Chocolate Diamonds

Chocolate diamonds are all the rage.  Many times they are used in combination with white diamonds or colored gemstones.   Large retailers, such as LeVian, have elevated their popularity with huge marketing campaigns.  LeVian actually branded brown diamonds as ‘chocolate diamonds’.

Heart-shaped Chocolate Diamond Ring

Heart-shaped Chocolate Diamond Ring

What is a chocolate diamond?  Is it a real diamond?  Chocolate diamonds range in color from champagne to a deep chocolate brown and are the most common color variety of the diamond family.  Chocolate diamonds have been found in Australia, Africa, Russia and parts of Kentucky in the United States.  The largest producer is the Argyle Mine located in northwestern Australia.  Before the Argyle Mine was developed in 1986, the majority of brown diamonds were thought to be worthless and were mostly used for industrial purposes.  However, towards the end of the 1980’s, technical advances and marketing strategies created a niche for chocolate diamonds and their popularity soared.

Argyle Mine - Australia

Argyle Mine – Australia

Chocolate diamonds are carbon that has formed deep within the earth under geological pressure over millions of years.

Rough Chocolate Diamond

Rough Chocolate Diamond

If you are shopping for a chocolate diamond, be careful.  Always use a reputable jeweler. Ask the jeweler if the stone has been radiated.  Many jewelers take lower quality stones and expose them to radiation to enhance the stone’s color.  If this has been done, the stone has no resale value.  Check the clarity carefully.  Due to the color, it is harder to see inclusions.  And remember, you want the stone to have a deep, rich color.  The retailer should be happy to provide you with a certificate of authenticity showing the origin of the diamond.

Remember, diamonds come in many colors and any color can be a girl’s best friend!