It's not unusual for people to picture the classic colorless diamond when they think of diamonds. However, did you know that black diamonds are also an option?
One of the rarest diamonds in the world, carbonados are gaining in appeal. Black diamonds are becoming increasingly fashionable, which may have prompted individuals to inquire about their authenticity with their jewelers. To be clear: black diamonds are just as "genuine" as mined or lab-grown colorless diamonds. They're quite hard to come by, which makes them extremely expensive. Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a set of black diamond earrings.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BLACK DIAMONDS?
Just like all else in this world, black diamonds have significance. Because of their color, carbonados conjure up images of riches and power, making them associated with the affluent and influential. Other people believe that these dark diamonds bring success, stability, and inner power to their wearers. Finally, black diamonds, like their white counterparts, are a sign of long-term commitment and romance.
In addition to their distinct appearance, we believe that black diamond engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular because of what they represent.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES BLACK DIAMONDS?
- These black stones stand out from other colors of diamonds not just because of their color. They obtain their color from graphite crystals and other substantial imperfections within the stone, which is perhaps the most notable feature of them. Carbon in the form of graphite is what is often referred to as "lead" in pencils.
- So, to put it another way, naturally occurring black diamonds are a mix of two distinct forms of pure carbon. Carbos are so named because of their appearance on the ground, which is reminiscent of a lump of charcoal. Brazil and the Central African Republic are currently the two most important suppliers.
- In addition to their black hue, black diamonds should look opaque due to the diamond's ability to absorb all visible light.
Many large black diamonds have a color that is not uniform, and this is not ideal. The diamonds in your men's black diamond wedding rings must be of the same shade or color.
THE COLOR, CUT, AND CLARITY OF A BLACK DIAMOND
Carat, color, cut, and clarity is the four C's of grading white diamonds if you've ever done so.
A 1 carat black diamond may appear smaller than white diamonds because it is less dense, yet the carat weight is the same regardless of color. This is why we propose selecting a ring with black and white diamonds to create a "fuller" appearance.
Color is the next consideration, and black stones are unique here as well. When it comes to the colorless variety of diamonds, D-F is considered colorless, while the other grades are considered "near colorless." For colored stones, the GIA employs and other renowned laboratories.
There is a broad rule of thumb that black diamonds are classed as "fancy," with their hue being either natural or heat-treated. A black diamond's ideal color distribution is free of white spots or other distracting features.
Before we can set black diamonds into jewelry, we must first cut them, just like all other diamonds. A variety of shapes and cuts are available for black fancy diamonds, but the round brilliant and princess cuts are the most popular.
To maximize the amount of radiance in a diamond, brilliant cuts are used. Carbonados have a distinct sparkle factor, but the cutter still strives to get as much light as possible to bounce off the pavilion (top) facets. In terms of black diamond engagement rings, princess cuts (square brilliants) are almost as popular as round brilliant cuts.
Oval, pear, marquise, and heart are some of the other beautiful cuts. As an alternative, a stone's clarity is highlighted by step cuts. They have fewer facets and longer lines. The emerald cut is arguably the most renowned step cut since it was initially designed to showcase the color of emeralds.
Because of their clarity, most black diamonds can't be evaluated by gemological labs. As long as their black color is well-defined, gemologists can see through them to check their facets, they are suitable for a colored diamond report. This study only includes carbonados that are highly scarce and pricey.
Since these challenges were encountered, the jewelry trade has devised a new scale for black diamonds: the best ones are AAA, and the worst ones I1. When the carbonados are dark and consistent in color, their facets are well-cut, and there are no visible "streaks" in the stone, they are considered more desirable than carbonados that have blemishes.
A glossy black diamond ring is the ideal stone for a black diamond ring since it has a lovely reflection off the facets. There are two types of black diamonds: those that are flawless and those that have some defects or aren't as black as they should be. With Clarity, we only utilize carbonados of the highest quality, so you can be assured that your purchase is safe. Our black diamonds, on the other hand, have been heated.
TREATMENT WITH BLACK DIAMONDS
Black diamonds, like other colored gemstones, are often heat and pressure treated to improve their color. While most stones are treated to improve their clarity, this is not always the case. As for black diamonds, lower-quality white diamonds are treated to turn them black. There are three ways to accomplish this.
- By altering the inclusions and reorganizing the elements, radiation treatment results in a blackened gemstone.
- For the same reason, high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) produces graphite within the crystal.
- To ensure that the diamond is unique, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is used.