Silver wedding ring for women as well as black diamond ring. In contrast to conventional diamonds, which are composed of a single crystal, black diamonds are made up of millions of tiny crystals bonded together. Numerous inclusions and microscopic deposits of sulfides between these bonds are responsible for the black diamonds dark color.
Most black diamonds are not uniformly black, but have a grey or dark grey appearance. The color varies depending on the degree of imperfections in the stone and the amount of sulfides. Black diamonds are believed to be unlucky or lucky, depending on your culture.
Black Diamond Mythology
In ancient Indian culture, black diamonds were considered cursed, due to their resemblance to a spider’s or snake’s eyes. The stone became a representation of the ancient god Yama, the god of death. On the other hand, in Italian culture, black diamonds were thought to bring good fortune to an ailing marriage. Called the stone of reconciliation, Italians believed that touching the stone would cause the problems of the marriage to pass through the couple and go into the diamond.
Famous Black Diamonds
There are several famous black diamonds. One of the most famous is the Black Orlov. A black diamond weighing 67.5 carats. According to legend, the diamond brings death to anyone who owns it, and it was blamed for the death of two Russian princesses. Other famous black diamonds include the Black Star of Africa (202 carats), the Amsterdam Diamond (55.85 carats) and the Black Diamond of Bahia (350 carats). The Black Diamond of Bahia is particularly well known as it is so hard, it was unable to be polished and thus remains in its natural state.