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Ian Saude Creates Jewelry in Chocolate, Cafe and Champagne - Diamonds That Is

They may not be the colors one thinks of when picturing a classic diamond, but warmed-toned diamonds ranging from the softest 'sparkling' champagne to rich 'hot' chocolate diamonds, are the tones that inspire designer Ian Saudé to create his striking bejeweled rings, earrings and necklaces.

"I find the color of these stones to be more subtle, and actually more sensual, than ordinary white diamonds. Also, thanks to their natural warmth, they harmonize better with the luster of yellow and rose gold than the traditional white diamond," explains Saudé. "And while they are very beautiful and still have that incredible brilliance associated with diamonds - they are also more affordable."

Several pieces in Saudé's new jewelry collection feature natural colored diamonds. Etoile stacking rings are encrusted with delicate micropavé and come with three parallel rows of caffè or black diamonds on narrow 18K rose or yellow gold bands; or in diamonds that are shaded from mocca to champagne to white set in 18K rose, yellow or white gold bands.

Meteor Demi earrings are golden half-hoops scattered with shaded mocha pavé. The sculptural jetté Meteor Drop pendant from the same collection is studded in shaded caffè & mocca diamonds, terminating with an exquisite south sea pearl. The pendant detaches from its fine, triple-strand chain for wear with other pieces.

Dazzling Reine earrings' champagne and mocca pavé orbs are suspended from a graduated strand of bezel-set diamonds and were recently worn by actress Jennifer Morrison from the hit TV series 'House.' And Jessica Biel wore Ian Saudé 18k gold 'Piave II' diamond hoops shaded from white to chocolate, at the 2008 Rome Film Festival.

As with colorless diamonds, champagne, cognac and chocolate diamonds come in different qualities and clarities. The 4C's of color, cut, clarity and carat weight still apply, except the intensity of color, not lack of it, plays a greater part in the valuation.

"The quality I like best about these diamonds is their ability to flatter any skin tone and how they are a wonderful contemporary-looking complement to the neutral colors commonly found in designer fashion - beige, white, taupe and chocolate brown." Saudé explains. "They are also fantastic when mixed with white or black diamonds. I've always been drawn to rich neutrals - they are my favorite go to color palette of choice."

Located on California's Gold Coast, Saude & Co. specializes in designing distinctive personal accessories and small luxury goods for individuals as well for home, travel, hotels, spas and other distinguished destinations. Founded in 1996 by Ian and Regina Saudē, the Company provides nature and fine art-inspired accessories to boutiques and specialty stores throughout the US, and works with private clients and other designers as a dedicated creative resource. They focus, first and foremost, on creating beautiful contemporary objects that are chic but casual in appeal -- things that are extraordinary, in themselves, but which can also be integrated comfortably into everyday life.

In 2008, the Company launched the new brand, Ian Saude: IS. Its website is dedicated to showcasing the latest collections of contemporary fashion-forward fine jewelry and an evolving selection of distinctive lifestyle items as part of its on-line shopping experience. Ian Saude jewelry is produced under the supervision of Italian & French master jewelers, according to the exacting standards traditionally employed in the very best European jewelry ateliers.

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