What is Champagne Diamond Jewelry?

by Felicia Rillsbrook on 24/08/2010

The Champagne Diamond

There’s an old saying that goes ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ (even if most girls are barely on speaking terms with the price), and a new best friend has been grabbing all of the attention; let me introduce you to the Champagne Diamond.

Over the next few minutes we’re going to have a look at what champagne diamonds are, what you need to look for if you’re going to buy them, and finally, what rocks in the world of the champagne diamond.

What is a Champagne Diamond?

The fairly unglamorous answer to that is that Champagne diamonds are a natural diamond predominantly found in the East Kimberly Region of Western Australia. They range from ‘light champagne’ (low-colour) through to a ‘cognac champagne’ (brown) in colour; the cognac diamonds being the rarer and more expensive of the grades. The unique colours come from a combination of the trace elements and distortions in the rocks, combined with the radiation and pressure put on them as they’re forming.

What should you look for when buying your Champagne Diamond?

There are a number of things that contribute to the quality of a diamond. Some people go by the number of carats of the diamond, but a diamond with a lower carat rating and a high colour and clarity rating will be more expensive than a diamond with a high carat rating, but a low rating on colour and clarity.

Let’s add some clarity of our own.

The carat weight is based on the weight of the actual diamond. Normally the smaller the diamond, the lighter they are, and therefore the lower the number of carats they are. Oddly enough, though, other gemstones of the same weight may be of a different size. If the diamonds are really small they may be referred to in points rather than carats.

The colour is made up of the hue, which is the dominant colour; the tone, which is the lightness or darkness of the diamond; and the saturation, the strength or intensity of the colour.

The clarity refers to the visible flaws in the diamond with a high rating meaning that it is, or is close to, being flawless.

What’s the fashionable champagne diamond wearer stepping out in?

Champagne Diamonds have been gracing the Oscars and other up market society events over the past few years, and have been worn by such a-list celebrities as Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett. You may not be able to get exactly the same jewelry by the same big name designers as them, but there is still a great range of rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants for you to choose from for your next ‘red carpet’ event.

Fashions are always changing, but high quality diamond jewelry never goes out of fashion.

Now you know what to look for when you’re out shopping for your new diamond ring. Go Champagne for a statement of style and rarity. Decide whether you’d like a low-colour diamond, or choose an ostentatious dark diamond that will be noticed by everyone. Then make sure it has a high colour and clarity rating – carats may be important to you, but sometimes, smaller is better when it comes to the champagne diamond.

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