When we say diamonds are a girl’s best friend we are not kidding, we cannot choose between them and it will not be surprising if we decide to take them all, but this one engagement ring that suddenly shot up in popularity is making us sigh for our engagement with our prince charming. It is none other than the black diamond ring, not only does it look posh but it gives us a new take on tradition. Due to their bold, strong nature, black diamonds have been one of the most common alternatives to traditional colorless diamonds in engagement rings as well as a lot of other jewelry items. Factors Affecting a Black Diamond If you think this classy ring is for you here are a few things u should know. Price When we see a pretty ring which we like, the first question that comes to our heads is whether we can afford it, well fear not romantic one this black beauty is actually much cheaper than its white counterpart of the same size. Obviously depending on what type of diamond you want like a natural stone, or a treated stone, or a lab stone the prices vary (lab-made stones being the most expensive) but it is still nothing compared to white diamonds. You can almost hear your wallet give a sigh of relief. Type Like we mentioned before there are 3 types of black diamonds, here’s an abridged explanation of what they are. Natural Black Diamonds Believe it or not but black diamonds actually are found within the earth, although very rare. They are regular diamonds but with carbon inclusions (mainly graphite) and it owes its color to these carbon impurities. Treated When a regular white diamond is treated to become black it’s called a treated or enhanced diamond. It’s actually more common than a naturally occurring black. Almost all black diamonds sold today are treated in some way. Lab-made As the name suggests these are made in a lab, although there is no difference in their chemical makeup, they are more expensive than their natural cousins. The only difference you might notice is that these are actually dark brown or blue instead of black (which can be corrected by simple irradiation). Symbolism You might not notice it but what people feel when you wear this black ring also is important. The color black is usually associated with power, authority, and mystery so the wearer can expect some heads to turn when they notice it. For the people who do not believe in that, a black ring can also show that you are fashion-forward and you do not follow the crowd. Also read: Forever Brilliant Cluster Settings Diamond Engagement Ring History It is known that some black diamonds were formed around 3.8 billion years ago. Unlike most other diamonds that come from underneath the surface of the earth, black diamonds are usually extracted from the banks of streams and are found mainly in Brazil and parts of Central Africa. Just three metric tons have been extracted, making them quite uncommon. Black diamonds were first found in Brazil and called ‘carbonados’ by the Portuguese colonists. The word was used because of the burned (carbonized) look of the raw gems. The origin of these diamonds are still up for debate. Some claim that black diamonds were created by radiation, whilst others claimed that black diamonds were formed in deep space and deposited on Earth when the meteor collided millions of years ago. This fact that most people cannot agree to how black diamonds have come into existence adds to their intrigue. Now regarded as “Fancy blacks,” black natural-colored diamonds have traditionally been held in low regard. Customers had no interest in black diamonds until the latter half of the 20th century, when designers began to use them in jewelry, in particular by comparing them with tiny colorless diamonds in pavé designs. Thanks to creative jewelry makers and a genius publicity strategy that started in the mid-1990s, black diamonds have gone from lower-grade manufacturing products to the next biggest thing in the world of jewelry. Taking care of black diamonds The structure of a black diamond is such that it can comprise hundreds, or even thousands, of microscopic cracks. While diamonds are sought after for their superior hardness, these numerous cracks make black diamonds more susceptible to bruising than normal diamonds. Taking care of black diamonds is the same as with any fragile gemstone: do not use steam or ultrasonic cleaning appliances that could inflict harm. To polish a black diamond, the procedure would be the same as most other diamonds. The easiest option will be to take it to a jeweler, however at home, one may scrub a diamond gently with a toothbrush and a soft soap. Black Diamond Jewelry Like all diamonds, all 4Cs (cut, clarity, color, carat) must be considered whether you’re buying a black diamond ring, a loose black diamond ring, or some other jewelry. These aspects form a crucial role in assessing the value and attractiveness of black diamonds. It is really important to keep in mind the metal you want for the jewelry of your black diamond. Black diamonds fit very well 14k white gold, platinum and other white metals due to their bold, intense hue. There are no standards, traditions or specifications for the color of the engagement ring, while colorless engagement rings appear to be the most traditional. The suitability of the individual wearing the ring is a significant factor. The 4c’s Color Unlike most other colored diamonds, black diamonds do not differ in tone or saturation. That’s why they’ve only got a single grade, Fancy. As mentioned earlier, the color of the stone comes from tiny impurities which can be ranging from grey to brilliant black. The color depends on the form of the inclusions. Often, opaque parts cover translucent regions of black diamonds. This is due to the unequal distribution of residues in the stone. Black diamonds of even color distribution are known to be more valuable. Clarity It is the only type of diamond in which clarity is not classified. It’s simple to see why. Black diamonds are extensively included and dark. Ergo, it is not possible to grade its clarity. In general, stores would have the phrase: Clarity Omitted while discussing the clarity of such diamonds. Carat Many of the black diamonds in the supply chain are below the 1-carat mark. Since these diamonds are denser than colorless diamonds, a 1-carat black diamond would be significantly lighter than a colorless diamond that is also 1-carat Big natural black diamonds are uncommon, but the greater the carat weight, the greater the value. If you see a black diamond that is bigger than most others in a shop, it is most possible that the diamond has been treated. Cut It is common knowledge that a diamond has to be cut to bring out its true beauty. This is true of colorless diamonds, but not of black diamonds. Since black diamonds do not reflect light normally, they do not shine and have a rather subdued luster. Conditioning a black diamond will allow the stone greater reflection and beauty. Black diamonds can be cut into any of the common gemstone cuts, such as oval, princess, marquise, pear, heart, or cushion. Black diamonds are considered to be hard to cut and polish owing to their dimensional patterns. As a result, they can quickly crack or fall off during an arduous and lengthy period of cutting. Skilled craftsmen are needed to bring the best out of black diamonds without compromising them during the procedure, and it may take a year or more for a diamond cutter to finish a diamond. Also read: Unique Split Shank Setting With Sparkling Diamond Conclusion Thoughts When you wear your black diamond engagement ring, you should be confident that a lot of time and attention has gone into cutting your black diamond as this is the major factor that determines the beauty and stunning nature of the diamond that is guaranteed to make many heads turn.