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Why is a black diamond cheaper than a white one?

• 7. What are enhanced or treated black diamonds? • 8. How do you determine the quality of black diamonds? • 9. What is the difference between black and white diamonds? • 10. What is the difference between black sapphires and black diamonds? • 11. Where to buy natural black diamonds? • 12. Celebrities who wear black diamonds on the red carpet? • 13. Are there any famous black diamonds? • 14. Are black diamonds a good investment? • 15. How should I care for my black diamonds? • 16. Do black diamonds look good as jewelry? • Black diamond rings • Black earrings with diamonds • Black diamond necklace • Black Diamond Bracelet • 17. Can I wear black diamonds as an engagement ring? • 18. How to tell if black diamonds are real Many people are unaware of the fantastically vibrant colors that diamonds are available in. Unlike regular colorless stones, they can also be found in red, purple, pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, champagne, grey, fancy white and black. Black diamond ring Natural black diamonds are a little different from most other diamonds in that they are completely opaque. These stones are incredibly precious, absolutely beautiful and considered quite valuable. However, even with all the hype about black diamonds, these stones are more affordable than most other natural fancy diamonds. Due to their similarity to other gemstones, as well as their unusual color and characteristics, many questions arise. Here are some of the frequently asked questions.

1. Are black diamonds real?

Black diamonds as well as natural fancy black diamonds are real. However, the black color in the first group is not achieved naturally. This is the result of heat treatment. On the other hand, natural fancy black diamonds are found in the diamond version with the same black color as when mined. Needless to say, the real appeal and value of natural fancy black diamonds lies in their unique and rare color, and that is only if they are natural and have not been heat treated. So, what does a natural black diamond look like? Mix of black diamonds and jewelry

2. What are black diamonds?

Black diamonds are opaque black diamonds that have only one color intensity: fancy black, as opposed to the color characteristics of other colored diamonds. Only two other diamond colors have a fancy intensity, and those are white and red diamonds. Fancy white diamonds are also similar in that they are opaque, although red diamonds do not have this characteristic. Diamonds of other colors are found in varying color intensities, from faint to fancy deep/dark. Unlike other colored diamonds, which get their color from geological impurities such as nitrogen, hydrogen and boron, black diamonds owe their color to the inclusion of graphite and random clustering throughout the diamond. Over the years, the popularity of black diamonds has increased significantly with celebrities wearing black diamond jewelry. Black Diamond Rings

3.Are black diamonds expensive?

Natural fancy black diamonds are relatively affordable, but it all depends on the size you want. However, processed black diamonds are significantly cheaper and demand is quite low as most prefer natural ones. A natural fancy black diamond will cost anywhere from $3000 to $5000 per carat.

4. What is the origin of black diamonds?

Unlike other colored diamonds, which get their color from geological impurities such as nitrogen, hydrogen and boron, rough black diamonds owe their color to the inclusion of graphite and random clustering throughout the diamond. Over the years, the popularity of black diamonds has increased significantly with celebrities wearing black diamond jewelry.

5. Where do natural black diamonds come from?

Natural black diamonds are found in several regions. These are Brazil and Central Africa. Black diamonds of various cuts and shapes

6. Are black diamonds rare?

Natural fancy black diamonds are indeed rarer than regular colorless diamonds. There are 2 types of black diamonds on the market: diamonds that acquire their natural black color during their formation deep beneath the earth’s surface, and diamonds that are enhanced (heated) to reveal a black color. While they are by no means the rarest color in nature, they are among the most prized for their artistic beauty and dark allure, and are often included in men’s jewelry as a masculine element. 5,09ct Fancy Round Black Diamond Ring

7. What are enhanced or treated black diamonds?

Because natural fancy black diamonds are quite rare, some cutters have begun artificially enhancing low-quality colorless diamonds by heating them while they are in the rough until they take on an opaque black color. This obviously reduces the price significantly compared to the price of a natural fancy black diamond, but the process is entirely man-made and is not usually certified by the GIA.

