Chocolate Diamonds® FAQ
Chocolate Diamonds® are brown or golden-hued diamonds, carefully selected for their rich, deep colors. Only stones that meet Le Vian’s exacting standards of clarity, quality, and color will be worthy of the name Chocolate Diamonds®. Le Vian starts with the top 5% of the brown diamonds sourced from the Argyle Mine, then chooses only those that are larger than 1/5 carat. Typically, only about 5% of those qualify. In other words, Chocolate Diamonds® are the top 5% of the top 5% of the golden-colored stones. Very special, indeed.
Chocolate Diamonds® come from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia. This is the same mine that produces the majority of the world’s pink diamonds, which are some of the most valued diamonds in the world. In fact, this is the same mine that produced the famous Argyle Pink Jubilee, one of the largest pink diamonds ever found, and worth millions of dollars.
In a word, pressure. The diamonds are formed deep in the earth where they are subjected to an incredible amount of heat and pressure. This causes the crystal lattice to distort in such a way that the stone absorbs light in the blue region of the spectrum. The resulting reflected color you see is anywhere from a light champagne to a rich cognac to the deep-colored stones we call Chocolate Diamonds®.
Only Le Vian makes jewelry with Chocolate Diamonds®. In fact, the company trademarked the brand to ensure that you’re getting the highest quality stones whenever you buy Chocolate Diamonds. These are sold through Le Vian’s network of authorized retailers. If you see someone selling an item with the term “chocolate diamonds®” and it’s not a Le Vian piece, then they’re not true Chocolate Diamonds®.
Le Vian provides a guarantee in writing that their diamonds are genuine. You never need to worry about getting an imitation or artificial stone when you buy a certified Chocolate Diamond® from one of Le Vian’s authorized retailers. Also, if you buy a stone of 1/2 carat or larger, it will be laser-inscribed with the Chocolate Diamonds® brand on the girdle.
According to Rio Tinto, the mining company that owns the Argyle mine where Chocolate Diamonds come from, fewer than 1% of all polished diamonds produced in the world qualify as Chocolate Diamonds®. And the larger stones are even rarer. For example, you can find one-carat white diamonds everywhere, so they’re hardly unique. But Chocolate Diamonds® of 20 points (1/5 carat) or larger are 10,000 times rarer than white diamonds. No wonder they’re in such demand.
There’s a trend these days to “dressing down” and not being so ostentatious with flashy jewelry. The trouble is, those traditional white diamonds can look a bit too showy, too sparkly. And a lot of colored diamonds are simply beyond the reach of most people. Chocolate Diamonds® — with their earthy, golden tones — perfectly suit the needs and desires of those who want something they can wear with any outfit and any occasion. They are the most affordable fancy colored diamonds you can find.
Le Vian is certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council as a responsible, ethical member of the industry. This involves an audit of their supply chain for gold and diamond sourcing, and for ethical business practices. Rio Tinto, the company that owns the Argyle Mine where Chocolate Diamonds come from, is a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and is committed to being part of a responsible supply chain. And once the Argyle Mine runs out, Rio Tinto has committed to filling the hole back up, reforesting the area, and bringing it back to its original condition.