Diamonds are some of the most elegant and precious stones on the planet. And it's no small wonder with the dazzling sparkle and shine of a star twinkling in the night sky captured in each one.
Because of their beauty diamonds have become the perfect elegant gift for that special someone. There are many ways to present a diamond to someone, but few are as beauteous as the pendant.
Even a simple classic diamond necklace can turn heads and give the room something to talk about. But, not just any pendant will do. Only the perfect pendant should be worn, no matter the occasion or outfit.
Choosing the perfect pendant isn't as simple as it sounds, however. Keep reading to discover 4 tips for choosing the perfect pendant today!
1. Cut of the Diamond
The first thing to remember when buying a diamond pendant is that the focus of the accessory is going to be the diamond. When entering a room wearing a diamond, gazes will instantly be drawn to the diamonds. Naturally the diamond should then be the most spectacular looking part of the pendant.
This is why the cut is so important. Not only is the diamond the focal point of the necklace, but the cut of the diamond will also help to decide on the setting for the diamond and the metal used for the pendant. Different cuts can send different messages to the recipient. For example, a heart cut may indicate romantic or loving intentions, not something that would want to be given to a non-romantic interest or family.
Diamond clarity is another aspect to take into consideration. Again, with the diamond being the focal point of the accessory, clarity matters.
When it comes to clarity experts examine a diamond face-up with their naked eye and under a microscope at 10x magnification. Clarity is graded on a GI Scale from internally flawless (IF), Very Very Small Inclusions 1 (VVS1), Very Very Small Inclusions 2 (VVS2), Very Small Inclusions 1 (VS1), Very Small Inclusions 2 (VS2), Small Inclusions 1 (SI1), Small Inclusions 2 (SI2), Inclusions 1 (I1) and Inclusions 2 (I2).
Diamonds rated as IF are incredibly rare. They have no inclusions or blemishes visible under a microscope under 10x. Higher magnification will be needed to view the imperfections.
The clarity rating is used to determine the price of the diamond as well which will be an influencer when it comes to actually make a selection. The specialness of the diamond tends to wane when life savings are drained just to buy it.
3. Type of Metal
After determining the cut of the diamond and deciding on the desired clarity rating, the next step is to choose what metal the pendant will be made of. The metal of the pendant will also affect the setting for the diamond.
Be sure to choose a metal that will be durable and won't succumb to wear and tear easily. While the most common metal for necklaces is yellow gold, it is actually a rather soft metal.
White gold and platinum are stronger metals and will protect the diamond(s) better than yellow gold would. The pendant will also last longer requiring fewer repairs.
4. Necklace Size
The size of the necklace is very important. The diamond pendant needs to be the right size to compliment the wearer. If the pendant is being bought for someone else, try looking at their other necklaces and how they are worn to gauge the size.
The aid of an associate may be needed to help translate where the pendant will fall into an actual size. And if the pendant is not a gift but a personal purchase, use mirrors to try the necklace on for size, or stick to the sizes most frequently purchased in the past.
The Perfect Pendant
The perfect pendant exists, but not in the way most people think. While there are ratings to determine the perfection of the diamond, choosing the perfect pendant comes down to personal choice.
Price, cut, clarity, and size all come down to personal style and preference. However, if the goal of the evening is to wow then these tips have provided a great foundation for choosing the perfect pendant for the one you love. Even if the one you love is yourself.