8. How to determine the quality of black diamonds?

When it comes to natural fancy black diamonds, it is highly recommended to purchase one that has been certified by the GIA (or other reputable laboratory) as this is the only way to know for sure whether it is a natural fancy black diamond or a diamond that has been treated. For natural black diamonds, it is best to choose a stone that suits you in terms of its shape/size/brilliance – as these are the most important aspects to consider. When it comes to grading natural black diamonds, GIA provides an Identification and Provenance Report that includes color grade (black), color origin (natural), carat weight, and diamond measurement. Since this is an opaque stone, there will be no mention of clarity (polish/symmetry, etc.)

9. What is the difference between black and white diamonds?

Black and white diamonds are almost the same, except for the fact that the black color is created by incorporating graphite into the crystal structure during diamond formation before kimberlite deposits reach the Earth’s surface. Therefore, the only difference between them is that black diamonds have graphite inclusions while colorless diamonds do not. They are both formed by the high pressure of carbon beneath the Earth’s surface, which produces a repeating geometric pattern in the crystal lattice. Black diamonds are real diamonds and are almost the same as colorless diamonds except for the color. Unusual black and white diamond ring 7,25 carats

10.What is the difference between black sapphires and black diamonds?

As we already know, natural black diamonds are very rare and are produced by incorporating graphite into the crystal structure during the formation of the diamond. Black sapphires, however, are made from corundum with inclusions that cause the color of the stone. Unlike natural black diamonds, black sapphires are found in abundance, most of which are mined in Australia.

11.Where to buy natural black diamonds:

If you really want a special black diamond, then it is highly recommended that you only look for a natural black diamond. These beauties got their mesmerizing color from Mother Nature. Compared to many other colored diamonds or colorless diamonds, Fancy Black Diamonds are quite inexpensive. Firstclass Diamonds has a large selection of fancy black diamonds. 22 carat unusual black marquise diamond and ruby ​​necklace If you’ve been thinking about purchasing colored diamond jewelry, you may have noticed online that there are more items available with black diamonds than most other diamond colors. This is because many of them have been enhanced or processed and they are not as valuable as Natural Fancy Black Diamonds. It is important to indicate that you are looking for a rare Natural Fancy Black Diamond and not an imitation when you purchase black diamond jewelry from your jeweler. If your jeweler is a trusted and certified professional, they will offer you a natural stone rather than an imitation one. Ask to see a GIA certificate and receive an original copy with your jewelry purchase, then you can be confident that GIA grades only natural black diamonds and guarantees authenticity. Trying on a 22 carat black diamond pendant

12. Which celebrities wear black diamonds on the red carpet?

Gwenyth Paltrow is known for wearing a black diamond chain bracelet to the 2011 Emmys, while Angelina gave husband Brad Pitt a pair of black diamond snake cufflinks.

13. Are there any famous black diamonds?

The most famous black diamond of all time is the Black Orlov, a 67,50 carat round diamond brooch surrounded by 108 white diamonds and suspended from a necklace of 124 diamonds. Legend has it that the Black Orlov, also known as the “Eye of Brahma”, was a 195-carat rough black diamond extracted from the eye of the sacred Hindu god Brahma from a temple in South India. Other famous black diamonds include the Gruosi Diamond, Table of Islam, Korloff Noir, Black Star of Africa and the Spirit of Grisogono diamond. • The old Mogit diamond, cut at 312,24 carats, is the black Spirit of Grisogono – the largest black diamond in the world. It was mined in the Central African Republic, but the further fate of the diamond is unknown. • The 115,34-carat heart-shaped Gruosi black diamond was discovered in India in 1998 and cut by world-renowned black diamond cutter de Grisogono. • “The Table of Islam” is a square emerald cut fancy black diamond weighing 160,18 carats. Also, little is known about this diamond at the moment. • The Black Star of Africa is an impressive 202-carat fancy black diamond. This black diamond was last seen in Tokyo in 1971. • The 88-carat Korloff Noir Diamond is now at Korloff Jewelers in France and is believed to bring good luck to the owner.

14. Are black diamonds a good investment?

Generally, pink, red and blue diamonds are considered the primary diamond colors for investment. An investment diamond is one that will increase significantly in value over time as supply decreases and demand continues to increase. A black diamond will only be considered an investment if it is large enough or has a distinctive feature or factor that will make it desirable in the market.

