Black Diamond Education
Black Diamond Overview
Commonly referred to as “Fancy black diamonds”, black diamonds are the bold gemstones that have more recently become popular within the engagement ring industry. When Mr. Big gave Carrie Bradshaw the infamous 5 carat black diamond engagement ring in the Sex and the City 2 movie, so started the long awaited black diamond engagement ring phenomenon.
What is a Black Diamond?
The trade name for a black diamond is “carbonado”. Carbonado is not traditionally used in jewelry, rather it is typically used in industrial tools. It is described as the toughest form of a natural diamond, but is also an impure form of a diamond which is comprised of diamond, graphite, and amorphous carbon. Natural Black diamonds are primarily made of graphite inclusions which darken the body of the stone to give it a black appearance. Treated Black diamonds are natural gray diamonds that have been treated using high pressure high temperature treatments to enhance the darker tone. Most jewelry features treated black diamonds because of their strength and durability.
How Is It Graded?
You may be familiar with the 4 C’s of diamonds but wondering, what’s the grading system for a black diamond? Black diamonds are evaluated with the same grading of white diamonds in regards to a black diamond’s cut, and carat weight. However, the color and clarity of a black diamond are graded according to the black diamond specific guidelines:
Black diamonds are categorized under the color grading guidelines that all “colored diamonds” are evaluated within. When it comes to colored diamonds, the grading is somewhat subjective. The way people perceive a color and communicate the color to one another varies, so when grading a colored diamond this is taken into account.
There are a number of elements that can effect the way a colored diamond appears, including light source, the surrounding environment of the diamond, and the person viewing the diamond. To provide an authoritative reference of color, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) compiled a collection of what is known as “masterstones” that provide a reference point to what the color of the diamond should look like, or come close to looking.
Taking the steps written above and combining that with expert color graders and neutral environments to analyze a stone within has created a process that is easily repeatable with minimal subjectivity to ensure accurate descriptions of a diamond’s color.
When looking through most black diamonds, they are opaque, meaning you cannot see through a stone like you can with a white diamond. Furthermore, it is common for a black diamond to be heavily included, meaning the diamond has imperfections within the stone. However, these inclusions are not necessarily visible to the naked eye.
There is no variety in the tone and saturation of a black diamond, therefore they are referred to in the grading system as “Fancy black”. For example, when the GIA provides a grading report for a black diamond, it is called a “Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report”, in which the diamond is referred to as “Fancy black” and the color is either denoted as natural or treated.
Our Selection of Black Diamonds
The My Trio Rings Black Diamond Collection is comprised of various shapes, all in the form of a brilliant cut diamond, set in white, yellow or rose gold.
We use treated black diamonds for luster and durability of the diamond which allows for safer and more durable wear. Our diamond clarity ranges from I1-I2 clarity grade and our cut standard is at minimum a good cut grade. In our Moroccan Nights collection, we have architecturally designed, floral-motif inspired wedding ring sets that feature a variety of gemstones, including black diamonds which introduces a new level of savings within a unique collection of matching trio ring sets.
How Is A Black Diamond Valued?
A black diamond is more affordable than a white diamond because of it’s innate clarity having inclusions. Since most black diamonds are opaque, and inclusions are not easily visible with the naked eye, you are not required to spend more of your budget to get a better looking black diamond. This makes black diamond engagement rings an extremely affordable alternative.
How To Care For A Black Diamond?
Since natural black diamonds are composed of thousands of micro fractures, we advise you to avoid hitting surfaces because the diamond is more vulnerable to break than traditional colorless diamonds. We offer treated black diamonds to eradicate this fact which far more durable to wear every day and keep clean, which provides peace of mind.
To keep these natural black diamonds safe, you should avoid using steam or ultrasonic cleaners to clean the diamonds, similar to their colorless counterparts.