What are the Different Types of Diamond Necklaces?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Diamond necklaces come in several basic styles which have very different looks and feels. Considering the different types of diamond necklaces is something which should play a role in a purchasing decision, to make sure that the right necklace is selected. The taste of the wearer can be a factor, as can issues like his or her body type and general sense of style.

Diamonds before being put in a necklace.
Diamonds before being put in a necklace.

Both men and women can wear diamond necklaces, although diamond necklaces for women tend to be more common. Men's necklaces typically have a more restrained design, often featuring a solitaire in a simple setting, rather than an array of stones, while women's can get more ornate.

A diamond pendant is a small setting which hangs from a chain.
A diamond pendant is a small setting which hangs from a chain.

There are two basic types of diamond necklaces: pendants and true necklaces. A diamond pendant is a small setting which hangs from a chain. The setting can vary from a solitaire to something more ornate, such as a setting which incorporates multiple stones, and the look and feel of the necklace can be changed by swapping out the chain for a different design or style. Heart pendants are especially popular, but the pendant can come in any shape, and the stone can be cut in a variety of styles.

True necklaces can be made in a variety of ways, with the key distinction being that the setting is not free-hanging, like a pendant. Diamonds are available in the form of chokers, collars, and chains which can be fabricated in a variety of styles. A true necklace tends to be more expensive, because it requires more stones, since the stones are often set all the way around the necklace, rather than just being present in a pendant. Those glittering necklaces on the necks of movie stars at premiers can have costs in the millions, which is why many movie stars borrow jewelry for such events.

Ornate chokers and collars tend to be more suitable for highly formal occasions. In the case of a collar with a large array of stones, the necklace best complements a woman with a long neck and torso, so that the stones can be laid out elegantly without looking packed into a small space. Such necklaces are also typically worn with low cut gowns, so that the diamonds are seen against the skin.

For men, diamond pendants are generally more appropriate. A pendant can also be better for casual or every day wear. One advantage to a pendant is that the pendant can be removed and reworked into a brooch, if desired, which can be nice when a piece of jewelry is used as an heirloom.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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@irontoenail - Actually one of the things I don't like about diamond necklaces is that there are so many interesting designs that I just can't afford because of the diamonds! I don't really care what material the necklace is made from, it could be glass for all it matters to me, but I love particular designs and sometimes they are impossible to get with cheaper materials.

Cheap diamond necklaces are almost always just plain and simple diamond pendant necklaces, and it's the more extravagant ones that I like.

I know, I have the option of costume jewelry, but they are always a few years behind the latest styles being forged by the big jewelry houses.

I just wish I knew how to make jewelry myself, so I could make my own faux diamond jewelry.


@umbra21 - You're right, to some extent the diamond is just purely a status symbol. Instead of wearing their bank balance stamped on their forehead people wear lots of diamonds.

But, I don't think there's actually much wrong with that. It's the same competition that's been going on between people for years and it's part of our nature. You can choose not to partake in it if you like.

And there are plenty of different ways to wear diamonds. They aren't all prohibitively expensive either. I know there are quite a few artisans working with raw diamonds at the moment and I think their work can be quite interesting.

Plus, diamond solitaire necklaces are never going to go out of fashion. They are simple and classic.


I've never really liked the idea of diamond necklaces. I just think the whole thing about diamonds is a bit silly. They are actually not that uncommon and the only reason they are so expensive is that a particular company has a monopoly on them. That company managed to make the diamond so desirable through clever advertising.

I'd much rather have something that didn't destroy the environment while being dug up and which didn't look so cliched. They hardly ever come up with a new looking diamond necklace, they are all the same, like diamond heart necklaces, or whatever.

It just seems like an awful waste of money to me.

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