Settings That Would Look Stunning As Black Diamond Engagement Rings

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Although colorless diamonds are the most universally recognized in engagement rings, black and white diamond engagement rings are growing in popularity.

Now considered as “Fancy blacks,” naturally black diamonds were historically held in low regard. There are only a few famous black diamonds, such as the 67.50 ct Black Orlov, also known as the Eye of Brahman.

Black diamonds were outcasts until the late 20th century when designers recognized their potential to lend a dramatic flair to jewelry. Black diamonds soon became a stylish inclusion in jewelry as their dark, mysterious color was used in contrast with tiny colorless diamonds, often in pavé settings.

As black diamonds grew in popularity, black diamond engagement rings soon entered the spotlight due to film and celebrity exposure. Black diamond engagement rings were featured in the 2010 movie Sex in the City 2 and were widely flaunted by celebrities such as Carmen Electra and Kat Von D.

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What is a black diamond?

Given the relatively new popularity of engagement rings with black diamonds, research into the cause of the bewitching color of black diamonds is fairly recent.

Inclusions, or internal imperfections, are typically undesirable as they reduce the value of a diamond. However, they are unavoidable in black diamonds because they are the cause of the diamond’s unusual color. Most naturally colored black diamonds get their dark color from large quantities of minute mineral inclusions such as graphite, pyrite, or hematite throughout the stone. In addition, black diamonds may also have numerous fractures that have been stained black or have become black because of graphitization.

Because it is the concentration of these internal features--mineral inclusions and stained fractures--that are responsible for the color of a black diamond, the actual body color of a natural black diamond may range from near-colorless to brown or olive green.

Although diamonds are famous for being one of nature’s hardest natural materials, black diamonds are also more fragile due to the inclusions which provide black diamonds with their mysterious color. Black diamonds are notoriously difficult to cut, polish, and set, requiring great care.

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If you’re looking for cheap black diamond engagement rings, you’re in luck. Although black diamonds are more fragile, they are often more affordable than other diamonds.

Because naturally black diamonds are notoriously difficult to cut, polish, and set into black diamond engagement rings, many manufacturers often irradiate diamonds to make them appear black.

Because black diamonds are opaque, often heavily included, and do not vary in tone or saturation, there is only one-grade term for black diamonds: Fancy Black. Thus, the GIA does not issue grading reports for black diamonds. Instead, the GIA issues a Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report which includes notes on the diamond’s color and whether it is natural or treated.

Black Diamond Grading Chart: AAAA, AAA, AA, A

Engagement rings with black diamonds have an inexplicable allure that may be perfect for someone who has a flair for the dramatic. Searching for black diamond engagement rings for women? Consider some of the following stunning engagement rings that can be custom ordered to feature a captivating black diamond.

Pave And Milgrain Black Diamond Ring

Pave And Milgrain Black Diamond Ring

This engagement ring style is a stunning option for a black diamond engagement ring. The intricate metalwork of this ring would serve as a dramatic complement to the complex allure of a black diamond. In addition, the 14 accent diamonds would serve as excellent contrasts to the central black diamond.

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Lily Black Diamond Ring

Nature and vintage-inspired rings would serve as a magnificent setting for a black diamond. This ring's delicate lily-shaped petals curving up to the center black gemstone offer an eye-catching setting.

Plain Shank Halo Black Diamond Ring

Plain Shank Halo Black Diamond Ring

This gorgeous design features a powerful play between white diamonds and black diamonds. The 0.16 carats of accent white stones provides a stunning backdrop for the black center diamond.

Classic Rising Black Diamond Ring

Classic Rising Black Diamond Ring

The metal bead accents and accent diamonds make this a devastatingly beautiful selection for a black diamond engagement ring. This classic ring style offers some uniqueness to ensure your partner's stamp-of-approval.

Tapered Halo Black Diamond Ring

Tapered Halo Black Diamond Ring

A diamond encrusted band offers a stunning contrast to a central black diamond. This petite halo setting with 0.32 carats of accent diamonds provides sparkle for any angle. That means your black diamond size will be brillantly accentuated.

Black diamond engagement rings have a unique look that will sure to be attention catching. Choose this style for someone who is truly a trendsetter.

With Clarity Black Diamond Rings

We have black diamond gemstone rings in the following shapes: round, princess, oval, and pear. Pick from three metal settings: white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Up to three carats of brilliance, with a price range from $500 to $2,450. We have a selection that would be suitable for any wearer and budget.

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