Everything You Need to Know About Black Diamond Jewelry?

In ‘Sex and The City 2’, Mr. Big finally proposes to Carrie Bradshaw with a unique ring. He uses the words, ‘because you’re not like anyone else’. We can’t help but agree! The ring in question? A gorgeous 5-carat black diamond, framed with small white diamonds in a halo, set in 18k white gold. 

Over the last few years, celebrities have embraced the black diamond trend. Blake Lively was spotted wearing black diamond earrings and a neckpiece, while Selena Gomez flaunted a huge black diamond ring. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a stunning black diamond bracelet at the Emmy’s, while Taylor Swift has been sporting them in her music videos. Other singers like Katy PerryLady Gaga, and Rihanna have channeled a Rockstar vibe with black diamond statement pieces at events. So, what makes this attractive stone so special? 

What Is a Black Diamond?

Though the term is self-explanatory, there is more to it. Let’s get into a few technical details to understand what a black diamond is. It is first important to understand the composition of diamonds. Diamonds are essentially 99.95 percent carbon and contain a few different trace elements that influence their color or crystal shape. In terms of chemical composition, white/colorless and black diamonds are exactly the same. So then, what gives black diamonds their color? The entire diamond appears black due to fractures and small mineral inclusions (mainly graphite) in concentrated or large numbers. If the inclusions were minor in number, they would just appear as dark specks or impurities in a colorless diamond. But since their presence is vast, the whole diamond is black. Other diamonds sport a clear, transparent, or translucent hue, but black diamonds are fully opaque.

Black diamonds are also known as Carbonados. In other words, black diamonds or carbonados are polycrystalline diamonds in their raw form, made up of diamond, graphite, and amorphous carbon.

Are Black Diamonds Real?

Yes! Although rare, black diamonds are very much real. Research reveals that they’ve been around for more than 3.5 billion years in two locations – South America and Central Africa. The Portuguese people of Brazil dubbed them ‘carbonados’, which means burnt or carbonized. Carbonados are said to have traces of osbornite, a mineral that is only known to be found in meteors so far. This indicates that black diamonds might have well originated in outer space and found their way here billions of years ago.

Some diamonds are manually treated to have a naturally black hue. These are typically white diamonds with large inclusions or fractures that would otherwise be deemed worthless. Instead of setting them aside, jewelers put them through heat and pressure to create an all-over black hue.

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This wide 14K Rose Gold Bujukan Bead Cuff Bracelet with an inner black diamond channel is for the unapologetically strong woman.

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These Bujukan classic earrings are beaded 14k white-rose gold hoops, studded with beautiful black diamonds in the middle. With black diamonds adding glamour, they are ideal for an effortless day-to-evening transition.  

How Can I Tell If My Black Diamond Is Real?

It is relatively easy to identify at home whether your black diamond is real or not. Observe the edges of the black diamond carefully. If they are a shade of brown rather than stark black, then your black diamond is not natural. A popular way to test the authenticity of a black diamond is the white light test. Keep your diamond under a flashlight or any other source of white light. If the white light bounces off across the spectrum, producing a riot of colors, then the diamond is real. If the stone absorbs the light or does not reflect it multi-directionally, it proves that your black diamond is fake. Also, black diamonds always have a rough surface as opposed to smooth. Just glide your fingers over the diamond. If it feels uneven and rugged, then the diamond is real. Lack stones with a perfectly smooth surface and a polished finish are not natural black diamonds.

What do Black Diamond Rings Symbolize?

Black diamond rings represent the power and rebellion of the woman who is not afraid to push boundaries and carve her niche in the world. In some cultures, such as India and medieval Europe, black diamonds are considered a talisman that protects from evil. On the other hand, contrary opinions state that black diamonds are cursed. Black diamonds are also used in some crystal healing methods to enhance the positive impact of the other stones. Feng Shui believes that wearing a black diamond protects the energy linked to your career.

What Does a Black Engagement Ring Mean?

