Diamond rings often steal the spotlight — but just as eye-catching are diamond necklaces.
While you might imagine diamond necklaces as only being worn for black tie events, these versatile pieces complement jeans just as well as they do evening gowns. No matter how you style them, they give an effortlessly stylish boost to any look.
Below, we explain why diamond necklaces are a must-have for any jewelry collection and how you can choose the perfect one.
The Allure of Diamond Necklaces
For centuries, our unending appreciation of diamond necklaces is a testament to their timelessness.
What makes this piece of jewelry a wardrobe necessity? They’re not exclusive to a particular aesthetic. From minimalistic to sporty chic to polished elegance, diamond necklaces complement all kinds of styles. You can wear one on its own or layer it with others to create a personalized look. What’s more, people of any age can wear them.
And necklaces have another major perk: they make excellent gifts since you don’t need to know the wearer’s size, as with rings and bracelets.
How to Choose the Perfect Diamond Necklace
When properly cared for, diamond necklaces will be treasured for a lifetime — and even be passed down for generations. Their value depends in large part on the diamonds’ 4Cs, the four traits that define a diamond’s quality. These include color, clarity, carat weight, and cut.
Diamond quality aside, you may also want to consider metal and necklace length — both of which are a matter of personal preference. Though necklaces range from as short as 14 inches to as long as 51 inches, the most common lengths are 16 or 18 inches.
Traditionally, popular necklace lengths have depended on the period’s fashionable necklines. In the 17th century, for example, when high-neck ruffles and lace collars prevailed, necklaces weren’t common. Today, however, from the close-fitting choker style to draping rope silhouettes, necklaces of all lengths are in vogue.
Types of Classic Diamond Necklaces
The versatility of diamond necklaces makes them the perfect addition to any fine jewelry collection. Whether you prefer your diamond necklace in gold or white metal, with just a few stones or a multitude, there are so many to choose from. Below, we cover some of the most popular designs available at Kwiat.
With a single diamond as its focal point, the solitaire style is the quintessential diamond necklace. Day or night, the simple design complements virtually all looks.
If you’d like to add a little more sparkle to the classic look, consider a halo setting for your diamond necklace. Halos magnify their center stones, and when they feature different shapes — for instance, round stones surrounding an emerald-cut diamond — they create an elegant visual contrast. Even better, you can mix in colored gemstones, as with a sapphire halo.
What better way to represent love and intimacy than with a heart-shaped diamond pendant? As a type of “sweetheart jewelry” used to show affection, these romantic necklaces make excellent gifts.
Designed with a number of smaller diamonds placed closely together, cluster settings create a dazzling illusion of size and brilliance. This style is particularly conducive to creative designs —think geometric shapes as well as flowers and starbursts.
Diamond line necklaces, also known as tennis necklaces, feature a continuous line of gemstones — just like the bracelets by the same name. Note that this style also includes demi-style strands, lines of interlinked diamonds that do not run the entirety of a necklace’s length.
You can think of station necklaces as the diamond tennis necklace’s counterpart: gemstones are set apart along a chain rather than close together. This delicate style is ideal for layering with other lengths and textures.
Nothing says elegance like a Kwiat antique-inspired diamond necklace. Our unique selection includes ornate pieces designed to capture beloved vintage aesthetics, including Art Deco and early 1900s Edwardian styles.
Schedule a Consultation with Kwiat
Online jewelry rental services and borrowing programs make it easy to amplify your wedding day wardrobe.
For Kwiat clients, we’re excited to share our extraordinary diamond jewelry through our exclusive Bridal Borrow program. Start creating your dazzling wedding look by scheduling a consultation with one of our experts today.