Has buying a diamond bracelet always been on your wishlist, but you didn’t know where to begin making your decision? A diamond bracelet is one of those accessories that is a must! A quality diamond bracelet will enhance your attire and give you that extra confidence as you go through your day. A diamond bracelet can also be a meaningful gift to your loved one whether for a special occasion or simply as an expression of your everlasting love.
There are many different styles of diamond bracelets you can consider, from the classic tennis bracelet to a bangle or cuff design. A diamond bracelet will generally become a precious family heirloom to be treasured!
Together we will review the history of diamond bracelets and then progress to a step by step buying guide to help you determine everything you need to know.
The History of Diamond Bracelets
Diamond bracelets have been worn for thousands of centuries. They were worn in India by the wealthy and royalty. Diamond bracelets were also a symbol of wealth and status in Persia; and in Egypt, they were often given to loved ones and could even be found buried with the deceased.
During the Renaissance era, diamond bracelets were popular among the aristocratic and wealthy Europeans. Diamond jewelry became more popular to the middle class during the 19th century with the increase of diamond mining and production.
The tennis bracelet became well known after the tennis player Chris Evert, who was playing in the U.S. Open, lost her bracelet when the clasp suddenly became undone. She asked the officials to stop the game until the bracelet was found. Previously this type of bracelet was referred to as a line bracelet or an eternity bracelet. When interviewed after the match, Chris Evert referred to her bracelet as a tennis bracelet and that name has continued to this day.
What to Know Before You Buy A Diamond Bracelet
We will answer some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below in our buying guide about what you need to know when purchasing your diamond bracelet.
Consider what your budget will be when purchasing your beautiful diamond bracelet. Prices of diamond bracelets will vary depending on the style or bracelet design, the quality and quantity of diamonds, and the size of the diamonds.
Another important factor when making your decision will be the 4Cs. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) developed the standard of the 4Cs- Carat weight, Cut, Clarity, and Color of diamonds. The 4Cs have become a worldwide standard on how diamonds are evaluated and graded which gives customers a reliable way of understanding and comparing the quality of diamonds. The 4Cs have become the quality standard for jewelers and consumers to rely on. We’ll see why each of these factors is important below.
Carat weight is the actual weight of the diamond. Many people mistakenly think of the diamond’s carat as the dimension of a diamond. While larger diamonds tend to be more valuable and smaller diamonds less valuable, it all comes down to a combination of the 4Cs that will make the final assessment of the diamond’s value.
Below are some examples of diamond shapes such as the princess cut, round cut diamonds, emerald cut, cushion cut, marquise cut, etc. The diamond’s shape may also give the illusion that a 1 carat diamond is larger than another 1 carat diamond with a different diamond shape even though both have the same carat weight.
GIA examples of Diamond shapes
- Cut refers to the way the diamond is cut and shaped which will determine its sparkle and brilliance. A well cut diamond will reflect more light which gives it more brilliance and value. Cut is graded on a scale from Excellent to Poor. The diamonds pictured below are graded excellent, good and poor from left to right.
Color refers to the presence or absence of color that the diamond has. In general, colorless diamonds are more valuable. Colorless diamonds are the most commonly known and sought after. Colorless diamonds are rated on a color scale where D (colorless) is the highest grade down to Z (yellow or brown), which is the lowest grade and where you can see color tints.
Diamonds can also come in some unusual colors like blue, pink, red, orange and green. Fancy diamonds can have rare and intense hues. The rarity of the color can make the diamond more valuable. Fancy diamonds are rated on a different scale than colorless diamonds. Colored diamonds have nine categories of rating which range in intensity from Faint to Fancy Deep.
- Clarity of diamonds refers to the absence or presence of internal flaws within the diamond. These flaws are commonly called inclusions or blemishes. A higher clarity grade means there are fewer and less blemishes in the diamond that are visible to the naked eye.
The clarity grading scale starts at flawless (FL) where the diamond shows no blemishes or inclusions while seen under 10x magnification. The grading scale contains a number of categories and subcategories and ends with Included 1,2,or 3 where the inclusions are more visible to the naked eye.
The combination of the grades from cut, color, clarity, and carat weight give the diamond its final valuation. When deciding on the diamonds in your fine jewelry, you will need to decide what are your priorities. Is size of the diamond more important than diamond quality?
Can I Size My Bracelet?
Most bracelets come in standard bracelet sizes of 6.5, 7, and 7.5 inches, but some may be adjustable or custom sized. To measure your wrist size, use a flexible measuring tape or string and measure just below your wrist bone. Make sure the measuring tape is snug, but not too tight. Add .5 or 1 inch to your measurement depending on how loose you would like the bracelet to fit.
A bangle or cuff bracelet may have a more specific sizing method. You will also want to measure the circumference from the widest part of your hand to make sure you will have a good fit.
It’s always a good idea to try on your diamond bracelet before buying it to make sure it is a good fit for your wrist size. The different sizes and styles of bracelets may also impact the fit. One other consideration - if you have a petite wrist, you will want to consider the total weight of the bracelet and probably get a bracelet that is thinner or has a smaller circumference. Someone with a larger wrist may prefer a bracelet with a wider or larger circumference.
