Lately I’ve been collecting jewelry like crazy, especially rings. I recently discovered cabochon rings and wanted to share this unique jewelry staple, its significance, and a few awesome cabochon jewelry pieces with you all.
What is a Cabochon?
Cabochon stones are cut with a polished, dome-shaped cut rather than facets.
Cabochon vs. Faceted Cut
We’re used to seeing diamonds cut into facets because that’s the best way to showcase a diamond’s sparkle. Faceted cuts reflect more light. Gemstones are often cut into cabochons to showcase the natural grain, texture, and internal colorations of the stone itself. Cabochon cuts are also great for more casual jewelry; faceted cuts tend to look more regal and to be more expensive.
The History of Gemstone Cuts
People have been cutting gemstones to showcase their beauty for thousands of years. Faceting and cabochon cuts are both very old, showing up in the 1400s.
5 Cabochon Jewelry Ideas
This sleek, simple cabochon cut design showcases the beauty of the green jade, letting it take center stage.
This green nephrite ring is contemporary and timeless at the same time. Jade is one of the most popular healing crystals, making it ideal to keep close.
I love this gorgeous, modern take on the mood rings we all used to wear as kids. The oblong shape is sleek and polished, making a statement no matter what color your mood changes it to.
This black and gold enamel bangle is perfectly androgynous. I recommend using it to add a softer touch to a masculine outfit or to accent a colorful ensemble.
This upscale take on a classic flexible cuff takes it up a notch with the bold deep green crystals. It feels playful and casual, yet dressed-up.
When you want to showcase your artsy side with a big statement piece, reach for this bracelet. Let the rest of your outfit stay simple so this bracelet can take center stage.
Keep it simple with this minimalist pendant. Or wear it with layers for a bit of whimsy.
This long sapphire number would look fantastic with a plain black turtleneck.
Dress up a plain white t-shirt with this intriguing latching design.
When you want to make a splash at a big party, reach for these earrings. They’ll draw attention to your face and are sure to be a conversation-starter.
The cabochon cut on these opal earrings lets the gemstones shine.
Even flying solo, this turquoise hoop makes a big splash.
The pink gold and blue hands add a subtle distinctive touch that sets off the sapphire-colored glass crystal on the side. It’s a perfect pick when you want the elegance of Cartier with a fashion-forward color palette.
A more refined take on the pink gold, the deep blue cabochon crystal is a bit more subtle in this instance.
This show-stopper piece gives strong Art Deco vibes, which is never a bad thing. The cabochon crystal on the side sets off the whole piece, adding an exciting twist to a classic vintage look.