Black Gemstones: Buying Guide

November 09, 2021
Black Gemstones, diamonds

How do you rate Black gemstones, as in do you like, maybe even love them and wear them confidently?

Or do you avoid them because of that old notion held several centuries ago of associating Black gems with death and thus worn as mourning jewelry? In more recent times too, Black gemstones were considered perfect for the goth fashion.

Fortunately, nowadays, both the death connection and the goth fad have faded away as no longer relevant so we can better appreciate these Black gems for their particular beauty to create a dramatic look – black and white – or just to compliment white or pastel-colored clothing, or to add a flourish. I’m sure you can name many of these Black gemstones, e.g. Black Diamond, Black Opal, Black Pearl, Black Spinel etc. but did you know the Black Opal is more expensive than a Black Diamond?

And, as a birthstone for those of you born in October, you can add the Black Opal to your jewelry wardrobe providing, of course, that you’re not superstitious about opals of any colour or subscribe to the above notion that they should only be worn as a sign of mourning. Also, if you really like black gems and are thinking to add some to your jewelry wardrobe, you have more than a dozen to choose from.

Black Gems from the most expensive to the more affordable

Because it is so rare, found only in Australia, the Black Opal tops the list of the most expensive Black gemstones with the equally beautiful Black Diamond in the second spot. The third in line, and this was a surprise, is the Black Beryl, also rare, hence again its high price and second only to the red beryl. The Black Beryl comes from Madagascar and Mozambique and is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Third in line re cost and rarity is the exquisite Black Pearl AKA Tahitian Pearls and the birthstone for June with the Black Sapphire occupying the fourth spot. In the 5th spot, there’s another surprise because it’s new to me, is the Serendibite from Burma (Myanmar). And in the 6th spot, one of my favorites, is the gorgeous Black Spinel, mostly from Thailand.

Next, in the 7th place, is the Black Star Diopside from India and therefore also known as ‘the Black Star of India’ that differs from the Black Star Sapphire, which has six rays whereas the Black Star Diopside casts a four-rayed star. in the 8th spot there is the Black Garnet, followed by the Black Tourmaline, Black Fluorite – another surprise for I thought fluorite was only in the blue, green, yellow, and pink pastels – Black Zircon, Black Moonstone, and Queen Victoria’s favourite, Jet, which is not a true gemstone as it’s not a pure mineral but rather wood decomposed under high pressure over millions of years. I may have these out of order in terms of value so I suggest you speak to Monika or Joe at LL Private Jewellers for clarification in case you’re thinking of adding any of these black beauties to your jewellery collection.

Your Creative Self

Black gems whether set in a ring, pendant, bracelet or necklace make a statement but if you desire the truly dramatic and stunning effect pair them with colourless diamonds or the more affordable white topaz. But of course you’re not limited to the dazzling effect of black and white because black goes with every colour except maybe brown so you have an almost unlimited colour range to choose from especially if you’re considering a tourmaline gem.

My particular preference of a complimentary colour for a black gem is blue – blue diamonds, blue apatite, and tanzanite – but for a piece that is uniquely and entirely yours you just have to imagine it and Joe at LL Private Jewellers will make it for you.

Please for more information about black gemstones please call LL Private Jewellers at 604-684-6343.


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