Stunning Solitaire: The Perfect Solution

From Paris runways to park playgrounds, diamond solitaires are everywhere, a testament to both their popularity and versatility. But make no mistake; seeing one is not seeing all. With myriad customization options available, no two solitaire designs need have anything more in common than the diamond itself.

Start by selecting any size diamond and see how beautifully it can be showcased in the most understated setting. Multiple-carat diamonds are currently in high demand, because their size does not interfere with the simple solitaire styles; even the most magnificent stones are appropriate for everyday wear.

Choosing a stone shape further distinguishes a piece. Rounds will always be popular, but fancy-shaped stones – like the head-turning 5-carat pear diamond Lifetime Achievement Oscar recipient Julie Andrews wore to the Academy Awards – allow for individual expression. Square-, emerald-, radiant- and oval-cut designs glitter glamorously for the traditionalist; the more daring may choose kite, bullet, half-moon or even animal shapes.

Personal taste is best expressed with the setting, and this is what truly sets one solitaire apart from another. In yellow gold, white gold or platinum, classic prong mountings allow light to hit the stones from all angles, stepping up the sparkle. Though by definition, solitaire means alone, smaller diamond accents or cluster settings add additional flair for those who desire it.

For a modern, streamlined look, bezels create even more choices, because the settings can be molded to fit the unusually cut stones noted above, or used to position the diamonds at different angles. Consider a horizontally set marquise, for example. The bezels can also be designed as slides, for a more casual look. Diamonds set in platinum or white gold bezels can actually look larger, and some pendants even feature several complementary shaped stones bezel-set together for a big look. An added bonus of the bezel setting? It holds the diamond more securely than any other, creating a smooth style with no risk of prongs catching on clothing, or becoming loose. As practical as it is glamorous, the diamond solitaire necklace is more than just a trend. So classic and enduring a gift, the woman who receives it need never take it off.