Why fly one when you can wear one? Kite-shape diamonds are rising in popularity in finished jewelry. The silhouette appeals to those in the market for one-of-a-kinds (read: millennials), while the bold look is a no-brainer for designers to use in striking settings. It’s a fresh, still-uncommon cut, and the time is right for mainstream stores to embrace it.
Above: Rano ring in 14k rose gold with a 0.87 ct. diamond and 0.05 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $7,745, Julez Bryant, Vista, Calif., 760-931-1416, julez.com; rings in 18k gold with 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds, 0.63 ct. t.w. diamonds, and 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,250–$4,800, Goldhenn, Santa Fe, N.M., 502-465-3436, goldhenn.com; inset: Cyclone ring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with 0.3 ct. bezel-set champagne diamond; $3,320; Elizabeth Garvin Fine Jewelry, NYC; 212-420-9470; egfny.com
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Made in the Jade
Jade Lustig’s eponymous line of high-fashion jewelry is made to highlight America’s favorite gem. The sixth-generation diamantaire takes her family’s simple stone business to another level by setting loose diamonds into original designs in 18k gold and platinum.
Stud and earring jacket in 18k gold with 2.25 cts. t.w. diamonds, $12,500, jadetrau.com
“I am selling fine natural-color diamonds like never before! I have price points from under $2,500 to more than $100,000. Most are set in high-fashion unusual rings, and others are in earrings with price points under $2,500.”
—Jimmy Green, president, J. Green Jewelers, San Antonio