Baguette Diamond Pendants
This piece of jewelry for many years has been an all-time favorite. It is beyond elegant. A truly timeless and classic piece. What is it? Well, it’s the necklace. A beautiful piece that gorgeously defines a person's neckline, adds just that bit of beauty to your overall dressing.
Now, this already magnificent piece of jewelry can be made much more elegant. Oh yes, the perfect addition that will spice up a necklace is a pendant; not just any pendant but a baguette diamond pendant.
The name alone is classic and gives an exciting feel. Just imagine the gorgeous piece that this pendant will be. It will surely give you goosebumps.
What Are Diamond Pendants?
A diamond pendant is a piece that has a diamond centralized and is attached to a necklace chain by a loop of metal. A diamond pendant is not restricted to only the necklace though, it can be used on an anklet or bracelet. It all depends on the wearer's preferences.
It is a piece of jewelry that steals all attention at first sight. Even before a person sets eyes on your ring, they see the pendant dangling from a chain on your neck. This means that it is almost impossible to get away with a low-grade quality gemstone for your pendant as the naked eye will immediately sight any inclusions or poorly cut gemstone.
Diamond pendants can comprise many shapes of diamonds, from round cut to emerald cut; various faceting, and carat weight. The most common cut style is the round cut; however, a less brilliant yet elegant alternative is making waves in the jewelry industry, the baguette diamond pendant.
What Is A Baguette Diamond?
A baguette diamond is cut in a thin, rectangular, step-cut manner. The baguette diamond typically has 14 facets but can have more in the brilliant variant.
It can be cut in two forms: the straight and the tapered baguette.
The straight baguette cut diamond is more commonly used in pendants. It features one length and one width.
The tapered baguette-cut diamond is a style that you will likely find in three-stone setting rings. It has the sides of the diamond angling inwards to create a tapered effect. As a result, the tapered baguette cut will comprise two widths and a length.
Characteristics Of A Baguette Diamond
- It has an ideal length-to-width ratio of 5:1.
- It exhibits little brilliance and fire. This is because it typically has a small number of facets.
- It has completely square and sharp corners.
- It is easy to spot inclusions in a baguette diamond because of the way it is cut.
- It has a step-cut or layered pavilion.
- The cut style allows for even the slightest hints of color to show. • It is commonly found in small carats. This is due to its wide use as an accent or side stone.
Selecting Baguette Diamond Pendants
Now that you know what a diamond pendant is and what makes up a baguette diamond, you may want to purchase one. It is not enough to want a baguette diamond pendant, many factors will govern your purchase. Not to worry though, this article will guide you on the various choices that are available for your diamond pendant.
To start with, let’s look at some forms that a diamond pendant can take. You can incorporate baguette diamonds in many of these styles.
- Solitaire Pendant Style: This classic ring setting also works beautifully as a pendant setting. It is the most common pendant setting. It allows the diamond to exhibit maximum brilliance; a majority of the diamond is exposed, which allows light to enter from various directions thus emitting multiple flashes of colored and white light.
The single gemstone is held in place and then connected to the necklace chain with a loop of metal. There are three major settings used to hold a diamond in place in the solitaire pendant.
We have the prong, bezel, and halo settings.
The prong setting appears to be like a claw that clasps the diamond at opposite points. The prong setting could have four clasps, which is the more common chic setting, or six clasps, not as common as the four clasps but emits elegance in its unique way
The bezel setting has the precious metal from the chain extend all around the sides of the diamond. It is a classic setting that offers maximum protection to the diamond. The bezel setting is a smart choice for baguette diamond pendants as it will prevent the baguette diamond from chipping as a result of its sharp corners.
The halo setting gives a unique and vintage feel to the pendant. It has the center gemstone surrounded by pavé or micropavé diamonds. The extension of the metal chain on which the halo is set holds the center stone in place. This elegant setting can make the center gemstone appear up to half a carat larger, perfect for baguette diamond pendants.
- Diamond Cross Pendant Style: This is a rather popular form for diamond pendants. The pendant is shaped to look like a cross.
It is a precious metal that is used to create the cross and then the diamond is set in this cross. It makes for a perfect setting for the baguette diamonds.
The rectangular shape of the baguette diamond allows it to fit well into this cross setting. It could be set horizontally or vertically in the metal. It could even be set in both a horizontal and vertical manner, that is the vertical rod of the cross could contain vertically set baguette diamonds while the horizontal part that cuts across the vertical rod could have horizontal baguette diamonds.
It’s all dependent on the wearer's preferences here. You could even get across that twists at a point. A gorgeous choice.
- Heart-Shaped Pendant Style: Now, it is no news that the diamond has been used to signify love for many years. So, the heart shape and diamond make white the romantic pair.
A solitaire setting will typically comprise a heart-cut diamond. The addition of baguette diamonds into the picture will change that classic look but not too much; the heart shape will remain.
Here, the chain metal is again put to use. It is shaped into an open or closed heart and is paved with baguette diamonds. This intricate style calls for small carat weight baguette diamonds, some even less than 0.25 carats.
Because of the very small diamonds used to pave the pendant, the naked eye will not be able to see the stone’s inclusions, if any.
Baguette diamond pendants in a heart shape are the sweetest choice to gift your partner.
- Journey Pendant Style: The term, journey, is used figuratively in this style. It features a small gem at one end and a bigger gemstone at the other. It has the stones gradually increasing in size. Most journey pendants have three gemstones with the smaller stone being closer to the chain.
The steadily increasing gemstone size represents a journey; from small to bigger diamonds.
The most popular cut for this pendant style will be the round-cut diamond. This does not rule out other cut styles though. If you’re looking for something different and unique then you could go for baguette diamond pendants with the journey pendant style.
