On the hunt for a special diamond necklace but don't know how to choose a necklace? We have you covered!
Diamonds are undoubtedly the most attractive of all gemstones and, of course, a 'girl's best friend!' Although these stones are most popular in engagement rings, with many styles and options available, a diamond necklace is just as stunning! Easy to style, they add a touch of sophistication to any attire.
While wearing them is quite a treat, buying one can be hectic, and the different kinds of necklaces don't make it easier.
Knowing what type of necklace chain is best for you is difficult, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you can easily find the right one!
7 Tips for Choosing a Diamond Necklace
These are our top 7 tips on how to choose a diamond necklace.
1. Maintain a budget
When purchasing a diamond necklace or any diamond jewelry, it's easy to get carried away. The sparkle of a diamond is certainly a good persuasion to spend more!
Before you start looking, set a budget for yourself. All the different types of necklaces can be available within your price range. There are aspects of diamond jewels that you can compromise on without going over your limit.
For example, you can compromise on clarity if you want to spend on a specific cut. If you are adamant about having a VVS2 diamond, you could get a more colored stone without overspending.
It will have the same sparkle, and you can balance the light coloration in your outfits.
2. Always buy certified
Since it is hard to determine the true value of a stone without a jeweler present, jewelry is not always priced properly: gemstones of a lower quality are often overpriced, and many jewelers have been known to sell fakes of all different kinds of necklaces.
When you are buying a diamond necklace, always buy certified pieces from a trusted point of purchase.
A certified retailer can help guide you to the correct piece. They can suggest the kinds of necklaces you should buy and help you choose one within your budget.
You will also receive proof of quality from a certified retailer so you can be sure you are buying the right piece.
3. Understand your face & neck type
Chances are, you'll be wearing your diamond necklace a lot! After all, it looks fabulous with many outfits!
Before you dive into the buying part of the process, though, take some time to understand your face and neck type.
Do you have a lean or round face? Do you have a long neck or a shorter one?
A longer chain helps elongate the face, while shorter style squares off the chin. If you have a heart-shaped face, you might consider a medium-sized chain to help soften the angles.
You can find what kind of necklace chain is best for you through trial and error or ask your jeweler.
4. Quality above all else
The sparkle of a real diamond is something else altogether! When shopping for a diamond necklace, always buy real gems. The authenticity is worth it in the long run.
If you don't know how to evaluate diamonds, keep in mind these 4Cs: color, cut, clarity & carat.
This is how a jeweler determines the stone's value. Along with any real jewelry purchase, you will receive a card that 'maps' out the piece. This contains all the necessary information about it, along with the 4Cs. It is used for resale purposes and can help assess authenticity.
The Gemological Institute of America (or GIA), International Gemological Institute (IGI), and
EGL USA GEMOLOGICAL LABORATORY (EGL) is the standard certification for diamonds and other gemstones.
Let's take a look at the 4Cs of the diamond and why each one matters
Diamonds are graded on a scale of D to Z or colorless to light yellow, respectively.
The most valuable is the colorless diamond, but colored stones sometimes add a certain depth to jewelry. Buying from a certified jeweler ensures that you are receiving properly color-graded gemstones in your jewelry.
A diamond carat is a measurement of weight and not size. The more the weight of the stones, the more it will cost. A bigger diamond doesn't necessarily mean it's better, especially if it doesn't have proper clarity, but it could still be more expensive, depending on the cut.
For diamond necklaces, we'd recommend smaller diamonds in a greater quantity as they would reflect light off of each other and increase brilliance.
The cut of a diamond can change the entire game. As this is based purely on choice, you can select any diamond cut you want.
Traditionally, the round brilliant cut is the most valuable, but the princess, cushion, and emerald cuts are also equally brilliant and popular.
If a diamond has blemishes or internal inclusions, it is considered flawed. It is rare to find a truly flawless diamond, and thus, they're extremely expensive. A diamond with VS clarity or higher is equally beautiful, and its flaws are unnoticeable to the naked eye.
5. Consider your other jewelry
If you already adorn a piece of jewelry every day, make sure you buy your diamond necklace accordingly. For example, if your favorite ring is made of rose-cut diamonds, consider a rose-cut diamond solitaire necklace. If there are a pair of colored earrings you wear often, you can get a necklace with a matching stone. This will not only elevate your looks, but it is easier to style as well.
6. Types of necklaces: 4 Different Styles to Choose
1. Diamond Tennis Necklace
A classy piece of jewelry, if there ever was any! This elegant, timeless style has been worn by many celebrities over the years, including Blake Lively, Zendaya, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama. It's a simple, sleek style that wraps around the neck and adds a touch of luxury to every outfit.
This is a good style of necklace for layering and can be worn on almost everything.
2. Diamond Pendant
If you are looking for a long chain necklace, a diamond pendant might just be the one. It's easily customizable, and you can select from a variety of pendants.
Unlike many types of necklaces, its main features include a thick chain made of a precious metal like gold or silver and a small pendant that hangs at the center.
The Loud Cross Pendant at Netcarat is a unique example of a diamond pendant. With its characteristic round diamonds, it's a modern, eye-catching piece that is both sparkly and expressive!
Collection of diamond pendants by Netcarat
3. Dancing Diamond Necklace
The dancing diamond necklace consists of a main stone that levitates within a circle (or a circular design) of other diamonds. It's an elegant alternative to a simple pendant, but it still draws attention to the center of the jewel.
True to its name the dancing diamond necklace has a dazzling brilliance that makes it seem like the diamonds' dance' in the light. It's a truly stylish piece that creates a sophisticated look.
This Lit Love Knot Pendant in White 10k Gold is an exquisite dancing diamond necklace from Netcarat's Love Collection. It's perfect for an elegant touch to casual outfits.
4. Solitaire Diamond Necklace
Among the most priceless, these kinds of necklaces are eternally beautiful. They are considered a sign of sophistication and create a fashion statement all on their own. Since solitaire diamonds are rare, they are a good investment and have unique, versatile wearability.
A solitaire is a diamond set in a jewel all by itself, so it will not have surrounding stones but a natural brilliance nonetheless.
If you can't decide what kind of necklace chain is best, make it! Or you can try a diamond-cut rope chain, a modern twist to traditional chains.
Or, say if you've already envisioned yourself in the perfect necklace, have your jeweler customize the piece you want. Take a second opinion from them to ensure you are getting what you want.
Take the next step choosing a diamond necklace
If you are gifting the piece to someone else and want to customize it, start looking early. You have to give the jeweler enough time to craft your perfect jewel. This could be a few weeks depending on the rarity of the stone and the style you choose, but it would be worth the wait!
There is no shortage of diamond necklaces, and the types of necklaces are endless, but navigating the styles can be challenging. With these easy tips and tricks in mind, you can easily determine what kind of necklace chain is best for you.
At Netcarat, we have an extensive selection for all your diamond necklace needs. Shop our collections or explore your favorites!