A diamond accent is a tiny diamond, often set into a piece of jewellery to enhance its appearance. Diamond accents are typically small in size, and they may be set alone, with other diamond accents, or with other gemstones. These are pieces that surround and enhance the appearance of a bigger diamond.
In this article, we will help you learn more about diamond accents and understand their importance in jewellery making.
Types of Diamond Accents
Baguette Accent Diamonds
Baguette accent diamonds are small diamonds that are cut into a rectangular shape and are often used as accents to the main diamond in jewellery. They are usually used to add sparkle and visual interest to the design of the piece. Baguette accent diamonds do not dazzle as brightly as little round and trillion cut accessories, so they are ideal for enhancing rather than overpowering the center stone.
Small Round Diamonds
Small round diamond accents are small round cut diamonds often used as accents in jewellery, such as on a ring or necklace. They are usually much smaller than the main stone and are used to add sparkle and beauty to the piece.
Small round diamonds are classified into three weight categories: stars (up to 0.02 carat), full cuts (0.02-0.07 carat), and melee (0.08-0.18 Carat).
Round diamonds are accent diamonds because they may be put in pave settings, bezel settings, and so on. Small round diamonds always add something to the table, no matter which diamond setting you choose.
Trillion Accent Diamonds
Trillion accent/ trillion cut diamonds are diamonds that are expertly cut into a triangular shape to either be used as a solitaire or an accent. Usually, triangular diamonds with 31 facets are concave and become accent stones. Diamonds with 50 facets are too big to be used as accents and are used as a solitaire.
Out of all the diamond accents, trillion cut diamonds are the perfect diamonds for accents.
How to Choose a Diamond Accent?
Diamond jewellery often requires accents to enhance the beauty of the piece. Diamond accents are an essential part of the jewellery making process. However, the quality of all diamond accents isn’t the same. You must be careful while choosing the right accent that complements a jewelry piece rather than overwhelming it.
It’s a bad mistake to overlook the significance of matching diamond accents not only with one another but also with the solitaire, which serves as the centerpiece of your jewellery. Jewellers, on the other hand, don’t always discuss them beyond the mention of amount and size, as the larger stone is the logical topic of discussion. By ignoring the surrounding accent stones, you would be doing your Jewelry item a disservice.
On the one hand, if they’re of poor quality, such as hazy or yellow, attention will be drawn away from the main attraction, the enormous center stone. If the accents are overqualified compared to the main stone, you risk drawing attention to flaws that would otherwise go unnoticed.
So how do you differentiate between the right and the wrong accent?
It’s easier than you think. We have some easy tricks to help you find the perfect accent for your jewellery. Let’s get into it.
First of all, you need to choose an accent color that is a grade or two below the color of your solitaire diamond. However, recognizing and differentiating between color grades can be difficult. So it is advisable to go with the more dull grade for your accent.
In terms of clarity, it is also recommended to choose lower grades (i.e. SI1, SI2, etc.) because it is difficult to see inclusions in accent diamonds in the ring. Accent diamonds are only available in weights ranging from 0.01 to 0.20 carats.
Individually accent diamonds do not possess much value. Although grouping them together increases their value. They are essentially an addition to your prime center-piece diamond/ gemstone. Accent diamonds should complement your centerpiece rather than overshadow it.
While choosing accent diamonds for your jewellery, try to focus on the 4Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat). Test your solitaire diamond first and try to choose accent diamonds that have lower attributes with respect to the 4Cs. (preferably a grade or two lower) It’s important to match your accents with your solitaire, not to overshadow your main attraction.