The color of freshly poured golden sparkling wine, champagne diamond is a crisp and refreshing entry for your gem collection.
Champagne diamonds are fancy colored diamonds. While many are familiar with traditional white diamonds, you might be surprised to learn that diamonds come in an exciting array of colors. As the name suggests, champagne diamonds evoke the essence of their namesake, fine sparkling wine.
The Color of Champagne Diamonds
When considering champagne diamonds, or any other colored diamond, the color of the stone outweighs the other “C” factors of Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight. In this way, fancy diamonds are like other colored stones such as emerald, ruby or sapphire
Technically a form of brown diamond, champagne diamonds feature an intense golden color with brownish tones. But, just as the name champagne is reserved for sparkling white wine from Champagne, France, most consider champagne diamonds to fall within a particular color spectrum. The saturation of color can vary in intensity, but all may be regarded as champagne diamonds.
Colored diamonds retain the same luster and dispersion of white stones, and these factors only serve to increase your ability to appreciate the color within a champagne diamond. Individual stones will be considered by cutters and shaped in a way that will best bring out the color of the gem while preserving its size as much as possible. Like a successful marriage, it is a balance of compromise to produce the best possible union.
Other Quality Factors of Champagne Diamonds
Diamonds are the hardest material on Earth, and rank ten on the Mohs scale, topping the chart. Only a diamond can scratch a diamond. This resistance to scratching makes a diamond the perfect choice for jewelry, especially a signature piece that sees daily wear. Their durability is dependable and is resistant to damage and chipping in most situations. Champagne diamond rings are a great example of jewelry that makes a statement, with the durability to resist the rigors of daily wear. Not only that, but these gemstones are easy to care for, making them an excellent low-maintenance option when considering diamond jewelry.
While it’s severely uncommon for brown diamonds to be treated, they may undergo pressure treatment, heating (sometimes known as annealing), or irradiation. These treatments are used to induce desirable elements, like imparting or improving an existing color. Shop LC champagne diamonds are not treated.
Champagne Diamonds in History and Folklore
• Many gemstones undergo cycles of popularity as fashions, trends, and empires rise and fall. Brown diamonds have been known since antiquity. Romans once placed them in rings. It’s thought that trade with India brought along much of the superstition surrounding these gems.
• In Ancient India, brown diamonds were a badge of rank for the Kshatriya caste of landowners and warriors. No other caste of society was permitted to wear them. This color of stone was believed to slow down or prevent the onset of aging.
• The Vedic texts of Ancient India describe that diamonds were created when the demon god Vala was slain. As his remains were strewn about, the bones of his body were crushed into
• diamond gemstones. Each demigod who battled Vala protects these diamonds. Agni, God of Fire, protects brown diamonds.
• Over the centuries, as more and more colored gemstones entered the market, they slowly slid from popularity. It wasn’t until the last few decades that they have risen in popularity again, thanks to a greater awareness and appreciation of gems.
Are Champagne Diamonds a Birthstone?
• By modern reckoning, diamonds are the birthstone of April. Since about the 15th century AD, diamonds shared the month with sapphire. By the early 1900s, sapphire moved to September as its recognized birthstone, and diamond has remained unchallenged since. Champagne diamonds are an excellent alternative for anyone who needs a change of pace from traditional white diamonds.
• Unlike many other birthstones, diamonds do not share a corresponding position on the tropical zodiac and therefore aren’t associated with any star sign.
• In addition, diamonds are the traditional gift for the 10th and 60th wedding anniversaries.
Location: Southern Africa
Brown diamonds have been mined and used in jewelry for centuries. However, they have undergone cycles of popularity. Champagne diamonds didn’t reenter the public consciousness until the 1980s. A significant amount of brown diamonds were uncovered in the Argyle mines of Australia. Through aggressive marketing campaigns, these stones once again came to the attention of the public.
While b rown diamonds are the most commonly found colored diamond, not all are of high enough quality for jewelry. A significant portion is consumed for industrial use, primarily to create drilling and cutting tools.
Champagne Diamonds from Southern Africa
Shop LC sources our supply of champagne diamonds from Southern Africa. Mining occurs at great depths, and specific technology is employed to keep an air supply flowing to miners. A mix of complex and specialized techniques are applied to mining to wrest rough from the harsh earth. Generally, at the very bottom of shafts, miners use traditional tools such as shovels and picks. As ore is collected and passed to the surface, methods become more automated. In many areas, it’s placed on conveyor belts for hand sorting. Workers stand alongside to pull good rough from the machine as it passes along. Once rough is collected, it goes through further sorting to group similar hues together for cutting or sale.
As described above, cutting champagne diamonds can be a grueling process. As a colored stone, the artisan will want to ensure that the faceted gem displays its best color when “face up,” which is just a way of describing how it will look when set in jewelry. In addition to this, many considerations are made as the cutter works with the stone, going slow, making sure that while the best color is teased from the rough no extra material is lost through carelessness. With any diamond, even a fraction of weight change can significantly affect the desirability and value of the finished gem. When given the option, many lapidarists prefer manually operated polishing wheels to automatic ones, as it provides an extra degree of finesse when working their craft. They can easily manipulate the pace and speed of their work this way, ensuring that each gem is carefully faceting and polished to present the best-finished product.
• Ranks ten on the Mohs scale of hardness.
• Diamonds display golden champagne color with brownish tones.
• Sourced from Southern Africa.
• Champagne diamonds are not treated.