Some diamond bracelets come with adjustable links and clasps. You will want to check and see if a professional jeweler can adjust your bracelet if needed, or even make you a custom bracelet that suits your wrist size, style, and taste.
Choosing the Best Precious Metal for Your Bracelet
The precious metal you select for your bracelet should be high quality, durable and complement the bracelet’s style and sparkle. You can choose yellow gold, platinum, sterling silver, white gold, or rose gold for your diamond bracelet. Make sure the precious metal is of high quality.
Gold is often chosen for its elegance and beauty. Gold can come in the different karat weights of 14K and 18K. Platinum is a good choice if you need a precious metal that is hypoallergenic. Silver is affordable, but is softer than platinum or gold. Whatever precious metal you choose for your fine jewelry, make sure it fits your preference and personal style.
Choosing a Bracelet Clasp
You can use a variety of clasps to fasten your diamond bracelet. Here are a few common ones:
- Box Clasps are a rectangular shaped clasp that are hinged and snap into place. It is easy to open and close, and is a secure choice of clasp.
- Lobster Clasps are spring loaded clasps that are oval or teardrop shaped. They are easy to use and can be secure depending on the bracelet’s size and quality.
- Toggle Clasps consist of a bar that fits into a loop which makes it easy to put on and take off. Toggle clasps are fashionable and come in different sizes.
- Magnetic clasps use magnetic force to secure the bracelet. These can be secure depending on the strength of the magnet.
- Spring Ring Clasps use a spring mechanism and are generally used for lightweight bracelets. This type of clasp is not as secure as other style clasps and cannot be soldered..
Each type of clasp has its own advantages and disadvantages. The choice of clasp will come down to your personal preference.
Diamond Bracelet Types
Diamond bracelets come in a variety of styles and designs. There is something perfect for everyone! Here are some typical bracelet types.
- Diamond Bangle Bracelets are simple and elegant and can feature one or more diamonds in the band. Bangle bracelets can be worn single, or stacked for a more dramatic look. Below is just a sampling of the several precious metal bands and styles of diamond bangles.
- Diamond Cuff Bracelets are a stylish band of precious metal with diamonds set into it. They are generally worn alone and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Below are two eye-catching diamond cuff bracelets.
- Diamond Link Bracelets are designed with a series of links with diamonds set into them. Diamond link bracelets are a classic and stylish choice that can be worn for many occasions. Link bracelets can come in a variety of styles and designs.
- Diamond Tennis Bracelets are a much loved classic! A diamond tennis bracelet features rows of diamonds, usually with a prong or bezel setting. They are worn for special occasions, but are also suited to wear everyday. Here is a yellow gold tennis bracelet with a prong setting and a white gold tennis bracelet with a bezel setting.
You may be surprised to learn that there are numerous tennis bracelets styles. A baguette cut diamond tennis bracelet features cut diamonds in a rectangular shape. Below is a stunning platinum baguette S link tennis bracelet and a white gold channel set baguette diamond link bracelet.
A Cluster Diamond Tennis Bracelet has groups of smaller diamonds clustered together in a unique design creating a modern look to the classic tennis bracelet.
A Halo Tennis Bracelet features a central diamond surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds.
These are just a few of the tennis bracelet styles that are available to choose from. Consider your personal style when deciding which bracelet design you want, whether for a special occasion or something that you prefer to wear daily. Remember to contemplate what size and quantity of diamonds you want for your tennis bracelet style.
Lab-Created Diamond or Natural Diamond?
When looking for your diamond bracelet, you may be faced with the question whether to go with a lab-grown diamond or a natural diamond. Once again, the ultimate decision will depend on your personal style and priorities.
Lab-created diamonds are synthetic, or man-made in a laboratory setting. While some retailers offer lab-grown diamonds, you need to evaluate for yourself will the diamond have the value and meaning that you want? Many jewelers will place a lower value on lab-created diamonds than a natural diamond. Lab-created diamonds also are less durable and have the potential to chip or break.
Natural diamonds are formed by the earth. Beauty, rarity, uniqueness, and durability make natural diamonds highly valued. Natural diamonds are known for their emotional and symbolic meaning and are often associated with major life events. Natural diamonds are authentic and are linked to romantic symbolism, sentimental value, and lasting durability.
Where Should I Buy A Diamond Bracelet?
If you are thinking about buying your diamond bracelet online, only go to a trusted source! You will want to find someone who has a good proven reputation and will offer an insurance valuation of your bracelet. You will not be able to check the bracelet for correct sizing online unless they are connected with a jeweler you already know and trust. Nor will you be able to check the jewelry personally before purchasing from an online retailer. What are their policies for returns?
In-store local retailers offer you personalized service to help you pick out that special piece of jewelry you desire. You can see, feel, and try on your bracelet in person. You can choose which bracelet design and size you like best and see how it looks and feels on your own wrist. The jeweler can go over the quality of your diamonds with you, enabling you to see the quality you desire.We welcome you to come and see our large high-quality jewelry collection in our Scottsdale jewelry store. Check out the craftsmanship of our fine jewelry in diamond bracelets! We offer both online and in-store shopping for your convenience. We also offer the ability to custom make the bracelet of your dreams. We look forward to working with you and finding the perfect diamond bracelet for yourself or a loved one!