“Chocolate Diamond®” is a comparatively new term that was coined by the Le Vian group in an innovative and creative way to refer to brown diamonds. Although this was a strategy to lure more people to buy brown diamonds, the Chocolate Diamonds® from Le Vian speak for themselves and don’t need any encouragement if one is to believe their presence on the red carpet.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
Chocolate Diamonds® are found naturally as well as made artificially. Artificial Chocolate Diamonds® are made in a lab and although they have the same color as naturally occurring Chocolate Diamonds®, they lack the shine and luster. They are actually white diamonds that have been treated to look brown. Their only advantage is that they cost much, much less than their naturally occurring counterparts.
WHERE ARE THEY FROM?
An interesting fact here is that Chocolate Diamonds® are found all over the globe just like other diamonds. They are found in Australia, Borneo, Brazil, Congo, and Angola. The Le Vian group sources their Chocolate Diamonds® from Australia, in the Argyle mines. Although brown diamonds are the most commonly found colored diamonds in the world, the Chocolate Diamonds® are not that easy to find.
MOST NOTABLE CHOCOLATE DIAMONDS® IN HISTORY
THE GOLDEN JUBILEE DIAMOND
This is the largest cut diamond in the world. It was found in 1985 and reached over 755 carats. Later, this South African diamond was cut down to the size of 545 carats. It was presented to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 50th anniversary of his coronation.
EARTH STAR DIAMOND
This is another noteworthy South African diamond. It is unique because of its extraordinary brilliance and its origin story. This diamond was found on a 2500-foot strip of a volcanic pipe of diamonds.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S DIAMOND
Another diamond that is worth mentioning is the one that found its way to Elizabeth Taylor’s hand at the Oscars in 1974. Not only did she wear a Chocolate Diamond® ring but also matching diamond earrings. These additions added to her timeless beauty on the red carpet. This combination of diamonds was a birthday present to Elizabeth Taylor from her husband, Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor really helped propel these beauties into the limelight.
MICHELLE OBAMA’S DIAMONDS
Recently a lot of celebrities have been seen donning the Chocolate Diamonds®. One of the most prominent ones is Michelle Obama. As the first lady, she is always in the limelight, even when she doesn’t think she is. To add to it, she is a very likeable person and is always seen working for some cause or the other. Helping her fame, is her friendship with Ellen Degeneres and the multiple appearances that she has made on her show. She was seen rocking a Chocolate Diamond® ring from Le Vian at the last state dinner that President Obama hosted at the White House. The dinner was in honor of the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini.
Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and other celebrities have made the Chocolate Diamonds® shine in the public. You can own your own Chocolate Diamond® ring or other jewelry and rock it with different combinations.