Sterling Canyon reports on the growing fad of Black Diamond jewelry, everything from engagement rings, bracelets and necklaces. As we reported last month, the buyer needs to be aware and smart about buying such beautiful gemstones. Black diamond jewelry can cost thousands of dollars and if your willing to impress your girl with them this Christmas, a few tips are warranted.
As a refresher, let’s review the color process. Black diamonds are very rare and fetch tens of thousands of dollars for high quality stones. The more modern method is to radiate the a white or clear diamond, usually of poor quality. The crystal is bombarded with neutrons, turning the stone a dark green which appears black. Look at the stone with a jewelers glass. If the stone is green on the edges, it’s been irradiated. A natural black diamond will be black through and through. The nice thing about irradiation is that the color is permanant. The bad thing about irradiated stones is that they are a poor quality diamond that is over-priced.
Some jewelers, particularly department store jewelers will sell black onyx or black quartz as diamonds. You won’t find a good buy on black diamonds. Don’t fall for it. If you buy a nice black diamond necklace or bracelet, take it immediately to a reputable jeweler and get a second opinion. Don’t wait till after Christmas. The embarrassment would be awful. Be smart this season. And buy wisely.