All About Champagne Diamonds

What are champagne diamonds? 

Champagne diamonds, also known as "cognac" or "brown" diamonds, are a fascinating category of diamonds characterized by their warm, earthy hues ranging from light beige to deep brown. These diamonds get their name from the resemblance of their color to the golden tones of champagne, evoking images of luxury and sophistication.

However, beyond their aesthetic appeal, champagne diamonds have unique geological and chemical properties that distinguish them within the spectrum of natural diamonds. Let's explore in high detail what champagne diamonds are, delving into their formation, characteristics, and significance within the gemstone industry.



This is one of our most impressive, and lively, natural champagne diamonds, a 4 Carat GIA Certified 'Fancy Brown-Yellow' with VS1 Clarity.

What makes a champagne diamond?

How are natural champagne diamonds formed?

Geologically, champagne diamonds are often associated with specific diamond deposits, such as those found in the Argyle mine in Western Australia, which has been a significant source of these diamonds. The geological conditions and the presence of certain minerals during diamond formation contribute to the unique coloration observed in champagne diamonds.

The color of champagne diamonds results from the presence of nitrogen impurities and structural anomalies within the diamond lattice. These imperfections absorb light in the blue spectrum, imparting the distinctive brownish hues observed in champagne diamonds. The intensity and distribution of these color-causing elements determine the overall color appearance and value of the diamond.

Color and Grading of Natural Champagne Diamond

In the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) color grading system, champagne diamonds are typically classified within the brown color range. The color grade assigned to champagne diamonds by the GIA is represented by letters, with variations depending on the intensity and tone of the brown hue. The color scale for brown diamonds typically ranges from light to dark, with the following letter grades commonly used:

  1. Light Champagne: These diamonds may have a faint to light brown hue. In the GIA color grading system, they may be classified as "K" or "L" color grades.

  2. Fancy Champagne: Diamonds with a more pronounced brown hue fall within the "fancy" category. Fancy champagne diamonds may receive color grades ranging from "M" to "Z" on the GIA scale, depending on the depth and saturation of the brown coloration.

  3. Cognac and Chocolate: As the brown color intensifies, champagne diamonds may be described as "cognac" or "chocolate." These diamonds may receive color grades from "N" to "Z," with deeper tones falling toward the latter end of the alphabet.

It's important to note that the color grading of diamonds is based on their body color, which refers to the dominant hue observed in the stone. Champagne diamonds may also exhibit secondary hues, such as pinkish or yellowish undertones, which can influence their overall appearance and value. However, the primary color letter assigned to champagne diamonds reflects their brown coloration within the GIA color grading system.


Where are natural champagne diamonds found?

Natural champagne diamonds are mainly found in the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia. This mine, located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, has been renowned for producing a significant portion of the world's champagne diamonds. The Argyle mine has been operational since 1983 and has been particularly known for its production of colored diamonds, including pink, red, and brown hues.

However, it's important to note that the Argyle mine ceased its operations in November 2020, marking the end of an era for champagne diamond production. As a result, champagne diamonds from the Argyle mine have become increasingly rare and sought after in the gemstone market.

While champagne diamonds can be found in other regions around the world in smaller quantities, the Argyle mine has historically been the primary source of these unique gemstones. As a result, Argyle champagne diamonds hold a special significance within the diamond industry, symbolizing rarity, quality, and the legacy of one of the most iconic diamond mines in the world.


Are champagne diamonds more valuable than white diamonds?

The value of champagne diamonds, like all colored diamonds, is influenced by the intensity and quality of their color. Champagne diamonds range from light straw to deep cognac hues, with variations in saturation and tone. Intense and vivid champagne diamonds with rich, uniform coloration are generally more valuable than lighter or less saturated stones. Factors such as color consistency, absence of undertones, and overall appearance play a significant role in determining the value of champagne diamonds.
While white diamonds remain a timeless classic and are often favored for engagement rings and formal jewelry, colored diamonds, including champagne diamonds, have gained a lot of popularity among those looking for unique jewelry options. 

