What is a black diamond?
It’s exotic. It’s unique. It’s opaque and mysterious. A black diamond combines the brilliance of a faceted diamond with dark romantic love. Tall, dark and handsome? Think shiny, hard and dark.
Why should I have a black diamond in my wedding or engagement ring?
The reason is to be unique and different. Add contrast to your ring by combining the whiteness of platinum or palladium with the blackness of this gemstone. Imagine lines of channel-set diamonds or black diamonds paved in a field. For the more daring, consider a black diamond as the center stone in your engagement ring!
What shapes do black diamonds come in?
They’re mostly available as faceted round brilliant cuts. Larger dimensions for center stones are also available as princess cuts.
What makes a diamond black?
Diamonds can be found in nature in many different colors, including black. It’s not a true black but is extremely dark and opaque. The majority of small black diamonds that are set into rings are color enhanced. In other words, they’re not pure black to start with but are treated so that they turn darker than they are naturally.
What Krikawa rings are available with black diamonds?
Any ring that Krikawa makes can be set with black diamonds, whether just as accent stones or as the center stone. If you check out the pricing calculator drop-down menu for Accent Stone(s), "Black Diamond" is the second option.
Are black diamonds affordable?
Depending on whether the stone is natural or color-enhanced, clarity, and size, we can work within your budget. Shown above is a 1.62 carat round for $700! The 1.67 carat radiant is $1504. The third stone depicted is an untreated 1.11 carat rosecut pear, which retails for $1800. Next to it is a 0.45 carat marquise for $1350, also untreated. Email or call us at 1-888-KRIKAWA to quote other sizes or shapes!
How durable are black diamonds?
A black diamond is just as hard as a white diamond. It registers a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it’s the hardest material on earth. Black diamonds are a little bit more brittle than a white diamond because of the inclusions that are natural to black diamonds. What this means is they’re more likely to chip than a white diamond. However, they’re still an extremely hard and excellent stone for everyday wear. The surface will not abrade or get worn the way softer stones do.
Where do black diamonds come from?
They were first discovered in Brazil during the 1800s by the Portuguese, who called them "carbonados." In addition to Brazil, they have also been found in the Central African Republic. Recently, scientists have claimed that--unlike white diamonds, which are formed inside the earth--some black diamonds may have been created in outer space, arriving on earth as asteroids!*
Ready to order a black diamond engagement ring, or seeking more information? Then email or call us at 1-888-KRIKAWA!
*National Science Foundation. (2007). Diamonds from Outer Space: Geologists Discover Origin of Earth's Mysterious Black Diamonds [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=108270.