If pearls can be brutal, surely, surely, diamonds can be rough. Of course they can, and it’s quite the thing these days. The same gem that balloons to 10 carats, perched on the fingers of celebrity bride-to-bes, also shows up quite shaggy, here and there.
You can find raw diamonds. These earrings are by Melissa Joy Manning, local to the San Francisco Bay Area. I like the casual gold strip setting.
You can find “rustic” variations, even from venerable jewelry designers like Cathy Waterman. I suppose acorns are part of the rustic thing. Makes me wonder where the pig is, digging beneath the oak tree. But we’ll wait patiently, lost in maze-like crystal paths.
They’re slicing diamonds, even. These earrings are from Elyria – again the slices are accompanied by more traditional small brilliants, here along with a glorious 12 mm freshwater pearl.
Of course, even raw diamonds can be gussied up all gaudy like. Over the top jewelry is my secret vice. Not wearing it, just wanting to kiss it and let it whisper in my ear. These rings are from Diamonds In The Rough.
Finally, and perhaps the spiritual inverse, we have drusy. If we hack the sparkle away from diamonds, it only makes sense to refind it in humble quartz. And then to set it in oxidized silver, of course, as Rachel Pfeffer does here.
All these pretty objects carry a question in their sparkle. A play on the underpinnings of our desire for gems. Do we covet diamonds for their beauty or their purported scarcity? And yes, I understand the DeBeers issues, but am unqualified to address anything political or economic. I ask the question more anthropologically. If that’s a word.
I think raw diamonds, and drusy, compared for example to cubic zirconia, hint at our species’ complexity. To be drawn to sparkle like magpies, to layer an almost ironic non-sparkle over our historical diamond desire, and in parallel to set quartz in industrial metal? Hmmm. Consider, if you will. Tease out the principles.
Or just look. I’m a fan of looking. If you want more, go take a look at Kathy Peck Leeds Pinterest board. Turns out that emeralds refuse to be left out.
Diamond slice via Gemrock Auctions
White drusy studs from Rachel Pfeffer
Dangling pearl earrings from Elyria
Rings with pavé “wrapping” ornamentation via Diamond In The Rough
Diamond cube ring via Todd Reed
Raw diamond studs via Melissa Joy Manning, in Berkeley
Rustic Diamond Acorn Earrings by Cathy Waterman via Barney’s
Diamond slice necklace by Loriann Stevenson on leather via Broken English