Like Carrie Bradshaw, if you’re a woman who stands apart from the crowd, is courageous, strong-willed, and speaks her mind, black diamonds are ideal for your engagement ring. They are said to absorb and soothe negative emotions between partners, particularly keeping jealousy at bay. Solitaire, halo, and side stone styles are preferred design settings for black diamonds. However, black diamond rings aren’t just for the bride-to-be. Anyone from a fashionista to a working mother can pick up one of these for an impactful style statement.

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Slide on this elegant Bujukan ring in 14k white gold, studded in the center with a row of six sparkling black diamonds weighing 0.10 carats. This ring is functional and fuss-free while adding much beauty and attraction to your fingers.

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This ring is a contemporary and dramatic piece for the modern woman who juggles many roles. The Bujukan ring features a row of black diamonds set in 14k white gold, juxtaposed with a 14k beaded rose gold layer and an elegant band, also in rose gold.

Can a Black Diamond be Graded?

Yes, a black diamond is graded for quality like a white or colorless diamond. However, the way of grading varies. Black diamonds are graded for color on the single grade term ‘fancy black’. Natural AAAA-grade black diamonds are extremely rare and expensive. The next grade – Natural AAA – is also on the higher-priced side, as these diamonds boast an even blacker hue. Natural AA stones comprise 10% of black diamonds and are a great option for fine jewelry pieces, while Natural A and Natural B make up the lower end of the color grade. As for clarity, it is again based on the nature and number of undesired inclusions, such as small chips, feather-like cracks, cavities, or dark spots that are not in line with the overall dark hue of the gem.

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Here’s an edgy and unconventional pendant for the woman who makes a statement with her persona! Set in 14K rose gold, the necklace features 0.21 carats of black diamonds, forming a rectangular bar as the pendant. You can also opt for 14k yellow gold as your metal of choice for a more conforming touch.

Are Black Diamonds More Expensive?

Fancy black diamonds are not as expensive as colorless diamonds, which is surprising because they’re actually much rarer to find! This is primarily because of two reasons – one, they are lesser in demand; two, they are perceived as ‘flawed’ for having inclusions or fractures. They also tend to be more brittle than clear diamonds due to the fractures and presence of graphite. Naturally-occurring black diamonds are still incredibly precious, but the enhanced and heat-treated ones are far more inexpensive and accessible. When purchasing black diamonds, you must ascertain what you’re paying for. Always ask for a GIA certification for natural black diamonds, and ensure you get your money’s worth.

Where Are Black Diamonds Found?

Black diamond deposits are limited and scarce compared to the colorless diamonds mined worldwide. Surprisingly, natural black diamonds are only found in two locations in the world, Brazil and Central Africa (didn’t we say they are extremely rare). At some point in time, both these geographies used to be adjacent to each other. Hence, they still have concentrated deposits of black diamonds, exclusive only to them.

How Is Black Diamond Priced?

Fancy black diamonds, formed naturally, are priced by carat and quality, just like their white counterparts. They cost upwards of $2,000-$3,000 per carat, depending on the grade of the black diamond. On the other hand, treated black diamonds are procured for as low as $300.  

Are Black Diamonds a Good Investment?

Treated black diamonds are not really considered an investment. Fancy black diamonds, on the other hand, can be viewed as a good investment if you’ve double-checked the grading and also received a GIA certification. Also, look at other factors, such as the gem’s size and the cut, which impact the long-term value of the stone.

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Want to add some flair and panache to your look? Try out these 14K White Gold Triple Split Curved Bar Earrings from the Bujukan collection with black diamonds. Depending upon personal preference, you can choose the 14k rose gold variant for the beaded bars. Wear these earrings for any luxurious night outing or a social gathering, and be ready for the numerous compliments coming your way.  

Do Black Diamonds Sparkle?

