When I got the ring, I wanted to scream "I do!" to Danielle, the saleslady, as she handed it to me because I was so happy! I totally didn't pay attention to whatever Danielle and Chris were saying after I got the ring on my finger. "Precious, precious, precious!" I cried. "My Precious! O my Precious!" LOL!
After 13 years of marriage, we finally found the ring that's totally ME! Well, we didn't just find it; we created this unique ring from scratch!
It took a long time because we wanted a natural colour diamond and not many stores have natural brown diamond rings and even if they do, the colour and quality of the brown diamond is not what we desired. So, we had to get the diamonds specially imported for review.
We looked at a few brown diamond stones but this one was our "love at first sight." It's just perfect - the colour is even and it's natural fancy dark orangey brown - not too yellow, not too green, not too dark, not too pale. It has a subtle rich chocolate glow with the light reflection. The quality of the diamond is amazing and it's in the most romantic cushion cut! The size is not too small and not too big - it was "just right" for my finger. It was magical!
After we decided on this chocolate diamond, we had it sent to GIA for inspection and certification. Meanwhile, we were looking for the ideal ring setting for the perfect chocolate diamond. It was a challenge! There are thousands of designs out there! Danielle at the Alberta Diamond Exchange helped us narrow down the ideas. We decided to get a custom setting that has many clear diamonds that form a halo on the top and an elegant arch design from the sides. This glamourous setting makes the chocolate brown diamond stand out even more!
Look at it! My totally unique and the most precious - chocolate diamond ring. It's a chocoholic's dream come true! I totally believe in "Happily Ever After" :-D
A tip for the natural colour diamond buyers:
If you are interested in getting a natural coloured diamonds, you should always see the stone in person before you buy it. The text describes the general idea of the stone but the exact shade of the colour cannot be accurately seen on a computer monitor or imagined based on the text description. If the store asks for a refundable deposit to import the coloured diamond for your review, that's fine. But, you should confirm if the deposit is refundable or not first!
Notes from the GIA Library:
“Chocolate” is another name for brown. “Chocolate” is a marketing term and we do not use marketing terms on our reports. We do issue reports for brown diamonds.
Brown diamonds can fall either into the D-to-Z category or may be considered a fancy color. Until we examine your diamond, we cannot tell you which category your diamond falls into.
For colored diamonds, there are nine color grade terms: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Deep, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid. We do apply these terms to brown diamonds.
If the diamond is brown, starting with the letter K, we will add a colored diamond term.
D, E, F, G, H, I, J: the diamond is assigned a letter grade only. Within these higher color grades, we will not state whether the diamond is picking up more yellow or more brown.
K, L, M: letter grade is assigned plus the term “Faint Brown”
N, O-P, Q-R: the letter grade plus the term “Very Light Brown”
S-T, U-V, W-X, Y-Z: letter grade plus the term “Light Brown”
If the color is more saturated than “Z”, it will no longer be assigned a letter grade but will now get one of the other color grade terms as noted above.
If the brown diamond falls into the D-to-Z category, there are two different grading reports that can be issued: the GIA Diamond Grading Report (also referred to as a full report) and the GIA Diamond Dossier. If you choose a Diamond Dossier report, laser inscription of the lab report number onto the girdle is included in the fee. The Dossier does not include plot diagrams of where the inclusions or blemishes are located on your diamond. The full report includes the plot diagrams but laser inscription is an additional fee. To see what these reports look like, please go to the following link:http://retailer.gia.edu/rm/laboratory-services/anatomy-of-a-diamond-grading-report.htm
Dossiers can be requested for diamonds .15 to 1.99 ct. Full reports can be requested for any size diamond.
If a diamond falls into the colored diamond range (beyond Z), the lab issues two different colored diamond reports: 1) the GIA Colored Diamond Grading Report and 2) the GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report (CDIOR).
1) If a colored diamond is submitted for a grading report, it must be unmounted. The following information is included on the GIA Colored Diamond Grading Report: laser inscription registry if applicable; shape and cutting style; measurements; carat weight; color origin (natural vs. treated), color grade (example: fancy yellow), color distribution (example: even); clarity grade; polish; symmetry; fluorescence. This report also includes a plot diagram and the GIA Colored Diamond Scale.
2) For the GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, the diamond can be mounted or unmounted. If the diamond is unmounted, the report gives a bit more information. The following information is included for an unmounted fancy colored diamond: shape and cutting style; measurements; carat weight; color origin (natural vs. treated), color grade (example: fancy yellow), color distribution (example: even).
For the GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, if the diamond is mounted the lab/lab report cannot provide as much detail. The following information is included for a mounted fancy colored diamond: a description of the stone (for example: one (1) transparent blue cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant measuring approximately 6.71 x 4.32 x 2.70 mm set in a white metal ring) and a conclusion (example: diamond, fancy light to fancy blue, natural color).