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Black Diamond Popularity Is On The Rise

Apr 9, 2008
Most of the time when a person conjures up a mental picture of diamonds, their thoughts are caught upon the familiar, glimmering and glittering clear stones. When it comes times to purchase a diamond engagement ring, for instance, it is almost a given that the buyer will be looking for the most brilliant, brightest gemstone to be found. However, there is a trend that is growing and more and more people are interesting in the black diamond for their special jewelry.

There was a time when a diamond of this darkest color was considered to be damaged, flawed, imperfect and virtually worthless. But that opinion has changed significantly and black diamonds are quickly becoming one of the unique league of gems that are being more and more sought-after, precisely because of their rarity and their exquisite uniqueness.

It might seem odd, but there are those who consider the diamond jewelry bling as having become commonplace. A black diamond could be just the answer to set them apart from the crowd. Having jewelry pieces that include black diamonds will still send the message that they have the money to spend, but also lets them stand out.

If you are in the market for black oness, then you should know that they are not all "created equal" and some care and attention needs to be given to the various characteristics of this unique gemstone. As with any type of rare gem, it is important to be sure about the quality of the stone before making a purchase.

First of all, it should be known that black diamonds can vary in color and might appear to be light gray or smoky, dark gray or pure black. What give these ones their tint and smoky color is inclusions of various types of minerals in the stone. The most common mineral inclusions in these black beauties are various iron oxides, such as hematite, sulfide, or magnetite.

The higher the concentration of oxides, the darker and richer the tone, from a light gray all the way to black. This tinting is caused not by impurities, but by the inclusions, and black diamonds are typically opaque. However, there are some specimens that are semi-transparent or even translucent, and these are extremely rare and even more valuable.

Carbonados are a classification of black diamonds which have virtually no value in terms of the gem in the jewelry industry. Even though they might be labeled as black diamonds, carbonados are very porous and they are much more common, and therefore carry less value than the gem-quality stones. In fact, the most common use for carbonados is as an abrasive and they are often used to cut and to shape the high-quality diamond stones.

Because a gray or a black diamond is still quite a rare sight in the fine jewelry market, they tend to be very expensive. In order to reduce the cost in a piece of jewelry such as a diamond engagement ring, the main stone could be one of the rare black gems with other smaller, clear accent stones surrounding it.

This not only provides for a less expensive way to enjoy black diamonds, but such a setting will also help to accentuate the unique beauty of this rare stone.
About the Author
Mike Selvon owns a number of niche portal. Please visit our diamond portal for more great information on the black diamond, and leave a comment at our diamond jewelry blog.
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