We are accustomed to seeing diamonds as crystal clear gems in engagement rings and other jewelry. But, did you know that there are also be black diamonds known as carbonados?

Carbonados are minerals often referred to as black diamonds, but more accurately they are a polycrystalline or aggregate material of amorphous carbon, graphite, and diamond. They are also very rare.

This crystal is mostly used in industries and its name comes from the Portuguese word “burned” because its dark color resembles charcoal. The first carbonado was discovered in 1841 in Brazil and at first it was commonly used in France as a polishing material.

Carbonado Could come From Space

There is a belief that this mineral can’t be formed on Earth and came from outer space through a meteoritic impact.Unlike regular crystal diamonds, carbonados have never been found in igneous kimberlite rocks formed deep within the earth, like regular diamonds, but in alluvial sedimentary deposits.

Further evidence pointing to outer space origins is that carbonados show traces of nitrogen, hydrogen and osbornite which are often found in meteorites. This is also evident in the fact that the black diamond is porous, which isunlikely to happen if it were formed deep within the earth because gas wouldn’t have been able to stay trapped in the rock.

Another theory suggests that carbonados grew and sintered in the crust or mantle of the Earth which is a consequence of a radioactive ion implantation of carbon substrates.

Other theories claim that they could come from a subduction process; or that interstellar bodies that crashed with our planet brought this mineral with them.

Stephen Haggerty, a geologist from Florida International University in Miami, believes that carbonados came from a large, diamond-bearing asteroid that may have fallen to Earth billions of years ago. As a matter of fact, this mineral has been dated to be between 2.6 billion to 3.8 billion years old!

Can you imagine owning a black diamond ring knowing just how old it could be?

Mystic Black Diamond Properties

Every crystal has special properties associated with them. In the black diamond’s case, these are action, passion and energy.

If you wear black diamond jewelry, you will help enhance your current relationship. Your inner strength will improve and it will also provide you with balance, clarity and abundance.

Since black diamonds are so unique, they symbolize originality and power. If you seek this then you need to own one!

How about a wedding ring with a beautiful, shiny black diamond in it? If you like to do something different and set yourself apart from the crowd then this gem is for you.

Unlike white diamonds, black diamonds have a stronger and masculine, energy. They are often used in jewelry, but beware! If you find them at a very low price, you might be looking at black onyx or spinel instead which are also black.Due to limited quantity, carbonados are very expensive. One must be very careful to ensure they are getting a genuine carbonado piece and not something which looks similar.

The most famous black diamond ring is a 67.50-carat cushion cut which is owned by a private dealer. It was previously owned by a Russian Princess named Vygin-Orloff who gave it its current name “Black Orloffis”.

Now that you are knowledgeable about carbonatos would you prefer to own a rare black diamond or a more common white diamond? Please let me know your choice and why you prefer one in the comment section!