Some of the styles and designs that feature chocolate diamonds as the main ingredient are so tasteful (no pun intended) and outstandingly done that it is no wonder they command both a high price AND a place in the hearts of many.
One question that often come up is whether chocolate diamonds sparkle as well as clear white diamonds. A lot of jewelers would agree that quality brown diamonds have a good inner fire and brilliance to them. You can find both good and lower quality diamonds, whether they are white diamonds or colored diamonds. A natural high quality chocolate diamond (aka brown diamond) will out-sparkle a lot of cloudy white diamonds and they cost more as well.
Artificial or Treated Diamonds
In fact, due to the rising market demand for lovely chocolate diamond jewelry, some of the jewelry in the market today are made from inferior white diamonds that have been treated. They could still make sense to buy if they have a great design and are priced lower than a similar natural colored diamond. Note that due to the treatment, their color may fade with time and they have limited resale value. Nowadays, there are also lots of artificial or simulated diamonds being marketed that are not real diamonds. They usually cost a lot less. However, some still have a great sparkle to them and for the money you pay, the value is superb.
A chocolate diamond can certified just like any other diamond you buy. For peace of mind, this may be a good thing to have done before finalizing an expensive purchase.
Color Variation Scale - Something to Suit Every Occassion
National Color Diamond Association classifies brown diamonds by shade, from light to really deep. There is a color to suit every occasion or type of jewelry. Here is the breakdown:
- Cinnamon - very, very light, with a very soft brown with a pinkish or peach color undertone
- Champagne- very light, but they have a golden yellow undertone. Champagne diamond jewelry is a very popular sub-category of chocolate diamond jewelry. The golden undertones connotate elegance.
- "Official" Chocolate - pure, deep brown with no undertones
- Cognac - brown with warm yellow, green, and orange undertones.
- Honey - brown with dark yellow or pale orange color undertones
- Clove - deep brown stones with an olive undertone
Types of Jewelry
Nowadays, you can find chocolate diamond jewelry in a lot of stores. Here are some of places with good selections: Home Shopping Network (HSN), Macys, Sams Club, Jared and Amazon.com. Chocolate diamond rings are most best-sellers, and you can also find necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and more. Let's take a look at some great pieces:
14k Gold Ladies' Dome Diamond Ring, w/ 1.00 Carat Brilliant Cut White & Chocolate Diamonds, 5/16" (8mm) wide
Quality diamonds set on a solid 14 Karat gold band. This is a dazzling ring with a timeless classic look. Makes a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. An amazing champagne diamond ring a sterling silver setting. Total diamond weight is 1/6 carat. For the price, this is an excellent value offer.
14k Rose Gold Brown Diamond Cat Pendant (1/3 cttw), 18"
Do you or a love one like cats? This is a well-crafted sparkling cat pendant set in 14 karat rose gold. 27 brown diamonds set in black rhodium and rose gold. With shiny gold whiskers plus a shimmering tail, this pendant makes a great fun gift for all kinds of occasions.
Enjoy your delicious chocolate diamond jewelry!