Posted on October 01, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments
Cooler weather often calls for edgier, darker looks, and the Fall/Winter 2015 season is no exception. Black jewelry of all kinds punctuated the fashion runways. From polished to rough to somewhere in between, there is a variety of ways to enjoy black jewelry. The following are just a few enticing possibilities. So go ahead, channel your dark side!
Vitreous enamel (or porcelain enamel) is created by fusing glass powder to a surface like metal, glass, or porcelain. (In the case of jewelry, it will likely be fused to metal.) The result is a lustrous, permanent color. Enameled jewelry was popularized in the 1900’s by jewelers Faberge, Lalique, and Tiffany.
Glossy and polished: Chanel White and Black Enamel Rings
Simple and modernist: Black Enamel and Gold Ring
Naturally black diamonds are incredibly rare (and therefore quite expensive). Treated black diamonds, however, provide a nice option for those of us without an endless jewelry budget. These black diamonds began as diamonds with inclusions and were treated through high temperatures or irradiation to have a more uniform dark color. These treated stones may have a dark green hue and can range from dark gray to black. The result—a striking and dramatic style statement.
Gold is plated with rhodium to create a dark, charcoal-colored metal known as black rhodium. The rhodium plating is quite durable and offers an intriguing alternative to traditional metal colors.
Oxidized silver is sterling silver that has been purposely tarnished through a controlled method. Oxidation often emphasizes the design details on a piece of metal. You may also be interested in DIY Oxidized Silver.
A little bit of everything: Barbara Michelle Jacobs It All Stacks Up in Silver and Diamonds