Going natural is trending everywhere else—why not jewelry, too?
All natural. No additives, no extra dyes. Organic fabrics and fruits. Unretouched photos and ads. We have officially become a nation of natural, with evidence of the concept everywhere from the grocery store to the runway. So I got to thinking where else the notion of natural would extend. Earthy, organic styles, recycled metals, and untreated stones are gaining more ground with designers, and it’s certainly no surprise, what with our demand for raw-but-refined. Nevermind the tremendous rarity and value associated with untreated stones—far and away the largest benefit. But for the unknowing crowd, the one making purchases based on looks and trends, I have to wonder aloud when the demand for kale and kombucha translates directly to the kind of jewelry customers—particularly young ones—purchase. Be it their engagement rings or fashion jewelry, customers (ahem, millennials), are starting to ask more questions about where their products come from, what they’re made of, and why. But no matter what generation of customer you’re working with, whatever the reason they’re in the market for natural diamond jewelry, you may not have to go too hard on the sales pitch—these gorgeous pieces speak for themselves.
Textile ring in 18k yellow gold with natural color diamonds, $1,980; Amali Jewelry
Canary collection ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 0.6 ct. natural yellow cushion diamond center and 0.73 ct. t.w. diamond accents, $11,700; Dilamani
Cheetah collection bangles in 18k yellow gold, palladium, and silver, with 0.7 ct. t.w. natural yellow diamonds, $4,800 each; Rebecca Myers
You Complete Me ring in 18k white gold with 1.02 ct. raw diamond and 0.13 ct. t.w. brilliant diamonds, price on request; Rhonda Faber Green
Halo ring in 18k rose gold with 1.13 cts. t.w. gray diamonds, $3,280; Susan Wheeler Design
Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.47 cts. t.w. natural multicolor rose-cut diamonds and 0.05 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, price on request; Alishan
Bridal ring in palladium with 2.12 cts. t.w. natural color fancy-cut diamonds and 0.09 ct. t.w. brilliant diamonds, price on request; Todd Reed
Bezel-set band in 18k white gold with 4.19 cts. t.w. icy rose-cut diamonds, $6,850; Vivaan
Ring in 18k white gold with 1.47 cts. t.w. natural color diamonds and 0.56 ct. t.w. diamonds, $22,678; Yael Designs