Britt’s Pick: The Panther Ring by Tal Barkel

The color pink has maintained a highly visible presence across most retail categories in recent years—fashion, jewelry, and home goods to name a few—but for the most part, we’ve been enjoying the powdery, pastel hue of millennial pink. When you see so much of one color over and over again (and that’s not a complaint! I thoroughly enjoy that baby shade), it’s a palate cleanser of sorts to see a variation that truly departs from the norm.

If the latest royal engagement news has any bearing on trends, we’ll be experiencing an influx of the peachy blush that is a signature of pretty padparadscha and morganite gemstones. But if you’d prefer something on the opposite end of the spectrum—something that shouts a little louder—I quite enjoy the pop of a bright pink sapphire.

The Panther ring by Tal Barkel shows off its unheated sapphire, clocking in at just over 8 carats, exceptionally well. Setting it in silky blackened gold, the one-of-a-kind design turns the volume way up on the color pink. A rich frame of tapered diamond sides, combined with a row of glittering rounds, could make a pretty dazzling ring on their own. Instead, they further work to make the center stone—I’m guessing this is our Panther?—really roar.

One could also argue that this particular shade of pink leans a bit closer to Pantone’s Ultra Violet, which, despite my earlier reservations, really does seem to be catching on in a big way. (Seriously, every time I scroll through Net-a-Porter’s new arrivals, they’re positively laden with purple.) A darker hue like this combines the rosy and galaxial hues currently reigning over our sartorial tastes (and wallets), so it’s a safe bet for popularity as well. And so I ask, what better way to show off such a crisp, gorgeous fuchsia as this, than on an expertly made, one-of-a-kind marvel?

The Panther ring in 18k blackened gold with 8.18 ct. pink sapphire, 1.18 cts. t.w. tapered diamonds, and 2.43 cts. t.w. round diamonds, price on request


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