What is the Definition
of a Brown Diamond?
Colored diamonds contain
impurities or structural
defects that cause the
The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes a slight to intense
yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen
Brown “amber” diamond crystals show some deformation called “brown
graining”. They also contain nitrogen.
Cost of Brown Diamonds
The Australian Argyle mines produce a significant quantity of brown
diamonds. Brown diamonds are usually less expensive than any other
colors due to the fact that they are less appealing to most consumers.
The color descriptions of these diamonds are now described and marketed
as Cognac or Champagne.
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The Color Scale or
Grade for Brown Diamonds
created the following scale for brown diamonds to separate them into
their progressively darker tonal ranges which are described as follows:
Very light brown (champagne)
Medium brown (champagne)
Brown (dark champagne)
Dark brown (fancy cognac)
Light Champagne - C1 & C2
Medium Champagne - C3 & C4
Dark Champagne - C5 & C6
Fancy Cognac - C7
Symbolism & Meaning of Brown Diamonds
The traditional properties closely associated with diamonds are
action, passion, and energy. Jewelry containing diamonds are believed to
enhance relationships, increasing inner strength and provide the wearer
with balance, clarity and abundance. It is believed that wearing jewelry
containing a diamond will focus the energies of the precious gemstone
through the gem. The symbolic meaning of the color is humility.
Names of Famous
& Rare Brown Diamonds:
The most famous
Brown diamond is the Golden Jubilee Diamond.
There are several other famous rare brown diamonds including the Incomparable, Great Chrysanthemum, Star of Peace, Star of the
South, Earth Star, Cross of Asia and the Victoria-Transvaal
- Golden Jubilee (aka Large Brown)
- Incomparable (Brownish Yellow color)
- Great Chrysanthemum Earth Star (Coffee colored)
- Victoria-Transvaal (Champagne / Light Brown color)
Diamonds - The Golden Jubilee (aka Large Brown)
The Golden Jubilee Diamond was
presented to the King of Thailand in 1997 for his Golden Jubilee
and was designed by Gabi Tolkowsky
Diamonds - The Incomparable
The Incomparable was found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly
Zaire) in the 1980s. It is described as Shield-Shaped Step Cut,
Internally Flawless clarity and Fancy Brownish-Yellow in color. The
Incomparable appeared on the internet auction site Ebay in November,
Rare Diamonds -
The Great Chrysanthemum
The Great Chrysanthemum is so-named for its colouring similarities to
the brown chyrsanthemum flower. This South African diamond measures
104.15 carats and is set in a Pear-Shaped Modified Brilliant Cut.
Diamonds - The Earth Star
The Earth Star is a pear shape diamond weighing 111.59 carats from South
Africa. It is so-named by Joseph Baumgold in 1963 for its stunning color
and sparkling brilliance.
Diamonds - The Victoria-Transvaal
The Victoria-Transvaal is a 67.89 carat diamond from the Transvaal,
South Africa, cut in a pear shape.
Brown Diamonds in Jewelry
Brown diamonds in jewelry are becoming extremely popular especially for
engagement rings and as solitaires. Brown diamond earrings,
bracelets, necklaces and of course engagement rings and
eternity rings are the most popular types of jewelry. In
1477 Mary of Burgundy became the first known recipient
of a diamond engagement ring given to her by the
Archduke Maximilian of Austria and the history and
tradition of the engagement ring began.
Diamonds - Precious - Stone -
Guide - Color - Facts - Information -Info - Rare - Jewellery
Rare - Famous - Jewel - Gem - Gemstone - Jewelry - Famous - Rare
Golden Jubilee, Incomparable, Great Chrysanthemum, Star of the
Earth Star, and the Victoria-Transvaal