We’ve all heard the saying, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. As much of a cliche as it may seem, there is some truth in the old adage; most women really and truly do love diamonds. Diamonds are classic, timeless, and go with everything from ball gowns to ripped-up jeans. If you are a woman looking to expand your jewellery wardrobe by adding a few of these “best friends” to the mix, the following list is made up of two of the most time-honoured investment pieces there are.
The Stud Earrings
If you only had one piece of jewellery to wear for the rest of your life, you would be wise to make it a pair of diamond stud earrings. A pair of studs is low-maintenance, sophisticated, and goes with absolutely everything you might have in your wardrobe. Although the size, cut, and clarity is ultimately up to you, if you are investing in a pair of diamond stud earrings, it is wise to spend a little extra cash to get a pair that is of good quality; this is something that you will want to wear for the rest of your life, so treat it as the investment that it is.
Realistically, to get the most out of your investment, you probably want to stick with something between a half a carat and a carat and a half. Any smaller, and they won’t have a significant presence, any bigger, and you may not feel comfortable wearing them every day (and yes, a pair of diamond studs are an item that you can easily wear every day).
Choose a cut that will stand the test of time; as tempting as it may be to get that heart-shaped diamond or something that is designer logo-inspired, stick with the classics. Classic round, and princess (square) cut diamonds are the most popular and timeless cuts of all, although you may be able to find Asscher (square with more bevelled edges) and emerald cuts (rectangular) that are equally as classic, although admittedly, these cuts tend to be more expensive.
The Tennis Bracelet
The tennis bracelet is one of those jewellery pieces that every woman instantly knows, the world over. The bracelet earned its name after tennis pro Chris Everett realised her in-line diamond bracelet was missing halfway through her match at the U.S. Open. Match play was halted in order for her to recover her bracelet, and the diamond line bracelet was forever-after known as the “tennis bracelet.”
There are many, many permutations of the classic tennis bracelet (also referred to as a “line” bracelet), but if you’re looking to really invest in something that will transcend generations (and it will be an investment), there are two styles that are probably the best to consider.
The most classic style of tennis bracelet is a line bracelet consisting of prong-set diamonds all set in a straight line. Classic prong-set tennis bracelets are made of round cut diamonds, although you can also find princess-cut versions on the market as well (which some people like for the way the square cut sits flush with the next diamond in line).
Another good option for a classic investment is the “s-bar” tennis bracelet. An s-bar bracelet is created with round cut diamonds set between an s-shaped gold link that snugly cradles the gemstones on either side. This style of tennis bracelet shows a bit more of the precious metal, and is a good option if you are looking for a bracelet that is as sturdy as it is elegant.
A tennis bracelet is one of those items that looks good dressed up ir down; it is just as at home paired with a simple black evening dress and a pair of diamond stud earrings as it is casually worn next to your watch with a pair of jeans and a white tee. For many people, like with Chris Everett, the tennis bracelet is one of those pieces that becomes their signature piece, so rarely do they take it off.
Whatever you choose to make your investment, it is important to take your time. Visit several reputable jewellers (either in person or online) and try many different styles on until you come to a decision about what you want.
Use the tips in this article to help you try to remember to avoid trendy items as much as possible. When making an investment purchase such as a piece of diamond jewellery, the ultimate goal should be to end up with something you are going to love in twenty years time, and possibly even someday hand-down to the next generation.