Jewelry is a common gift given to women for special occasions like an anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Christmas. A diamond pendant is a classic piece of jewelry that women can wear almost anywhere with almost any outfit. There are several different diamond shapes that can be used in the setting of a pendant; one of the most common shapes is the heart shaped diamond. A diamond heart pendant is a great gift for children to give their mother on Mother’s Day or as a romantic jewelry gift on Valentine’s Day.
Are Heart Shaped Necklaces Popular?
Diamonds come in several shapes and heart shaped diamonds are one the 10 most common shapes for the precious gemstone. The heart is a unique shape that people choose to give a loved one as an expression of love. Many antique rings and necklaces used the shape in their designs. The famous actress Elizabeth Taylor was gifted by a diamond heart pendant necklace on her fortieth birthday by her then husband Richard Burton. It was called the Taj Mahal Diamond.
What are Some Considerations for Diamond Heart Pendants?
When you are buying a heart diamond penchant, you should carefully examine it for symmetry. Both halves of the heart should look the same and the cleft of the heart needs to be sharp, coming to a point between the two rounded arches. The two halves of the diamond should be rounded and slope down until they come to a sharp point at the bottom of the heart shape. The value of a diamond heart necklace will be affected if the gem is asymmetrical.
What About Size Ratios For A Heart Diamond Pendant?
Heart shaped diamonds also come in different sizes with the typical length to width ratio of these gemstones range from 0.90 to 1.10. The size of the diamond shape depends on the size of the rough diamond before it was cut. If the uncut diamond is narrow, the cut shape will be narrow and, similarly, if the rough stone is wide, the resulting shape will be wide. A wide heart shape will be 0.85 to 1.00 and a narrow one will have a ratio larger than 1.00. Normally, the diamond for a heart pendant will be wide heart shape.
Why are Heart Shapes Chosen for a Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace?
It takes years of experience and a lot of skill to cut a diamond into a heart shape. If it is cut correctly, the diamond will have a high degree of brilliance and fire, which will give the diamond its sparkle and make it more valuable. When light reflects off a diamond, you may see flashes of color, which is the diamond’s fire. Brilliance refers to both the brightness and contrast of a cut diamond.
The brightness of the gemstone is how light is returned through the diamond. A diamond will have good brilliance if it returns bright light from a ‘face up’ perspective. Light that is returned through the bottom of the side of the gem doesn’t have a lot of brilliance, indicating that the cut was too deep or too shallow.
A diamond’s contrast is the way the light appears as it is reflected from the diamond. If you compare a plain piece of white paper to one with a black and white checkered pattern, the checkered paper looks brighter because the pattern on the paper gives it contrast. The same is true for a diamond. It should be cut in a way that there are facets helping to give the stone contrast when the light reflects through the diamond.
Shapes For A Diamond Heart Necklace
The shape of the diamond is determined by the size of the uncut diamond. When inclusions, which are the internal flaws, need to be removed from the rough crystal, cutters usually prefer to cut it into a heart shape if it is a large inclusion that needs to be removed. This is because a round shaped cut will reduce the weight of the crystal, but a heart shaped helps retain most of the weight of it. Heart shapes are generally cut with have 59 facets.
What are the Most Common Heart Pendant Settings for Diamonds?
Heart shaped necklaces come in a wide variety of styles, but solitaire diamond heart pendants needs to have the proper setting to protect the diamond. The bottom point of a diamond is fragile and can be easily damaged, so the setting needs to protect it. Two common settings for diamonds, whether it is a ring or a diamond heart pendant, are the bezel setting and a four-prong setting.
Bezel Heart Pendant Necklace
A bezel setting goes completely around the diamond and it may have a loop at the top of it for the necklace or the necklace may be attached to the setting on either side of the heart shape. A four-prong setting fits around the shape of the stone, with a prong on each side of the heart, two towards the top and two near the bottom of the heart. This setting has a loop for the necklace attached at the top of the heart pendants.
The customer will make the choice of pendant settings when they go to the jewelers. Usually the metals selected for heart pendants and the matching necklace are made out of are gold, white or yellow, or platinum. It is common for the pendant setting and necklace to be 14 or 18-carat gold.
Other Heart Pendants Such As The Open Heart Necklace
Aside from a solitaire diamond heart pendant, heart shaped necklaces come in a wide variety of gemstones and shapes. A common shape is the open heart necklace. The heart shape may have gemstones making up the shape of the heart, but the center of the heart is empty or open. Some other styles of open heart pendants include a smaller dangling heart in the center of the open heart design.
Diamonds are not the only gemstones used for heart shaped pendants, birthstones are also common or rubies and garnets are often used because they are red. A beautiful diamond heart pendant makes a wonderful gift for expressing love to a mother or sweetheart.