The diamond solitaire, for all its simplicity, is jewelry at its most mesmerizing. Though the rich and famous might sport diamond pendants of mammoth proportions, solitaires are not a luxury reserved for the upper class. Featuring anything from a square-cut white diamond to a pear-shaped blue, a solitaire pendant is all about the glamour and glitter of this perfect stone. Our inventory at Loudoun Jewelry on Maple Ave. varies, so visit often to see what’s in store.
The design of a diamond pendant varies as much as individual taste, and is largely determined by its setting. The most popular is the claw, which uses prongs to cradle the diamond and allows light to hit the stone from all angles. This not only maximizes the diamond’s brilliance, but can also make it appear larger. Bezel settings completely surround the stone and, in doing so, can provide more style elements — straight or scalloped edges, or even molded metal shapes. Contemporary looks are created with tension-set diamonds, while cluster settings use smaller stones to accent the solitaire.
A popular variation on the diamond solitaire is the halo design, which features a “halo” of additional stones—diamonds or colored gems—surrounding the solitaire. We are seeing a lot of these when we shop for jewelry in the DC area because not only does the halo design allow for more creativity, but the halo actually makes the center stone look larger. And, of course, halo diamond pendants are every bit as versatile and elegant as plain solitaires, and a wonderful investment—both personal and financial.