Brief History of Diamond Pendants

Diamonds comprise of 99.9% carbon, which is the element of all life. It emerges after being inside the earth for over centuries, under high temperatures and high pressure. The legends of several world-famous diamonds add to the charisma of the natural diamond. Diamonds are exhibited in museums all around the world but were once in the possession of Sultans and kings.

Diamonds were believed to hold therapeutic value during the dark ages. However, by the Middle Ages, diamonds were viewed as valuable items. Since then, diamond pendants have been used as prized stones instead of items with mystical healing powers. A diamond pendant is perceived as a reflection of the recipient’s grace, style and uniqueness. The choices available in terms of design, cut, and shape mean you can easily find a pendant that suits you perfectly.

What are the Differences between Necklaces and Pendants?

Necklaces originated almost 40,000 years ago during the Stone Age. Necklaces come in a variety of designs and are made from precious gemstones that are attached to one another for creating a chain. Necklaces are also manufactured from solid metals, such as gold to form unique patterns.

Pendants on the other hand, are lovely lockets that display shimmering crystals, coloured gems or valuable diamonds. Since they have been popular for gift and accessory items, jewellers create numerous designs and patterns for coming up with creative pendants.

These days, the words necklace and pendant have lost some of their original meaning as many people use them interchangeably. Although still technically incorrect, describing a single diamond as a necklace is common. Jewellers and others in the jewellery trade may continue to make a distinction between the two, but few others do anymore.

Diamond pendants or pendants are also valuable gift items, with solitaire pendants being the most prized. The pendant has one diamond hanging from a chain, but there are vast possibilities for different designs and sizes. Pendants and necklaces are often worn as sentimental objects. They are great for holding onto memories, much like a photograph or a strand of hair.

Memorial diamond pendants and cremation necklaces are another way of using pendants to establish a lasting bond with our loved ones who have passed away. This way people feel attached to them wherever they go.

Natural Diamonds vs. Memorial Diamonds Pendants

Natural diamonds are stones created through geologic processes, and some of these are remarkably valuable, depending on their features. Natural diamonds are nature’s miracle and require millions of years to take their shape. Exceptionally beautiful and bright diamonds make their way into the jewellery industry. In comparison with natural diamonds, memorial diamonds are jewellery-level industrial diamonds made from hair or cremated ashes of humans.

They can also be formed using the fur, hair, feather, or cremated remains of your beloved pet animals. Most of the natural diamonds are colourless. Lonité’s memorial diamonds possess vivid colours under different growth conditions, such as blue, yellow, green, and red.

Losing a loved one is distressing enough, and just scattering their ashes can be further devastating. You may never want to bury your loved ones and want to hold on to them in some way or the other. A memorial diamond allows this, and in one sense is like being with your loved one forever. A Lonité’s memorial diamond is actually a real diamond which features the same physical, chemical, and optical qualities as a natural diamond.

A memorial diamond mounted in a pendant is sometimes referred to as a cremation jewellery, cremation pendant, or simply as a cremation necklace. Creating a diamond from cremated remains is an elegant way of preserving your bond with your deceased loved one, and is very different from creating a necklace for ashes.

Memorial Diamonds Pendants vs. Pendants for Ashes

A memorial diamond necklace is not a necklace or pendant for ashes. Cremation or ashes necklaces sometimes refer to jewellery crafted to hold cremated remains. Jewellers make a memorial necklace by crafting a design that has baubles and shapes that have ashes in them. This type of ashes necklace is very different from a memorial necklace that has diamonds made from the cremation ashes of a loved one.

Growing a memorial diamond from ashes through cremation and incorporating it into a necklace gives a new meaning to a pendant or jewellery. Jewels that hold a memorial diamond are not a necklace for ashes, but instead are a unique and beautiful way to maintain your connection to a deceased loved one.

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Designs of Diamond Pendants

Historically, pendants have not been restricted to being female jewellery items only. Men have been wearing pendants as religious and emotional symbols. The most impressive and striking style of a diamond pendant is a diamond solitaire pendant that is an appropriate choice, for men and women alike. A diamond solitaire pendant can be showy thus worn for formal occasions or it can be simple for every day wear.

