“Champagne diamonds . . . beautiful, naturally”
Warm, Chic, Exotic, Alluring, sophisticated, sexy and Classical, Champagne diamonds are the haute couture of natural colored diamonds & diamond jewelry. From light champagnes to the rich tones of cognacs, champagne diamonds make a statement about your style, about your personality, about you.
Natural brown diamonds are available in colors ranging from soft candlelight to warm cognac. They are also referred to as champagne diamonds, cognac diamonds & chocolate diamonds; terms coined for better promotion of natural brown diamonds in the jewelry world.
Like all diamonds, Champagne diamonds too are dated to be millions of years old. The cause of coloration is the tremendous pressure on its crystal lattice structure as the diamond forms deep in the earth’s womb which causes lattice mis-alignments within the crystal structure and induces the brown color.
Less frequently, impurities of hydrogen, or isolated nitrogen atoms, & color centers could contribute to the brown tint.
Jewelry designers are gleefully embracing the wide range of color exhibited by these diamonds and their timeless elegance. The diamonds mix & match perfectly, not only with each other but also with other colored diamonds, pearls & a variety of other gemstones.
However, unlike the other color diamonds, natural brown diamonds were not popularly accepted until fairly recently. The description “brown diamonds” did a lot of harm to the reputation of these beautiful stones in the past making them less attractive as gemstones & encouraging their use as industrial diamonds. But all that is changing fast.
Once the discards of the jewelry industry, brown diamonds are now adored. Viewed as substandard in the past, natural brown diamonds are enjoying new found admiration.
Indeed, most people had never even heard of brown diamonds before the aggressive campaigning undertaken by Argyle mines in the 1980s. The huge proportion of brown & pink diamonds produced by Western Australia’s Argyle mine makes it the largest supplier of brown diamonds in the world. Australian diamonds, which make up 1/3rd of the world production, abound in brown stones.
Natural colored diamonds require a lot of heat to form. The Argyle Diamond Mine is situated on a volcanic pipe, making it a prime area for diverse shades of diamonds. The bulk of colored diamonds discovered at the mine fall into the color category of dark champagne or cognac.
Recent years have witnessed a dazzling rise in the demand for champagne diamonds.
Factors contributing towards the universal acceptance of brown diamonds as highly valued gemstones are as follows:
- Technical advances in diamond mining as well as polishing.
- Extensive & extremely effective promotional campaigns including champagne diamond jewelry design competitions;
- Increased acceptance by the jewelry community including jewelry designers, celebrities, fashion forward consumers, diamond collectors and royalties;
- Greater availability of champagne diamond jewelry styles & designs;
- Heightened consumer awareness;
- Furthermore, Hollywood has uninhibitedly embraced champagne diamonds as the ultimate fashion accessory and Hollywood celebrities are frequently spotted on the red carpet sporting champagne diamonds.
Most colored diamonds exhibit more than one spectral hue. The predominant color is accompanied by modifiers which are one or more additional colors that contribute to its overall impression. There are many combinations of modifying colors contributing to a brown diamond’s final appearance & they factor in determining a gem’s final per-carat price.
The price ranges from under $2,000 per carat for some orangy brown diamonds to more than $22,000 per carat for a fancy pink brown marquise diamond, illustrating the effect of modifying colors on the final value of brown diamonds.
Pink Champagne Diamonds
Gorgeous champagne diamonds with secondary pink colour are also available and command a higher value per carat than champagne diamonds. These stones display slight to bold flares of pink in their fire.
Argyle Pink Champagne Diamonds are available in 3 ranges of shades, from light pink champagne to medium and dark pink champagne.
As pink is one of the rarest colors found in diamonds, even secondary colors command a higher price depending on depth and strength of color.
Natural fancy champagne diamonds come in all cuts, including Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Oval, Marquise, Pear, Radiant, Heart & Cushion.
It is important to know that champagne diamonds are graded in the same manner as other diamonds, with the exception of color. Quite a wide range of colors are used to describe brown diamonds. The term ‘Champagne’ is used as a generic description for brown diamonds. A color grading system developed by Argyle Diamonds with color categories (C1 to C7) has been adopted throughout the world:
|C1 – C2||Light Champagne|
|C3 – C4||Medium Champagne|
|C5 – C6||Dark Champagne|
This scale grades the lightest champagne diamonds at C1 through to the darkest cognac diamonds at C7, with the darker, rarer, stones being the most expensive.
Additionally, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) & International Gemological Laboratory (IGL), two esteemed & distinguished international diamond grading laboratories, use 3 different parameters to describe color in natural diamonds:
|Hue||Refers to the diamond’s dominant color.|
|Tone||Refers to how much lightness or darkness a diamond retains.|
|Saturation||Describes the strength and intensity of the diamond’s hue.|
See what leading jewelry designers and jewelry brands are saying about champagne diamonds:
Parisian Designer Sandra Bérété:
“The colors of Champagne Diamonds are warm and suit all skin tones, so they are appealing to women from every part of the globe,”.
Jewelry doyenne, Ailsa Moussaief:
“Champagne Diamonds are more affordable than yellow, pink or blue diamonds, so you can use magnificent 70ct stones at a tenth of the price and create a tremendous show,”.
Swiss designer Suzanne Syz:
“These diamonds mix and match perfectly, not only with each other but also with other coloured diamonds, pearls and a variety of gemstones,” she says.
Rebecca Foerster, manager of US representative office of Rio Tinto Diamonds:
“We believe that this is just the start of what promises to be a lasting public love affair with these elegant stones.”
The Argentinean designer Isaac Levy:
“We take rich yellow gold, brown and golden Indonesian pearls and warm shades of diamonds to create a look that is exotic and sensual and women are loving it,” he says.
The international brand H. Stern is synonymous with beauty and good taste and as its international communications director Andrea Hansen explains:
“We love to incorporate color in our designs and using champagne diamonds has given us that opportunity. They have not only brought the trend for colored diamonds to an accessible price point, they also add an edge of modernity to diamond jewellery that is not easily achieved with white diamonds or more traditional colours,” says Hansen.
Famous Brown Diamonds:
The largest faceted diamond in the world, the Golden Jubilee, is naturally brown. This 545.67-carat gem, graded fancy yellow-brown, acquired its name when it was presented to the King of Thailand in 1997, commemorating his fiftieth anniversary on the throne.
One of the most famous champagne diamonds is the Golden Pelican. It is a 69.93-carat, Fancy Champagne colored, Rectangular Emerald-cut diamond originally mined in South Africa.
Or Learn About More Colored Diamonds As Follows:
|What Is A Blue Diamond|
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|Diamond Cut Grading|
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