Pop the Question with a Rare Pastel Diamond
by Laurie brookins
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 1.44-carat natural “fancy pink” marquise-cut diamond ring in platinum and 18k rose gold with pavé-set diamonds, Premier Gem for Forevermark (price on request). King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900. Platinum and white-diamond Josephine ring with pink diamond, Van Cleef & Arpels (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-0899. 18k yellow-gold and platinum ring with white diamonds and 4.90-carat fancy yellow-diamond center stone, Bulgari (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-861-8898
With roughly 10 percent of all US engagements taking place on Valentine’s Day, there likely will be quite a few bended knees in South Beach restaurants this month. How to truly ensure a “yes” and not public humiliation? Opt for that rarest of diamond categories, the fancy-colored stones that are increasingly dazzling sophisticated eyes. It’s amazing to think that fancy colors were once considered the ugly stepsisters of the diamond set, taking a backseat to white, or colorless, diamonds; these days, nearly every shade under the sun is all the rage in both taste and investment quality. Indeed, a survey of recent auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s finds colored diamonds far surpassing estimates—proving that even if the “I do” doesn’t last forever, the value of the rock surely will.
photography by chris stein