What is a black diamond?
A cut and polished black diamond.
- Natural black diamonds (also called fancy black diamonds) get their color from mother nature. Other minerals are trapped inside the diamond during its formation in the earth. The extremely high amount of these other minerals within the diamond, called inclusions, are what give natural black diamonds their black color (you can learn more about inclusions with the Diamond Clarity Chart). The cool thing about inclusions is that these are what give the diamond it’s unique character and make it unlike any other stone.
- Carbonados are also naturally occurring, but they’re only found in Brazil and Central Africa. Geophysicists believe these stones came from a meteorite, and they consist of carbon, graphite and diamond.
- Black diamonds (notice the absence of “natural” or “fancy”) are found in nature, although their color is not. These are sometimes called treated black diamonds, black colored diamonds or color enhanced diamonds and they’re turned black as a result of heating treatments.
- Lab created black diamonds are identical to natural diamonds but they are lab grown, so neither the stone nor the color are found in nature.
Are black diamonds real?
A 1.5 carat salt and pepper rose cut rough diamond.
Are black diamonds expensive?
An Abby Sparks Jewelry custom engagement ring, The Nicole.
Are there different black diamond colors?
Rough diamonds get their color from their inclusions.
If you want a colored diamond with a more organic look, rough diamonds (sometimes called raw diamonds) lack the clarity of colorless diamonds and appear smoky and subdued. When these stones are cut and polished, they’re called rose cut diamonds and are a major fave for unconventional brides looking for a rustic engagement ring. Although they can be “salt and pepper”, brown, or white, some rough diamonds are black.