If you have ever thought of buying a black gemstone to add to your collection, but are confused about which gem is best for you, look no further, as today’s blog will focus on the ten pure black gemstones found in nature.
While a lot of people think that black gemstones are bad news, the opposite is exact. Like gemstones of other colors, black gemstones are fantastic because they also have metaphysical meanings and healing properties that you’d be glad you knew about.
Black gemstones are associated with the subconscious mind, mysticism, and the energies of the cosmos and the earth. There is nothing wrong with possessing a black gemstone because it can help heal your body, ground you to the earth (making you more rooted to it), and improve the handling of your emotions.
Black gemstones promote the spiritual life and strengthen your link to the Universe or the Source. Some black gemstones operate at lower vibrational frequencies, and these are best suited for people who want to improve their lives for the better slowly.
The more rooted you are to the earth and the lower the vibrational frequency, the more attuned you will be to the changes that you want to happen in life. Black gemstones are also used as active defensive wards against negativity and toxicity. If you have these in your life and would like to protect yourself from such negativity, look no further than black gemstones.
Obsidian, which is also called volcanic glass, is one of the blackest stones around. It is formed by recent volcanic activity, and its composition varies. Some obsidian has better formed crystalline structures, while others only have partially formed crystalline structures. This is because they form so quickly that they don’t have the benefit of long-term crystallization like other gemstones in nature. Obsidian is often made into cabochons, but faceted obsidian does exist. It scores a five on the scale of hardness, which means it’s not as durable as other gemstones like rubies and sapphires.
Black onyx is a type of agate, a banded chalcedony that usually has concentric patterns of white and black. Onyx that has red banding patterns are called sardonyx. Both will always be agates and subclasses of banded chalcedony. The red bands are aptly called “sards.” Black onyx does not have a very shiny or bright luster, but it’s still vitreous. Onyx is often dyed to improve its appearance because many specimens of volcanic glass have lighter colors. The deeper the color of gems like onyx, the better they look overall. The downside is that dyes often fade in time, and the fading is accelerated when the gem is exposed to the sun for long periods.
Lava stones are often made into bracelets, necklaces, and a variety of other jewelry. They’re lightweight, cool to touch, and supposed to be good for the health because they have healing properties. Lava stones, believe it or not, are derived from a variety of materials, not just cooled lava. Lava stone can be manufactured from silicic pumice, sedimentary limestone, and the like. Lava stones are black, and they always look fashionable regardless of the era. However, they are not very durable, so if you are going to wear lava stones or lava beads, be sure to protect them from impact and avoid dropping them.
Black tourmaline is the most common and most abundant form of tourmaline. Because of its abundance, you can purchase a carat or black tourmaline for $300 to $500. Black tourmaline is mined in different parts of the world, and there is no real shortage of it, unlike rarer gemstones like emerald, jade, and amethyst. Black tourmaline has a naturally vitreous luster, and it has a smooth and shiny appearance, too. Black tourmaline ranks higher than the previous gems we talked about because it has an average Mohs rating of 7.5. Like obsidian, black tourmaline can be shaped into cute cabochons, or they can be cut with facets. It looks fantastic on most jewelry. The downside is not everyone knows that there is a family of great gems called tourmaline.
Black zircon is considered a natural diamond simulant, and it comes not just in pure black but also colorless/white and a range of other colors from other parts of the color spectrum. Zircon is not equivalent to cubic zirconia, which is a synthetic diamond simulant and is considered a lower quality gem. Black zircon is also a natural gem, while cubic zirconia is a synthetic stimulant. We love the fact that although black zircon is the perfect diamond simulant, it is very affordable and is an excellent choice for people who want something that looks like a diamond. The black color saturation of black zircon is due to the inclusion of iron in its chemical structure.
Hematite is one of the easiest to find minerals on the planet. It is so abundant that virtually every country in the world has deposits of it. It is mined from the shallow crust only, and it is also the most important iron ore in the world. It forms on all kinds of rock from igneous rock to metamorphic rocks. The fascinating type of hematite is the micaceous hematite, which has speckles or granular formations of mica. The mica flakes give the hematite a somewhat metallic appearance and shine.
Moissanite is a silicon carbide that is synthetically manufactured as a gem. It can occur in nature, but not in enough quantities to warrant full-scale mining. It was first discovered in the late 1800s by a Frenchman named Henri Moissan. It is a solid mineral that is admired not just because it is an excellent gemstone for jewelry and ornamental applications, but also because it is useful for industrial applications.
Magnetite is another commonly mined iron ore found in all classes of rocks, from metamorphic to igneous. You know that you are holding a magnetite gemstone when magnets stick to it. It commonly occurs in nature as either a dark grey or black gem. With a Mohs rating of five, it is not the most durable of black gems, but it’s still beautiful and an excellent addition to anyone’s collection.