Black diamonds? Yes, they do exist and there are many facets (yes, pun intended) to these unique gemstones that will amaze.
In recent years, the term natural fancy color diamonds has started to crop up more and more due to the fact that they have come out of “hiding” due to the Internet and its ability to spread the word to all and sundry. For centuries, colored diamonds have been almost the exclusive preserve of royalty, nobility, and the extremely wealthy. This was due to the fact that colored diamonds are 10,000 times rarer than colorless diamonds and are often priced accordingly.
Colors of colored diamonds include pink, red, blue, green, yellow, chameleon, champagne, purple, violet, gray, white, black, and orange. Given that these extremely rare gems are all different as they are created by Mother Nature, there is an infinite range of hues and secondary colors of stone as every diamond is different and may have additional hues and tones.
The Star Factor – the Wow Factor
What has perhaps had the greatest impact in bringing colored diamonds to the eyes of the world at large has been their coming of age with the Hollywood elite. Think J-Lo, Beyoncé, and Kate Hudson to name just a few stars sporting colored diamond engagement or eternity rings. Once the A-listers started wearing these stones, the cat was well and truly out of the bag, and fancy colored diamonds started receiving the broad-based attention they so richly deserve. However, with the price of a top colored diamond exceeding $2 million per carat, these are not really accessible to all and sundry.
Although the finest examples of the best diamonds in the rarest colors bring exorbitant prices and notwithstanding that most colored diamonds cost more than a similar colorless diamond, there are some exceptions. Black diamonds are generally cheaper than similar colorless diamonds even though black diamond jewelry has been the hit on the red carpet the last few years.
Black diamond rings and black diamond earrings have traipsed down the red carpet with such stars as Heidi Klum, Kate Beckinsale, and Jennifer Lawrence at the 71st Golden Globe Awards; Teri Hatcher at the London Premier of Disney’s Planes; La La Anthony at the BET Awards; Stacy Keibler, Kelly Osbourne, and Kelly Rowland at the Academy Awards; Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, and Jordin Sparks at the 55th Grammy Awards; and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde at the 2013 TIME 100 Icons Gala. Got the idea?
Black diamonds are unique, beautiful, go perfectly with every other color, are usually cheaper than their colorless counterparts, and definitely have celeb backing. Talk about a winning combination.