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What Is a Black Diamond?

by Haley Anhut
Posted January 11, 2021

Last updated on March 15, 2022

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When you hear the word “diamond,” you probably think of a clear, colorless precious stone. However, there are also tons of different colored diamonds, including red, green, pink, and even black diamonds. Whether created in a lab or occurring naturally, black diamonds have the same chemical makeup as their colorless counterparts. Therefore, they are every bit as genuine as the colorless diamonds that you are more familiar with.

People in different areas may have different opinions of black diamonds. Some cultures regard them as bad luck, or even a curse, while others believe that they have protective properties. Despite being more scarce than colorless diamonds, people didn’t consider black diamonds as high-end gemstones until the late 20th century. Today in jewelry, including engagement rings, black diamonds are used more than they ever were in the recent past.

How Much Does a Black Diamond Cost?

If you have been researching about the color grade of diamonds, you may know that colorless diamonds are more expensive than colored diamonds. You can end up paying a pretty penny for fine jewelry with traditional colorless diamonds. This is true even though the human eye can’t really tell the difference between clear diamonds and diamonds with slight color.

However there are diamonds that cost even more than colorless diamonds: fancy colored diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds, are rare and actually more expensive. Fancy colored diamonds naturally occur in a wide array of colors, such as red, yellow, blue, and even white diamonds, to name a few. Of all the colors, natural black diamonds are extremely rare compared to other diamonds. An engagement ring with a natural black diamond can be the most rare and expensive of all.

Natural Black Diamonds, Treated Black Diamonds, & Lab Created Black Diamonds

Diamond suppliers source natural black diamonds from mines just like other natural diamonds. They occur very rarely naturally and have environmental effects due to the impact of mining. There’s also another category of black diamonds: treated black diamonds. Treated black diamonds are made by treating natural white diamonds with heat and radiation. 

Lab created black diamonds have the same look, longevity, and chemical composition as natural black diamonds. Lab created black diamonds (and other lab created fancy color diamonds) are real diamonds, and can cost up to 40% less than natural black diamonds. Plus, you get the added benefit of knowing your jewelry didn’t hurt the planet.

What Does a Black Diamond Represent?

Ultimately, you determine what black diamonds mean to you. However, other symbolic interpretations are often ascribed to them.

Strength

Part of the reason that the diamond became the gemstone of choice for engagement rings is that it is one of the hardest substances on Earth, representing enduring love. Compared to the more common colorless diamond, black diamonds are even harder and more durable, potentially making them an even more appropriate symbol of a relationship strong enough to last a lifetime.

Good Fortune

Medieaval European culture considered black diamonds as lucky. They believed that people who wore or possessed them would gain protection against the forces of evil. People associated black diamonds with good fortune in marriage in Italian culture. In fact, they said just touching one provided help with resolving marital issues. While the power of the black diamond to promote reconciliation between married partners is probably exaggerated, the association nevertheless makes wearing an engagement ring with a black diamond especially appropriate.

Originality

There are many couples who like to do things their own way rather than give in to wedding and marriage traditions. “Because it’s always been this way” is not a good enough reason for these couples to do things. For people who like to do things their own way, a black diamond engagement ring is a way to assert their independence and show the world that they prefer to find their own path. Even if they observe tradition in part, they are going to put their own unique spin on it; thus, the traditional diamond engagement ring in a different color.

Charm and Charisma

Gem dictionaries associate black diamonds with charisma, i.e., significant attractiveness or personal charm. Some philosophies of crystal healing hold that wearing black diamonds can help to increase personal charm and charisma. While that may or may not be true, black diamonds are unusual enough that they are likely to attract a lot of attention from curious onlookers. Therefore, they should only be worn by people who are comfortable answering questions about their black diamond jewelry and appreciate the attention that they are likely to receive from others.

The Most Famous Black Diamond

Black diamond engagement rings have grown in popularity recently, and some say this is because the pop culture icon, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City, sported a black diamond engagement ring. However, her engagement ring is no the most famous black diamond jewelry we’ve seen. That title belongs to The Black Orlov. Also known as the Eye of Brahma, this 67.5 carat black diamond is thought to be cursed. The legend says that the diamond was stolen from a statue of the Hindu god Brahma. Today the Black Orlov is surrounded by 108 white diamonds, and hangs from a 124 diamond necklace. Talk about fancy black diamonds in style!

Find out What a Black Diamond Means to You

Attitudes toward black diamonds have fluctuated throughout the centuries, sometimes highly regarded and other times superstitiously feared. You can have confidence in lab-created diamonds of any color from Clean Origin. They are as authentic as any mined diamond but much more ethically sourced and eco-friendly.