Black Diamond Jewels for a Chic Halloween

It has been a particularly colorful year for the jewelry industry, with hordes of infectiously happy rainbow creations bursting onto the scene. This time of year, of course, begins to welcome looks that are more subdued, darker.

Once you’ve been living in a rainbow land for a while, the sight of inky black feels like a palate cleanser. That isn’t to say colorful styles aren’t beloved, but contrast is necessary if you want to fully appreciate the bright, bubbly hues.

Spallanzani Manette bracelet
Manette bracelet in 18k white gold with black diamonds, €6,120 ($7,033); Spallanzani
Tacori Sonoma black diamond ring
Sonoma Mist petite Dew Drop ring in sterling silver with 0.43 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $850; Tacori


That’s probably why I nearly always find myself drawn to black diamond jewelry. It’s a moment in the shade after a day spent under the broiling sun.

AS29 Illusion diamond bracelet
Illusion collection bracelet in 18k black gold with 1.25 cts. t.w. black and white diamonds, $5,460; AS29

For Halloween, there’s nothing better. Black diamonds—bonus if they’re accompanied by black rhodium settings, but fabulous in any metal—in a range of different styles and categories look the part of dark and mysterious in a season dominated by witches, ghosts, and goblins.

Smith and Mara thin black diamond cuff
Pavé thin cuff bracelet in 14k rose gold with black diamonds, $1,120; Smith + Mara
Andrea Groussman black diamond stud earrings
Heart and skull stud earrings in 14k rose gold with 0.18 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $495; Andrea Groussman

The styles don’t need to be macabre or explicitly Halloween-esque. Rather than opting for something too on the nose, an “everyday” black gemstone jewel feels chic for anytime—as well as being seasonally appropriate.

Sutra blackened diamond bracelet
Bracelet in 18k black gold with diamonds, price on request; Sutra
Dana Bronfman Oculus hoop earrings
Oculus hoop earrings in black rhodium-plated sterling silver with 0.37 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,650; Dana Bronfman

Another way to obtain the look is through blackened metals, like rhodium or oxidized silver, set with diamonds—a striking style that makes the stones pop even more brightly than they already do.

Top: Bracelet in 18k black gold with black diamonds, price on request; Joelle Jewellery