Designers are celebrating the magic of fluorescent diamonds.
Disco diamonds. Glow-in-the-dark diamonds. Whichever moniker you prefer, it’s safe to say that the ability to turn blue at the flash of an ultraviolet (UV) beam is the coolest thing about fluorescent diamonds. Any old solitaire with a decent level of fluorescence can offer this party trick and will undoubtedly impress.
However, for a next-level wow factor, designers are artfully constructing jewels that take full advantage of this hidden superpower. Cora Sheibani created a whole collection, aptly named Glow, around diamonds and other gems that fluoresce, such as rubies.
So novel was the idea that it became the subject of an exhibition by lauded London gallerist. Jewels sat within light-rigged boxes where visitors could click a button to go from glow to no-glow and back again.
Others have used these rare diamonds to create jewels with celestial or ethereal aesthetics.
Minnesota jeweler Patrick Mohs adds magic to his Night Sky necklace by using fluorescent diamonds to map out star-sign constellations, while Belgian brand Mére & Fille’s Dragonfly ring utterly transforms after dark.
As if glowing diamonds weren’t enough of a surprise on their own, some designers mix them in with nonfluorescent ones. Flip on a UV light, and an extra detail or secret message appears — such as the wings that magically materialize over a sleeping gold baby in Maria Kovadi’s Sweet Dreams charm, transforming it into an angel.
MÈRE & FILLE: Dragonfly multi-finger ring with 150 fluorescent diamonds in 18-karat gold. mereetfille.be
ATELIER EKLÖF: Fiore cocktail ring with a 1.50-carat nonfluorescent diamond surrounded by 10 fluorescent yellow diamonds in 18-karat gold. ateliereklof.com
CORA SHEIBANI: Disco ring in 18-karat gold with fluorescent rubies and a marquise-cut fluorescent diamond.corasheibani.com
PATRICK MOHS: Night Sky necklace in 18-karat gold, using fluorescent diamonds to create star-sign constellations. patrickmohs.com
Cover Image: Sweet Dreams charm in 18-karat gold, featuring fluorescent diamonds that create a hidden-wings detail. (Maria Kovadi)