15. How should I care for my black diamond?

Take care of your black diamond just like you would any diamond. The best way to clean a diamond is to have a professional jeweler clean the jewelry to remove all dirt and grime. However, if you are cleaning your diamond at home, the best way to clean it is with a brush similar to a toothbrush and soap similar to dishwashing liquid. Clean the jewelry thoroughly with soap and rinse under warm water. Dry and polish with a polishing cloth for best results. Caring for Diamond Jewelry – Dish Soap and Toothbrush

16. Do black diamonds look good as jewelry?

Black diamonds look great in jewelry and are considered a statement piece for men and women, from cufflinks to wedding bands, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or something you bought just because a diamond is a beautiful gesture of eternity, legacy and love and we encourage you to enjoy it forever.

Black Diamond Rings

Black diamond rings are becoming increasingly popular not only because of their lower price, but also because of their unique opaque color and gorgeous sparkle. They are also a great alternative for those less traditional brides looking for something a little more extravagant.

Earrings with black diamonds

Black diamonds look incredible, especially when paired with bright white diamonds. The color contrast is not only attractive but also elegant and stylish.

“Black” diamond necklace

Black diamond pendants may be less common than other colors, but they shouldn’t be. Paired with white diamonds and/or other colored gemstones, a black diamond necklace is the perfect accessory for almost any occasion.

“Black” diamond bracelet

Black diamond bracelets are increasingly being seen on celebrities on and off the red carpet.

17.Can I wear a black diamond as an engagement ring?

You can certainly wear a black diamond in your engagement ring! The concept of colorless diamond engagement rings was popularized by the De Beers diamond corporation in the 1940s. However, before this and in the decades that followed, many brides chose from a variety of center stones for their engagement ring, including gemstones and colored diamonds, as well as colored center stones. What has always been the case is that the bride chooses the engagement ring that best suits her personal style and taste. It is important to remember that you should love your ring as you will wear it every day for the rest of your life and pass it on to his future generations.

18. How to tell if a black diamond is real

The best way to determine if your black diamond is real is with a certified gemologist or laboratory such as the GIA. Although, if you are sure that the diamond is real, but you are wondering whether it is natural or enhanced (heat-treated), there is a way to check at home. To do this, you will need a magnifying glass and a strong light source. If the diamond has been enhanced, a strong stream of light will pass through it and you will notice either a greenish or bluish tint, or highlights of green or blue when viewed from different angles. If the black is a natural color, you’ll see a “salt and pepper” effect within it – alternating areas of black and white. There won’t be any hints of green or blue. A good rule of thumb when purchasing a black diamond is that unless it comes with a certificate from a reputable laboratory, assume that the diamond has enhanced color rendering or is not a diamond at all. We will make custom unique black diamond jewelry to suit your taste! Hurry up to purchase a real work of art in our jewelry store. By color, diamonds can be divided into white and colored. Today we will look at the shades of white or colorless diamonds. Their range is from perfect white to light yellow. What color should you choose for your jewelry and what should you avoid at all costs?

What is the color of a diamond?

The diamond shines with all the colors of the rainbow. The range of colors visible in its brilliance is due to the quality of the cut. But this is not what we mean by diamond color. When we talk about color, we are talking about the color of the stone itself, which ranges from pure white with a bluish tint to yellow.

What determines the color of a diamond?

The presence of other minerals in carbon gives it a particular color. These minerals filter part of the light flow passing through the stone – and we see a diamond of a yellow, red or blue hue. To make a significant difference in color, a tiny amount of another material is enough. Nitrogen makes diamond yellow and boron makes diamond blue.

How is the color of a diamond determined?

The most common scale for grading diamond color was developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the 50s. Each stone is graded by color and graded from D to Z, with D being the whitest.

