What’s the Difference Between Chocolate Diamonds & Brown Diamonds?

Difference Between Chocolate Diamonds vs Brown Diamonds

There are so many different colors of diamonds on the market today. It is no wonder the confusion that can happen when trying to find the difference. Below you can find the difference between chocolate diamonds and brown diamonds. There is a lot to know about these special colored diamonds!

The term chocolate diamond just means brown diamond. Well, of course it means brown, but it does not signify anything else special about the diamond itself. They are they the same thing!

The name “chocolate diamond” was created as a marketing slogan. Truly a chocolate diamond is simply a brown diamond with a delicious name.

Everyone Loves Chocolate!

Don’t count out differences yet. There are many different kinds of brown diamonds with many shades!

Are Chocolate Diamonds Fake?

Another question that is asked when people find out that a chocolate diamond is simply a brown diamond is, if they are real or fake. Well, just as with any color of diamond there are ones that have been color treated and ones that have not been. Just because a diamond is sold as a “chocolate diamond” does not mean that the diamond is not natural. Take a look at this very real Chocolate diamond ring

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How Are Brown Diamonds Made?

Well, if the champagne brown diamond you are interested in is a naturally occurring diamond then it will be found beneath the earth’s surface. The diamonds that are found deep within the earth and are under a high pressure are brown. Just like white diamonds they still have to be cut. But, they are found the same way that white or any other colored diamonds are found.

You can find more information on how all kinds of diamonds are made at https://www.livescience.com.

Can Brown Diamonds Be Fake?

Well, as with any other kind of diamond, they can be lab created. Of course, the brown diamonds that are lab created are much less expensive. That makes it great for those who are looking for a brown diamond on a lower budget. However, if you want a natural brown diamond you will get the price of one.

LeVian Chocolate & White Diamond Ring in 14kt Rose Gold

What Makes A Chocolate Color Better?

A chocolate diamond is a brown diamond. There is a slight difference though. There are many different colors of diamonds that are naturally occurring. A chocolate brown diamond is a shade of brown with a grade above Z. What does this grade mean? Well, it is a grading system by the Gemological Institute of America.

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What is the Gemological Institute of America?

The Gemological Institute of America is an institution that has created a grading scale for diamonds. That is not all that they have done, but for relevance to the question that is why they are pertinent. They have a color range from brightness to darkness and with D being the least all the way to Z.

Brown diamonds that fit the chocolate diamond category are the ones that are the darkest. With all different shades and variances of brown the chocolate diamond is at the top of the list. If one is shopping for a lighter colored diamond they would look for a brown diamond with a lesser grade than the chocolate.

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Why Aren’t Brown Diamonds White?

A lot of people tend to think that diamonds are supposed to be white. Well, not all diamonds are white. In fact, a lot of diamonds are actually colored. Did you know that a large percent of diamonds that are naturally occurring are brown diamonds? Well, they indeed are! Brown diamonds are unique in themselves.

10k White Gold Round Chocolate Brown Diamond Square Cluster Ring (14 Cttw)

Have Brown Diamonds Always Been Popular?

Brown diamonds have certainly made a comeback. They have never really been a diamond of choice. With more and more marketing brown diamonds have become bought more. In fact, brown diamonds are becoming sold very frequently over white diamonds. Although, white diamonds are in a lot of jewelry and are still the leading diamond of choice.

Brown diamonds have not always been popular. A lot of people could not even tell if the brown diamond were a gem or a diamond. With all of the available technology available today jewelers can make precision cuts that make brown diamonds desired and wanted even more than white diamonds for some people.

You can find more information on diamonds and how they are cut at https://www.heartsonfire.com.

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What About Clarity?

Clarity is very important when shopping for a diamond. That even includes a colored diamond such as brown or chocolate diamonds. It is important to check for clarity when purchasing a diamond, no matter what color. Remember the better the clarity the more worth a diamond has.

Now that all of the differences between brown and chocolate diamonds have been made, hopefully, you have a better understanding. This YouTube video has a ton of information too.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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