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The Jewelry Insider

March 7, 2011

When most of us jewelry hounds think of a black diamond ‘ring‘, we conjure images of the rock Carrie got from Big in the last Sex And The City flick or something Kat von D is likely to sport on her wedding day, right?

But Gresso is giving us another interpretation to put on the covet list:  an iPhone 4 bedazzled with 6 carats of black diamonds (and 13 carats of white diamonds for good measure).

The luxury mobile phone manufacturer unveiled the new “iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady” targeted squarely at the superior sex for an unamed sum and in limited quantities available online or with the official Gresso dealers.

The ear candy is encased in 200-year-old African Blackwood, combined with black and white diamonds, platinum and 18K rose gold with black diamond edging.

Going by carat-count alone, we’re talking hundreds of thousands for a tricked-out text machine that you’re likely to leave on the bathroom counter of your local watering hole or forget in the airport lounge or…(insert your own missing phone horror story).

But you’ll look fabulous while you try to navigate your way to the nearest Starbucks.

The Jewelry Insider

December 24, 2010


Since it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I’d take a moment to send out one more subtle ‘hint’ to Santa, since I’ve been nothing but nice this year.


See? Coal is cool this year, Mr. Kringle.

Merchandisers and marketers used to have to work hard to make black diamond jewelry appealing to folks outside of tattoo parlors and vampire support groups. But this year? The stone finally crossed over, and it’s never going back.

Celebrity designer, Stephen Webster, now litters his lines with the look. It was the best part of Sex And The City II. And many celebs – from Katy Perry to Christina Aguilera – are sporting them on the red carpet.

And the best part? Black diamonds are surprisingly affordable compared to white ice.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond looks right now – all of them ready for their Christmas close up. Or how about a great New Year’s surprise?

So here’s hoping we all find big things in little boxes under the tree this year. And fellas? The New York Times reports that jewelry is the ‘go to’ purchase for all you last-minute shopper types (aka: all men).


Merry Christmas, Jewelry Hounds!

Celebrity Black Diamond Blitz

Black diamond jewelry has always been a sexy statement, but it hasn’t been in the spotlight much until Sex And The City 2.

While I won’t give away the plot for those of you who are waiting cringe your way through it in the safety of your own home – I’ll just say that one character receives a five carat, 18k black diamond ring designed by Itay Malkin worth $10,000 (pictured above). And now black diamond engagement ring sales are going through the roof, according to Gemvara’s Cheryl Kremkow.

But there have been other celebrity black diamond sightings this summer:

Christina Aguilera is always in black and white diamond ice from her jewelry guru, Stephen Webster, and wore a pair of black diamond drop earrings to the MTV Movie Awards.

Kim Kardashian’s former love, Reggie Bush, showed up the 2010 ESPY Awards in black diamond stud earrings – a supercool statement to celebrate his Superbowl win with the New Orleans Saints.

And Lauren Conrad lit up her Mandalay mini at The Hills finale afterparty with a black diamond ring by Cheryl Lynn Greenspoon, according to Luxist.

So what is a black diamond?

Most black diamonds are actually white or colorless diamonds that become black after exposure to a widely used and extremely safe radiation treatment. The dark color fully penetrates the stone and will not fade over time. This process not only results in a black diamond but is also used to create every color of the diamond rainbow – from red to green, purple to even brown. Natural black diamonds are extremely rare and are not often seen in the jewelry world.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond gems from Jewelry.com:

Or click here to shop their entire stash of affordable black diamond dazzlers.

Howard Stern Crowns Best Mistress with Black Diamond

I fear a new jewelry category was discovered today – and not in a good way.

Shock Jock, Howard Stern, hosted the highly anticipated‘Best Mistress’ pageant where three of Tiger Woods’ many conquests competed for a $75,000 cash prize and a coveted black diamond ‘Mistress Ring’.

It’s never dull, folks.

The Mistress Ring is actually pretty awesome – featuring a 3.5-carat round black diamond surrounded by a half-carat of white diamonds – designed by Philadelphia’s Steven Singer Jewelers.The value remains undisclosed but the novelty of the endeavor? Priceless.

The pageant took place earlier today and was so popular the Howard Stern website crashed due to increased volume.But never fear! The ladies’ 15 minutes of fame was duly extended.

Contestants included Jaimee Grubbs (mistress #2 for those of you keeping count), cocktail waitress Jamie Jungers (mistress #4) and call girl Loredana Jolie Ferriolo (mistress #10).

And the winner? Jaimee Jungers was crowned Miss Mistress after receiving votes from three of the four judges – Gary, AshleyMadison.com (the site that caters to married people looking for affairs), CEO Noel Biederman and Howard.


What do you guys think of the new jewelry category? Are entitled sports heroes and corrupt politicians now held to a higher standard by their one-night-stands? Are black diamonds the new black sheep of the jewelry world? Say it ain’t so!