White Diamond Color Scale

Starting the scale with a D may seem strange, but the GIA took into account pre-existing scales that were designated A or AA. They were inaccurate. To avoid confusion, we decided to abandon A, B and C. Stones on the GIA scale form five main groups: Color indication on GIA certificate: GIA color scale

DEF: colorless

The rarest and most expensive, not counting colored diamonds. Only 1% of stones will be graded D or E. They are rare in nature, but stores and websites offer diamonds in these categories. All diamonds in the “colorless” range will appear completely white to the lay observer. Even an experienced gemologist – an expert on precious stones – has difficulty distinguishing between diamonds of categories D and E. An expert will see the shade of F-grade stones, but to the average person they will remain completely colorless.

GHI: almost colorless

The difference between these stones and colorless ones is very small, especially in decoration. If you are looking for a quality stone but are on a budget, Near Colorless diamonds are the perfect compromise between color and price.

JKLM: faint yellow

Warmer yellow tones are noticeable when the stone is viewed closely from below or from the side. If cut perfectly, a stone of these shades in jewelry will not look yellow when viewed from above.

NPQR: very light yellow

Stones of this group will be yellow in decoration, so their price is lower.

STUVWXYZ: Light yellow

The color is visible to the naked eye from all angles. Stones in the S – W range are the cheapest and cost the same. Stones below W are valued for their yellow color. The brighter the yellow, the higher the price. They are not yet fancy intense yellow, which is more expensive than white diamonds, but when set in yellow gold they can look attractive. The differences between the “border” stones of two adjacent groups are insignificant and not noticeable to the eye of an ordinary observer. Even gemologists need skill to distinguish between such stones.

Warm or cold

The last thing you need to know about diamond color is the difference between “cool” and “warm” tones. Colorless diamonds have an icy white color and are known as “cold diamonds.” They are the rarest, the most expensive and, according to the GIA scale, the best. But some people prefer warmer stone tones that are a little lower on the GIA scale. It’s a matter of taste.

Diamond Color Grading

The differences in color between grades are so small that a gemologist cannot determine the color of an individual stone by eye. This is done under laboratory lighting in comparison with standard stones or using a special device. Strict evaluation of stones is necessary in order to avoid fraud on the part of jewelers who want to sell the diamond at a higher price due to its color.

A set of reference “master stones”

Master stones are either a set of diamonds that have been matched to the correct colors or a set of cubic zircons that have been artificially laser-colored to match the natural color of the diamonds. A set of standard color diamonds – stone master The diamond is placed on a white surface under white light. Diamonds are checked “face down”, that is, they are placed on the surface with the side that we see in jewelry. This way the color is more obvious. When a stone is viewed from above, the shine and shine obscures the natural color and makes it difficult to evaluate. The stone is compared with reference samples. This process is performed by 3 gemologists independently of each other.


  • Harry Winston: D.F.
  • Tiffany: D.I.
  • Graff: D.G.
  • Bulgari: D.H.
  • Van Cleef: DE.
  • Cartier: D.H.

Conclusions and practical recommendations

The color of a diamond significantly affects the price. The higher the color value of a white diamond, the more expensive it is. Diamonds with the highest grade D on the GIA scale or 1 on the GOST scale have a cool blue-white hue.

Most diamonds have faint yellow tints that are noticeable in the laboratory when compared with reference stones or using a colorimeter.

Color values ​​from 1 to 5 according to GOST are distinguished only by experienced specialists in laboratory conditions. An ordinary person will not notice the differences. Values ​​of 6 and below give a yellowish tint.

How to make the right choice:

  • if you are not limited by budget, choose the best color: D on the GIA scale or 1 on the GOST scale (colorless highest, as well as with a bluish tint).
  • Choose colors E and F according to GIA or 2 and 3 according to GOST if you want to save money. A diamond will remain colorless regardless of the metal of the jewelry or the color of the skin.
  • The diamond’s investment color value does not fall below color H (5). Keep this in mind if you are buying diamonds as an investment.
  • Diamonds of colors G, H, I and J (4 to 7) are considered white, giving a slight yellow tint on a white surface. This shade will not be noticeable in decoration.
  • If you want to pay even less, choose colors from J to M. The yellow tint can be hidden by setting the stone in yellow gold. In white gold or platinum the tint will be noticeable.
  • Diamonds with colors ranging from S to Z (over 8.5) are technically considered “bad whites”, but are close to light fancy yellow diamonds. When properly set in yellow gold, they can look impressive.

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