What are black diamonds?

ImageSurpassing all coloured diamond categories, black diamonds or carbonados, have now become THE diamonds of choice in the last decade or so. It must be the mystery within the colour black which makes us curious about this type of diamond. And why shouldn’t we be? After all, it’s a type of diamond too. The theories revolving around black diamond formation has been linked to supernovas.

If you were to trace your steps back to a decade ago, black diamonds used to come cheap as a lot of collectors and jewelers had little interest in them. Black diamonds were found to have very less clarity, losing their optical properties and luster normally associated with diamonds.

But, with the increase in prices and the chances of affordability of owning a diamond lessening, black diamonds are fairly in demand now.

WHAT MAKES THEM BLACK?

Natural black diamonds get their colour from numerous plate-like inclusions within them which are known to be graphite.

(Inclusions are gaseous or other particles that get trapped in the diamonds during their formation process).

The largest diamond ever discovered was a black carbonado at 3,147 carats.

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?

Not as rare as natural red, pink or purple diamonds, but natural black diamonds have been found only in alluvial deposits in Brazil and the Central African Republic and are not found in the primary-diamond-producing countries like Russia, Australia, India or Canada. Since they are found in alluvial deposits and not in volcanic pipes, their formation does not take place at great depths beneath the earth’s surface like conventional diamonds.

Although they do not tend to sparkle as much as coloured diamonds, they have grabbed attention of many a celeb like Carmen Electra, Angelina Jolie, Carrie Bradshaw, and Lauren Conrad.

VALUE OF A NATURAL BLACK DIAMOND

Black diamonds are graded differently than colourless diamonds and are not graded by the usual colour scale for fancy coloured diamonds. The scale with which black diamonds are graded takes into account both their size and their colouration.

 

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Best ways to show off the bling!

ImageA woman’s beaming smile is equivalent to the size of the rock on her finger because nothing gets us going like a pretty ring, a beautiful necklace or a pair of shiny, sparkly earrings. No matter how big or small, expensive or cheap, real or fake, a good piece of jewelry has a knack of lifting our spirits. Jewelry is to women as games and cars are to men. We can never have enough!

Flaunting your style

The kind of jewelry you wear highlights your personality and is extremely personal. A lot of women can’t leave the house without loading up on chunky necklaces and beads, while for others a small pendant and simple diamond studs complete the look. Some women prefer an armful of bangles or bracelets. Just make sure to have fun with it.

ImageKeep it chic

If you are going to load up on an armful of bangles, try and minimalise on the necklace and earrings. You don’t need to look like a Christmas tree.

Match it to your clothes

Just like how you would match your shoes to the rest of the outfit, you need to think about the jewelry in the same way too. A thin chain goes well with a ruffle-front blouse but not a chunky piece of necklace. Jewelry should raise the outfit a notch.

Choosing it right

Don’t buy cheap imitations. Invest in some good costume jewelry and make sure that it goes with a number of different outfits.

ImageChain it up

You can wear different necklaces with different necklines right from simple, subtle gold chains or a strand of pearls to bold, colourful beads. You can choose to wear necklaces of varied shapes and sizes which add to a festive look. You can make a statement with a wide choker or a bib and you would have to forgo other jewelry when wearing such a fetching item.

Earrings

Earrings have always had an impact on your complete outfit. Whether you prefer simple studs or dangling ones, each one needs to be well considered when you are in the line of vision. Pearl, gold and diamond studs are versatile and go well with everything. Chandelier earrings are bound to make heads turn and when you wear these, you don’t need a necklace, a brooch or bangles.

Put a ring on it

It does not have to be an engagement ring for you to flaunt it. Rings make a bigger statement especially if you are using your hands to talk or move around. You can choose to stack your rings as it gives it a funky edge or adorn it on different fingers.

Brace it

Bracelets add that extra oomph and are an exciting piece of jewelry to wear. Bracelets add substance to your style. You can choose to wear bracelets of different sizes but keep it limited to one to two types. You decide to wear short sleeves or roll up long ones to display your bijoux.