(Black) Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

(Black) Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Trio Ring rounds with Blaze Cut Diamonds by Bez Ambar (Courtesy Maurice Badler Fine Jewelry)

Gemstones, like flowers, have meaning behind their color and structure. And while the January birthstone is the garnet, this month celebrates black diamonds. This carbon-based precious stone is as durable as it is pleasing to the eye. It is linked to passion, inner strength and energy—as in, if you have black diamonds on, they will help you be present and achieve your goals. Perfect for the new year, right? (Answer: Yes.) 

Whether you put stock in the meaning behind black diamonds or not is up to you, but I think we can all agree how beautiful they are! Here are some of the best upscale jewelers around town where you can find your very own black diamond statement piece:

Wempe (Midtown West): In 1878, German watchmaker Gerhard Wempe started his own small company that grew into the worldwide business it is today. Wempe’s grandson chose NYC as the location for the brand’s first international branch in 1980. Black diamond jewelry available from Wempe include the Voyage BY KIM ring (18-karat white gold with a black rhodium-plated finish and 21 black diamonds) and the Crown BY KIM pendant, ear studs and ring (each 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and black diamonds). 

Martinique Jewelers (Midtown West): This family business has been in the Times Square area since the early 1960s and specializes in diamond jewelry. This store has the biggest selection of Pandora bracelets and charms in NYC, as well as Pandora necklaces, rings and earrings. Here, you can get the Maggy Black Diamond Pendant. This necklace features a ruthenium-plated pendant with black diamond, silver shade and clear crystals. 

Chopard (Upper East Side): Founded in Switzerland in the 1860s by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, his watches became known across Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia. The company was bought out by Karl Scheufele, a jeweler and watchmaker from Germany in the 1960s, and has since been a family business. Panda-lovers might like the limited edition Delicate Panda Necklace and Adorable Diamond Panda Bear Ring, both made with black and white diamonds and set in white gold. 

Jacob & Co. (Midtown East): This quality and revolutionary timepiece and jewelry retailer, founded in 1986 by Jacob Arabo, has called NYC home from the beginning. Among the black diamond jewelry offered is a Black Diamond Chain Bracelet (18-karat black plated and white gold bracelet set with 9.54 carats round black diamonds) and these darling Hourglass Black PVD Cuff Links (2.48 carat of pave set black diamonds on the top and bottom with 1.00 carats of floating diamonds to look like the sand of the hourglass). 

Maurice Badler Fine Jewelry (Midtown East): This family business was established more than 60 years ago by master diamond cutter-turned jeweler Maurice Badler. The flagship store on Park Avenue has been open since October 2011. There, you can inquire about the generous selection of black diamond jewelry, including the 14 Carat Enhanced Black Diamond Bangle and the Black & White Diamond Princess Collection Bangle and Black and White Diamond Eternity Ring by Bez Ambar, pictured below.

The Black and White Diamond Eternity Ring by Bez Ambar features patented "knife edge" design and is exclusive to Maurice Badler Fine Jewelry (Courtesy Maurice Badler Fine Jewelry)

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