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Facts About Chocolate and Champagne Diamond Jewelry for Women

Updated on September 25, 2015
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Deborah is a published writer, mother and grandmother who writes on diverse topics, including financial info, homemaking, gifts and more.

Colored Diamonds are a Popular Alternative to the Traditional Clear Stones

Brown diamonds, which used to be considered undesirable, are becoming more popular as an alternative to clear stones.
Brown diamonds, which used to be considered undesirable, are becoming more popular as an alternative to clear stones. | Source

What are Chocolate or Champagne Diamonds?

Chocolate diamonds are the yummiest new trend in jewelry. They are particularly popular in women's engagment rings and pendants. Other options are cocktail rings and earrings.

Many people think of diamonds as only being available as crystal clear stones. However, there are more colors of diamonds than you might think! When shopping for a diamond, you may want to consider something unusual. Diamonds are actually available in these colors:

* Brown

* Beige

* Pink

* Blue

* Purple

* Orange

* Yellow

* Green

* Black

* Red

According to JewelryWise.com, in an article titled "Should I Consider Color Diamonds in an Engagement Ring," color diamonds of all types are becoming popular choices for diamond engagement rings, partly because many celebrities are choosing them ... and showing them off in magazines. Even the fabulous and famous Hope Diamond is not a clear stone, but blue in color.

In addition to engagement rings, many of the more unusual colors of diamonds are also popular choices for women as cocktail rings, necklaces, earrings, etc. It is fun to have a diamond that makes people stop, take a second look and ask you more about it.

Brown diamonds can be called either chocolate or champagne diamonds. In some cases they are referred to as mocha, especially the darker stones. In the past, they were considered industrial grade and were rarely used in jewelry. However, women are starting to take a second look at these stones and they are now being featured in a wide variety of designer jewelry.

The official term "Chocolate Diamond" is actually a wordmark (which is like a trademark) owned by the Le Vian Corporation. The company has the exclusive right to call a brown diamond a Chocolate Diamond. Other reputable companies will refer to their brown or beige diamonds as champagne, brown, mocha or use similar terms.

Most commonly, these lovely stones are used by other jewelers and are often referred to as champagne diamonds. Whatever the name, remember that it is the same stone and it can be stunning to wear. These brown and beige stones are particularly striking when they are combined with white diamonds. They create a beautiful contrast.

If you like unusual jewelry, you'll love some of these gorgeous types of diamonds. They are certain to attract attention whenever you wear them.

What Determines the Value of a Color Diamond?

White diamonds are usually prized for their clarity. In contrast, color diamonds become more valuable as their colors become deeper. Color choices are:

* Faint

* Very light

* Light

* Fancy

* Fancy dark

* Fancy deep

* Fancy intense

* Fancy vivid

There are specific measures for each color and only an expert can tell you the color intensity of the stone you choose.

(Source: http://www.jewelrywise.com/engagement-wedding/article/should-i-consider-color-diamonds-in-an-engagement-ring)

Where Do Chocolate Diamonds Come From?

Color diamonds were once dismissed as being undesirable or inferior to clear, white diamonds. However, in recent years color diamonds, including brown stones, have increased in popularity. Color diamonds are created naturally out of carbon from the pressure of the earth, just like clear diamonds. The chocolate or champagne stones may come from Australia, Africa or Russia; however, Australian diamond mines are the most frequent source. The Australian mine that produces most of the world’s chocolate diamonds is the Argyle Diamond Mine.

Styles of Chocolate Diamonds

Chocolate diamonds can be cut into many different styles, just like a traditional diamond. You can find stones that have been emerald cut, square cut or even heart shaped, depending on your preference. The stones may be used in combinations with other gems in jewelry, including as a decoration on a watch or as a unique solitaire necklace. These gems are just as durable and strong as a traditional diamond.

Color diamonds are often combined with white diamonds in the same piece of jewelry. The combination of the dark brown and clear stones makes each one stand out more.

Where Can You Find Chocolate Diamonds?

Chocolate Diamonds can be found in many jewelry stores and department stores. They can also be found online from a wide variety of jewelers. Wherever you decide to get your gems, they are a unique and interesting addition to any jewelry collection.

In addition, many men have discovered that chocolate diamonds are a delightful twist on the old idea of giving your wife or girlfriend a box containing “chocolates” for Valentines Day or an anniversary. This is a type of chocolate that does not contain fattening calories, but is just as indulgent as the kind you can eat!

