Everyone is always looking for new and exciting ways to express their individuality. What better way to do so than through jewelry selection?
This encompasses many things, like the type of jewelry, style of the piece as well as the type of stone used. One of the most unique ways to do so – if you are daring enough – is black diamonds.
When they said diamonds were a girl’s best friend, they didn’t say what color, and you may well find that a black diamond stone is your new bestie!
Fascinated by the thought of a diamond with a dark side? Find out more…
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- What Are Black Diamonds?
- Types Of Black Diamond
- Are Black Diamonds Real Or Man-Made?
- How Much Are Black Diamonds Worth?
- Are Black Diamonds Rare?
- How Can You Tell If A Black Diamond Is Real?
- How To Care For Black Diamonds
- The Beauty Is In The Exclusivity
What Are Black Diamonds?
The black diamond stone, or carbonado, is a durable, tough form of natural diamond. It receives a dark color from amorphous carbon and graphite. Minor crystalline precipitates fill the pores as well as lower levels of metal inclusions.
Given the natural colouring of the gem, they are 100% real and have become increasingly popular as of late due to the unique, unconventional appearance of the stone.
Types Of Black Diamond
When it comes to black diamonds, there are a few different options available – each with a different price tag and brilliance of course.
Natural Black Diamonds
These are the “real” black diamonds. They receive the coloring from impurities that change the diamond from clear to opaque. This happens when amorphous carbon and graphite are present in a polycrystalline diamond. This happens during the initial formation of the stone and depending on the number of impurities present, can turn the stone black.
Treated Black Diamonds
This form of black diamond stone is created using white diamonds that carry a low perceived value. They have a lot of inclusions and are often used as industry-grade diamonds. They are the cheapest black diamond available and are often referred to as black colored diamonds.
Man-Made Black Diamonds
As the name implies, these diamonds are made in a lab and are not true diamonds – for lack of better phrasing. These stones are more expensive than the treated diamonds as a result of the technology and costs involved in creating them.
While there is no real market for lab-grown black diamonds, there is a market for more vibrantly colored stones due to the lower cost involved. As technology becomes more readily available – and at a lower cost – lab-made diamonds may become a go-to for many.
These are basically cubic zirconia and do not carry any real value. This is often used in costume jewelry, but be warned, many people may try and pass it off as the real thing.
Are Black Diamonds Real Or Man-Made?
This is a trick question, as black diamond stones can be both real and man-made!
There are many different options available, and they can be both treated and untreated stones. Of course, the diamonds used in the man-made varieties are real, the coloring however is not. The price difference between the two is also quite immense. Find out more about how diamonds are made.
How Much Are Black Diamonds Worth?
This will depend on several varied factors – including the cut, clarity, and, of course, the type of diamond. For obvious reasons, natural black diamonds are the most valuable, followed by the man-made varieties. For a more cost-effective option, look at the treat black diamonds or simulant varieties available.
Black diamonds are, however, one of the more affordable diamond varieties coming in at around $5000 per carat compared to $18000 for the “classic” diamond.
Are Black Diamonds Rare?
Surprisingly, black diamonds are one of the rarer options available – even if the price tag does not reflect it. The truth is colored diamonds are a lot rarer which adds to the overall appeal. In recent times, their popularity has skyrocketed.
How Can You Tell If A Black Diamond Is Real?
The ultimate test is imperfections.
A black diamond will never be completely smooth and will often have scratches on the surface. If the stone is smooth with no imperfections, it may be a treated variety, which does not carry the same value as a natural black diamond.
Another way to test is to fog up the stone, if the condensation lasts, it is fake as real diamonds will not fog up.
How To Care For Black Diamonds
To maintain the integrity and value of the stone, you need to care for it properly, this includes regular cleaning. We recommend soaking your black diamond in hot water for 10 minutes to loosen up any built-up dirt and oils. You can then add a drop of ammonia to solutions – or diamond cleaning solution from your local jeweller.
Keep the diamond covered in the solution for an hour before cleaning it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse off under warm water and use a soft cloth to dry and buff it. When in doubt, you can also take it to your jeweller to have it cleaned by an expert.
We also recommend storing your stone away from other stones to reduce the risk of damage and scratches. We also recommend taking off the jewelry when performing household chores to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
The Beauty Is In The Exclusivity
While the black diamond is not the most expensive stone available on the market, it certainly is rare and worth adding to your collection if you are able to. Always be wary when investing in expensive stones as people often try to pass off fakes as the original.
When in doubt, request to have the your black gemstone assessed before spending any money.
When you find the black diamond of your dreams it’s worth splashing out on. It will forever make a statement and be a conversation starter. Whether in a ring, pendant, bracelet or brooch. There is, it seems, truth to the saying that there’s beauty in darkness! Black diamond stones are proof of this.