Diamonds are one of the rarest gemstones in the planet - usually found in the hearts of Central and Southern Africa. Canada, Russia and even Australia have been home to many diamond-mining sites as well. They are basically hardened carbon deposits, mined from deep volcanic shafts deep beneath the alcoves of earth. Diamonds are formed when carbon is exposed to extreme heat and pressure over an extended period of time.
Just as diamonds are known as rare and precious stones, one of its variants - the black diamond is an increasing demand in the jewelry industry. Although discovered just as the same time clear diamonds have been mined, the black diamond has just been recently marketed and promoted as a gemstone collection. Diamonds come in various colors - crystal clear, blue, green, pink, black, and others. Of all these colors, black has always been favored to be most striking.
The mine shafts of Brazil are home to a variety of black diamonds. Shapes of these stones come in a variety of irregular or rounded pieces, with various textures that range from solid (reflecting light) or absorbing (absorbing light). Various pieces of jewelry have been made in line with these stones, from necklaces to diamond stud earrings.
When choosing elegant diamond jewelry, one can never go wrong with black diamond stud earrings. This piece of jewelry goes well with almost everything - from a nice pair of jeans and a top, to a chic cocktail dress.
Black diamond studs have earned the moniker "the little black dress" of the world of jewelry, as this is a definite must-have in a women's jewelry list. However, because of the precious stones in the jewelry, acquiring a black diamond stud will require some amount of cash. There are still ways, though, on how to get these studs and save money at the same time.
When buying these diamond studs, or any diamond jewelry for that matter, first remember the 4 C's well to know these stones better. The 4 C's of a diamond are Carat (the weight of a diamond, 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams), Color (in the case of clear diamonds, the lesser the color, the higher goes the price), Clarity (as diamonds have been formed deep under Earth, they are made with external and internal "birthmarks"; better diamonds have lesser of these inclusions and blemishes), and Cut (this affects the total sparkle and brilliance of the diamond).
Have in mind that in order for the diamond studs or jewelry to be proven authentic, the jeweler must be able to provide you with the proper certification and the registration number provided by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). This certificate only proves that the diamonds have passed the standards and testing of the GIA.
One known way to save on money in diamond studs is buying loose diamonds first, and then having them set. Loose diamonds are, of course, cheaper than those already set. This is good not only as a money saver, but also for those with sensitive ears, since the metal on which the black diamond will be set is chosen by personal choice. Also, with loose diamonds, attention is given to the stone's attributes like clarity, color and the weight (carat).