Black Diamond vs Black Onyx vs Black Spinel

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I have a .5 black diamond solitare engagement ring.  It is unusual, but I love my black diamond.  My husband picked out the ring and the stone.  What I like about black diamonds is that they have a shine that other black stones don’t seem to have.  They also have the benefits of being diamond in that they are harder.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I picked out my ring with my fiance’s input. I wanted black and red together. The ring that I really liked from the website I liked only had black diamond and black onyx as options. I ended up going with onyx for a couple reasons.

1. I didn’t want a diamond because I have issues with the industry. This is a personal reason, and might not be relevant to you, but it played a part in my decision.

2. Diamonds, even black ones, are very expensive. And I’m on a graduate student salary.

It took me a while to convince myself that I was happy with the durability of onyx. Out of the three stones on your list, it’s the softest one. But I looked into it’s strength and properties and was satisfied that it could survive a lifetime. It’s definitely the softest stone I would be comfortable wearing as a forever ring, but it’s cheap enough that if need be I could replace it and it’s strong enough that I don’t think replacements will be necessary often (or ever). 

Onyx is also porous, which means I can’t use jewelry cleaner or wear it when I’m using chemicals of any kind because it could ruin the stone. That’s not too rough for me since I’m lazy about cleaning jewelry and I don’t like wearing rings while cleaning anyways.

One thing I thought was super cool about onyx was its history. Onyx has been used for a very long time in jewelry. It’s not always pure black though. In the past it was soaked in sugar water until it absorbed some of the sugar and then dunked into acid that would turn the sugar black. This was done to dye the onyx a more even and dark black color. Which I think is super cool!

Any of your three options will look beautiful! And I’m excited to see another black engagement ring

Here’s mine

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

what about Whitby Jett? thats another black stone, made popular by queen victoria

 

I tend to think of onyx as manly as Ive only really seen it in mens rings… im not a fan of diamonds in general but if I was to get one a coloured on would definately be the way I would go

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