Facts About Chocolate and Champagne Diamond Jewelry for Women
Colored Diamonds are a Popular Alternative to the Traditional Clear Stones
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:
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:
* Very light
* 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.
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!