Learn about Black Diamond
Black Diamonds are real diamonds; they are the hottest entry on the fashion world
and the red carpet. It is coveted for its mysterious and mesmerizing color. Black
Diamonds occur in the crudest forms and their physical properties fluctuate from
dense to porous. Like all diamonds the four C’s of the diamonds are equally important
in Black Diamonds as well. Learn more...
Black Diamond Cut
Cut of the diamond is the most crucial aspect responsible for bringing out the latent
brilliance of the rough stone. It refers to the process of cutting of the rough
diamond at calculated angles to make the stone emit maximum brilliance. A fact to
remember cut is not the same as shape, rather it results in the creation of the
the rest of the imperative four C’s, cut is an outcome of human manifestation. Black
Diamonds call for a dexterous cutting process to make the diamond look more attractive.
Black diamond Clarity
The clarity is one of the most significant factors that determine a Black Diamond’s
cost. It indicates how clean the diamond is, whether it has any inclusions or flaws
on the surface of the stone. In Black Diamonds the clarity is basically relevant
to the surface, particularly the table and the crown. The table is the face of the
diamond, any flaw on its surface kills the glamour of the stone. The crown rests
of the sides, prongs or bezel setting can hide flaws at certain areas. The flaws
at the pavilion girdle or culet that is below the girdle is overlooked as it hides
in the setting. Further since the black diamonds are opaque the internal flaws are
neither visible nor matter.
Black Diamonds may have surface inclusions like cleavages, feathers, clouds, pits
etc. Inclusions are common in black diamonds, one in a million diamonds may have
a flawless table and crown. As far as these are not on the table it does not affect
its beauty or value. Diamonds with clean table surface are therefore more costly.
Certain inclusion can be easily hidden under the prongs; visible inclusions reduce
the cost of the black.
Carat is the internationally recognized standard unit for measuring the weight of
the diamonds and gemstones. Carat influences the diamond size; however it is difficult
to predict the exact size of the diamond on the basis of the carat. Black diamonds
are also weighed in carats, denoted by the abbreviation Ct or cts, sometimes followed
by TW meaning Total Weight. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams. Diamonds
above one carat are very rare. To specify the weight less than one carat, diamond
trade circles make use points. One point is equal to .01 carat or in other words
100 points make a carat.
Color is one of the deciding factors of the black diamond’s value. The lush, uniformly
spreading mid-night black color is the best color grade of Black diamonds. These
diamonds are also available in dark green, grey or smoky black colors from dense
to the slightly translucent. The uniformity and intensity of the color saturation
determines the value of Black Diamonds. These diamonds are constituted of multiple
crystals unlike a white diamond that is one crystal in itself. These crammed crystals
give Black diamonds their deep blackish color.
Naturally black colored diamonds are very rare and thus obnoxiously expensive. Few
know that black diamonds are actually not black, but very dark green, gun metal
or grey. The actual color may be visible at the edge of certain stones that have
a thin girdle. There have been very few natural black diamonds Black Orlov is the
most popular. It is a 67.50 carat precious treasure, also called the Eye of the
Brahma. Controversies and fables cloud this cushion-brilliant-cut diamond’s
glory that originally weighed 165 carats. When GIA graded it the stone’s color was
descried- Fancy-Deep Blue Green.
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