The baguette diamond in the journey style is one that you certainly will not find dangling on every person’s neck.
- Trilogy Pendant Style: This style features three gemstones arranged vertically on a pendant. You could say that the trilogy pendant is a cousin to the journey pendant style.
The most common diamond cut used in the trilogy style is again the round-cut diamonds. Yet, it is possible to use many other cut styles like oval, pear, and baguette diamonds.
- Scattered Circle/Heart Pendant Style: This is a rather unique pendant style, it features an open circle or heart and diamonds in
the open space. The diamonds are arranged randomly to give a scattered effect within the heart or circle.
This pendant style is extremely gorgeous and is a perfect fit for diamond pendants. It is not enough to describe them, you have to see these beauties yourself. Check out the scattered circle/heart pendants we have available here!
The above are some styles that you can find diamond pendants in. The styles are not limited to this but there’s only so much that we can talk about. Visit our online jewelry store and feast your eyes. Diamond pendants are vast in the designs available and can easily be personalized.
Choosing A Metal For Your Baguette Diamond Pendant Chain
The most common chain used for the diamond pendants is the cable chain. This chain features oval or round metals interlocked at a point in multiples thereby forming a cable. A diamond pendant will most likely have its chain made of precious metal. Below are the commonly used metals for a diamond pendant cable chain:
- Yellow Gold: You will find this classic metal in almost every jewelry store. Yellow gold is an alloy. It is alloyed to improve the metal's strength as gold is a rather soft metal and will lose its shape easily.
The higher the Karat the less durable the gold alloy will be. The most suitable for everyday wear are 14K and 18K yellow gold.
- White Gold: As the name implies, this is an alloy of gold that has a white appearance. Gold is alloyed with white metals to achieve white gold. The metals commonly used in this alloy are nickel, zinc, silver, or palladium.
You should stay away from nickel alloyed white gold as the metal is not hypoallergenic. It is only wearable by most people when it has a rhodium coating. Rhodium is a white, hypoallergenic metal that is responsible for the white finish on white gold. Without this coating, white gold may have a yellow tinge.
The palladium alloy however is hypoallergenic on its own and requires no rhodium plating because the palladium gives it a fairly white finish.
- Rose Gold: This vintage-looking gold alloy appeals to all our romantic senses. This can be attributed to its characteristic pink color. The shade of rose gold is dependent on the amount of copper and silver that is present in the alloy.
A rose gold chain with a heart-shaped baguette diamond pendant is sure to get your partner swooning.
- Platinum: This metal has a similar silvery appearance to white gold. It is highly scratch-resistant, thus, more durable than white gold. It is also more expensive than the gold alloy. The perfect choice if your budget allows it.
After you’ve decided on the type of chain and the metal it is made of, you should make your preferred clasp choice. The most common and efficient clasp is the lobster clasp. Some other options are the magnetic clasps, spring ring clasps, and barrel clasps. Consult a jewelry expert for the clasp that works best with your choices.
Baguette Diamond Grading
Even though baguette diamonds are commonly found in small sizes, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the diamond as regards the 4C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
The few facets in a baguette diamond make it easy to sight any poorly cut facet. You must get baguette diamonds with GIA and AGS certifications. These certifications will allow you to be sure of the quality of the diamond you are purchasing.
In baguette diamond pendants, you may or may not sight inclusions. Still, you should go for a high grade on the charity scale; possibly, from VS1 upwards.
The cut style of baguette diamonds allows any slight hints of color to shine through. So unless you are going for a colored diamond, purchase baguette diamonds that are measured to be colorless or very slightly colored. Preferably, between D and K.
In a diamond pendant, you will likely go for a small baguette diamond so you don’t have to pay too much attention to carat weight. A small diamond means a small carat.
Occasions That Call For Baguette Diamond Pendants
You may gift a pendant whenever you choose but some common occasions include the gifting of a diamond pendant. These are:
- Weddings: You can gift a bride to be a diamond pendant for her wedding. It is the perfect addition to her sparkling white dress. You may also gift the diamond pendant to the mother, mother-in-law, or grandmother.
- Anniversaries(particularly milestone years like the 5th, 20th, 15th, etc.)
- Graduation (From high school to college to medical school) • After Child Birth (As a “push” present)
- Job Promotions
- Valentine’s Day
- First jobs
- Holidays (Hanukkah, Christmas, etc)
- Other Major Milestones
Maintenance Of Baguette Diamond Pendants
A diamond pendant will be cared for in the same way as a diamond ring. Soak the pendant in warm water and mild detergent for about 30 minutes. Then use a soft brush to wipe the surface of the gemstone rid of any dirt that remained. You can use a toothbrush for this. Afterward, rinse the diamond pendant under running water and pat dry.
Repeat this process every two weeks. You may be tempted to clean your pendant ever so often, but do not give in to this temptation. Why? Well, you certainly do not need to worry about your diamond cracking as it is
the hardest gemstone on earth but the settings. Frequent cleaning can cause the diamond to loosen from its setting. So, every two weeks is just good.
For a metal like white gold, you will have to take it to the jewelry expert for rhodium re-plating every 2-3 years. This is the only way to maintain its lustrous white shine.
Generally, it is advisable to take your diamond pendants to a jewelry expert for proper inspection at least once a year.
Store your diamond pendant away from other pieces of jewelry. Preferably, keep it wrapped in a soft cloth or small bag.
There are so many occasions that call for a diamond pendant. There is nothing solely traditional about this pendant. You can get it in almost any shape, color, or cut style you desire.
Baguette diamond pendants make an elegant, gorgeous, and affordable choice. However, it is not the only option available for a diamond pendant. If you want something else, consult a jewelry specialist. You would be wowed by the variety of beautiful diamond pendants available.
The baguette diamond though is that simple yet striking choice for a diamond pendant.