Weâ€™ve got something to toast this Summer: our new champagne diamond collection. Summerâ€™s the perfect time for this fancy color stone to shine. And while weâ€™re always happy to work with you on designing a custom ring, this addition means our clients get more gemstone choices in more of our ring and band designs â€” from the Myrtle Champagne Diamond Ring to the Eternity Champagne Diamond Band. Â
The gemstone is a spectacular alternative to a colorless (aka white) diamond, is at home set in all types of metals, and looks lovely next to other colored stones too.
When it comes to wear, champagne diamonds are just as durable and hard as colorless diamonds. Just like other fancy color diamonds, they are diamonds â€” 99.95% carbon. Colorless diamonds are graded for their lack of color, with the most colorless being the most expensive. But as the grade gets lower, noticeable color tones show â€” typically in yellow, gray or, you guessed it, â€œchampagne.â€
â€œChampagne diamond is referring to a pale brown essentially,â€ says Genna Fischer, Bario Neal gemstone sourcing coordinator. â€œWe typically use C2 to C4 gemological grading for champagne diamonds. The scale goes C1 to C8, with C7 and C8 being more cognac.â€ Though you can create color in diamonds with various treatments, Bario Nealâ€™s champagne diamonds come by their color naturally thanks to trace elements during formation.
â€œChampagneâ€ and â€œcognacâ€ are marketing speak of course. â€œMy pale brown diamondâ€ doesnâ€™t exactly dance off the tongue. If youâ€™ve ever bought paint for your home, youâ€™ll recognize that kind of (usually ridiculous) color branding. Who hasnâ€™t painted their home â€œChantilly Lace,â€ â€œShoji,â€ or â€œUltra Pureâ€ to only realize that their walls are white. Just white. The champagne diamond marketing terms were coined in the 1980s by an Australian mine thatâ€™s also the source of Bario Nealâ€™s traceable, ethical champagne diamonds.
Frankly, we donâ€™t need the sales pitch. Whatever you call the color, we love champagne diamonds because they have the sparkle of a colorless diamond while being more of an easy neutral. So do many of our clients who want a gemstone with an effortless subtlety. â€œA really bright, sparkly colorless diamond, you can see that across the room,â€ Fischer says. â€œA champagne diamond has that sparkle and that fire without being blinding.â€
Here are 8 great reasons to choose champagne diamonds
- Champagne diamonds, at larger sizes, are more affordable than colorless diamonds.
- Champagne diamonds at Bario Neal are ethically sourced and traceable. We have a longstanding relationship with an Australian mine. Larger champagne diamonds come with a certification verifying they were mined and cut responsibly in Australia. Clients who have ties to the country get an even more personal story with the gemstone too. (P.S. If you want a ring or band with a recycled gemstone, champagne diamonds can be tougher to find because they havenâ€™t been as popular in the past and thereâ€™s just not as many antique jewelry pieces to pull stones from as there are with colorless diamonds. But itâ€™s not impossible â€” just ask!)
- Champagne diamonds donâ€™t carry the â€œperfection assumptionsâ€ that add pressure to shopping for colorless diamonds. â€œThereâ€™s plenty of room for all types of champagne diamonds. The â€˜lighterâ€™ isnâ€™t necessarily the â€˜more valuable,â€™â€ Fischer says.
- Champagne diamonds pair well with any metal color. In a yellow gold, they have an antique feel. In a rose gold, they take on more of a pink undertone. In platinum, they take on cooler notes and look more modern.
- Champagne diamonds are fun. â€œClients have asked for their ring to look like sparkling rosÃ©, and Iâ€™ve put a champagne diamond in rose gold. Itâ€™s exactly what you would think of,â€ Fischer says.
- Champagne diamonds mix well with other gemstone colors too. â€œIâ€™m struggling to think of something I would not put champagne diamonds with,â€ Fischer says. â€œItâ€™s as versatile as the colorless diamond.â€
- Champagne diamonds easily stand alone as a stunning center stone in a ring. They can be any shape or size you want.
- Melee champagne diamonds, smaller accent stones, work beautifully in rings and bands (and, in fact, are already shining in many Bario Neal designs).
Weâ€™re happy to see the sometimes underappreciated champagne diamond finally getting more attention. If you make Fischer pick a favorite, she says sheâ€™d go with the Open Lash Champagne Diamond Ring. â€œItâ€™s both a ring and a band. It can be worn on its own very nicely, but it fits around and with many solitaire or multi-stone engagement rings very well.â€