Black by Popular Demand

Black diamonds have moved from the world of drill bits to the world of fine jewelry. In Basel, at The JCK Show in Las Vegas, and at the Jewelers of America show in New York, more dealers and manufacturers than ever before were displaying loose stones as well as black diamond jewelry. "I guess the popularity of black diamond has been increasing over the past five years or so," says Kapil Seth of IBN Diamond in New York. He cites the platinum trend as one reason for black diamonds' new vogue: "The white metal really contrasts the black of the diamond." Jeff Curry, gemologist at the House of Onyx in Greenville, Ky., agrees that contrast is the key, but he sees it more in the juxtaposition of black diamonds with white diamonds in high-end fashion jewelry. Marcus Fuchs, manager of Chromagem in New York, cites a different reason for black diamonds' popularity: "Black diamonds are fairly inexpe

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