What To Know Before Shopping For Black Diamond Jewelry

by | Dec 29, 2015 | Jewelry

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Recently black diamonds have come to the forefront in many different types of jewelry including rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings. There are several different things that anyone shopping for these amazing gemstone should know, particularly if you are buying black diamond jewelry for the first time.

There are real, naturally occurring black diamonds, which are often called fancy diamonds along with other color options. Naturally occurring fancy, or colored diamonds can also be green, purple, orange, pink, blue, yellow, gray and even white in addition to black. The diamonds more common seen in jewelry are typically called colorless.

The true black fancy diamond, like the white, is not transparent, but rather it is opaque. However, with the right cut these diamonds are amazing in a setting on their own or with colorless diamonds or any combination of fancy diamonds and gemstones.

Real or Treated

There are naturally occurring black diamonds which are relatively rare and very expensive. They will be specifically called by the term of “natural” fancy black diamonds. The type of black diamonds seen in virtually all black diamond jewelry are created through heat treating diamonds to the desired color.

Both are beautiful options, and both are diamonds, it is only the color enhancing technique of heating which causes the permanent change in the color. This is also done with all other fancy diamonds as well unless they are labeled with the term “natural”.

Caring for Black Diamonds

Like all other types of diamonds, black diamond jewelry is very easy to care for. It can be cleaned with a soft bristle toothbrush and warm, soapy water and then rinsed with clean water wiped dry with a lint free cloth.

Additionally, all jewelry with these remarkable diamonds can also be cleaned by a jeweler, and this is also a great time to have the setting checked and ensure that all gemstones are securely in place.

Cut is Critical

The natural glow of black diamond jewelry is only possible through top quality in the cut of the diamond. The best black diamonds will be naturally lustrous and rich looking, and will be equally stunning in a yellow gold or any of the white metal setting options.

The natural look of the black diamond makes it a unique option for engagement rings and wedding bands, and as it is equally suitable for both men and women, it is now a popular choice for wedding jewelry as well as daily wear jewelry.