A Toast to Champagne Diamond Jewelry

Rio Tinto and the Natural Colored Diamond Association recently hosted a champagne diamond jewelry preview for editors. Natural-color diamond designs, from light champagne hues to dark cognac colors, were on display from numerous jewelry houses. And, most of the winners of the Champagne Diamond Design Competition sponsored by Rio Tinto were also on display (if you recall, only sketches of the winning pieces were initially available). Sadly, the Champagne Bubbles Necklace by Evelyn Huang of evelynH. Jewelry Inc., Los Angeles, was not present. But, the NCDIA did give editors a peek at a new natural colored diamond product dubbed Silver Mist—shimmering gray diamonds that are not color-enhanced, according to Rebecca Foerster, manager of the US office for Rio Tinto’s diamonds sales and marketing, and are primarily available in small sizes suitable for melee and accent stones.

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Stay tuned for more on Silver Mist.

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Pendant by Rahaminov Diamonds and necklace by Sethi Couture

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The Champagne Tango earrings, inspired by the dance, earned Joana Miranda of Glendale, Wis., second place honors in the Champagne Diamond Design Competition sponsored by Rio Tinto.

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Multi-strand champagne diamond briolette necklace by Sandy Leong

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The Butterfly Drop earrings, made by Graham Edney, Santa Barbara, Calif., took third place.

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An assortment of natural-color and colorless diamond rings

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The fourth-place winning piece—the Flute brooch, inspired by the playful movement of bubbles in champagne—is from Vincent Bisazza on behalf of Charles Koll Jewellers in San Diego.

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Silver Mist and colorless diamond drop earrings by Interjewel

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