Tastemakers: Do You Have a Favorite Diamond Piece?

Tastemakers share the diamond pieces they adore.

Ariana Rockefeller, Fashion Designer

Ariana Rockefeller (Photo by Celeste Sloman).

“My favorite pair of diamonds are studs made by jeweler Karina Brez. I wear them every day. Her collection is at all the horse shows and has a strong following among the equestrian set. It’s hard not to want all of it!”

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Jodie Snyder Morel, CEO of DANNIJO

: Emily Assiran/New York Observer
Jodie Snyder Morel (Photo: Emily Assiran/New York Observer).

“I never take off my DANNIJO Amadora rings.”



Alison Brod, Publicist

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: Alison Brod attends the 13th Annual 2009 ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The Accessories Council) *** Local Caption ***
Alison Brod (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The Accessories Council).

“My favorite diamonds are earrings that I made. I was given one-carat diamond studs at 23, and years later I added larger pears to dangle from them. I recently took the ovals from my eternity wedding band and designed a rose gold funky ring with the stones interspersed along my finger.”

Cynthia Rybakoff, Jewelry Designer

PHOTO: Emily Assiran for Observer
Cynthia Rybakoff (Photo: Emily Assiran/New York Observer).

“I heart black diamonds, because I can wear them everyday. My black diamond and 18k gold choker goes with everything. The sparkle is subtle, and only I know they are diamonds!”

Katie Warner Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder of Carbon38

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 17: Co-Founders Carbon38 Caroline Gogolak (L)and Katie Warner Johnson attend Carbon38 second anniversary party at a private Hollywood Hills home on January 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Carbon38)
Katie Warner Johnson (R) (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Carbon38).

“I had a pair of studs that an ex gave me that sat untouched in my jewelry box. Diamonds are a terrible thing to waste, so my mom had a pair of earrings made from the unused studs. Great way to repurpose a failed union!”

Stefania Allen, Co-Founder of Editorialist

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: CEOs of the Editorialist Kate Davidson Hudson and Stefania Allen attend the Delpozo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Location 05 Studios on September 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
Stefania Allen (Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images).

“My most precious diamond is the one that my husband gave me when we got engaged. We’ve been married for five years but I still look at my hand often and can’t believe how thoughtful he was when he designed the ring. I was also given a pair of diamond earrings from my grandmother when she passed. They are a pair of Art Deco rose cut diamond earrings that I wear only on special occasions. They are the most elegant piece of jewelry that I own and cherish.”

Melissa Knapp, SVP Global Creative Director of Clinique

Melissa Knapp (Photo: Clinique).
Melissa Knapp (Photo: Clinique).

“I do wear diamonds, but not formal looking ones, and my favorite piece is a ring that has rose cut diamonds wrapping all around the ring set in gold, not-perfect looking bezels. It is part of a stack of four rings that my husband gave me when he proposed. The rose cut exposes the clarity of the diamonds so the tone of my skin shows through making them look pale pink. The combination of the pink with the gold is really nice and I love the way they contrast with the shinier diamonds in my other rings.”




Roberta Chiarella, Jewelry Designer

PHOTO: Courtesy Roberta Chiarella
Roberta Chiarella (Photo: Courtesy Roberta Chiarella).

“My favorite piece of diamond jewelry is the ring I inherited from my mom, it is a sparkly canary diamond that was originally owned by Helena Rubinstein. It has so much history and I am honored every time I wear it.”




Kate Davidson Hudson, Co-Founder of Editorialist

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Magazine accesories Director, Kate Davidson Hudson attends Boss Womenswear Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at 245 Park Avenue on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
Kate Davidson Hudson (Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

“Yes, my diamond engagement ring. It was designed to mirror my grandmother’s ring so, for multiple reasons, it has special meaning.”

Christina Durante, Founder of Femmes Sans Peur

Christina Durante (Photo: Femmes Sans Peur).

“My uncle, Alfred Durante, was the VP of design for Cartier for over 30 years. He designed the famous ‘Love’ bracelet, among many incredible things. I have yet to get my hands on one with or without the diamonds inlaid, but at the moment, the engagement ring that my fiancé and father designed together (as you can see jewelry runs in the family) is my favorite piece. The way it glitters just brightens my day no matter what mood I am in. It reminds me of a flower, so it’s fitting that we chose the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to tie the knot!”

Tastemakers: Do You Have a Favorite Diamond Piece?