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Chocolate diamonds weren’t always valuable. Here’s how they went from cheap rocks to adorning Rihanna’s $130,000 Grammy necklace.

Rihanna wore a $130,000 chocolate diamond necklace to the 2018 Grammys. And these Chocolate Diamond earrings that J-Lo likes to borrow: just over $16,000, but it wasn’t that long ago when brown diamonds would have never made the red carpet, selling for six times less than they do today. So what changed? Why are Chocolate Diamonds so expensive?

Diamonds get their color by how they’re formed, whether it was a different element that got pulled into the carbon structure. Like boron, which gives diamonds a beautiful blue hue, or maybe it was close to a natural source of radiation, making them appear green. Whatever the reason, diamonds come in a rainbow of bright, beautiful colors, and then there are brown diamonds. For centuries, brown diamonds were cheap. They were typically low in quality and had lots of imperfections. So jewelers didn’t want them, especially when they could use brighter pink, blue, or yellow diamonds.

Read more about Chocolate Diamonds, and how they became a fashion statement, on the Business Insider website HERE

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