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      Deborah-Diane 24 months ago from Orange County, California

      You make an excellent point. All color diamonds, including those that are blue, pink, etc., are actually normal diamonds with some type of impurity. That is why clarity is such an important factor in determining the value of a white diamond. It seems that it has only been in recent decades that brown diamonds, which were once used for industrial purposes, are now being used for jewelry. I agree that the color will not appeal to everyone ... although they are a fun choice for Valentine's Day, rather than a box of chocolates!

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      MizBejabbers 24 months ago

      I guess it's all a personal preference, and I don't like them. LeVian mounts theirs in black which does emphasize the stones, but I still don't find them attractive. I know that gray and black diamonds are diamonds in which the carbon has not been thoroughly pressurized to create a pure stone, and I wonder if the same is true for the brown. I notice that the literature on brown diamonds does not say why they are brown. I'm not against "impure" diamonds, and I treasure a pair of small black diamond earrings that I own, but I don't like to see impure carbon touted as "wonderful," or"chocolate," or anything else that it is not.

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      Deborah-Diane 24 months ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you for your comments. I have also updated this article with additional information about these stones, letting people know how to tell which stones are the most valuable and showing more examples of how they are used.

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      Bhagya Kumar Singh 24 months ago from India

      Nice informative hub. I didn't have any idea that there is something called chocolate diamonds until i came across this post.

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      Keino Chichester 2 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      @ ezzly: I agree

      This gives a whole new meaning to "swallowing diamonds!"

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Chocolate and champagne diamonds are perfect for Valentine's Day. This is the kind of chocolate and champagne she really wants! LOL

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Wow I've never heard of Chocolate diamonds , both of which I love ;) great hub, voted up and tweeting!

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are perfect for Valentine's Day, and you still have plenty of time to order them!

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Au fait - These jewelry selections would be perfect for Christmas, Valentines Day, and engagement or other special occasions. They are unique and gorgeous!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This would be an exquisite gift for some lucky mom with Mother's Day only just a little over 2 weeks away. Sharing with my followers in case someone is having a hard time thinking of the perfect Mother's Day gift.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Never heard of chocolate diamonds before, as you say, it gives a whole new meaning to "I got some chocolates"!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I sure would love some Chocolate diamonds but I think I will have to just settle for chocolate candy. Enjoyed looking! Thanks!

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      what a way to propogate this love season deb!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This could be the perfect gift for someone on Valentine's Day. Already pinned this a couple of times, and going to share it again in case it will help someone who may be stumped on what to get that special lady in their life, whether it's a girlfriend, wife, mother, mother-in-law, or grandma!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Chocolate diamonds actually refer to a specific brand; other companies refer to them as champagne diamonds. No matter what you call them, they are beautiful!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never heard of a chocolate diamond before reading this. I even like the name of it! How nice that they can even be found on sites like Amazon. I'll look into it. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Christmas is only 8 weeks or 56 days away! This chocolate diamond would make a beautiful gift for someone special. Already pinned to my 'Christmas' board, and now I'm going to share this article again in case somebody out there is looking for a unique and special gift that is sure to be treasured.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you so much for pinning this article to your Christmas board. I love the uniqueness of chocolate diamonds.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is where I first learned there was such a thing as chocolate diamonds. Very interesting and informative article and I have pinned it to my 'Christmas' board because I think it would be a great Christmas gift for someone. Also going to share again with my followers.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Many people don't know about chocolate (or champagne) colored diamonds, although they are heavily advertised around Valentine's Day. I think they are the perfect gift any time of year!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting hub and I've come back to share it with my followers this time.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love the look of chocolate diamonds ... and think they are a nice change from traditional diamonds!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting hub. I had no idea diamonds came in chocolate. I knew they came in some different colors but was unaware there were so many different colors. Really enjoyed learning about them!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I agree that chocolate diamonds are gorgeous. I love the fact that they are so different!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love chocolate damonds they are so pretty. Voted up.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Chocolate diamonds are so beautiful and unique. They make a wonderful gift for a woman!

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      debW07 5 years ago

      Chocolate diamonds sound like a great Valentine's Day gift, although some women may want chocolate and diamonds on that day. Very nice article, Deb!