Chocolate Diamond Rings A.K.A Champagne Diamonds
Chocolate diamonds are also called champagne diamonds and belong to the brown family of diamonds. They can range in color from light champagnes to rich cognacs and can be quite striking when paired with other color stones.
They have an innately old world feel because of their coloring which makes them particularly interesting when incorporated into a modern ring setting. As an engagement ring they can become a striking symbol of eternal love and a classic heirloom piece.
We love this rough cut chocolate diamond bound with pave white diamonds set in yellow gold. We realize this style ring isn’t for everyone but we would love to own one. It, like the Canary yellow ring above is from James Allen, one of our favorite jewelers for colored diamond engagement rings and loose diamonds.
If your heart is set on champagne diamonds but you’re on a beer budget consider a topaz engagement ring as an alternative–you’ll get the same look as a chocolate diamond engagement ring at a fraction of the cost.
Black Colored Diamonds
Black colored diamonds are becoming increasingly popular. They are thought of as exotic, mostly because of their rich pure color. They don’t have the transparency of the other colored diamonds but are beautiful in their own right. They have a different crystalline structure than all the other diamonds which is what seemingly makes them black and absorb light instead of refracting it
The true beauty of a black diamond is that its color is so pure and almost opaque with less light able to pass through it.
This gives black diamond engagement rings a completely different look because the crystal pure and intense coloring sets it apart from all the other fancy colored stones.
Natural fancy black diamonds are very rare and expensive. Most of the black diamonds that you find on the market today are treated black diamonds and not natural ones. The term used for this is, heated in the rough, which basically means that they take a genuine white diamond and apply pressure, intense heat and other procedures to change it to black.
Fancy Colored Diamond Takeaways
Fancy colored diamonds are rare and expensive. If you can afford one, go for it. Just make sure it comes with proper certification. If you can’t afford it, then consider these options.
Gemologist have found a way to simulate almost all colors of fancy diamonds using a real white diamond and putting it through a process of irradiation and intense heat treatments. You get the color you want and a real diamond but it isn’t considered a ‘natural’ colored diamond and is therefore significantly cheaper.
After that comes synthetic or lab-grown diamonds. These diamonds are only synthetic in the way they are created. They have the same chemical makeup as a real diamond, but are produced with an artificial or synthetic process. Natural diamonds are created through a geological process. From a beauty and enjoyment stance they are ideal. From an investment point of view, a synthetic stone holds little value since you can grow as many as you like.
Finally, consider other gemstones like sapphires, rubies, emeralds. They make beautiful rings especially when set with smaller white diamonds.