Surprise Your Loved One With A Chocolate Diamond Ring This Easter
Easter is an important holiday in many Christian countries to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, it has accumulated many traditions that don’t come from a religious origin and in Australia it’s a wonderful chance to spend time with family and friends, enjoy feasts of lamb and fresh produce and of course go on Easter egg hunts!
The Easter holidays are fast approaching, and it’s that time of year when our eyes, shopping trolleys and tummies start to get filled with chocolate. At Argyle Jewellers, we have a guilt-free chocolate fix that you can surprise a loved one with this easter – an Australian Chocolate Diamond Ring!
The beauties are growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional white diamonds but because they are a new trend many people don’t know much about them. In this blog, we’ll explain what makes them special so you can see if they might be the perfect gift for you.
Australian Chocolate Diamonds Story
The life of an Australian Chocolate Diamond starts in the rugged soil of the Argyle Diamond Mine in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. According to Rio Tinto, this mine has “produced more than 865 million carats of rough diamonds becoming the world’s largest producer of coloured diamonds and virtually the sole source of a very small but consistent source of rare pink diamonds.” The mine was finally closed in November 2020, after 37 years of operation.
As far as Chocolate diamonds are concerned, these warm-toned, vibrant gems are suited to the creative and fashion-forward consumers looking for an alternative to the norm but can be embraced by anyone. As they are a relatively new trend in the market, they are priced very competitively; at least for the time being, with an Australian Chocolate Diamond Ring costing on average half of that of an equivalent good quality white diamond ring.
Unlike the majority of diamonds, which pass through many hands and are often impossible to validate, Australian Chocolate Diamonds come with their own ‘diamond story’ certificate which validates the specific information and each individual diamond including its point of origin, original rough weight, Argyle lot number, colour and clarity. This acts as a guarantee that your investment is an authentic, homegrown Australian Argyle Diamond.
Essential Qualities of Australian Chocolate Diamonds
Before you invest in a diamond, it’s important to understand how they are graded and what makes one diamond more valuable than another. As we discussed in a previous blog for those Considering Investing In Pink Diamonds, quality and traceability are the two most important factors.
Diamonds are certified by the GIA, an independent organisation responsible for the assessment and grading of diamonds and other precious stones. They created a system known as the Four C’s that analyses the cut, clarity, colour and carat to allow the quality of a diamond to be verified. Only a small number of diamonds in the global marketplace become jewellery worthy.
As mentioned before, one of the unique benefits of Australian Chocolate Diamonds is that they come with an authentication certificate that outlines each unique diamond result in the grading category. This verifies the quality of your chocolate diamond ring, giving you peace of mind.
What To Look For In A Chocolate Diamond
Everyone wants to know they have a beautiful quality diamond and the GIA outlines Diamond Quality Factors in-depth. The colour of chocolate diamond rings ranges from faint gentle hues to intense dark hues. Interestingly, Australian Chocolate Diamonds and Argyle Pink Diamonds are the only coloured diamonds whose hue doesn’t originate from impurities but rather a distortion in the diamond’s crystal lattice. According to Museums Victoria, this is created by “intense heat and pressure from all directions after the stone’s formation in the earth”.
Australian Chocolate Diamonds are colour graded against the Argyle Colour Grading Scale, ranging from C1 for the lightest to C8 for the darkest. The majority of Australian Chocolate Diamonds grade within the C4 to C6 colour range.
Like all things from nature, a diamond is rarely perfect. Clarity refers to the number of internal inclusions and surface blemishes, which often occur in a natural substance such as diamonds. The fewer inclusions, the better a diamond’s clarity and inherent beauty. No two diamonds have the same inclusions, so they can be used to help identify individual stones. The grading scale goes Flawless, Internally Flawless, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, I3 with each describing progressively lower clarity.
The sign of a true craftsman is reflected in the cut of a diamond. A superbly cut diamond will reflect light at every angle and every facet to create its renowned sparkle. Nowadays, lasers are often used to cut diamonds because they create an extremely precise cut and allow for exacting standards, even for complicated cuts. Common diamond shape cuts include round, oval, pear, emerald, marquise and cushion.
Finally, we have carat, which refers to the weight of the diamond itself. Although most goods are sold by weight – with a higher weight translating into a higher price – the same is not always true for diamonds. This is because diamonds of a smaller carat may be worth more than those with a high carat that have lower quality clarity, cut or colour. However, larger diamonds are rarer therefore if all other factors are equal, a larger diamond is worth much more than the sum of four smaller diamonds.
Make Easter A Special Holiday To Remember This Year With A Chocolate Diamond Ring
Surprise your loved one with a chocolate diamond ring this Easter. Australian Chocolate Diamonds are a verified, high quality and competitively priced choice that will encapture a special memory to cherish forever.
Argyle Jewellers is a family-owned jeweller that has been delighting customers since 1987. You can view a selection of our range online or visit our store at Garden City Shopping Centre and our brand new store at Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre. We are passionate about what we do and take great pride in all of our work. To find out more, or for a custom design consultation, book an appointment with our jewellery design specialist.