Diamonds are known to be the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world. This stunning gemstone is formed under high temperature and pressure within the earth's crust. When it comes to colored diamonds, brown diamonds are the most common color variety mined across the world.
Brown diamonds get their color from structural irregularities in the crystal lattice. This is caused as a result of the increasing pressure within the earth that creates a movement in the diamond's regular molecular structure. Brown diamonds are also formed due to the presence of hydrogen, nitrogen and nickel defects within the diamond's structure.
The large availability of brown diamonds has made them relatively affordable and easily accessible. Their delightful and appealing brown hue similar to that of coffee beans or a bar of chocolate has made them a rising star in the jewelry sector. What was earlier considered inappropriate for use in jewelry and was used only for industrial purposes is now rapidly gaining popularity among consumers across the world. Brown diamonds are mined in Southern Africa, Siberia and Australia. The Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia is the world's largest producer of brown diamonds.
"Coffee Diamonds" are Angara's exclusive assortment of natural brown diamonds. The collection features brown diamond jewelry in various hues such as deep brown, dark brown, medium brown and light brown. A breathtaking blend of ravishing brown hues and eye-catching design elements, Angara's Coffee Diamond jewelry bespeaks opulence. Brown diamonds have also been combined with white diamonds and colored gemstones for a distinctive look.
Brown diamonds are often considered to represent harmony, stability, confidence and dependability. Its down-to-earth color signifies renunciation and is the perfect symbol of humility. It is believed that wearing brown diamonds will enhance relationships, increase inner strength and provide the wearer with balance, clarity and abundance. Brown diamonds are also said to connect the wearer to the earth and nature.
Brown diamonds are regarded to be one of the earliest fancy colored diamonds to be used in jewelry. They are believed to have been quite popular among the second century Romans who set them in rings. It later lost its demand and was considered useful only for industrial purposes. In modern times, the brown diamond has been reintroduced to consumers with fancier names and has seen considerable popularity since then.
Hardness & Strength
Brown diamonds may be cheaper than white diamonds, but they exhibit the same properties as any other diamond. They are one of the hardest substances found in nature. It scores a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness and possesses a very high refractive index.
Brown diamonds are generally untreated. Their pleasing brown hue occurs naturally. It is a result of lattice imperfections, caused due to the application of geological forces. In certain cases, heat treatment or irradiation may be used to produce more vivid colors.
Brown diamonds are also treated to convert them into colorless diamonds or diamonds of other colors such as yellow. These diamonds may be more valuable than brown diamonds but of lesser value than natural diamonds of the same color and quality.
Quality and Grading
There are several factors that determine the quality and price of a brown diamond. They include color, cut, clarity and carat of the gem.
The color of the brown diamond is one of the most important factors that determine its value. Hue, tone and saturation are the three main dimensions by which the color is assessed. While the hue refers to the diamond's visible color, the tone indicates the darkness of the color. The value of the diamond increases with the level of its intensity or saturation.
The clarity of a brown diamond is assessed in the same way as that of other diamonds. The higher the number of visible flaws in a stone, the lesser its value. While clarity is an important factor, brown diamonds are mostly coveted for their color. A brown diamond that has a few inclusions but displays high color intensity is still considered desirable.
Unlike colorless diamonds, Coffee Diamonds are mostly cut into shapes that intensify their color. Because of their large availability and relatively lower price, they can be cut into any shape and size without worrying much about wastage.
As with colorless diamonds, the price of a deeply saturated brown diamond will increase as its size increases.
Although there is no industrial standard for grading Coffee Diamonds, based on the quality of the gemstone, they can be classified into the following categories.
The gems in this category are the darkest in the color spectrum. They exhibit a deep brown color.
This grade includes brown diamonds that are on the darker end of the color spectrum. These gems have a dark brown color.
The gems in this category are medium brown in color.
These gems are more towards the lighter side of the color spectrum. They are light brown in color.
Daily wear and accumulation of dirt will reduce the luster and brilliance of your Coffee Diamond jewelry. Simply follow these instructions to ensure that your brown diamonds keep sparkling at all times.
Keep your Coffee Diamond jewelry away from other gemstone jewelry in order to avoid scratches on the gemstones.
Use fabric lined jewelry boxes or individual fabric pouches to store your Coffee Diamonds.
Avoid wearing them while applying makeup or engaging in household tasks as lotions or soaps might cause your precious stones to look dull.
Do not expose your brown diamond to excessive heat as this will affect the gem's color.
Clean your Coffee Diamond jewelry at regular intervals using a mild soap solution and a soft bristle brush. Rinse with water and dry using a soft, lint-free cloth.
It is a good practice to get your Coffee Diamond jewelry examined at least once in a year by a professional.