The facts behind Chocolate Diamonds
What is a Chocolate Diamond?
The first thing you’d notice about chocolate diamonds is that they are beautiful and fairly inexpensive compared to regular diamonds – most chocolate rings are priced at the £1,000 – £5,000 range which is below the average engagement ring price tag. Chocolate Diamonds is a trademarked name owned by the Le-Vian group to describe a lavish shade of brown Diamond. Found most commonly in Australia, Angola, Borneo, Brazil and the Congo. These beautiful and elegant Diamonds may not have the same sparkle or pizazz of colourless Diamonds, and are most commonly used for industrial purposes due to their low pricing.
Are Chocolate Diamonds Fake?
Another question that is asked when people find out that a chocolate diamond is simply a brown diamond is, if they are real or fake. Just as with any colour of diamond there are ones that have been colour treated and ones that have not been. Just because a diamond is sold as a “chocolate diamond” does not mean that the diamond is not natural.
Prices of Brown Diamonds
For many years’ brown diamonds were considered industry diamonds. In a very slow moving and old fashioned industry where the goal was to have the clearest and most colourless diamond, these "ugly" not white diamonds were simply undesired.
However, things have changed. As the fashion industry evolved and people were willing to break the dull mould of colourless diamond engagement rings, the demand for coloured diamonds increased substantially. First came industry trend setters and famous celebrities but soon after - the rest followed.
In fact, the demand has increased so much that the prices of coloured diamonds spiked many times over during the last two decades. But, for some reason, maybe due to their old reputation, brown diamonds were late bloomers and their price still remains very affordable.
What About Clarity?
Clarity is very important when shopping for a diamond. That even includes a coloured diamond such as brown or chocolate diamonds. It is important to check for clarity when purchasing a diamond, no matter what colour. Remember the better the clarity the more worth a diamond has.
Mixing Chocolate Diamonds with other coloured metals and stones
Chocolate diamonds are best paired with rose gold, however white gold with accents and highlights of rose gold can also work well. They also look exquisite when set with white diamonds as they tend to make the rich tones of the chocolate diamond really pop. Chocolate diamonds can also be set with warm tones such as rubellites and ruby and brighter, pink tourmalines to balance out the chocolate tones. Adding smaller complimentary stones to the design also adds a lovely bespoke touch.
We hope this has given you some insight into the world of chocolate diamond rings. If you are on the lookout for one of these truly unique rings, or any engagement rings, why not get in touch with one of our expert team members at Hatton Jewels who will be more than willing to help you choose a ring for your needs. At Hatton Jewels we also offer a unique design your own engagement ring service, which is perfect for ensuring the perfect chocolate diamond ring, whatever style you choose.