Solitaire Diamond Pendants

Solitaire diamond pendants are fine pieces of jewellery that match every outfit and are ideal for any occasion. People all over the world love solitaire pendants for its beauty and simplicity. It is worn by not just women but also men as the solitaire diamond pendant will always stay in fashion. These pendants comprise of a single diamond hanging from a chain. But there are numerous ways to play with its design. Thanks to its simplicity and diverse designs, Lonité recommends solitaire diamond pendants as the first choice for your memorial pendant design. These designs come with three basic settings:

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1. Prong Setting - This setting allows maximum light to enter the design. It can be made from 3, 4 or more prongs. However, fewer prongs mean more light penetration. This beautiful necklace setting needs to be inspected regularly because prongs wear out and loss of a memorial diamond from your loved one ashes is a terrible loss to you and for your pendant's beauty. However, a necklace crafted around a memorial diamond is an absolutely lovely tribute to the deceased loved one.

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image showing a full bezel setting pendant with full diamond corner protection to keep your cremation jewel or other memorial jewellery safe Bezel Setting

2. Bezel Setting - A bezel setting makes both for a safer frame and makes the diamond look bigger. This is why many people like the safety and elegance of the bezel setting for a stunning design. It can be a good take for a cremation jewellery.

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3. Tension Setting - This is a contemporary choice used to create an utterly original pendant for ashes that prominently displays the memorial diamond. This type of necklace pendant is very popular among cremation jewellery makes because it strikes the balance between making the memorial diamond visible and keeping it secure. Pendants or necklaces for ashes frequently use this design to showcase a memorial diamond. Families who like their loved one's ashes to be seen on the diamond can choose this pendant design among many others.

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Sliding Bale Design

A large number of solitaire diamond pendants have a sliding bale design. Small differences in the design can make a large impact on the final appearance of the memorial jewel, creating a highly personalised necklace for ashes. This accounts for the popularity of this jewellery style in cremation jewel make practices.

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image of a diamond cluster pendant which can be a good choice to hold the diamond made of your love one’s ashes or hair Diamond Cluster Pendant

Diamond Cluster Pendants

Diamond clusters are collections of smaller stones that can be arranged around a memorial diamond in a cremation necklace. Cluster styles often look like the pear, round or oval shapes of diamond solitaires. They are available in fantastic geometrical shapes such as stars, flowers and snowflakes. A necklace for ashes crafted with a memorial diamond can use different style variations. Most cluster pendants integrate pronged styles while others use groupings of bezel or channel-set stones for a stunning look.

Three-Diamond Pendants

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The three diamonds generally form a vertical line but they can also be grouped together into horizon rows of gems. Stylish variations use chic channel settings or attractive metalwork that balances the trio of diamonds. These designs may feature a curving row of diamonds in graduated sizes to depict the path life takes. This lends itself to a necklace for ashes that tells the life story of the loved one remembered in the memorial diamond.

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Three stones pendant refers to future, present, and past.
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Religious jewellery has been popular for centuries. Diamond religious pendants have played an instrumental role in displaying an individual’s beliefs. Memorial necklace designs that have a spiritual meaning make a powerful testimony of the beliefs of the loved one . An ashes necklace incorporating a religious symbol incorporates the spiritual aspects of the deceased.

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Skeleton keys are incredibly fashionable. Key pendants covered in diamonds are contemporary pieces of jewellery that are popular among people of all ages. A memorial cremation jewel featuring multiple mini keys reflecting the life journey of the loved one, is a popular necklace choice for ashes.

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Hearts, Flowers, Stars, and Other Themes

Heart jewellery celebrates any occasion by expressing love. A necklace incorporating a memorial diamond featuring hearts, stars and flowers celebrates the love felt for the deceased. These memorial jewellery designs are timeless, and so are an excellent choice as necklace.

image 2 showing a diamond heart pendant, an elegant jewellery to hold your brilliant cremation diamonds out of the ashes or hair from your loved ones. Diamond Heart       Diamond Star
image showing how one can customise a memorial jewellery or a necklace for cremation ashes Engrave Your Love Message

How to Personalise Your Memorial Diamond Pendants

Memorial diamond pendants are becoming popular for holding on to loved ones forever. As more than a simple ashes necklace, they can be beautifully engraved with a personal message that adds to the memorial diamond necklace unique, special charm.

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Engrave your stunning memorial diamond pendants with a name, quote or personal thoughts. This can be done on a little heart-shaped or oval decoration located at the end of clasp. A laser inscription on the girdle of the diamond is also a popular way to attach your sentiments to a memorial diamond from cremation remains mounted on any jewellery or as a pendant.