The Jewelry Insider

June 24, 2009

Coco Chanel gave us the ubiquitous little black dress, and the diamond world has its own equivalent: black diamonds. Black diamonds are as beautiful and elegant as the traditional white gem – they just have a dark side. And like the versatile LBD, black diamonds add sparkle to any occasion. Dress them up with a cocktail dress or down with jeans and your favorite ruffle shirt. Think of them as the Audrey Hepburn of the diamond world – sophisticated, urbane, mysterious, elegant – and always in style.

The dark color of a black diamond adds to its unique luster and brilliance. Luster is the light or sparkle reflected from the surface of a stone and can be enhanced by the play of light within the stone’s inner surfaces or facets. Because less light can penetrate a black diamond, prismatic play is at a minimum resulting in a unique, metallic brilliance that is unmatched in any other stone.

So what is a black diamond, exactly?

Most black diamonds are actually white or colorless diamonds that become black after exposure to a widely used and extremely safe radiation treatment. The diamonds quickly become inert after treatment and are then heated to effect an overall coloration. The dark color fully penetrates the stone and will not fade over time. This process not only results in a black diamond but is also used to create every color of the diamond rainbow – from red to green, purple to even brown.

Natural black diamonds are extremely rare and are not often seen in the jewelry world. The black color results from the presence of numerous inclusions, often consisting of graphite. Due to the dense concentrations of these dark inclusions, sometimes lining the stone’s cleavages and fractures, natural black diamonds are generally opaque and difficult to cut. And since natural black diamonds are often blemished and pitted, they are often unusable in jewelry. Some notable black diamonds are the Black Star of Africa at 202.00 cts. and the Black Orfloff, at 67.50 cts.

While most of us can’t afford natural black gems, treated black diamonds are well within our budget. Shop from Jewelry.com’s extensive stash of black diamond jewels, and add a little rock and roll to your diamond collection.

The Jewelry Insider

November 8, 2008

Last week, Paris Hilton appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman to promote her new movie, Repo! The Genetic Opera. But it was the gi-normous diamond ring on her left hand that got all of the attention. The Rock of Gibralter has nothing on this bauble, people.

When an obviously smitten Dave asked the heiress about the ice, she coyly replied that it was a gift from ‘someone’. She went on to talk about her relationship with musician, Benji Madden, and gushed at their “boyfriend/girlfriend” status.

“I love him,” Hilton said. “He’s a good guy.”

The two appeared later in the week at the Repo premiere at Sin City’s Planet Hollywood, where she admitted to an Extra reporter that the two lovebirds might get married and have kids “someday”.

Let’s hope her “boyfriend” gives her better reviews than the film is garnering. Yikes.

Diamonds clearly suit her better than the “thespian” life.

The Jewelry Insider

June 3, 2008

It was a usual starry L.A. evening. Traffic was snarled, the C-listers scouted around for an invite and the A (and B) listers hit the stylists, make-up artists and hairdressers for another day’s preening.
The MTV movie awards is, like other awards, just as much about the fashion, as the accolades. This year it was, once again, a case of black and white. Or, to be more precise, black and black.
Take lovebirds Paris Hilton and Benji Madden, she was b/w retro and he was classic rocker grunge. Sarah Jessica Parker was black mini and white booties and the Pussycat dolls were just going for black.

And, once again, it was bare necks and sparkly ears. Diamonds were the jewels of choice under the hair, with black stones (such as black diamonds and onyx making sure the dark side was included).

The Jewelry Insider

May 17, 2008

Oh please – sometimes people (i.e. tabloids) come out with the most ridiculous ideas. My latest peeve is the headlines slamming Carmen Electra’s new fiance, Rob Patterson. The poor guy apparently committed a greater sin than mere cheating, lying, stealing, drunk-driving, shooting-up etc. (i.e. the regular misdeamnours). What did he do? Well, he apparently bought a diamond ring and didn’t want to pay more than he had to.
Apparently the Korn musician has a brain. Instead of going to a ‘name’ and paying a fortune just for the pleasure of having his finance state it’s a #### ring. He searched around – found a different (black diamond) ring, something he thought his beloved would like. Probably researched the prices and bought something that was value for money.
According to the papers – this was not a wise move. “She seems really embarrassed,” an insider tells Life and Style Magazine. “I think the ring is a real deal breaker. She thought she’d be getting this giant rock. Instead, Rob bought it online for a bargain price!”
A bargain price???? Shame on him….
Actually shame on whoever thinks that finding a bargain is wrong. Since when is love measured by the price of the ring. Apparently too often. Surely a ring should be something the betrothed loves. Something that reflects her personality. Something unique to the couple. And surely internet bargains are great deals. After all, who wants to spend more than necessary.
Apparently – the black diamond ring cost just under $2000.
If only he’d asked, I would have sent him to Jewelry.com for JCPenney where they have this gorgeous, Champagne, Black and White diamond ring for under $900.