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6 Super-Chic Yellow Gold Wedding Rings By BIPOC-Owned Brands

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A year ago, when the Natural Diamond Council and red carpet design staple Lorraine Schwartz teamed up to create the Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative (EDDI) to help BIPOC jewelers obtain access to diamond resources, education, and mentoring, we had high hopes for what the talented jewelers in the program would do with the $20,000 diamond credits and retail opportunities they received.

Now, thanks to Greenwich St. Jewelers, a family-run, second-generation retail jewelry business based in downtown Manhattan—the first retailer to carry the pieces in-store—it’s clear that the initiative has borne some truly spectacular fruit, not the least of which are some rings with striking diamond designs set in yellow gold just right for brides searching for a distinctive look.

“It’s really interesting to see how they approached working with diamonds and gold,” Greenwich St. Jewelers co-owner Jennifer Gandia tells JCK. “Each of those collections is so strong, they’re so unique, they tell their own stories. Nothing looks like a derivative of anything else that’s out there on the market.

“These are the designers who I believe will shape the future of the industry,” she adds. “And I know there are hundreds and thousands of others behind them who will continue to do that as well.”

Below, we spotlight a selection of engagement rings and wedding bands, most of them by Black-owned brands (Constance Polamalu of Birthright Foundry is American Samoan), including two styles by EDDI designers available at Greenwich St. through April 30, both in-store and online. If you’re asking, we do!

Birthright Foundry stacking band
Tatau diamond stacking band in 18k yellow gold with 0.7 ct. t.w. trillion diamonds, $6,650; Birthright Foundry at Greenwich St. Jewelers
Dorian Webb diamond dome ring
Trellis diamond dome ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.62 ct. t.w. multi-cut diamonds, $5,750; Dorian Webb at Greenwich St. Jewelers
Almasika stacking rings
Berceau Deux ring in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, $5,800: Almasika
Harwell Godfrey diamond band
Stardust stacking band in 18k yellow gold with 0.55 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,950; Harwell Godfrey
Mateo diamond ring
Gift ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,450; Mateo

Top: Harmony ring in 18k yellow gold with diamond, $9,850; Almasika

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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