Black Diamonds Can Take You to Infinity and Beyond
November 11, 2008 by Tierra Wilson
Did you know according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) that geologists have discovered that black diamonds probably came from outer space? To comprehend this new eye-opener, you have to comprehend the genetic makeup of traditional diamonds and black diamonds.
Traditional diamonds are mined from unstable volcanic rocks that could reach up to 100 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. According to Sonia Esperanca, a program director for NSF, this process makes traditional diamonds “the hardest natural material known.“ However, black diamonds are different genetically. Akin to other rocks that originate from space, black diamonds have traces of nitrogen and hydrogen. Additionally, they are only found in Brazil and Central African Republic!
Naturally occurring black diamonds, however, are exceptionally rare. When discovered, they can cost upwards of $50,000 to $100,000, or more, depending on the carat weight of the black diamond, such as the famous black orlov.
In order to make black diamonds attainable by most jewelry enthusiasts, jewelers today take white diamonds and through irradiation and extreme pressure, transform the structure of a diamond to make it permanently black. These are still natural, authentic diamonds that have been treated to become colored diamond jewelry. The difference, however, is that you can buy black diamonds in the hundreds of dollars, rather than tens of thousands.
The ideal starting place to begin your black diamond collection is Apples of Gold’s 1 or 2 carat Black Diamond Solitaire Ring. This black diamond ring embodies minimalism through a 14K white gold band and sophistication through the 1 or 2 carat black diamond centered on the band. The 4 prong setting adds additional personality by giving the illusion of white gold claws reaching up from the band to enclose the black diamond.
Two black diamonds are unquestionably better than one especially when it comes to Apples of Gold’s Black Diamond Stud Earrings. Each earring, obtainable in your preference of carats, reminds me of two 14k white gold basket fashioned torches marching through the night holding a black diamond flame. Further customization of the Black Diamond Stud Earring includes your choice of push back or screw back posts.
The perfect match for the Black Diamond Solitaire Ring and the Black Diamond Stud Earrings is this attractive 1 Carat Black Diamond Journey Pendant which comes with your preference of a 16, 18, or 20 inch 14k white gold chain. The chain hangs charmingly around the wearer’s neck hoisting 7 black round cut 1 carat diamonds down the center of the chest (also available as a blue diamond pendant). The Black Diamond Journey Pendant is a great piece reminiscent of a bright constellation and a great tribute to the origin of black diamonds.
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