An Essential Guide to Diamond Pendants

Diamond pendants are a must have for any jewelry lover. From ornate designs perfect for special occasions, to delicate but durable pendants for every day wear, there is a wide variety of diamond pendant designs depending on your taste, style and budget.
When choosing a diamond pendant, there are a few factors that you need to consider so that you make the best choice. These small differences between styles can result in big differences in matters of appearance and durability. We have completed this essential guide to diamond pendants to help you find the diamond necklace of your dreams.

The Chain

When choosing a chain there will be four main variances to consider: the style, the length, the width, and the clasp.

Style

Here are some of the most popular chain styles used in fine jewelry. Some jewelers may develop their own variations on the traditional styles and the possibilities are truly endless. Each style will have its own characteristics, meaning that some are better suited to a pendant than others.

Cable Link Chain

Three-Prong Martini Diamond Pendant
Three-Prong Martini Diamond Pendant
A cable link chain (also known as a trace or anchor chain) is one of the most commonly used chains in jewellery. It is comprised of uniformed oval or round metal links that are looped together to create a durable but lightweight chain. The popularity of this style is due to the delicate appearance, however when these chains are made in 14k/18k gold or platinum, they are very strong and will stand the test of time. Cable chains tend to be around 1-2mm in width making them better suited to small pendants.
Tacori SN15734 City Lights Quartz Pendant
Tacori SN15734 City Lights Quartz Pendant
While we use the daintier, closer-set cable link chains for our jewelry, Tacori showcase an open cable-link design in their pendants, as seen in their City Lights Quartz pendant. The chain becomes a feature of this piece of jewelry and it is certainly a stunning costume or occasion necklace.

Ball/Bead Chain

The box chain, (also known as square link chain, cube, briolette and venetian chain), gives a sleek, geometric appearance that lends itself to modern jewelry. Box chains have the advantage of being slightly easier to untangle should it become knotted and the rectangular links means that it is less prone to kinking and twisting than other, more ornate styles. They are very durable and a slim box chain would be a good choice for a pendant necklace.

Figaro Chain

Italian-designed Figaro chains are ornate and distinctive design, featuring three curb links followed by an elongated rectangular link. These chains make great stand-alone pieces of jewelry; however, they can dominate a design and overshadow the beauty of a diamond pendant.

Rope Chain

Rope chains can have many different appearances, some of while are extremely details and ornate. Within the rope chain family, you will find a spectrum of designs but they are all created using the same technique. Small links are manipulated to give the appearance of one complete, rope-like chain. These styles are often sold in much thicker widths (4mm and above) as the intricacy of the chain itself is the main feature. Unless paired with a large or oversized pendant, these chains are best worn alone as they tend to overshadow diamond pendants.

Singapore Chain

Hammered disks are twisted into a rope-like style to create the distinctive Singapore chain. As this is a twisted style, it is better worn alone as the pendant would struggle to lay flat on the undulating links of a Singapore chain.

Spiga/Wheat Chain

The Spiga chain takes its name from the Spanish, ‘Espiga’ which means wheat. The figure of eight design features intricately woven links that create a striking, natural appearance that resembled the beautiful folds of wheat tips. This chain is a popular choice with men, but in a dainty width (1-3mm) would also be an excellent choice for a pendant. The interlocking creates a very strong chain.

Which Style of Chain Should I Choose?

Almost all of our pendants use a cable link chain. This is because it is the perfect balance between durable, wearable and dainty in appearance. Fine jewelry requires a masterful touch, and no one element should overpower another. When choosing your chain, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I wearing it every day?
For every day wear, lightweight, durable chains are a must. If you sleep or are very active in your jewelry, you may find something like a rope chain too chunky. Similarly, you will find a ball/bead chain too fragile.
Will it snag?
Open links, designs that have not been hammered or smoothed down, or chains with an overly jagged finish are all likely to snag your clothes or catch on things. This means the chain is more likely to break, or tear holes in clothing. It may also rub against your skin.
We recommend a cable link chain or a box chain for your fine jewelry and diamond pendants.

