Popular black gems

Black gems look austere and sophisticated, and black has always been associated with mysticism and otherworldly forces. It is safe to say that black gems are not inferior to other kinds of gems.

There is a great number of gems of darker shades. They differ from one another not only by the depth and saturation of the color, but also by the type of pattern, level of transparency, density, and hardness. Even the brilliance of black gems depends on their variety.

In different cultures, black gems have had different meanings and interpretations. For example, in Japanese culture, black gems represent wisdom and life experience. Esoteric literature describes the mystical and magical properties of these gems.

In modern times, the attitude towards black gems has changed. People believe that these stones protect their owners from negativity and give them strength. Such minerals are also used to create men's jewelry and accessories.

In this article, we will understand what are the most popular gems.


For example, in Japanese culture, black gems represent wisdom and life experience. Esoteric literature describes the mystical and magical properties of these gems.


All diamonds are known for their phenomenal hardness (10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale) and durability. There are two varieties of black diamonds:

  • Carbonado
    This type of stone has a siliceous base consisting of graphite and iron, with many inclusions. They can be said to be composed of many small diamonds separated by other dark minerals.

  • The piqué diamonds

  • These stones are translucent and are solid minerals with inclusions of various impurities.



    Black sapphires are stones of a deep, dark hue. It is worth mentioning that if you look at a stone closely, you will notice that it is not black, but dark blue, dark green, or gray. Black sapphires are characterized by an intense, glossy shine and a high hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale.


    This variety of opal is quite rare and is highly valued by jewelers, primarily because of the incredible play of color within the stone.
    The rarest types of black opal are mined in the Australian state of New South Wales. They are distinguished by the color play with shades ranging from deep gray to dark blue. The hardness of black opal is 5.5-6.5 out of 10.


    The stone is also called volcanic glass. This is because it is formed during the rapid solidification of lava. Obsidian is most often used to create beads, bracelets and earrings, rosaries, and decorative items for the home. At the same time, obsidian is a rather hard stone, which has a Mohs value of 7.



Black tourmaline (Cheryl) is an opaque mineral with a glassy luster that has a rather high hardness of 7-7.5 out of 10. Often the stone is not treated thoroughly, using the crystals as a full-fledged inlay. The mineral is widely used in the jewelry business. Masters process it by the cabochon method and use the finished specimens for jewelry.


This is a rare formation formed in the shells of marine and certain river mollusks of a particular species. These pearls usually have charcoal gray, dark silver, or dark green coloring. Stones are valued for their shimmering color. The most valuable pearls are the peacock and eggplant colors.


Morion is an opaque black variety of quartz that has a good hardness of 7 points. It is worth saying that morion is rare to find in nature, so it is more common to find artificial specimens in jewelry.


Spinel is also a rare gemstone with a hardness of 7.5-8. This stone can accumulate energy, including negative energy. Therefore, depending on its owner, it can either help or hurt him.



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Black gems are classic and refined. Such stones combine the beauty and depth of color, they have a strikingly attractive appearance, and are filled with great magical and healing properties. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see amulets and averters made of black gems. It is recommended to use jewelry with black gems for those people who lack self-confidence. These accessories help to focus attention, strengthen willpower and character. Jewelry with black gems can successfully complement almost any image, be it sporty or casual, evening or business.

Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

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