Since immemorial times, humans have made use of the various materials Earth has offered them. Some of these materials exhibited exquisite features and as such, were used to craft jewelry and for other ornamental purposes. Among these, one gemstone outshines, without any shadow of doubt, all others – the diamond. Nowadays, the diamond is one of the most popular and coveted gemstones to be used in jewelry. The diamond’s desirability for decorative purposes springs from its marvelous sparkle that it displays as an effect of its high light dispersion, and from its extreme durability.
In today’s markets, diamonds are highly traded goods and as such, numerous entities have been created with the purpose of evaluating and certifying the authenticity of the gemstone. The main features that factor into the evaluation of a diamond are referred to as the four Cs: carat, clarity, color and cut. Other minor characteristics affect the appeal and thus the worth of a diamond, including the lack or presence of fluorescence.
When buying a diamond-adorned jewelry item, it is important to be roughly aware of the four Cs mentioned above. The carat weight is a measure of the diamond’s mass, with one carat defined as 200 milligrams. Considering that larger diamonds are rarer and more sought-after for use in jewelry, it is only natural that the price per carat increases proportionally with the carat weight.
Clarity is a characteristic of a diamond that not only will affect the final price, but also is a measure of its visible appeal. The clarity rating of a diamond refers to the number and visibility of inclusions, which are internal flaws under the form of foreign material crystals or small fissures and other structural defects. Obviously, a diamond with no inclusions is preferred, but such stones are extremely rare and proportionately expensive. However, certain techniques exist to mask or diminish the visibility of such inclusions, increasing the beauty of a diamond. Even though most inclusions do not affect the structural integrity of a diamond, the overall appeal of the gemstone is slightly diminished.
When it comes to color, the highest-prized variety is the colorless diamond, and for good reasons: it is flawless from a chemical and structural point of view, and usually exhibits a higher dispersion of light than the colored variants.
The final of the four Cs is the cut, which refers to the style of a diamond’s shape, facets and polish. A diamond’s cut is a reflection of the quality of the craftsmanship involved in transforming a rough stone into a sparkling gem. Even though precise mathematical proportions for angles and length ratios at which a diamond will best reflect light have been calculated, certain deviations from the norm are employed, resulting in innovative and unique cuts.
Now that you have basic knowledge about choosing a diamond based on its characteristics, let’s take a look at what can be done in jewelry using this gemstone.
Probably the most common and known-of diamond-adorned jewelry is the engagement ring. Diamond rings have been used to mark the engagement of a couple since as early as the 15th century, but rose in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century as a result of a marketing push from a powerful player in the diamond industry. However, another jewelry item attains new peaks of beauty when adorned with diamonds – the necklace.
Diamond necklaces exist in numerous styles, and knowing to distinguish between them should be an important factor in the buying process. Choosing a diamond necklace should be a matter of considering certain aspects. First, think of the purpose of the necklace – that is, the circumstances when you will wear it. Second, consider your own style and current jewelry when deciding upon a new diamond necklace. Finally, you should take into consideration certain guidelines that refer to your body type.
Although diamond necklaces are addressed to both men and women, it is common that women wear such a jewelry piece. Usually, men’s diamond necklaces have a rather minimalist design, usually displaying a single diamond on a plain, undecorated mount, while those worn by women tend to amaze the viewer with an assortment of diamonds, arranged on complex, intricately designed setting.
Diamond necklaces come under two basic forms: pendants and true necklaces. A diamond pendant consists of a small setting hanging from a chain. A pendant’s setting can have varying complexity, from a solitaire to a decorated setting housing a series of diamonds. In addition, the style of the necklace can be diversified by replacing the chain with a different one, in order to better fit for a specific occasion. A diamond pendant comes in numerous shapes, and the gemstone can be cut in various styles, but one of the most popular types is the diamond heart pendant.
True diamond necklaces come designed according to various styles, but what distinguishes them from pendants is that the setting is not free hanging. Diamond necklaces can be chokers, collars, and chains, and considering that diamonds are spread onto the entire necklace, including the chain, not only present in the pendant, they are significantly more expensive. The higher end of the price range for a true diamond necklace hovers beyond the million USD mark, so borrowing, instead of purchasing one, is certainly a valid option.
When it comes to matching a diamond necklaces style to a certain occasion or to the wearer’s features, it should be noted that collars and chokers are the most suitable choice for a highly formal event. If a collar carries multiple diamonds, only a woman with a long, slender neck should wear it. This way, the gemstones have room to “breathe” and to show their beauty to their full potential – they will be elegantly displayed, without appearing constrained into a crowded area. In addition, it is advisable to wear such a necklace with a low-cut dress, in order for the diamonds to be observed against the skin, and thus emphasized.
Women can choose from any of these diamond necklaces, while diamond pendants are more appropriate for men. Besides, a pendant is more suited for casual, everyday wear and can be repurposed as a brooch, which can make a great jewelry heirloom.
As a conclusion, it should be noted that a diamond necklace is an exquisite, superb jewelry item that elegantly complements any attire for any occasion, if chosen thoughtfully. Even though both men and women can wear it with definite grace, a diamond necklace is an excellent addition to a woman’s jewelry collection, in particular. The sparkle of the diamonds will enchant the eyes of those around her and will uniquely emphasize her features.