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The Complete Guide to Black Diamond Engagement Rings

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What Exactly Is a Black Diamond?

A black diamond is a super-included diamond, meaning it has so many inclusions that it appears black. While colorless diamonds with fewer inclusions are considered rarer and more valuable, black diamonds are valued for the greater number of inclusions they contain.

Brides are always looking for unique ways to express themselves, and if deviating from the norm is your thing, you might want to consider an edgy black diamond ring. Black diamonds are chic, mysterious, rock 'n' roll, and unfathomably cool. They're also reasonably priced.

Historically, black diamonds are much less expensive than colorless diamonds. We're totally crushing on black diamond rings, whether they're in a classic solitaire, surrounded by a white diamond halo, set in trendy rose gold, or sprinkled along a simple band to add some cool factor to your wedding-day bling.

Pros and Cons of Black Diamond Rings

The price per carat of a black diamond is significantly lower than that of a colorless or fancy colored diamond. They are, however, much more vulnerable to damage than their colorless counterparts. This is due to the fact that black diamonds are made up of hundreds of tiny fractures that give them their color.

When considering a black diamond for an engagement ring, keep this in mind. A treated black diamond is a grayer stone that has been treated with high temperatures and pressure to turn it black. They have a similar appearance to natural black diamonds but are less expensive.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Black Diamond Ring

  • How do customers know if a black diamond is of high quality?

    We would advise the buyer to request a Gemology Institute of America Colored Diamond Report (GIA). When purchasing a large piece of jewelry (such as an engagement ring), I always recommend that my clients request GIA reports for their center stones (or any diamond larger than.5ct) to verify its characteristics and ensure its quality. While some black diamonds are naturally black, many are gray and have been treated to become a dark black color. A GIA report will tell you whether the diamond has been treated to improve its color (lowering its value) or if it is natural.

  • What can a customer expect to pay for a black diamond?

    Treated black diamonds are less expensive and more common than natural black diamonds—half the price or less. If a colorless diamond costs $8,000 per carat, a black diamond should cost $4000 per carat... or less.

  • What are some examples of black diamond settings?

    You can set your black diamond however you want. Before you think about setting, you should consider your ring budget. Your carat size and setting will be determined by this number.

  • What metals complement a black diamond?

    I adore black diamonds set in white gold or platinum—the contrast of the colors makes them really stand out.

How to Care for a Black Diamond Ring

Colorless or fancy colored diamonds require less cleaning than black diamonds. Because their color is naturally metallic, they will continue to sparkle even with wear.

Avoid using conventional diamond cleaning methods such as ultrasonic or steamer. These machines have the potential to damage or break your black diamond. A soft-bristled toothbrush and warm, mild soapy water are the best tools for cleaning black diamonds. Consider dish detergent—it removes grease and oils from your skin just as well as it does from dishes.

Wear your black diamond engagement ring with caution if you are involved in hands-on activities such as working in the yard, moving furniture, or doing construction. Black diamonds are more prone to fracture than white diamonds. Dry with a soft cloth and store in a jewelry box lined with fabric.

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