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    All About Champagne Diamonds and Our New Champagne Collection

    Champagne diamonds are an irresistibly uplifting mood: like when golden hour hits and everything seems to sparkle with an ethereal, sun-drenched luminosity.

    We're celebrating this sunkissed magic with our NEW Champagne Diamond Collection - a treasury of one-of-a-kind champagne diamond rings from the perfect honey-hued statement band to a royal-worthy diamond crown. Keep scrolling to see every ring in the collection and learn the full tea on champagne diamonds.

    What are Champagne Diamonds?

    Champagne diamonds have a golden-yellowy-brown hue - much like the bubbly they were named after. The lightest champagnes have just a hint of honey, while the richest stones have a luxe mocha vibe, with countless color variations in between.

    How are Champagne Diamonds formed?

    Champagne diamonds are made mostly of carbon with trace amounts of nitrogen. The more nitrogen, the deeper the champagne hue.

    Colored diamonds can also be created by slight defects in a stone’s crystal lattice. These diamonds absorb and transmit light more selectively, changing the color to the observer's eye.  

    Why We Love Them

    A COLORED STONE WITH A DIAMOND HARDNESS

    Diamonds are rated 10 on the MOHs hardness scale – the hardest substance on earth. They're the stones you can wear everyday without worry thanks to their ultra-durable nature. Colored gemstones fall lower on the hardness scale, making them much less durable for everyday wear.

    Here's where champagne diamonds win: they combine color with the durability of a diamond. It's the best of all worlds.

    UNIQUE DROPS OF SUNSHINE

    While much of the world covets white diamonds with their crystal clear, colorless mood, champagne diamonds are an original option with their warm golden-glow energy. With endless color variations, every champagne stone is imitatable, which we love.

    GIVE US ALL THE GOLD

    Nothing shines brighter with yellow or Peach Gold ® than a champagne diamond - it's a gilded sun-drenched vibe that's impossible to resist.

    LESS EXPENSIVE

    Champagne diamonds are less expensive than their colorless cousins. That means a bigger diamond for your dollar, plus that gorgeous golden hue.

    ETHICALLY SOURCED

    All Gem Breakfast stones are thoroughly vetted to ensure conflict-free sourcing. We have close relationships with all our suppliers and only work with people of the upmost ethics and transparency. This applies to Champagne Diamonds and every other gem we use.  

    What to Look For in A Champagne Diamond

    COLOR

    Number one in selecting a champagne diamond is color! Choose from a stunning champagne rainbow ranging from a subtle golden gleam to a rich, chocolate cognac brown.  

    There are two accepted color grading systems for champagne diamonds: The GIA and the Argyle system (named after Australian mine that made these diamonds famous).

    The Argyle Mine Grading System (what you'll see on our product pages)

    C1 - C2: Light champagne

    C3-C4: Medium champagne

    C5 - C6: Dark champagne

    C7: Cognac

    The GIA Grading System

    Faint Champagne -K to M or 'Faint Brown'

    Light Champagne - N to R or ‘Very Light Brown’

    Medium Champagne - S to Z or ‘Light Brown’

    Dark Champagne or Cognac -The GIA grades these diamonds according to scales for fancy brown or fancy dark brown colored diamonds.

    The bottom line: choose the hue you love!

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    CUT

    Somtimes confused with a diamond's shape, ‘cut’ refers to how a rough diamond is cut and polished. The better the cut, the sparklier and more brilliant the diamond.

    Champagne diamonds can be graded for cut by the GIA, however it happens less often in the lower color grades. If a champagne diamond is graded, we recommend ‘Very Good’ cut grades and above.

    By far our favorite of the 4 Cs, A well-cut diamond will shimmer, sparkle, and catch the light from every angle. If a diamond isn't graded, this is where an expert jeweler comes in - we can inspect a diamond for things like polish, proportion, and symmetry - the aspects that come together to create the most beautiful diamond.

    To learn more about Diamond Cut, visit our blog.

    CLARITY

    Clarity refers to the amount of blemishes or inclusions in a stone. The fewer the flaws, the more valuable the stone. We recommend opting for ‘eye clean’ champagne diamonds – meaning there are no visible flaws to the naked eye.

    Champagne diamonds are graded by the GIA for clarity according to the same scale as colorless diamonds:

    • Flawless - FL
    • Internally Flawless - IF
    • Very, Very Slightly Included - VVS1 and VVS2
    • Very Slightly Included - VS1 and VS2
    • Slightly Included - SI1 and SI2
    • Included - I1, I2, I3

    There are very few flawless champagne diamonds, and the highest clarity grades are generally not worth the splurge. Unless you're looking through at your stone through a loupe all day, an eye-clean diamond is your best bet.

    With most shapes, eye-clean diamonds fall in the VS1VS2 range. Brilliant cut diamonds can look eye-clean even in the SI range. More important than the grade however (which varies between labs), is the look - can you see any blemishes or inclusions yourself? And most important of all is Cut before Clarity.

    CARAT

    Carat refers to a diamond's weight, NOT it's size. Depending on their cut, Two 1-carat diamonds can appear very different in size.

    Rose cut diamonds for example, look bigger than brilliant cut diamonds from the top view. A typical one-carat brilliant cut diamond measures 6.5 mm from the top view, whereas a one-carat rose cut diamond measures approximately 7.5 mm.

    Ultimately, choosing a diamond's carat is entirely up to you! Pick what you love and what fits in your budget.

    A major upside of champagne diamonds: they cost much less than colorless diamonds. That means more a bigger diamond for the price!


    Have a glance through our NEW Champagne Diamond Collection to see an irresistible array of beautifully cut champagne diamond rings in every tone under the golden champagne sun from just a SIP of bubbly to a deep, dark amaretto. You'll find PEARS, ROUNDS, EMERALD CUTS, AND EVEN AN ASSCHER. You'll peak solitaires, diamond bands, a LAVISHLY EXTRAVAGANT tiara, and even a toi et moi ring for those whom one diamond just won't do!