Black and white diamond settings are becoming a popular choice in engagement rings. These rings are aesthetically pleasing to many due to their contrast in stone colors. They also look elegant and go with most ensembles, including a beautiful white wedding gown.
While some people go for a ring with a colorless diamond as the centerpiece, with smaller black diamonds set in a design of their choice, some others go with the option of using a big black diamond at the center, matched with smaller colorless diamonds in their preferred setting. A few people choose to have a black and white diamond ring with an equal number of black and white diamonds.
Have you set your mind on going for an engagement ring with black and white diamonds? Before you embark on the journey of customizing your engagement ring, let us take a brief look at the major differences between these two diamond varieties.
Structure Of The Diamonds
White or colorless diamonds reflect most of the light that falls on them in a brilliant way, determined mostly by their cut. Black diamonds, on the other hand, absorb most of the light falling on them, due to their peculiar crystal structure. Most people are aware that high-grade colorless diamonds are made mostly of carbon atoms. Black diamonds contain graphite inclusions that make them opaque and distinct in nature. White or grey inclusions add to the character of some black diamonds, making them rare and unique.
Color Of The Diamonds
The clarity of white diamonds is graded based on a set of specific criteria. Rating black diamonds using the same set of specifications may not be fair, since black diamonds have their own unique appeal, irrespective of their clarity or transparency. So, it may be rational to assume that the grading of a black diamond as low in clarity need not necessarily mean that the diamond is of low quality.
Price Of The Diamonds
The price of loose black diamonds is on the lower side when compared to the price of loose white or colorless diamonds. The lower price is mainly due to the lower popularity of black diamonds and not the quality of the diamonds. This makes them an affordable choice to be used stand-alone or in combination with other diamonds or gemstones in jewelry.
Making the choice of adding black and white diamonds in your ring can be a wise one, considering the cost aspect as well as the lesser number of people opting for this particular combination, making your ring a unique conversation starter!