Diamond Pendant in Shape
Diamond pendants are beautiful ornaments suspended from a necklace, bracelet, brooch or earring. The classic diamond solitaire pendant is a single quality diamond, suspended on a chain from a women's neck. It is simple and elegant and can be worn with everything from jeans to evening wear. Once she puts a diamond pendant on, she will never want to take it off.
The tradition of diamond pendants is derived from the primitive practice of wearing amulets or talismans around the neck. The practice dates from the Stone Age, when pendants consisted of such objects as teeth, stones, and shell. Of course jewelry has come a long way since the Stone Age and the diamond pendants available worn today are exceptionally beautiful.
There are several popular ways to set the diamond in the pendant.
Two loops called bails which have the appearance of rabbits ears, are the most popular form of diamond pendant. The two bails have big enough openings to accommodate different chains since the chain and hook at the end can easily be slide through the bails. Being able to use the same pendant on different chains provide great flexibility by allowing different lengths of chains for different styles of clothing as well as different styles of chain that can provide variety in appearance.
The diamond is usually prong set in a basket with a flat back so that the pendant will lay flat and not roll or twist to one side. Because pendants do not take the physical abuse like a ring on a finger, the prongs and basket for a pendant can be much smaller and less noticeable. This results in a net effect of a beautiful, sparkling diamond floating at the end of the chain.
Some diamond pendants have a single bail holding the diamond and basket. With a single bail there is more likelihood that the pendant might flip or twist to one side but the single bail is a popular choice for smaller stones since it is less noticeable than a double bail. On some diamond pendants, the bail is used for more than a fastening device as it is either pave set or bead set with diamonds to be an extension of the diamond pendants sparkle.
With bezel set diamond pendants, the diamond is surrounded with a collar of metal called a bezel. If the bezel is white gold or platinum, it tends to make the diamond even larger than its real size. If the bezel is yellow gold, the contrast between the yellow metal and the white diamond provides a beautiful look. The bezel can also be pave or bead set with small diamonds which give the appearance of a large disk of sparkling diamond.