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Brown Diamonds
What exactly are Brown Diamonds? Brown diamonds have a tint of brownish body color. Diamonds can occur in nearly any color, though yellow and brown are by far the most common. The Brown diamond is a member of the Carbon family and is the hardest substance known. The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means "hardest metal" reflecting the property of the stone. Diamonds with a detectable hue, other than yellow or brown are known as colored diamonds. If the colour is strong enough, a stone may be referred to as a fancy colored diamond by the trade. There are Natural fancy color diamonds and Synthetic Color Diamonds. For more information on any of these subjects please refer to the Index.

Definition of Diamond Color
What is the Definition of a Brown Diamond? Colored diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration.

The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes a slight to intense yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen present. 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
Argyle 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)

Rare Brown 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

Rare Brown 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, 2002.

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.

Rare Brown 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.

Rare Brown 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
Properties - Rare - Famous - Jewel - Gem - Gemstone - Jewelry - Famous - Rare
Golden Jubilee, Incomparable, Great Chrysanthemum, Star of the South,
Earth Star, and the Victoria-Transvaal

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