A new trend is popping up all over the place: Black diamonds. Assisted by their uniqueness no doubt, these atypical gems are gaining popularity from the runway, to the red carpet, to the girl next door. As a supporter and creator of the infinitely modern, I’ve enjoyed seeing these glamorous rocks shaking up traditional jewelry.
Black diamonds are crystallized carbon, just like other diamonds. The structure inside the diamond is different, causing it to absorb light rather than bend and bounce it. The black color occurs due to dark inclusions, or changes in a white diamond caused by high temperatures or radiation. Black diamonds do have a certain gloss and radiance about them, but don’t expect them to glitter and sparkle as white diamonds do.
Since they are completely opaque, black diamonds do not vary in intensity or color like white diamonds, and can only be found as “Fancy Black.” Truly natural fancy black diamonds are very rare and expensive. Because of this, most black diamonds are heated in the rough, dramatically lowering the price.
If you’re considering purchasing a black diamond, remember the 4Cs still apply. Consider acceptable grades to be AAA, AA+, AA, A, and I1 with AAA being the best. Also note, since the density of a black diamond is greater, a one carat black diamond will appear smaller than a one carat white diamond. Whether you’re considering a black diamond engagement ring, pavé wedding band or possibly an accessory for your big day, black diamonds offer a striking, contemporary alternative to traditional clear diamonds.