Salt and pepper diamonds, (also known as Galaxy diamonds) are the cool little sister of the traditional white diamond. When set into gold they make an excellent alternative to your typical store-bought ring . These diamonds have become super popular over the last few years as more and more people are looking for a unique engagement ring to celebrate their love and commitment to one another.

Calley Grey ethical engagement ring 1 carat diamond set into 18ct Fairtrade gold
Serena ethical engagement ring with a 1.3 carat rose cut salt and pepper diamond. Set into 18ct Fairtrade gold

Where do they come from?

Firstly, let’s rewind to the origins of these beautiful stones. Formed billions of years ago within the earth’s crust, these diamonds had minerals growing inside them, causing the black speckled look they are known for.

Traditionally, these mineral rich diamonds were thrown away whilst only the sought after white diamonds had value.

In today’s world we appreciate the imperfect and celebrate the unique and so these one-of-a-kind beauties found a place in the hearts of many brides to be.

What do Salt and Pepper diamonds look like?

Salt and Pepper diamonds are white diamonds with black speckles (hence the name). They may be lightly speckled or packed with black inclusions and can have the appearance of far-off galaxies. The varying combinations of black within the diamonds make each stone one-of-a-kind.  These diamonds can also be found in a variety of other colours; from pinks to yellows.  I like to call these ones Rustic diamonds.

They come in all the traditional shapes and sizes but are most well known as rose-cuts. Rose-cuts are flat on the bottom with facets on top. These facets can look like the petals of a rose, which is how they got their name. First created in the Victorian era, rose-cuts have been having a big revival lately and are famous for their vintage look.

Zara ethical engagment ring with a 1 carat rose cut diamond shown on hand
Kensie and Harley ethical wedding rings made with 1-2 carat rose-cut diamonds and 18ct Fairtrade gold

The benefits of Salt and Pepper diamonds

The two main benefits of Salt and Pepper diamonds are their individualism and their price. Why stick with a traditional diamond ring when you can choose something unique that reflects your personality? Plus a huge bonus; Compared to a white diamond, they cost less than half the price, which means more diamond for your money.

Choosing the perfect diamond for you

The best way to choose one of these beauties is to research. First, decide on a size and shape and see which colour variations appeal to you. Do you prefer the edgy, almost black, stones or the lighter grey tones with fewer speckles?

They can be set into white, yellow, or rose gold and look fabulous as handcrafted artisanal engagement rings.

Ida 1ct rose-cut diamond ethical engagement ring set in 18k Fairtrade gold

At Shakti Ellenwood Precious Jewellery all the diamonds are set into 18ct Fairtrade gold, made by hand in her studio in Devon in the UK.

She is the first artisanal goldsmith in the UK to receive her B Corp Certification making her an excellent choice for beautiful, ethical engagement rings.

Please get in contact if you would like to know more or are searching for the perfect salt and pepper engagement ring for yourself or your beloved.