Black investment diamonds? This is why you should consider them.

  • What are black diamonds?
  • What types of black diamonds are there?
  • What is the difference between black diamonds and colourless diamonds?
  • Where do black diamonds come from?
  • Why should I opt for black investment diamonds?

In addition to the classic colourless diamond, diamonds can have a range of vibrant colours, such as red, purple, pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, grey, white and even black. Red and blue diamonds are the rarest. Black diamonds differ from most other diamonds, because they are completely opaque.

What are black diamonds?

Black diamonds are very precious and valuable. Moreover, they are more affordable compared to most other coloured diamonds. This is because of their opacity: black diamonds absorb all the light which causes them to shine less compared to transparent diamonds. For this reason they are less sought after for jewellery, but the more so as an investment.

Because of their similarities to other types of gemstones and because of their specific colour and features, the question arises if black diamonds can be considered an investment.

What types of black diamonds are there?

There are black diamonds and natural ‘fancy colored’ black diamonds. Both types are genuine diamonds, but the black colour of the first is synthetic. The ‘fancy colored’ natural diamonds are mined with their intrinsic black colour already present in the stone.

The real value of black diamonds lies in their unique, natural and rare black colour. This makes this type of black diamond interesting as an investment.

What is the difference between black diamonds and colourless diamonds?

On a chemical level, both are very similar. The black colour is caused by the presence of graphite in the crystal structure during the formation of the diamond. Such graphite inclusions are not present in colourless diamonds. Apart from this, colourless and black diamonds have the same chemical characteristics.

Where do black diamonds come from?

Natural black diamonds are only found in a limited number of mines, for example in Brazil and Central Africa. They come from much deeper in the earth and are formed between 140 and 190 kilometers under the earth's crust. The particularly high pressure and temperature at that level give them their unique colour. Afterwards, volcanic eruptions and lava push them to the earth's surface where they are mined.

The specific process that gives black diamonds their unique opaque colour is not entirely clear. There are various hypotheses about how black diamonds are formed, none of them the same.

Why should I opt for black investment diamonds?

It is generally believed that pink, red and blue diamonds are the most suitable coloured investment diamonds. Because of their rarity, they are more profitable than other colours. Moreover, they are more popular than black coloured diamonds because of their higher brilliance. A black diamond is therefore only considered  a good investment if the stone is quite large or if the stone has a distinctive feature that can create a great demand in the market.

Natural black diamonds are, in comparison with other coloured diamonds, situated in a lower price category. The costs, depending on the size, lie between  €3000 and €5000.

How can you invest in natural black diamonds? Which other colours can you choose for your investment diamonds? The diamond experts of BAUNAT DIAMONDS can advise you, using their many years of experience and intensive training programs.

Author: San Meuleman
Source: BAUNAT

With this article, BAUNAT strives to inform you thoroughly about investing in diamonds. No investment can be guaranteed to be without risk or fully according to your expectations. That is why we recommend to research the risks and aspects of investing in diamond properly to ensure that you make the right choice for your portfolio.

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