Black Diamond Engagement Rings
Black diamond engagement rings? As the name suggests is simply a black diamond. It’s appeal comes from the fact that it is unique, opaque and mysterious. Although a black diamond is good as a ladies engagement ring, it is generally considered a mans stone.
The black diamond engagement ring has all the brilliance of a faceted diamond, but with a twist of dark romantic mystery.
Reasons to Buy Black diamond Engagement Rings
The first reason to get a black engagement ring is for its uniqueness, the future bride will certainly be different with a black diamond on her finger.
Black diamonds are very unique and are the most expensive of all diamonds, even though they are the same as white diamonds.
Related: Princess Cut Engagement Rings
A great mix for a black diamond is to combine it with the whiteness of platinum or palladium as its setting. If you are daring and really want a change from the norm you can choose a black diamond as the center stone in your engagement ring.
The Different Types Of Black Diamonds
Black diamonds are often mostly available as faceted round brilliant cuts, for larger stones you can also go for the princess cut.
Why is the Diamond Black?
Firstly you should know that diamonds can naturally be found in a whole array of colors, black being one of these. The Black diamond is more of an opaque color rather than extreme black.
Often times when small black diamonds are set in a ring they’ve usually been color enhanced. In layman’s terms, this means some opaque diamonds are treated so that they look darker.
How Much Will A Black Diamond Engagement Ring Cost?
The price of a black diamond ring will vary depending on a number of different factors such as:
On the low end of the pricing you can expect to pay no less than $700 and this will double at the high end. Which is pretty reasonable for a starting price, considering an engagement ring is usually a months salary.
How Long Will A Black Diamond Ring Last?
The strength of a black diamond is just as hard as a white diamond. On the Mohs hardnesss scale it is registered as a 10, which makes it the hardest material on earth.
It is worth noting though, that because of the inclusions entailed in readying a black diamond they are slightly more likely to chip than a white diamond. Don’t let this discourage you as they are still extremely hard and suitable for everyday wear.
You can also rest assure that the surface of a black diamond engagement ring will not abrade or get worn like a softer stone would.
Where Black Diamonds Originate from?
In the 1800′s the Portuguese are said to have discover black diamonds, which they called “carbonados”. They have also been found in the Central Africa Republic.
Scientist speculate that black diamonds may have be created in outer-space and arrived on earth as asteroids. This is in stark contrast to white diamonds that they believe are just formed naturally in the earth.
The Setting For A Black Diamond
The best setting for a black diamond is Titanium, as this brings out the darkness of the diamond a whole lot more.
When cutting a black diamond a simple 16 facet cut is recommended, the purpose of having a black diamond is not necessarily for the shine, but more for its exquisiteness and mysterious characteristics.
Yellow or white gold settings for a black diamond are also okay, although Titanium is best overall.
Surrounding a black diamond with white diamonds that have color clarities ranging from G – K is also great way to highlight it, this creates a contrast that makes the black diamond look even darker and the white diamonds whiter.
Interesting stories about the black diamond
Some myths say that the Native Americans in Brazil, considered the black diamond a cursed stone, because it represented the eyes of snakes and spiders.
It is said that they even went as far as to say, if you found a black diamond this meant death. For this reason the black diamond became synonymous with the god of death Yama.
…Mean while in Italy they hold contrasting views, seeing the black diamond as a stone with mythical energy, so much so that it has the ability to repair a marriage, subsiding fights and even preventing it from divorce just by touching the diamond.
Touching the stone was said to transfer all concerns into it, there by taking away this bad energy.
Which story do you prefer…?
Famous Black diamonds
(1) – The 55.85 carat diamond that was named on Amsterdam’s 700th anniversary
(2) – The black diamond of Bahia discovered in Brazil – A 350 carat stone famous for its unpolished rugged looks. It’s so hard that it can’t be polished.
(3) – The Black Star of Africa, regarded as one of the largest colored diamonds the world has ever seen, weighing 202 carats, it was valued at 1.2 million US dollars.
NOTE: All these diamonds are secure and protect with 24 hour armed guards, so don’t even think about it!