What diamond cuts do natural champagne diamonds come in? 

Champagne diamonds can come in almost any shape or size!  Some of the most common shapes in which champagne diamonds are available include:


Round Brilliant Natural Champagne Diamond


Oval Cut Natural Champagne Diamond


Marquise Cut Natural Champagne Diamond


Take a look here at the champagne diamonds we have at Rare Colors!

natural champagne diamonds
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As the holiday season approaches, what better way to celebrate the spirit of giving than with the timeless elegance of color diamond jewelry? Dazzling and distinctive, color diamonds add a touch of rarity and sophistication to any piece, making them the perfect gifts for those who appreciate the extraordinary.

In this holiday gift guide, we explore the enchanting world of color diamond jewelry, offering a curated selection of exquisite pieces that will not only captivate the eyes but also create cherished memories for your loved ones. Whether you're searching for a show-stopping necklace, a pair of elegant earrings, or a statement ring, our guide is your gateway to finding the ideal color diamond creation that will make this holiday season truly unforgettable.

Color Diamond Studs

Color diamond studs make fantastic holiday gifts for a few practical reasons. Firstly, they're just plain beautiful and add a touch of class to any outfit. The range of colors available means you can choose something that matches the recipient's style. Whether it's a classic yellow diamond, a bubblegum pink shade, there's something for everyone. Diamond studs are also durable and versatile, making them suitable for everyday wear, so the recipient can enjoy them long after the holidays. Overall, the combination of beauty, personalization, durability, and versatility makes color diamond studs a great and practical holiday present.

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Color Diamond Stackable Bands

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these bands carry significant symbolism, representing enduring love and commitment with their continuous circle of diamonds. The versatility lies in the variety of available colors, allowing for a personalized touch that aligns with the recipient's taste and style. Unlike traditional diamond bands, the introduction of colored diamonds adds a contemporary and distinctive element to the jewelry, making it a standout accessory. The timeless design of diamond eternity bands ensures their suitability for both casual and formal occasions, contributing to their practicality and enduring charm. In summary, the combination of symbolic meaning, personalization, uniqueness, and timeless design renders color diamond eternity bands a thoughtful and appreciated holiday gift.

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Color Diamond Necklaces

These color diamond necklaces carry an undeniable touch of elegance. From a diamond heart pendant, to a stunning yellow diamond tennis necklace, the range is diverse enough to cater to different tastes. The beauty of colored diamonds adds a unique charm, allowing you to select a hue that perfectly complements the recipient's style. It's a thoughtful way to show you know their preferences, and the infusion of color gives these pieces a modern twist, making them stand out in the jewelry collection. If you're aiming for a gift that's both refined and adaptable, a color diamond necklace is a solid choice for the holiday season.

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Green Diamond Rings

Green diamond rings have been making waves, emerging as best-sellers and gaining popularity, partly thanks to iconic figures like Jennifer Lopez flaunting a stunning green diamond engagement ring. It's not just about the trend, though; green diamonds bring a refreshing twist to the classic ring. Whether it's a solitaire or a more intricate design, the vibrant green hue adds a unique touch, making it a standout piece in any collection. Beyond the aesthetics, the rising popularity of green diamond rings makes them a thoughtful and on-trend choice for a holiday surprise. So, if you're looking for a gift that combines elegance with a touch of celebrity-inspired style, a green diamond ring might just be the perfect holiday present.

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Color Diamond Bracelets

Whether you go for a mixed-shape design or a classic tennis bracelet, these pieces bring a touch of sophistication and sparkle to any wrist. The mixed shapes add a contemporary flair, making the bracelet stand out, while a regular tennis bracelet exudes timeless elegance. The versatility of color diamonds allows you to tailor the bracelet to the recipient's style, whether they prefer a modern edge or a more traditional look

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