FAQs about Black Diamond Jewelry

Published April 26, 2012 | Updated August 20, 2015

Indulge in a bit of modern luxury with black diamond jewelry. Black diamonds decorate all types of jewelry, from engagement rings to fancy earrings. Black diamond jewelry adds mystery and opulence to your look. Black diamonds are slightly different from other diamonds, and they add specific style to rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and a variety of unique jewelry pieces.

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  • Do black diamonds and white diamonds have the same properties?

    No. Black and white diamonds have some basic differences. Black diamonds are formed from small black crystals and are more porous than the white gems. Black diamonds are officially called "carbonados." They are found in alluvial deposits in Africa and Brazil; these sites do not produce white diamonds. Some scientists believe that black diamonds came to Earth in meteors. White diamonds work their way to the surface through volcanic eruptions.

  • Are black diamonds just another color of fancy diamonds?

    No. Fancy diamonds, also known as colored diamonds, come in many colors. Most colored diamonds have the same composition as white diamonds. Blue, pink, yellow, and green diamonds get their colors from minerals such as nitrogen and boron. Fancy diamonds can also get their colors from heat and other aspects of their experience inside the earth. Black diamonds actually have a slightly different composition from other colored diamonds.

  • Are black diamonds always black?

    Black diamonds can be grey or black. Many jewelry designers use both colors to create unique pieces of jewelry. Other gemstones enhance the look of black and grey diamonds, especially in engagement rings. Look for black diamond jewelry with accent rubies, sapphires, and aquamarines.

  • What are my black diamond jewelry options?

    Black diamonds are used to artistically embellish pendants, cocktail rings, engagement rings, chandelier earrings, tennis bracelets, stud earrings, and wedding bands. You really can't go wrong with black diamond jewelry. Choose black diamond jewelry that will enhance your wardrobe. Black diamond engagement rings are modern and luxurious. Black diamonds are commonly used to create elaborate pieces of jewelry. Look for animal-shaped pendants, nature-inspired rings, and intricate chandelier earrings. For more information, read our black diamond buying guide.