The phrase “salt and pepper” refers to a diamond that has a mix of many black and white inclusions, giving the stone a silky gray and speckled look. They are also called ‘Galaxy’ diamonds for their cosmic, night sky appearance. ‘Pepper’ refers to the black inclusions, and ‘salt’ refers to the icy white inclusions. Each salt and pepper diamond has a unique black and white speckled appearance.
The diamond industry marketing goal has always been completely clear, see-through white diamonds. However, jewelry artisans love the unique nature of the Salt and Pepper diamond and are increasingly using them in creating their work. They are more affordable and truly beautiful. Only recently have people become to appreciate the depth, dimension, and truly unique look of a salt a pepper diamond.
Depth Over Shine
Unlike the common white diamond, the Salt and Pepper diamond is not assessed solely on its shine. Their appeal lies in their depth – they’re more mysterious, enigmatic, and almost cosmic. They evolve the more you look at them and are distinctive from every angle.
A common white diamond reflects light outward – pushing it’s sparkle and shine towards its spectator. A salt and pepper diamond does just the opposite – it pushes less light out, and instead pulls you in to its complex, many-varied depths.
The Beauty of Inclusions
Most diamonds contain traces of graphite, hematite, and magnetite in varying quantities. These mineral deposits are the source of any inclusions or blemishes in a diamond.
Traditional white diamonds are often treated to remove these inclusions, to create that ‘perfect’ white appearance. Salt and Pepper diamonds, however, are left wild. The ‘birthmarks’ throughout the stone are celebrated as the one-of-a-kind patterns that mark that stone’s unique history and natural composition. Diamonds take billions of years to form, and these inclusions and deposits showcase that stone’s rare path on this planet
Salt and pepper diamonds are still diamonds! They just have more variety or depth of inclusions than you may be used to with classic white diamonds – but that’s why we love them!