Diamond necklaces bring beautiful flair and class to any style, wardrobe or event. They can complement anything from a diamond engagement ring to a pair of diamond earrings for a special night out. The beautiful thing? They come in an incredible array of styles and designs perfect for any occasion.
Main Types of Diamond Necklaces
The main types of diamond necklaces are either chains or strings of diamonds and pendants. Most are set in white or yellow gold, platinum or palladium, with a large range of designs and styles.
Chains and Strands
Just as with pearls, diamonds are often strung in strands around women’s necks with many different lengths, widths and designs. Full diamond necklaces are generally worn for more formal occasions, bringing elegance and class to an outfit.
Pendants tend to be the most popular since they can be worn on a daily basis and with any outfit. There are countless styles and options for pendants, ranging from geometric designs, initials, circles, charms, solitaires, twists, curves, multiple drop stones all the way to religious symbols, hearts, flowers, stars, keys or animals. The settings for pendants range from bezel, shared prong or channel set with the more intricate designs involving pave settings.
More About Diamond Necklaces
Just as with diamond engagement or wedding rings, there is a wide variety of shapes and types diamonds used in necklaces, with smaller stones being the norm. The diamonds used for this type of jewelry are often treated to enhance their features. As well, colored diamonds are used less frequently due to cost and availability. They are, however, often used as accents to other colored gems such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires or even pearls.
The most popular shape of diamonds used in necklaces are round, princess and emerald. They are beautiful set as either single or multiple stones, and can also be placed into unique arrangements.
Although still beautiful, the quality of diamonds used in necklaces are not as highly graded as ones used in engagement, wedding or anniversary rings because they are under less scrutiny. Diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia are a very common substitute for diamond necklaces. When a center stone is of a different variety of gem, simulants can be an excellent and affordable accent. With the less wear and tear than with rings, the cubic zirconia holds its shine and luster remarkably well in necklaces. Regardless of whether real diamonds or simulants are used, you should carefully inspect the necklace and workmanship prior to buying to ensure you get the best product for your money.
Tips for Buying a Diamond Necklace
- With all the varieties of lengths available, consider how and when the necklace will be most often worn–particularly if buying a diamond necklace pendant. These are generally worn on a daily basis and are around the 14-20 inch range.
- The width of the chain is an important factor. The more sturdy herringbone chains are perfect for larger pendants while the thinner, delicate linked chains are ideal for a single diamond choker necklace.
- Trying to save money? Opt for a sterling silver chain which can be upgraded later. Also, remember that the more intricate the design the more expensive the necklace.
- Necklaces make the perfect a birthday, anniversary Valentine’s Day or Mother’s day gift. They are also popular for a bride for her wedding day, or even as bridesmaid gifts.
Diamond necklaces are a quintessential part of any woman’s wardrobe and can perfectly compliment an engagement or wedding ring. With all the styles and choices available, there are endless options to choose from for a perfect and romantic gift.
View this slideshow for some gift ideas, courtesy of Tiffany & Co., James Allen and Blue Nile: