A Guide To Diamond Necklaces & Pendants

A Guide To Diamond Necklaces & Pendants

Diamond Necklaces and Pendants: the perfect piece of jewellery to adorn and compliment the neckline. When selected correctly, a necklace can compliment facial features and add the finishing touch to an ensemble. We are giving examples of the top things to consider when buying a diamond necklace or pendant.

Tips For Selecting The Best Diamond

Diamond pendants, especially single stone or trilogy solitaire pieces, are the most popular option when shopping for a piece of jewellery to wear around the neck. Their timeless design and versatility makes them wearable both every day and on special occasions, making them sought after and desirable. Therefore, it is important to ensure you are picking the best diamond to be showcased as part of the piece.

Whenever considering buying a diamond, the 4C’s should always be taken into consideration: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat.

  • Cut – The cut of a diamond affects the shaping of the diamond, symmetry, proportioning and how well the diamond reflects light. Ultimately deciding how sparkly a diamond will be. Discuss this when comparing diamonds as it will have a great impact on the look of the final piece.

  • Colour – Diamonds are colour graded on a scale from D (colourless) and Z (light colour). The less colour a diamond has, the higher it will sit on the colour grading chart as well as the price bracket.

  • Clarity – The clarity of a diamond will be decided in relation to the number of natural impurities within the stone, otherwise known as “inclusions”. The clarity of a diamond will be affected by the size of these inclusions, the number of inclusions visible to the naked eye and the position of the inclusion within the stone.

Like colour, Diamond clarity is also graded on a scale from IF (Internally flawless) all the way to I1 (Included 1, which is unsuitable for diamond jewellery). Internally flawless diamonds are exceedingly rare. Therefore, seeking diamonds which have VVS2 and VS1 clarity, is a safe middle ground where inclusions are still not visible to the naked eye while keeping prices down.

  • Carat – The Carat of a diamond is categorised based on the size of the stone.

Diamond Settings For Pendants

Another important factor to take into consideration is the setting of the diamond pendant or necklace. For example, a 4-claws setting is one of the most popular settings for a solitaire diamond pendant as this allows as much light as possible to hit the diamond, increasing sparkle effect.

Halo pendants are also a very popular choice. This design is perfect to add extra sparkle to an outfit through the use of cluster diamonds; while still maintaining their elegance and versatility.

Best Metals For Necklaces &  Pendants

Selecting the perfect metal can help bring out the best design qualities of your necklace or pendants.

  • Platinum – While most commonly used for engagement rings due to its toughness and natural white sheen, which will not fade or change colour. Platinum helps showcase a diamonds brilliance unlike any other metal. Therefore, a platinum setting or chain will highlight the beauty of a diamond pendant.

  • Gold – Gold has many unique qualities with RoseYellow and White Gold all beautiful options for necklaces and pendants. Gold’s resilience to tarnishing, rush and corrosion makes it a trustworthy option for jewellery and a main reason it is so widely used within jewellery making.

When To Buy Necklaces & Pendants

A perfect element of both necklaces and pendants is their ability to be worn both every day and for special occasions, depending on their design. While allowing the wearer to showcase personal style.

Therefore, this also makes them the ideal gifting choice for loved ones. Whether it is an anniversary, birthday, Christmas or graduation, a diamond pendant or necklace can last a lifetime and show your loved one just how much they mean to you.

Best Lengths For Necklaces & Pendants

The length of a necklace or pendant chain will affect how it looks while being worn and the overall visual effect of the piece.

The length of your chain or necklace will be based primarily on personal preference and availability. Popular standard chain lengths range from 16 to 24 inches, with 18 inches being the most common.

If you are looking for a your pendant to rest just above the sternum, a 16 inch chain will be perfect. However, if the wearer has a thin neck, the pendant may fall slightly lower. With an 18 inch chain, the pendant will likely fall right about the sternum with a 22 or 24 inch chain putting the diamond just lower than the sternum.

It is important to consider the person you’re buying for and their style when deciding the length of a pendant. Whether they are looking for a longer falling pendant for a evening glamourous look or a standard 18 inch which can be worn daily.

If in doubt, take reference from pendants and necklaces already owned.

If you are looking for a necklace, our team will be happy to help to guide you through the process from diamond cut selection to chain length and overall design. Contact us today or visit our Hatton Garden store and begin your journey to find your perfect diamond pendant or diamond necklace.