-girl engagement rings. And the appeal of these jolie laide stones is only getting greater among brides seeking the aggressively unusual.

Engagement rings with luminous gray diamond center stones have a silkier, dreamier quality. They are clouds with silver linings. And like their speckled sisters, they seem to be what indie designers and their clients are shopping for.

Today in NYC it happens to be sunny and spring-like (a welcome February oddity), but when I curated the pieces below, I had bone-chilling temps, barren tree branches and days of misty, darkening skies to inspire my picks.

If I may allude to the Simon & Garfunkel song (later covered by the Bangles—and my college a cappella group): The line “seasons change with their scenery, weaving time in a tapestry” has a certain resonance—and relevance—here, especially if time can be measured in a constantly shifting rotation of earrings, rings and bracelets.

Look around

Lola Brooks Salt and Pepper Diamond Earrings at Love AdornedHeart Studs with salt-and-pepper diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $2,100; Lola Brooks for Love Adorned

 Caryn Michelle moonstone earringsGray Moonstone Earrings with pavé diamonds in sterling silver, $475; Caryn Michelle Designs

 Vena Amoris Galaxy Diamond ring with sapphiresMagna Arma ring with rose-cut galaxy diamond center stone and blue sapphires in platinum, $4,650; Vena Amoris

 Beth Black hematite trinity cuffTrinity Cuff with a specular hematite in sterling silver, $490; Beth Black

 CFD Pear Grey Diamond RingRing with 0.44 ct. pear-shape gray diamond and 0.04 cts. t.w. melee diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $2,985; CFD Fine Jewelry

 Elliot Gaskin Ombre Gray Diamond RingOmbré Mixed Diamond Eternity Band with white, gray, and black diamonds, $1,950; Elliot Gaskin

 Sylva and Cie gray diamond braceletBracelet with 7.31 ct. rough diamond slice and 0.46 cts. t.w. round brilliant cut diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $16,125; Sylva & Cie

Everett 2.33 carat grey diamond coronet ringCoronet Ring with 2.34 ct. gray diamond and 0.35 cts. t.w. accent diamonds set in 14k yellow gold, $6,500; Everett

 Ken and Dana Amani ring gray stoneAmani split band diamond engagement ring with gray diamond center stone in 14k white gold, $1,850 (setting only); Ken & Dana Design

 Eva Fehren The Undercover Diamond RingThe Undercover Ring with portrait-cut diamond center stone and pavé diamond accents in 18k blackened gold, price upon request; Eva Fehren

Lauren K earringsEarrings with 4.40 cts. t.w. diamond slices and 0.07 ct. t.w. full-cut diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $5,895; Lauren K


(Top image: Cosette Halo Engagement Ring with a salt-and-pepper center stone and 0.45 ct. t.w. surrounding round and marquise diamonds set in 14k rose gold, $3,743; Point No Point Studio)


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