Black colour is strong and seductive. The epitome of its depth, classic chic dark shade and high fashion statement create a sophisticated magic, which amplifies the dramatic effect on different shapes and forms. Being both gothic and poetic, black shade is also favoured in jewellery with its roots taking us far back in time. Let’s discover the most provocative and mysterious black gemstone, which faultless shade created gossip, fear and desire. A true beauty and story of a Black Diamond.
Black Diamond, or a Fancy Black Diamond, is considered fairly new with its popularity rising from the late 20th century, and yet it has been with us for centuries. Its dramatic beauty of colour made it most feared and desired, and the most controversial gemstone to have. People in India believed that Black Diamonds were cursed because they resembled the eyes of spiders and snakes. However, people in Italy were convinced that touching this stone would bring them good fortune and successful marriage. Probably the most famous rumour of Black Diamond was that it got hexed after being stolen from the statue of Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, where it was featuring the eye of a sculpture. A stunning 67.50ct Black Orlov, or the Eye of Brahma, one of the most breathtaking Black Diamonds, was believed to cause death to all of its owners. After Black Orlov became marked with a Diamond curse, old fashion beliefs put all Black Diamonds into very unfortunate positions. Some people have tried to ignore the possibility of unfortunate faith, but most were scared by any black coloured gemstones, up until the curse of Black Orlov was broken. The curse was said to disappear after the Orlov Diamond was recut and repolished, and ever since brought only good upon its wearer. This event swiftly changed people’s perspective and an old discharged dark gemstone returned as a new unexpected material. Its unique dark colour became the most desirable factor, casting aside old-fashioned believes and gossip.
Black Diamond’s colour proved its popularity and value. An exceptionally rare and very distinctive gemstone, gifted with a breathtaking metallic appearance, became a symbol of power and success. Although, what caused a gemstone to look this certain way people didn’t know until the modern technology. It was discovered that large quantities of clouds or inclusions that extend throughout the stone, and stained black cleavages or fractures, were creating its signature dark appearance, ranging from near colourless to olive green, brown or grey. The uniqueness of pitch-black shade and its variety made Black Diamonds even more attractive, drawing attention from the jewellery lovers and front star celebrities. Some would argue that the Black Diamond engagement ring became popular after 2010 movie Sex and the City 2, where Mr. Big gave Carrie a 5ct Black Diamond engagement ring. Others will say it was Carmen Electra and her gorgeous Black Diamond ring that put this exceptional gemstone in the spotlight. Nevertheless, it is a fact that Black Diamonds established a prestige and demand as unconventional and truly astonishing gemstones to have.
From stories of being cursed to TV series and front star celebrities, Black Diamonds proved to attract attention and became adorned by people with an extraordinary charisma. As some of the most prominent gemstones today, they dictate new rules for jewellery and are said to bring eternal love, good luck, financial wealth and success, and who wouldn’t want that.