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Origin of Black Diamonds

By Frank

Highly experienced diamond polisher who loves to share his knowledge with you. Continues to stun his colleagues with interesting - or simply bizarre - facts about diamonds and gems.

November 18, 2016

In this article, I explain a little bit about where black diamonds come from and how they form. Black diamonds sparkle much less than their white counterparts. But they do give a unique sense of style and elegance to any woman who wears them. Combined with white diamonds, they really flourish creating a beautiful aura of sophistication and grace. Of course, you can browse our black and white diamond jewelry or contact one of our diamond consultants for advice, but before you do, let me tell you a little more about this beautiful, mystical rock.


Black diamonds – also known as Carbonado  are polycrystalline diamonds. This means that they consist of several different minerals. When diamonds appear from volcanos they are taken down the mountain by lava until it reaches a river bedding. The water takes everything from the eruption into the flow until it quiets down and the stones sink into the ground. These deposits of sedimentation can hold a lot of diamonds. Here are most black diamonds found.

Finding places of black diamonds

There are three main areas that are famous finding places for black diamonds:

  • The Central African Republic
  • Brazil
  • The Kozelski Volcano in Kamchatka

The natural color of Black Diamonds varies from dark gray to black, and they are more porous than other diamonds.

3 C’s of Black Diamond valuation

We rate regular diamond with the 4 C’s of diamond valuation: carat, color, clarity, and cut. Quite uniquely, black diamonds do not have any visible inclusions (or internal damages). Therefore, the C of clarity is absent for black diamonds. A black diamond also has a relatively strong luminescence (sparkle) caused by nitrogen and the absence of several atoms in the structure of the crystal. And guess what, the black color also appears due to radiation. Only during formation though. So any glow you will appear to have when wearing will only come from yourself.

black diamond from royal coster diamonds

Boulders of Star Dust

The interesting and somewhat weird part of black diamonds is that they come from places where no other diamonds are found. While yellow, pink, blue or red diamond come from mostly ‘white’ diamond mines. Black diamonds are always among other black diamonds. This leads to some questions and controversy about the real origin. Ranging from direct conversion from the center of the earth to strong radiation-influenced inception, nobody has quite determined the final theory.

Origin black diamonds according to Dr. Haggerty

I will not bore you with the many different theories on this but I will tell you the most interesting and- in our opinion- one of the most amazing origin stories is from Dr. Haggerty, an expert on this matter. He believes Black Diamonds are the remains of dying stars that explode and found their way to earth. This theory sounds strange and right from an episode of Star Trek, but has actually gained more and more followers throughout the years. Black diamonds come from very specific locations and always only black diamonds. And the largest diamonds ever found, are all black as well. He called them ‘Boulders of Star Dust’. And we like that.

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