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Diamond Essentials: Pendant Designs

Perfect on their own or for layering, pendant necklaces are a diamond essential must-have.

Model wearing The Forevermark Tribute Collection Pear Diamond Necklace.

The idea of building a diamond jewelry wardrobe can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you start–– diamond pendant designs. It is helpful to think of your natural diamond jewelry in the same way as you do your fashion investments, like say a little black dress, a khaki trench coat or any other high quality item you wear repeatedly over the years. There are several diamond essentials to consider for your collection, eternity bands, tennis bracelets, hoops and rivières all included. A key piece to add to the list: diamond pendant necklaces.

A bit different than most of the classic diamond jewelry styles, diamond pendants have a broad definition, running the gamut from a solitaire necklace to distinctive designs. The individuality in diamond pendant designs literally extends back to the dawn of time. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, pendants can be found in jewelry collections dating to the “Stone Age when pendants consisted of such objects as teeth, stones and shells.” Flash forward to the Renaissance and diamonds became a part of pendant designs that included all kinds of fantastical creatures and mythical characters. For the last hundred years, diamond pendants designs have transformed as lucky charms as well as pretty motifs.

Jennifer Aniston in Anita Ko, Suzanne Kalan, and Carbon & Hyde.
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Today, diamond pendant designs couldn’t be more popular. People often layer them on other necklaces of various lengths. Jennifer Aniston demonstrated the style to perfection when she arrived to the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. The actresses jewels included an diamond pendants in different shapes from Anita Ko, Suzanne Kalan, and Carbon and Hyde.

So, returning to the original question in this story: how do you pick the perfect diamond pendant or better yet start a capsule collection of your own pendant essentials? Well, it all starts by understanding a few timeless pendant categories.

Diamond Solitaires and Clusters

In 1974 when Elsa Peretti launched her collection at Tiffany it included a solitaire diamond on a chain that was part of her Diamonds by the Yard(r) collection. This little piece popularized diamond solitaire necklaces, which are still beloved to this day. When asked by Newsweek about the jewel in 1977 Peretti said, “There is nothing more pretty than a little diamond on a chain.” Of course, leave it to Zendaya to continue to prove this true nearly four decades later.

Zendaya in a Piaget Rose pendant
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Jewelry brands today have gotten creative with the idea of diamond pendant designs involving solitaires. Some styles include colorful enamels around one stone. Others make pendants, like Suzanne Kalan’s below are made out of a cluster of stones. There are also styles centering on various fancy diamond shapes such as a pear shape.

Kate Middleton Wears Mappin and Webb Empress Mini Pendant Necklace

Diamond Initial Pendant Designs

The history of initial diamond pendant designs has been getting a lot of play in the fashion press lately because Balenciaga made a chunky rendition thought by many to be reminiscent of the famous style worn in the 16th century by Anne Boleyn, the doomed wife of Henry VII.

Whatever the case may be regarding Boleyn inspiring Balenciaga, the story proves initial necklaces were genuinely worn hundreds of years ago. Stephanie Gottlieb’s charm necklace allows you to design your own pendant arrangement with an initial and birthstone to represent someone special in your life.

Today, initial diamond pendants designs can be found in any number of styles from delicate styles to chunky gold fonts. There are also diamond letters set in pearls and pieces that pop with colorful enamel.

Choose a letter for your first name or last name. Charm style pendants that can be piled on a chain make it possible to wear even more letters. People often assemble the initials of their children or other loved ones.

Signs and Symbols

Signs and symbols are the most perpetually consistent diamond pendant design category. Wearing a pendant with a meaningful motif puts your lucky charm right near your heart. It also presents your sentiments to the world as it is worn in the line of sight of your face, unlike say a ring or bracelet. The Foundrae collection has a comprehensive array of diamond pendants symbolizing everything from good karma to a course correction.

Designers express themselves through signs and symbols in any number of creative ways. Catherine Sarr of ALMASIKA has a complete collection of gold and diamond pendants in the shape of cowrie shells, named Le Cauri Endiamnté. In African legends, the cowrie shell is a motif of protection linked to the Ocean.

No matter what essential pendant style you choose to add to your collection, it will undoubtedly transform into a beloved personal treasure for its inherent meaning.