Gemstones come in every color of the rainbow, so it’s no surprise that designers create stunning pieces when they turn to the sky for inspiration. Sapphire is a popular choice for rainbow jewelry. While most people commonly associate sapphire with the color blue, fancy-colored sapphire actually comes in colors ranging from yellow to purple. Other designers mix different types of gemstones, such as green tsavorite, purple amethyst, yellow citrine, and pale blue aquamarine. Here, we showcase a fabulous selection of rainbow jewelry that will brighten up even the grayest day.
Harwell Godfrey frequently uses rainbows in her designs. Simple pieces might use rainbow-colored stone beads, while other pieces use precious gemstones. This necklace is a superb example of her work. It features multicolor gemstones, including sapphire, tsavorite, amethyst, citrine, and topaz. Each gemstone is bezel-set in 18K yellow gold, beautifully harmonizing the colors.
Harwell Godfrey Rainbow necklace in 18K yellow gold with sapphire, tsavorite, amethyst, citrine, and topaz, $19,950
While many of Lydia Courteille’s pieces feature exuberant and intricate designs, she also makes more wearable, everyday jewelry. These Nuevo Mundo earrings feature six rows of precious gemstones — one for each color of the rainbow. Of course, since it’s Lydia, there’s a twist. The rainbows each spring from a pink rhodochrosite crystal, but from different directions.
Lydia Courteille Nuevo Mundo earrings in 18K white gold with rhodochrosite, 2.69 carats ruby, 1.98 carats fancy-colored sapphire, tsavorite, and amethyst; price on request
Temple St. Clair
This beautiful Celestial Orbital pendant from Temple St. Clair features a delicate moonstone encircled by a rainbow of gemstones. The moonstone has a captivating play of color within it, which highlights the different colors. Wear it alone, or add the pendant to a chain with other charms to create a unique necklace.
Temple St. Clair Celestial Multi-Gemstone Orbital pendant in 18K yellow gold with moonstone, tsavorite, ruby, and orange, lavender, and blue sapphire, $1,850
Playful British jewelry brand Robinson Pelham adores rainbows. Its bold glass-bead rainbow necklaces have become a bit of a brand signature, but we’re partial to these chic hoop earrings. The Giant Orb Rainbow hoops feature fancy-colored sapphire and tsavorite set in 14K yellow gold.
Robinson Pelham Giant Orb Rainbow hoop earrings in 14K yellow gold with fancy-colored sapphire and tsavorite, $5,300
The Candy collection from Milamore looks good enough to eat. The designer uses square-shaped fancy-colored sapphires in these designs. The tennis bracelet features a gradient of colors that smoothly moves through all hues of the rainbow. The Candy necklace has just a few sapphires set on a delicate gold chain. Rainbow-inspired rings are also part of the collection if you want to complete the look.
Milamore Candy necklace in 18K yellow gold with 1.22 carats sapphire and .14 carats diamond, $5,200; Candy bracelet in 18K yellow gold with 10.9 carats sapphire and .09 carats diamond, $22,000
New York-based designer Sorellina uses more muted colors in this Tarot ring. It has three rows of fancy-colored sapphires separated by two bands of diamonds. This ring is 7.5mm wide, so it’s significant on the finger yet still comfortable. Each piece is made to order.
Sorellina Tarot ring in 18K yellow gold with 1.10 carats fancy-colored sapphire and .08 carats diamond, $2,800
Suzanne Kalan’s baguette-cut sapphire bangles give you two different ways to wear rainbow jewelry. You can collect different colors and stack them together to create your own rainbow, or opt for a piece that mixes colors together. This Rainbow sapphire bangle features baguette-cut sapphires.
Suzanne Kalan Rainbow bangle in 18K rose gold with 4 carats fancy-colored sapphire and .42 carats diamond, $8,000
These charming 14K yellow gold hoop earrings from Alison Lou are painted with striped rainbow-hue enamel. They measure 22mm in diameter, so they make a statement while still being wearable. It’s a casual way to wear the rainbow.
Alison Lou Rainbow hoop earrings in 14K yellow gold with enamel, $1,770