“And the sun poured in like butterscotch, and stuck to all my senses…” It was impossible not to recall these lines from Joni Mitchell’s song Chelsea Morning during last month’s Las Vegas Jewelry Week, where the message was clear: yellow diamond engagement rings will be a very big story for the 2021 holiday season.
The gemstone was everywhere, twinkling from the cases like shards of sunlight in a spectrum of shades, from the palest sauvignon blanc to an intense limoncello. How to account for the sudden abundance of yellow diamond engagement rings? It might just be a natural pendulum swing, with designers and manufacturers reacting to the grimmer aspects of the pandemic era (and its prolonged presence) by putting forward a proposal-worthy gemstone that feels spectacularly uplifting, basically a B12 energy shot in jewelry form.
There’s also the influence of Pantone’s 2021 color of the year, Illuminating, which Pantone calls “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity.” Yellow diamonds deliver on this description tenfold, and many suppliers already had a stash of them in the vault just waiting for their next moment in the spotlight.
And finally, for a certain kind of Gen-Z shopper, anything that remotely resembles their mother’s engagement ring is, by definition, unappealing. A yellow diamond center stone presents a compelling alternative to the classic colorless. And if they can afford a good one? Well, that presents a golden opportunity.
Check out these yellows that are anything but mellow:
Aurora ring in platinum and 18k yellow gold with a 10.09 ct. light yellow diamond and 4.7 cts. t.w. white baguette diamonds, $500,000; Le Vian
Jubilee ring in 18k white and yellow gold with an 8 ct. oval fancy yellow diamond and white diamond accents, price on request; Uneek
Ring in 18k white gold with a 1.34 ct. oval yellow diamond center stone and yellow diamond accent stones, $27,500; Simon G
Ring in 18k yellow gold with a 15 ct. fancy yellow pear-shape diamond, price on request; Rahaminov
Ring in platinum and 18k gold with a 1.28 ct. emerald-cut yellow diamond and 1 cts. t.w. emerald-cut diamonds, price on request; Suna Bros.
Ring with a 0.54 ct. radiant-cut fancy intense yellow diamond set in 14k yellow gold, $6,000; Scott West
Xpandable ring in 18k white and yellow gold with a heart-shape 2.19 ct. fancy yellow diamond and 2.5 cts. t.w. baguette diamonds, $87,500; Picchiotti
Three-stone ring in 18k gold with a 5.02 ct. rectangular cushion-cut fancy yellow diamond and 0.65 cts. t.w. half-moon white diamonds,. $66,000; Namdar Diamonds
Circa 1930s ring in platinum with a 1.53 ct. step-cut shield-shaped fancy yellow diamond and 1.25 cts. t.w. white diamonds, $27,000; Lang Antiques
Diamond Magnet two-finger ring in 18k white gold with an 8 ct. pear-shape fancy yellow diamond and white diamond accents, price on request; Messika
Band in 18k white and yellow gold with fancy yellow diamond and white diamond accents, $52,000; Buccellati
Pirouetta ring in 18k white gold with yellow and white diamonds, $7,240 (setting only); Kirk Kara
Top and above: Sunburst ring in 18k gold with a 5.12 ct. pear-shape fancy light yellow diamond, white diamond baguettes, opals, moonstone, peach sapphires, and pink tourmaline, $75,000; Maggi Simpkins
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