A diamond necklace is probably one of the most common, yet timeless gifts that one could receive. No matter the occasion, it seems as though a diamond necklace will always be an appropriate choice. However, the type of diamond you choose is extremely important. If you are lost as to how to go about choosing a diamond, you’ve come to the right place. This article will hopefully serve to enlighten you of the things to take into account when buying a diamond necklace, as well as picking out the perfect style for a necklace. Before we start, we’ll first go through the fundamentals of the various forms of necklaces. And after you’re done, check out this link for custom diamond pendants!
What is a Solitaire Necklace?
Take some time to think about it. If you thought of a diamond located in the middle of the necklace, then you’re absolutely right. Another thing to note is that the chain is typically made of platinum or gold.
What is a solitaire pendant?
Specifically, a solitaire pendant usually is a diamond that is made out of yellow or white gold or platinum. The sizes can also vary a fair bit, and the options are definitely expansive. You can opt for a more budget-friendly pendant, or even go all out. The difference in price would be equivalent to the differences in quality as well. So, how do you ascertain the quality of your diamond?
Did you know that diamonds have their own grading certifications too? By choosing a diamond with the GIA or EGL or IGI certificates, it gives you a higher promise of the actual quality of the diamond you picked out.
The cut of the diamond also makes a huge difference in terms of the appearance of the overall diamond. Having a well-cut diamond allows the light reflection to be more striking. Hence, you should always take a proper look at the diamond before purchasing, or ask a professional to do these checks for you.
Diamonds are typically not colored, with slight hints of yellow or brown at times. Diamonds with natural color are known to be extremely expensive and rare. Let us now quickly run through the different diamond colors.
- D-color diamonds are very hard to come by, and are the purest, and known to be perfect.
- E-colour diamonds are also very rare and are known to be extremely beautiful
- F-color diamonds actually continue a sliver of color, but you usually can’t see it with a naked eye.
- G-color diamonds are warm and slightly noticeable in terms of color.
- H-colour diamonds are also known as white diamonds, and their color is not very noticeable.
- I-colour diamonds, also known to be white diamonds, do not continue colors that can be detected by the everyday person.
The clarity of the diamond is one of the most important factors to note, as it shows the flaws of the diamond. Let’s now run through the different grades of the diamonds:
- Internally Flawless
These diamonds do not contain any flaws when examined up close.
- Very, Very Slight Inclusion
At this grade, only minor flaws can be seen when examined up close.
- Very Slight Inclusion
There are slight flaws that can be seen examined at x10 magnification.
- Slight Inclusion
These flaws can be seen visibly without the x10 magnification.
- Slight Inclusion
Just like the previous grade, the flaws can be seen more easily and appear more sparkly.
Numerous flaws can be seen and will appeal to people who prefer larger diamonds and are not particular to these flaws.
There are many different shapes to choose from, and while many people opt for the round or the princess cuts, some also prefer the pear shape. The shape that you ultimately go with also will affect the style by which you set the necklace.
Which type of setting is best?
There are so many setting styles you can choose from, so which is the best? Well, the typical type of setting uses 4 prongs, but you can also choose 3 or 6 prongs. Something to take note of when choosing a setting is to think of its usability for the person you’re giving it to. Here are some other setting types you can choose from:
- Channel Settings
It contains many diamonds, and can be extremely attractive and aesthetically pleasing,
- Bezel Settings
It contains a metallic look and is very suitable for heavy users due to its durability.
- Flush Settings
It’s a very safe option, being that the diamond is sat and drilled into the pendant, so you don’t have to worry about any fallout!
- Pavé Settings
It’s extremely beautiful and contains multiple tiny diamonds.
How do I choose the right chain?
So, given the multiple choices and options to choose from, how does one go about making their decision? Well, the most common options are platinum and white gold, but it also depends on the preference of the gift receiver. If they prefer a more classic style, the yellow gold option is usually the best choice to go with.
- The Cable Link
This is the most popular choice, and the options within this link are also vast. The links an oval in shape and extremely beautiful yet durable.
- The Curb Link
This is another popular option and looks similar to the previous option, but can look slightly less feminine due to its ‘flatter’ look, making it a good option if your recipient is a man.
- The Spiga Link
This link has many different styles in terms of length and width. It’s timelessly beautiful due to its sparkly nature, and this makes it very outstanding.
What type of clasp is best?
The most sought-after forms of clasps are the lobster or the spring ring. The lobster is very durable and beginner-friendly, making it the most ideal choice for most, while the spring ring is slightly more fragile in nature. Of course, there are other options to choose from, such as:
S-Hook, Figure-eight safety catches magnetic clasps. All of them have their pros and cons.
What other important considerations are there?
So, with all the information that we have provided, is there anything else to take into account? Well, the type of chain also matters.
Hollow chains are might lighter than the other forms of chains, and can also be a more inexpensive option if you’re on a tight budget. However, you do compromise on its quality as they tend to break much more easily.
Solid chains on the other hand are said to be able to last forever. Necklaces need to have high durability due to the fact that they are very prone to wear and tear, and the heavy amount of friction due to their use definitely contributes to that. One tip we can give is to purchase from a trustworthy seller.
Which chain length should I choose?
So, you’ve chosen your chain, now what? Well, the length of the chain is also important! Usually, people choose 16 inches, but it also depends on the chain option that you pick. A difference of 2-3 inches can actually make a big difference, so choose wisely!
When should you buy a diamond necklace?
Necklaces are suitable for almost every occasion, but there are definitely selected occasions that will make a huge impact, so do take notes! Let’s go through the respective occasions that will be perfect:
Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Graduation, Retirement, and lastly, a promotion at work.
Of course, there are so many other occasions that you can choose to gift your necklace, and it honestly doesn’t even have to be a special occasion! The most important thing is that it is done from the heart, and hopefully the recipient is also able to sense this too. Though there are a few things to consider, don’t worry too much, and have fun choosing your perfect necklace!