Is Black the New White for Diamonds?

Liori Diamonds, a jewelry design house, has launched a new line of black-diamond jewelry for engagements and anniversaries. The company is aiming to set new trends for diamond jewelry for the modern consumers with this new collection.

A black diamond ring from their collection:

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[Image Courtesy: Liori Diamonds]

Naturally colored diamonds come in a variety of colors but perhaps the most rare color is black. One of the most remarkable black diamonds is a 67.5 carat Black Orlov, which was sold for $352,000 as part of the necklace setting in 2006 in a Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale.

 

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[Image Courtesy: London Museum of Natural History, PRWeb]

Black diamonds absorb a large amount of light hence lack the fire exhibited by white or colorless diamonds. However, just because they are black in color, it should not be assumed that they are not real diamonds or are of lower quality. Black diamonds, also called as Carbonados, get their color from graphite impurities. Black diamonds are also called fancy black with a notation of natural or treated on laboratory reports. GIA however does not grade black diamonds since they fall outside its normal clarity range. Though, it issues a “Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report (CDIOR)” for identification purposes.

An interesting aspect of Black diamonds is the controversy surrounding their origins. The most common theory is that the impurities included during the formation under high-pressure conditions in the earth’s interior created black diamonds. There are wilder theories such as these diamonds come from outer space due to an exploding supernova or an asteroid collision. But none these theories have been widely accepted with research support.

In case of black diamonds, demand meets supply (for now) but the interest in black diamonds has been increasing as people start looking for alternatives to white diamonds.

 

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