The Length

The image above outlines some of the most commonly used chain lengths in the world of jewelry. It is very important that you select the correct length for both appearance and comfort. We have created a guide to how you can expect each length to fit however, please take this as a very rough guide as how a chain fits will be different for every individual.
Pendant Length Guide
Different lengths perform in different ways, with some being better suited to certain shapes and tastes than others. Plus size ladies or those trying to detract attention away from the neck or chin area tend to avoid the shorter lengths and chokers. Petite ladies (usually 5”4 and below) tend to choose shorter styles, as long chains can be too much on a small frame. However, there are certainly no rules when it comes to choosing a length of chain, and you must go for the style which you feel is most flattering and appropriate for you.
For a classic diamond pendant that is intended for every day wear, we recommend choosing a chain length that sits on the collar bone. At this length, there is comfort and practicality; longer chains are more likely to loop over things or become caught on things. Furthermore, the diamond sits in the perfect place to be seen sparkling beautifully. Our 14k gold prong diamond pendant necklace (pictured below) is shown on a 16-inch chain – a beautiful length for dainty pendants.
Four-Prong Basket Pendant Setting
Four-Prong Basket Pendant Setting
For larger pendants, a chain that lays at or just below the bust can be very eye-catching. At this length, you will get good movement on the chain which brings attention to the pendant and can allow any diamonds and gemstones to catch the light. The Tacori City Lights pendant (pictured below) comes on a 33-inch chain. You can see the elegance and movement that this length of chain gives. However, this is not a diamond pendant and should be considered costume jewelry – unsuitable for every day wear.
Tacori SN15734 City Lights Quartz Pendant
Tacori SN15734 City Lights Quartz Pendant
Once again, the length you choose is entirely personal and you must select what is right for you. If you would like to request a specific length of chain, you can contact us for price quotes on additional length available. Be sure to establish where exactly each length will rest upon you before making your decision.

The Width

Chains can come in a variety of widths, however for fine jewelry and diamond pendants, a 1mm chain is usually the most suitable.
When chains are crafted from the highest quality, most durable metals, even those with a very small width will still be strong. The other advantage of a 1mm chain is that it is very lightweight and dainty looking, which allows the diamond to take centre stage.
For larger, weightier pendants, we would recommend a 1.5mm-2mm chain to give additional support to the pendant.

The Clasp

Once you have established the style, length and width of your chain, you will start thinking about clasp options. We have outlined some of the most used clasps in jewelry making, although almost all of our necklaces feature a spring clasp.

Spring Clasp

A spring clasp, (or spring ring clasp) as the name suggests, uses a spring mechanism to secure your jewelry into place. Using the level, the spring is pulled back so that you can slide the jump ring or tab into place, before releasing the level to spring the clasp closed. This type of clasp is understated, versatile and secure, making it one of the best choices for a diamond pendant.

Lobster Claw Clasp

The lobster claw clasp uses a similar, spring loaded method to a spring ring clasp, but has an elongated lobster-claw shape. These clasps are often used on bracelets, as the increased space within the clasp makes it easier for the wearer to do it up with one hand. They are medium to light weight and are an excellent choice for diamond pendants.

Barrel Clasp

A barrel clasp is comprised of two pieces of metal that screw together and form the shape of a barrel. You may see barrel clasps that feature designs and embellishment, becoming a part of the jewelry. Barrel clasps can be impractical and tricky to screw on and off. They also tend to be too wide to pass through the bale on most pendants. They are usually heavier than a spring or lobster class, and are better suited to beaded or costume jewelry.

Toggle/T-Bar Clasp

Toggle or T-Bar clasps use a T-shaped piece of metal than is threaded through a loop to hold the necklace or bracelet in place. Toggle clasps are not the best choice for fine jewelry or diamond jewelry, as they can come loose and pose a security risk to your jewelry. They are also larger and may not pass through the pendant bale.

Hook Clasps

Hook clasps use metal that has been manipulated (usually into an S-shape); this hook is then threaded with a metal ring to close the clasp. Like toggle clasps, the hook fastenings are not fully secure and there is a risk of the metal ring sliding free. Like other larger clasps, they might have difficulty through the bale of most pendants.
We recommend spring or lobster clasps which will offer a lightweight finish but maximum security to your diamond pendant.

Pendant Styles and Settings

Four Corners Diamond Pendant
Four Corners Diamond Pendant
The most popular diamond pendant comes in the form of the simple, classic solitaire style. Our four corners diamond pendant (picture above) is the perfect example of a timeless and elegant design that is perfect for everyday wear. This design features a 4-prong setting, however pendants also come in 3-prong, 6-prong and 8-prong settings, as well as bezel and tensions designs. Choosing the setting that is right for you is much the same as choosing an engagement ring setting; it will be dependent on lifestyle and personal taste, as well as the size of the diamond that you will be setting in the pendant. Necklaces are a fairly low impact piece of jewelry, meaning that the diamond and metal is less likely to be knocked or scratched.
People give a great deal of care and attention to the diamond in their engagement ring, but a solitaire diamond pendant deserves the same level of respect. Our settings can be paired with a diamond of your choosing, including one of our A CUT ABOVE® super ideal diamonds. A diamond pendant is a brilliant and timeless piece of jewelry that brings any outfit to life.
Bella Diamond Pendant
Bella Diamond Pendant
This ornate Bella diamond pendant is an example of the more elaborate styles that can add a dazzling sparkle to your décolletage. Millgrain, scroll detailing and an A CUT ABOVE® diamond melee come together in a striking design that is perfect for any occasion.
The beauty of our fine jewelry is that it is crafted from the finest materials to be strong and resilient, so the sky is the limit when it comes to what can be considered ‘every day wear’. Be sure to consult our guide before buying your beautiful diamond pendant, and find the perfect piece of jewelry to add to your collection.

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