Yes and no. They sparkle, but not in the same way as you would expect a white diamond to. With white diamonds, the shine comes from light reflecting off and passing through the stone. It’s a more brilliant, dazzling sparkle. Black diamonds, however, are opaque and tend to absorb light instead of reflecting it. So, their polished surfaces create a more dramatic but lesser dazzling sparkle. It looks more like a subtle sheen. When embellished in jewelry, black diamonds anyway stand out, but they sparkle even better against white gold or platinum. The neutral, silvery hue of these two metals contrasts with and highlights the dark beauty of the black diamonds.

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Take your pick from a 14k white gold or rose gold beaded cuff, offsetting a stunning channel of black diamonds – ideal for a cocktail party, brunch with your girlfriends, or a big day at work.

How Do Black Diamonds Differ from Black Sapphires?

Black diamonds and black sapphires may look similar to the untrained eye at first glance, but they are different in their very elemental composition. Fancy black diamonds contain graphite in the inclusions, as we know. On the other hand, black sapphires are made of corundum inclusions causing the black hue. Black sapphires are more abundantly available when compared to fancy black diamonds and are far more affordable and durable. However, they are no substitute for black diamonds. The latter is rarer and way more precious and offers an unparalleled shine.

Do Black Diamonds Crack?

Because of the number of inclusions and breaks that can reach the surface, black diamonds are very tough to cut and polish. Although they measure 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, the fractures inside the diamond make them susceptible to chips and breaks while being cut. For every hour spent cutting a white diamond, five are spent on a black one! It can even take up to a year or more to cut a black diamond, truly making the stone labor of love!

How to Take Care of Black Diamonds?

Whenever you are not wearing your black diamond jewelry, store them in individual pouches made from a soft cloth with lining. If planning to engage in gardening, vigorous sports, or household cleaning with harsh chemicals, remove your black diamond jewelry and keep it aside. Don’t use harsh chemicals or heat on your black diamonds while cleaning them. Refrain from using any fragrances, body mists, or sprays on your black diamond jewelry. While purchasing them, speak to your jeweler and ask them for cleaning methods and appropriate tools.

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Show off your collarbones with this delicate and elegant 17.50-inch long Bujukan chain, crafted in white gold. It is elevated by a string of black diamonds weighing 0.17 carats. Ideal for both daily wear and a simple evening soiree.

Which Are Some Famous Black Diamonds?

In February 2022, a popular brand made headlines for selling ‘Enigma’, a fancy black diamond weighing 555.55 carats (fancy number as well!) with 55 facets. Its antecedents are shrouded in mystery, but it was considered the largest fancy black diamond in the world and the largest cut diamond in the world as of 2006 (as per the Guinness World Record book). When procured in the 1900s, the ‘Enigma’ weighed over 800 carats in its raw form. It took three years to produce a masterpiece with technical skill and precision, weighing precisely 555.55 carats and having 55 facets—the diamond sold for GBP 3,161,000. 

The most infamous of all black diamonds, though, is the Eye of Brahma. A 195-carat black diamond, it was purportedly discovered in India in the 1800s, where it served as an eye of the Hindu God Brahma in a temple and was stolen. Three of the stone’s subsequent owners – a diamond dealer and two Russian noblewomen – jumped to their death, giving rise to the theory that the stone was cursed. The diamond was later broken into three parts in an attempt to break the curse. A 67.50-carat diamond, once part of this diamond, is now called the Black Orlov. It is set in a brooch attached to a diamond necklace and is now on display at the London Museum of Natural History.

Why Do People Love Black Diamonds?

Black diamonds have gorgeous looks – like everything black, black diamonds, too, look exceptionally stunning and attractive. And it is difficult to resist their mesmerizing appeal. People love them for their beauty, versatility, and futuristic, non-conformist appeal. But apart from the looks, black diamonds also bear a meaningful symbolism. They are believed to absorb evil energies and negativities and form a protective aura around a person. They can assimilate all destructive thoughts and life patterns with a strong core. It is believed that wearing a black diamond grounds a person and balances their root chakra.  

No doubt you are in love with the mystical and unusual composition of these shining black gemstones, just the way we are! They are undoubtedly out-of-this-world, in the truest sense of the term! To choose from a range of black diamond rings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, and more, visit Gabriel & Co.  

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