Black Diamond Engagement Rings
Although colorless diamonds are the most universally recognized in engagement rings, black and white diamond engagement rings are growing in popularity.
Now considered as “Fancy blacks,” naturally black diamonds were historically held in low regard. There are only a few famous black diamonds, such as the 67.50 ct Black Orloff, also known as the Eye of Brahman.
Black diamonds were outcasts until the late 20th century, when designers recognized their potential to lend a dramatic flair to jewelry. Black diamonds soon became a stylish inclusion in jewelry as their dark, mysterious color was used in contrast with tiny colorless diamonds, often in pavé settings.
As black diamonds grew in popularity, black diamond engagement rings soon entered the spotlight due to film and celebrity exposure. Black diamond engagement rings were featured in the 2010 movie Sex in the City 2, and were widely flaunted by celebrities such as Carmen Electra and Kat Von D.
What Is a Black Diamond
Given the relatively new popularity of engagement rings with black diamonds, research into the cause of the bewitching color of black diamonds is fairly recent.
Inclusions, or internal imperfections, are typically undesirable as they reduce the value of a diamond. However, they are unavoidable in black diamonds because they are the cause of the diamond’s unusual color. Most naturally colored black diamonds get their dark color from large quantities of minute mineral inclusions such as graphite, pyrite or hematite throughout the stone. In addition, black diamonds may also have numerous fractures that have been stained black or have become black because of graphitization.
Because it is the concentration of these internal features--mineral inclusions and stained fractures--that are responsible for the color of a black diamond, the actual body color of a natural black diamond may range from near-colorless to brown or olive green.
Although diamonds are famous for being one of nature’s hardest natural materials, black diamonds are also more fragile due to the inclusions which provide black diamonds with their mysterious color. Black diamonds are notoriously difficult to cut, polish, and set, requiring great care.
Black Diamond Engagement Rings
If you’re looking for cheap black diamond engagement rings, you’re in luck. Although black diamonds are more fragile, they are often more affordable than other diamonds.
Because naturally black diamonds are notoriously difficult to cut, polish, and set into black diamond engagement rings, many manufacturers often irradiate diamonds to make them appear black.
Because black diamonds are opaque, often heavily included, and do not vary in tone or saturation, there is only one grade term for black diamonds: Fancy black. Thus, the GIA does not issue grading reports for black diamonds. Instead, the GIA issues a Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report which includes notes on the diamond’s color and whether it is natural or treated.
Engagement rings with black diamonds have an inexplicable allure that may be perfect for someone who has a flair for the dramatic. Searching for black diamond engagement rings for women? Consider some of the following stunning engagement rings that can be custom ordered to feature a captivating black diamond.