Brown or chocolate diamonds sound so exotic and enticing in the radio and television commercials. If you were to go to the big department store right after hearing it you would be drawn to the fine jewelry department’s banner that hangs from the ceiling announcing this breed of diamond as if it is the IT diamond.
Is it worth anything? Is it any good?
In the land of diamonds, clarity, natural proportions of depth and width and how the light emits off of it are just part of the equation. Clarity is the clearness, where white diamonds (clear) are considered the epitome of the greatest value of diamond and something of the gold standard.
In some cases, a diamond may carry a natural color to it, which makes it rare. Though, on the other hand, there are efforts to clear a diamond. For instance, where a diamond has a yellow hue it is considered a blemish enough to want to make it appear clearer. What gemologists will do is cover it in a clear facade, which eventually will wear out or fade off, letting the yellow permeate through the outer color.
The idea with a diamond is that they can be an investment. Not only are they sought after for engagement rings, but also for the value they gain over time. A big clear diamond that has good natural proportions is the ideal and, therefore, worth more.
What Are They Worth?
So, then what is a brown or chocolate diamond? Is it natural or manufactured to give it such a stunning and attractive appearance?
It turns out that brown diamonds do occur often in nature. Though, again, the clear or white diamond is worth the most. The chocolate brown diamond does not have clarity and does not give off as much of a brilliant light as a natural clear diamond does.
As you have noticed, yes, there has been a definite push to get people to purchase brown or chocolate diamonds, as evidenced by the advertising campaigns. They are certainly useful in industries where diamonds are used in circuitry for computers to help conduct electricity. No doubt about it, brown diamonds are useful, and they can be attractive as well.
The inherent value is to the eye. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to offer up colorful diamonds to appeal to people. Though, a naturally occurring diamond that contains color is normally considered valuable, the chocolate diamond occurs with good frequency for it to play a role as a natural beauty without adding much more to its value.
That is clear from the availability of resales at cut-rate prices. It turns out, however, that beyond electronics, the brown diamonds can be impacted much like the yellow diamond to create a clear diamond, which appears at first glance to be worth more than it actually is. Check out our post on popular ring metals for more information.
Instead, the brown diamond can be changed to yellow or clear.
A brown or chocolate diamond is the most common hue of diamond. They sparkle and shine less, which makes them less valued as an adornment for jewelry lovers, in general. Though, increased marketing efforts have given this color more pull in the retail market more recently. It has been found that structure is deformed in a few manners.
The manner to alter a diamond is through high-pressure, which turns a diamond from brown to clear or yellow.
It turns out that the value of the brown diamond is all in the eye of the beholder. The next time you hear the commercial, or see a poster, you can decide for yourself whether you want a chocolate diamond or not.