Although diamonds are still classic, I feel like their heyday has come and gone. But the precious gem stone is about to make a comeback — Refinery 29 partnered with Melissa Joy Manning on a gorgeous line of Herkimer-diamond jewelry and every piece is more stunning than the last. I want all of it, and I'll venture to guess you will too.
This collaboration is the stuff of dreams. It features a range of rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, most of which are adorned with Herkimer diamonds that Manning and the Refinery 29 team mined themselves at Ace of Diamond in Middleville, NY. No conflict diamonds here, folks! Although Herkimer diamonds are exactly the same as the rocks you traditionally see gracing the engagement rings of everybody you hated in high school, they're still pretty gorgeous. According to Wikipedia, Herkimer diamonds are "double-terminated quartz crystal." As Refinery 29 points out, they are "usually found at a 7.5 on the hardness scale instead of a 10."
I like the look of Herkimer because it appears a bit rougher, with more of a bohemian vibe than traditional diamond jewelry. Plus the stone often comes at a more reasonable price point — everything in the Melissa Joy Manning x Refinery 29 range is $400 or less. Check out some of the incredible pieces below, and head over to Refinery 29 for the rest of the deets.
1. Double Herkimer Diamond Ring, $275
2. Herkimer Diamond Ear Cuff, $400
3. Herkimer Diamond Cuff Bracelet, $250
Images: Melissa Joy Manning x Refinery 29