Personalised memorial diamond pendants are treasures you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

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Types of Metal Chains

Rolo Chain

This type of chain has round links that are connected together. Rolo chains are durable and are available in different designs and sizes.

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Rope Chain

A rope chain has oval links that are connected for producing a woven rope like appearance, in a spiral effect. Men often wear rope chain, as it is one of the most durable kinds of chains ideal for everyday wear.

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Cable Chain

Also called the link chain, a cable chain is made up of oval or round links of the same size. A stylish and popular choice for a simple necklace with a charm or pendant, it is one of the most common types of jewellery chains available in the market.

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Venetian Link Chain

A Venetian Link chain is much similar to a box chain, which also comprises of square links flattened together.

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Wheat Chain

Wheat Chains are generally created with four strands of twisted and oval links, which are woven and braided together. This chain is visually appealing and is popular for its beauty.

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How to Choose the Right Length


This vintage and versatile choker is 14 to 16 inches long. It is a popular jewellery item for casual to formal evening wear as it complements any neckline. A cremation necklace in a choker offers the perfect length for adding elegance to your attire and is quite popular.

Princess Necklace

The most common length for almost all necklaces is 17 to 19 inches and are known as princess necklaces. They go well with high and crew necklines. Pendants for ashes in this length are also a very popular choice.

Opera Necklace

Offering several options, the opera length necklace spans 26 to 36 inches and can be worn as a single strand with high necklaces. It is also doubled for creating a chic two-strand choker. When knotted at the neckline or above, it creates a classic vintage look that has now become a contemporary trend.

Matinee Necklace

A matinee necklace is 20 to 24 inches long and is about twice the length of a choker.

Rope Necklace

A rope is 37 inches or longer. This lavish length is both stylish and elegant and is made with several clasps. This enables cremation pendants or jewellery to be broken down into different combinations. You can double or even triple the necklace for creating the impression of a stunning multi-strand choker.

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Diamond Pendant Care

Even though jewellery is designed for everyday wear, it can eventually wear out and lose its original luster. For this reason, it is important you take care of your jewellery. It is even more important if a memorial diamond from ashes of your loved one is the heart part to your pendant. Lonité proposes the following ways to protect your diamond jewellery:

image showing how to safe keep a cremation diamond jewellery Basic care is vital to keep the brilliance of diamonds.
  • Avoid wearing a diamond pendant during intense physical activities, such as an intense exercise workout
  • Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals used in household cleaning products. Hair care products can also taint your cremation jewellery or pendant if they contain strong substances.
  • Remove all memorial jewellery and pendants when swimming as the chlorine in the water degrades alloys.

You should use suitable jewellery storage boxes for keeping your diamond jewellery safe. Diamond scratches almost anything (including other diamonds), so store separately your diamond pendants in a soft box after wrapping it in a soft cloth.

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World Famous Diamond Pendants and Necklaces

The Patiala Necklace

The Patiala necklace attained massive popularity after Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, ordered it. The House of Cartier meticulously created the necklace in 1928. It was a stunning set of five rows of diamond-encrusted platinum chain and consisted of 2,930 diamonds weighing approximately 962.25 carats.

In the center, a cascade of seven large diamonds surmounted a pendant where the iconic De Beers was placed. The massive rock was a tobacco coloured diamond that weighed 18 carats and contained two rubies of 29.58 carats.

The $25 million necklace mysteriously disappeared from the royal treasury of Patiala during the 1940s. The son of the Maharaja, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, was the last King to wear it. In 1998, a Cartier representative, Eric Nassbaum, stumbled upon the remnants of the necklace in an antique shop in London. All huge stones including the De Beers and the surrounding diamonds were gone.

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Perfect Briolette Diamond Necklace

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Heart of the Ocean Diamond Necklace

In 1997, many of us witnessed Kate Winslet wearing a replica of this masterpiece in the movie Titanic. However, Harry Winston created the original. The original heart of the ocean diamond necklace comprises of a stunning 15-carat blue diamond, the real reason behind the necklace’s exuberant price tag. The replica worn in the movie is worth only $10,000.

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Briolette Diamond Necklace

Originally priced at $8.5 million to $12.5 million, the pendant necklace comprises of a 75.36 ct. Internally flawless briolette Type IIa diamond. The master craftsman behind the artistry of the necklace is William Goldberg who took 6 months to cut the 160.5 carat diamond for shaping it the world’s largest and most perfect Briolette ever created in a dazzling tear-drop shape cut.

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