Black Diamonds. Fake, Real, or just Super Expensive?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

What She’s a little off her rocker. My hubby has a black diamond in hi and it was a great price.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@vandhaug2011:  Sorry to thread jack but I LOVE your nails! They are so pretty!!!:)

@cheetah2b:  How strange! Sorry you had this experience!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Dialysate:  Thank you!! I did them myself. I even did my piggies.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

There is less demand for black diamonds, so they are cheaper. Also, most commercially sold black diamonds are treated to “enhance” the color, so although this doesn’t necessarily make them “fake,” they have been altered from their natural state.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

http://www.blackdiamonds.co.uk/

There is such a thing but they are hard to get a gem quality…I have personallly heard that the black diamonds made for jewelry are actually treated/enhanced diamonds to make them that colour…correct me if I am wrong but that was my impression

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I recently bought a pair of earrings which an independent jeweller has ID’d as diamond using a thermal tester and visual inspection, and which could be either diamond or moissanite based upon that assessment (because you can’t ID black diamond/moissy positively using either method).They were sold to me as diamonds and were super cheap… as in, about 120 USD for 5 carats.

… but they have definitely been irradiated, and possibly also dyed. It’s been done well. But they probably contain invisible inclusions (invisible because of the colour), so they are probably low quality. That’s why they’re cheap. Nice though!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The lines between “real” and “fake” stones are pretty blurry.  All of the treatments and enhancements that real stones go through make them one step away from man made. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a 1.5 c natural black diamond. We paid 140 for it. they are black for several reasons, one bwing the larger amount of graphite in the stone when it is forming. I had it tested when purchased and it tests positive on the diamond tester. The way you can tell a natural black diamond from an irratated one is, natural black is all black you can see no light or flaws in it. it is totally black. The irritated stones are usually a lower grade white diamond and if you look closely you can see light through it along with any large flaws. Also irritated stones are not really black if you look close enough they actually have a green, gray, or or brown tint too them. I researched them when we were looking for erings with black diamonds. I love my ring my fi picked the stone. We purchased it off eBay. I had it checked by 2 jewelers. We got a really great deal 🙂

Also Natural or fancy black diamonds are more rare but because of the lack of luster like a white diamond prices vary, they are usually not more expensive.  Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay.  Her gray stones are irratated not natural. They are diamonds though.  On a last note black diamonds become desirable because of the cut, that will dictate largly how the ring will shine. Also because of the graphite in the stones it is common to find pits in natural black stones.  I hope that helped.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Gypsybarbi:  Ah, really! Wow, in that case then my earrings may not be dyed or irradiated at all. I mean, they’re black. Super, duper black, with no visible flaws or inclusions. Can’t see light through it. Also an ebay special. In fact, it was the fact that they were so “perfect” looking which made me suspect that they had been treated in the first place.

EDIT: Which seller did you get your ring from pls?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Natural non heated black diamonds are more grey in color and are extremely expensive. The jet black stones you see in chain stores are cheaper because they ar heated to enhance color  Same can be said for the other colored diamonds in the sames stores 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MASPA:  I would argue the price topic to depend on where you purchase it. As for the color… You cannot see through a natural black diamond. Irritated ones vary in color when examined closely. I had my ring verified by a reputable jeweler Within the return period so I’d know I got what was advertised. We looked in many different places and at many different stones so we’d have an education on what we were purchasing. That’s why if you shop on eBay use sellers with  good return policies so you have time to verify your purchase. 🙂 also I understand what you mean about the gray but if its cut and polished its black Where you can see it. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Rachel631:  I don’t remember the sellers name as I clean my ebay box out on a regular basis. I know it was a gent in North Carolina and I believe his name was cline. 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

Gypsybarbi:  

Gypsybarbi:  A gemoligist can tell the difference between treated and natural black diamond by putting it under a black light to see if the edges where the stone was cut change color treated diamonds will glow brown green or another color around the cut while a natural blck diamond will remain the same black color around the edges. Natural black diamond also come with a certification card that says they are natural. 

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