Coco Chanel famously stated that black has it all and black diamonds certainly do have it all. In today’s blog entry we shall be examining the alluring, sexy and beautiful world of black diamonds. In recent years black diamonds have become increasingly popular within jewellery as fashion conscious individuals look for something different with that added wow factor. It is not only the fashion world where these beautiful gems are making their mark, both investors and private collectors are looking to add these precious stones to their glittering portfolios.
Natural black diamonds
A gift from the stars
Natural black diamonds, also known as ‘carbonado’ are the toughest form of natural diamonds and are technically composed of a mixture of diamond, carbon and amorphous carbon. The highly concentrated mining locations of black diamonds have lead to a range of controversial theories as to their origin. One such idea is that a meteorite impacted the region that would later develop into Brazil and the Central African Republic, the only two known areas where natural black diamonds are found, changing how the diamonds would later form.
Natural black diamonds are black diamonds whose natural colour is derived from the impurities that attach to their structure during the formation. Whilst colourless diamonds are prized for their lack of impurities or inclusions, black diamonds are the opposite as the extremely high amount of impurities and inclusions give the stones their magnificent colour and opaque hue.
Treated black diamonds
Treated black diamonds are, in effect, low quality white diamonds containing a high volume of natural inclusions that have been treated usually by irradiation or heat to produce a deep, dark black colour. The diamonds that are used are normally of industrial grade and would not be fit for jewellery but through industrial processes can be transformed into beautiful black diamonds. As such, black diamonds fall into two categories allowing a choice between natural and treated black diamonds. Avodori offers a range of black diamonds based on your personal preference and budget, our experienced teams can assist you in finding the perfect stone to suit your needs.
How to choose the right stone for you?
Leaving no stone unturned
As always when buying diamonds it is vital to weigh up various elements and characteristics of each diamond in order to find your perfect stone. Using the internationally established four Cs (Cut, Carat, Clarity and Colour) we can focus on the important make up of each stone to meet your requirements. The cut of the diamond refers to the shape and facets within the diamond that turns the opaque and murky stone into a stunning and highly desirable, sparkling gem. The diamond should have clean lines and clearly defined facets that enhance its natural beauty, it should be smooth to the touch and well polished. Secondly, the carat weight of the diamond is of utmost consideration as it allows you to receive the best value for your budget. Consider, is the diamond for a piece of jewellery? Will you store the diamond for future use? By assessing the how the stone will be used our gemologists and industry experts can assist you in finding the perfect stone for your budget giving you the best value. It is important to remember that black diamonds are naturally denser than other types of diamonds and will appear smaller when comparing the same carat weight to other stones and it is common to typically purchase a slightly bigger stone within your budget. Clarity. Unlike colourless and other fancy coloured diamonds the clarity of black diamonds is a misdemeanor. Usually, clarity refers to the transparency and how clear the diamond is. However, due to the high amount of impurities inherent within black diamonds this grading is not as important. Black diamonds appear opaque and absorb light whilst coloured and colourless diamonds refract light meaning that black diamonds are simply not judged on their clarity. Finally, the colour of the diamond refers to the beautiful hues and tones of the gem. Black diamonds occur in a range of shades and colours, generally speaking the stronger the colour the higher the value.
What to wear?
A little black number for any outfit
Black diamonds offer a range of versatile options to suit any outfit and any occasion. Often paired with clear, colourless stones, black diamonds offer a beautiful and elegant contrast to white stones. Our most popular designs often feature black diamond centre stones with a colourless diamond pavé setting. Black diamonds are increasingly popular within engagement rings and provide a stunning alternative to the typical ring. Our design teams and creative experts assist each client from the design phase of a piece through to the hand crafted creation. Whilst black diamonds don’t sparkle like white diamonds, they provide a stunning alternative that helps you stand out from the crowd in timeless fashion.