Chocolate Jewelry: To Eat or Not Eat?
Chocolate jewelry gains admirers for its rich, brown hues
While I was driving yesterday, I heard a radio commercial for chocolate jewelry that got my stomach growling. Just the mention of chocolate is enough to get me thinking about it for hours. But, unfortunately, the chocolate being advertised was not edible. It seems that food-like descriptions have made their way to the world of jewelry. As if diamonds weren't already enough to make you drool, there are now chocolate diamonds, as well as chocolate gold and chocolate pearls.
Le Vian is responsible for the transformation of less-desired, brown diamonds to the fancier, more desirable moniker of "Chocolate Diamonds." Chocolate diamonds are culled from the darker, richer-hued brown diamonds. "Cognac Diamonds" and "Champagne Diamonds" are other new names for these diamonds. It all sounds a lot nicer than low color grade diamond. Chocolate diamonds pair beautifully with clear diamonds, pearls, and turquoise.
Fawaz Gruosi in Italy first created chocolate gold. He used a process called physical vaporization and deposition (PVD) to electronically bombard rose gold. The result is a rich, chocolate-y brown that's good enough to eat, though the only resemblance it has to gold is a slight metallic shine. Chocolate gold is now mainstream -- even QVC sells chocolate gold jewelry on its website.
Even chocolate pearls...
QVC also sells chocolate pearls, which are pearls enhanced through proprietary techniques. Ballerina Pearl Company and Shanghai Gems are two original developers of chocolate pearls. The Gem Institute of America (GIA) studied the Ballerina chocolate pearl and determined that the color results from bleaching and heating, and not the addition of color. Because the pearls are not treated, they retain a relatively high value and are in demand, along with their diamond and gold counterparts.
Great. But when do we eat?
Truthfully, while I love the rich browns of all this gold jewelry, I was a little disappointed that none of it was edible. Enter companies like Food is Art in the United Kingdom. Food is Art (a lesson I live by, by the way) sells handmade, beaded chocolate jewelry. It's all edible, but I haven't figured out if you're supposed to eat it while wearing it, like those candy necklaces I used to buy from the pool snack bar in my youth.
Promise Me Chocolate, a recent start-up in upstate New York, sells chocolate jewelry with a variety of flavors and fillings. Chocolate rings make great bridal shower favors, but I think they're a pretty practical idea for the engagement ring itself!
So, edible and inedible chocolate jewelry -- it just seems natural to wear chocolate as an accessory.