Black Diamonds vs. White Diamonds

What we generally think of as diamonds, the largely clear, glass-like precious stones that have been many a girl’s best friend are actually white diamonds. Although not actually white, of course, this is the color name used for all clear stones in the world of jewelry. Diamonds come in a surprisingly wide range of colors, from white, through yellow, brown, red, green, blue, and all the way to black.

But how do these polar opposites of the color scale match up in terms of availability and quality, and how does the grading of each differ?

White Diamonds

White diamond Ring

The classic of the precious stone family, eternal, visually stunning, and instantly recognizable, white diamonds have long been considered the king (or queen) of all jewels. White diamonds are graded on a scale peculiar to white or near-white stones, which takes into account the 4Cs of diamond grading – Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat weight.

Unlike colored stones such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, the less color in a white diamond, the more desirable it is considered to be, with color graded on a scale from D to Z. A pure white, colorless diamond would be graded D on the scale, and such examples are incredibly rare. Most diamonds produced fall in the I or J part of the scale, with any higher a letter than this usually indicating the presence of yellow within the stone which can be detected by the naked eye, rather than with a 10x loupe as is required for better quality stones.

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The colors that appear in white diamonds are caused by various trace elements during the formation period of the diamond. This process can take up to 3 billion years, and the earth contains many different minerals and other materials, all of which can influence the color of a diamond.

Yellow, the most common diamond that isn’t colorless is created due to nitrogen being present in the crystal lattice of the diamond, the more nitrogen, the deeper the color, until the stone has a distinct brown color. Boron being present causes blue diamonds, green is produced due to irradiation (exposure to radiation), and red by the crystal lattice of the diamond being deformed during formation.

It makes sense that the fewer impurities in a diamond, the more desirable and valuable it will be, but this isn’t always the case. Red diamonds are the rarest of the colors, and good examples can fetch very high prices, despite being technically flawed.

Although they will always have a special place in modern society, in part due to good advertising it must be said, that white diamonds are far from exceptional in the overall scheme of precious stones. However, true colorless diamonds are exceptional, and it is these stones that will drive our fascination with this jewelry royalty.

Black Diamonds

Black Diamond Ring

In terms of the rarity scale of colored diamonds, black sits squarely in the middle of the table. Neither common nor so rare as to be the subject of great demand from dealers, black diamonds often get overlooked and, although seeing something of a surge in popularity in recent years, have become something of a niche selection for designers and buyers. This increased popularity has also led to sharp increases in price for black diamonds, although they have yet to threaten white diamond prices on the open market.

Unlike other colored diamonds, which rely on the presence of impurities to create their distinctive colors, black diamonds appear black because of the many inclusions of graphite they contain, which prevents the light that enters from being effectively reflected back to the eye. Some presence of trace elements can be found, such as carbon, but it is overwhelmingly the graphite clusters that give black diamonds their name.

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Because of the relative ease with which black diamonds can be created, true natural examples are referred to as Natural Fancy Black diamonds. They are by far the most desirable black diamonds available. Poor quality, otherwise unusable white diamonds that have many inclusions but which do not create any definitive or desirable color can be heat treated to make them black. Although diamonds, the quality remains poor, despite most of the problems being hidden by the heat treatment.

As an example, heated black diamonds are worth about 1/10th of the equivalent carat weight Natural Fancy Black diamond.

There are no shades to a black diamond, unlike other colors, if a diamond is classed as black, then that’s all it needs to be described as such. There is no dark grey or other shades in which black diamonds can be graded as black is black.

What makes black diamonds quite unusual is that they are predominantly found in non-traditional diamond mining areas. Brazil and Central Africa are the primary locations for mining black diamonds, areas in which white diamonds are rarely, if ever, found.

A good quality Natural Fancy Black diamond is quite beautiful to behold and is a terribly underrated stone indeed. It may be a fact that settings containing black diamonds need to be very well thought out, but that leads to a further question of why would anybody bother to use such an exquisite thing if they weren’t going to give it the respect it deserves?

Black and White Diamonds Differences

Differences of Black And white Diamonds

These are mostly different in color, how they are made, how much people want them, and how much they cost. Black diamonds look dark and cloudy because they have minerals inside them, like graphite or magnetite, that give them their color. Because they are made up of different elements, they have a mystery and unusual appeal that makes them popular for modern and alternative jewelry designs. White diamonds, on the other hand, are highly valued because they are colorless and have clear crystals that bend light to make a beautiful sparkle.

Because they are made of pure carbon and no other materials, they have a classic look that will never go out of style. This is why they are traditionally used for engagement rings and other fine jewelry. Due to their scarcity and long-lasting popularity, white diamonds, especially those with better color grades, tend to be more expensive. On the other hand, black diamonds are usually less expensive and appeal to people who want a unique and edgy look. Some people may be drawn to the classic and glowing beauty of white diamonds, while others may choose the unique and powerful look of black diamonds. Both types are beautiful in their own way, so they can suit a wide range of tastes in fine jewelry.

Structure

Structure of white and black diamond

Since black diamonds are supposed to look like meteors, they are made of carbon and graphite. They aren’t as bright and fiery as white diamonds. They have a lot of shine and highlights here. Black diamonds take in light, while white diamonds reflect light and, based on how well they are cut and how clear they are, shine very brightly.

Clarity

diamond gems

Black diamonds are easy to break, which can make it hard to cut them. This means that high-quality cuts can be pricey. Black diamonds don’t reflect light like other diamonds do, but a good cut can make them shine.

There are two types of cuts for the Black Diamond: Good Cut and Very Good Cut.  Well, white diamonds are graded from “excellent” to “poor cut.” For the best quality, you should only look at ideal-cut diamonds. That is, a diamond’s Cut is the most important factor in determining how beautiful it is.

Some people think that black diamonds are just regular diamonds, but that’s not true. While black diamond colors aren’t just caused by “inclusions,” diamond clarity is based on the amount of these. How easy it is to see and how big external and internal flaws are. While the quality of a 1-carat black diamond might be called “very low,” In fact, the usual clarity grades for white diamonds don’t really help when grading black diamonds.

4C’s

pieces of diamonds

Additionally, black diamonds are Natural Diamonds that are mined and have the same chemical makeup as clear diamonds. Black diamonds get their color from inclusions, which are what make clear diamonds different from them. Black diamonds can be told what quality grade they are by their AA or AAA rating.

Some natural black diamonds are almost colorless, while others are dark or “olive” green. A colorless diamond is usually bright and icy white. According to the D, E, and Z color scale, these gems are “bases.”

Final Thoughts

There is a beautiful interplay of contrasts in the endless dance between black and white diamonds. Each has its own meaning and appeal. The classic beauty of white diamonds makes people think of purity and grace. They are a sign of love and commitment that lasts a lifetime. Their pure sparkle is like the way that deep ties last forever, capturing the essence of classic beauty and class.

Black diamonds, on the other hand, have a mysterious allure that goes against the norm and represents power and resilience. With their air of oneness and individuality, these dark gems show that they are willing to accept the unusual. Picking between black and white diamonds isn’t just a matter of taste; it’s also a very personal choice that lets people show off their own style and tell a story that connects with the complicated nature of relationships and life’s journey.

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