Black Diamond Men’s Wedding Bands
A growing number of men are looking to celebrate their unions with uniquely compelling wedding rings. Glittering with mystery, intrigue and intense allure, black diamond wedding rings have become a popular choice for many modern men. Whether you prefer eye-catching elegance or sleek sophistication, there’s a band to suit your style. Read on to learn why black diamond men’s wedding bands are such an intriguing choice for today’s grooms.
A Compelling Backstory
Now commonly known as "fancy blacks," black diamonds have always had a fascinating place in historical lore. Take for instance the famous Eye of Brahman, a massive 60-plus ct Black Orloff diamond. Reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie, the stone was stolen from an ancient idol in the Indian subcontinent during the early 19th Century. In turn, it was considered so cursed that many of its subsequent owners committed suicide. So feared was this storied legend, the gemstone was ultimately recut to break the curse.
Despite the black diamond’s legacy for having supernatural powers, the gem didn’t gain its current popularity until the late 1900s, when jewelers started using them to contrast with tiny white diamonds in gorgeous pavé settings.
Still, black diamond engagement and wedding rings didn’t really become mainstream until 2010, when Mr. Big gave Carrie Bradshaw a 5-carat black diamond ring at the end of Sex and the City 2. The dark gemstone received even more attention when famous tattoo artist Kat Von D and model Carmen Electra began showing off their stunning black diamond engagement rings. Since then, black diamond jewelry has become a major force, as more and more jewelers have showcased the gemstone on a broad range of contemporary jewelry pieces, including men’s wedding rings.
Are Black Diamonds Real Diamonds?
Black diamonds are 100% real diamonds that get their color from substantial quantities of small mineral inclusions such as graphite, pyrite or hematite. These concentrations of tiny internal features give the stone a dark, dense appearance. In fact, the actual color of a black diamond can range from olive green to brownish to almost colorless. Natural black diamonds are typically opaque, with a significant luster that gives the stones a stunning, near-metallic appearance.
Most black diamonds used for men’s wedding rings and other jewelry are treated to induce the color. Many start out with a gray hue before being subjected to high-temperature, low-pressure treatments that graphitize the existing fractures and transform the stone into a dark black diamond.
Choosing a Black Diamond Wedding Band
A men’s wedding band should hold deep meaning while reflecting the style of the groom. A fine natural-color black diamond is a stunning gemstone with a uniquely alluring look unlike any other diamond stone in today’s marketplace. They are also often less expensive compared to other diamonds. With all that said, there are a few things you should understand before selecting a black diamond ring for your wedding band.
The 4Cs – color, clarity, cut and carat weight are the universal standards by which any white to near-colorless diamond is graded. Because black diamonds exist outside this standardized range, their color is typically graded based on the GIA’s International Diamond Grading System for colored diamonds.
Since black diamond gemstones are opaque and heavily included, they cannot be graded for clarity. Likewise, because they have no variation in the tone and saturation, the gems are only labeled with the grade term “fancy black.”
Because black diamonds are so included, cutting and polishing them can be difficult. They must also be expertly set with great care. This is why it’s so important to get your black diamond wedding ring from a skilled and experienced jeweler like John Atencio.
A Unique Ring for Your Love Story
Every wedding is unique, and this should be reflected in the groom's wedding band. Men have diverse styles that require distinctive wedding band designs. John Atencio has an impressive selection of black diamond mens wedding bands designed to stand out for all the right reasons. We also have a wide array of other types of men's wedding bands, so you can easily find a ring that reflects your taste and lifestyle.
Searching for a distinctive men’s wedding ring? Shop online or visit one of our convenient locations, and our attentive experts can help you find a uniquely sophisticated band that perfectly matches your one-of-a-kind style. Let our knowledgeable team show you how to select a stylish wedding ring to honor your walk down the aisle.