When you shop diamond engagement rings you may look at some yellow or fancy colored stones. However, this could be a good time to consider black diamonds because they are rising in popularity, and now is the time to buy before prices go up. But what are black diamonds and why are they suddenly chic? Let’s take a closer look and see, shall we?
What are Black Diamonds?
Some people believe black diamonds are real while others say they have been artificially created. In essence, both are right. A natural black diamond is created in nature when deposits of graphite make their way into the developing stone over the course of millions of years.
Natural black stones are considered to be rare and this has led to companies creating them out of low grade diamonds. With a heat treatment, rough stones are turned black, and these are very inexpensive. In fact, they can sometimes be purchased as cheaply as $300 per carat. However, you get what you pay for and the resale value is low and enhanced black stones are not graded by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
Even though a natural black stone is rare, it is still very affordable. In fact, if you shop wisely, you may find some in the three to five thousand dollar per carat range. In other words, you can shop for diamond engagement rings with large black stones and still come in under budget.
Black diamonds are found mostly in two regions, Africa and Brazil. When shopping for jewelry or loose diamonds for sale, look for fancy black stones. Natural black diamonds are considered to be a fancy color. You need to be very careful when shopping for black stones so you do not pay natural prices for treated stones, as the difference in price is significant.
As you shop, you may notice that some stones are labeled as “enhanced”. This is not the same thing as clarity enhanced diamonds. The clarity enhancement process is used to repair tiny flaws in clear type diamonds. This gives them more sparkle and makes them more sought after. In fact, you cannot tell that a CE stone has been repaired unless you are a diamond professional, and the savings can be substantial.
Remember, an enhanced black stone has been treated to turn it black and should never be confused with a stone that is naturally black or one that has had inclusions repaired (clarity enhanced).
Why the Popularity?
These things can greatly enhance precious stones’ popularity:
- Something new or novel
- Contrasting colors and designs
- Price – most people must be able to afford it.
- Celebrities – when the rich and famous step out, people notice and many want to emulate their favorite people.
Black diamonds are a relatively new sensation and they are affordable. Plus, Carmen Electra has a very stunning black diamond engagement ring and Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie been seen with some very elegant black diamond jewelry in recent years. Of course, if you are a fan of the “Sex and the City” show, you are aware of the stunning black diamond halo engagement ring given to Carrie Bradshaw from Mr. Big.