Frequently Asked Questions

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Are the diamonds real?

Yes! Each diamond is accompanied by a certificate from an independent laboratory (either the Jewellery Council of South Africa or the European Gemmological Laboratory) which uses sophisticated equipment and trained technicians to grade diamonds according to internationally-recognised standards. This certificate also indicates that the diamond is an authentic, natural diamond which has not undergone irradiation, colour enhancement, laser drilling, fracture treatment or fissure filling.

Example of the Diamond Certificate
Example of the Diamond Certificate

What is the retail value of the diamonds that are inserted into the bottles?

DC offers 3 variations of diamonds and their estimated values at retail level are:

Quarter Carat $ 350
Half Carat $ 1 250
One Carat $ 5 100

Are the diamonds lying loose at the bottom of the bottle?

No. The diamonds are housed inside hand crafted blown glass pendants.

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Will the glass pendants affect the wine?

No. The glass pendants have no effect on the wine or its taste.

How do you get the glass pendant into the bottle?

The glass pendant containing the diamond is inserted into the bottles during the disgorging process using the traditional Methode Champenoise process in the making of double fermented sparkling wine.

How do I get the diamond glass pendant out of the bottle?

The glass pendant will smoothly pour out of the bottle with the last glass.

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How do I get the diamond out of the glass pendant?

There are a number of ways of accomplishing this from covering it with a cloth and hitting down with a hard object, to using a pair of pliers or to take it to your local jewellery store to do it for you.

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Is Diamant Classique champagne?

Diamant Classique is made utilising the exact same age old processes as French Champagne. Some of the DC wine variations use the exact same grape variety and a portion of the wines are aged in French Oak. Only wines made from the grapes grown within the Champagne region of France are allowed to be called Champagne. Even “Champagnes” made in France, but not from the tiny region of Champagne can not be called Champagne. DC has held many blind tasting tests with so called Champagne aficionados who could not distinguish the difference. In many cases they chose the New World Sparkling Wine over the French version.

Can the bottle be refrigerated with the packaging?

Yes. The packaging is made up of a solid tube of aluminium. The aluminium tube is clad in genuine leather. There is a cardboard lining within the aluminium tube. These will all keep your bottle of DC chilled until you are ready to pop the cork and reveal the DC experience.