The Dark Side: Jewels in Black Rhodium

Sutra earrings

Eight styles with a flair for the dramatic

Take even the most ordinary, basic jewelry design—it’s instantly elevated by adding black rhodium. The design takes on an air of mystery, enveloped with a bold new attitude that beckons to you. Black rhodium is totally transformative: Compare two of the exact same jewelry designs—one in, say, yellow gold, the other, black—and it’s amazing what a difference black rhodium makes. Certainly it depends on the customer, what finish they’d prefer (it’s true that the dark, dramatic look isn’t for everyone), but you can bet those who prefer it really love it. Here are eight of my recent favorites.

opal and pearl earrings

Feronia earrings in 18k black and white gold with 13 mm–14 mm South Sea pearls, 17.98 cts. t.w. opals, and 6.91 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Yoko London

diamond pendant

Pendant in 18k white gold and black rhodium with 0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,950; Jack Kelége

diamond earrings

Pavé hoop earrings in 18k black rhodium with diamonds, $26,650; Supreme Jewelry

Graziela Gems star lariat necklace

Starburst Y-necklace in 14k dark rhodium with 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,950; Graziela Gems

star earrings

Julianne Himiko star earrings in 14k black rhodium with 0.11 ct. t.w. diamonds, $440; Dana Rebecca Designs


Holly hoop earrings in black rhodium-plated sterling silver with 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,195; Dana Bronfman

blue topaz earrings

Cirque Petite stud earrings in 14k ruthenium-plated white gold with London blue topaz and 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $740; Jane Taylor Jewelry

Sutra earrings

Gothic hoop earrings in 18k blackened gold with 10.6 cts. t.w. rose-cut and round diamonds, $18,000; Sutra

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