A pendant is different from a necklace, although both terms are often freely interchanged by laymen. While both are forms of neck jewelry, a pendant must have a stone or charm depending on the chain. This is easily understood when we look at the word ‘pendant,’ which comes from the Latin and French for ‘to hang’ – so something must hang or dangle from the chain for it to properly be called a pendant.Diamonds Are IdealDiamonds look very striking as pendants, and they are often given as a sign of commitment or love, giving them almost as romantic an air as a diamond engagement ring. And like diamond engagement rings, you can choose a ready-made diamond pendant for your loved one, or you can design the pendant yourself to be extra meaningful to you both. Choosing diamonds can sound daunting, but if you ask for accredited and certified stones, you can be happier about getting a good deal.Playing Solitaire?A solitaire pendant is one in which a single stone forms the pendant. It is usually mounted on a delicate chain, in a setting that allows it to show itself off to its best. Other pendants can be letters – such as the initial letter of a name – shapes like a flower, hearts, stars, and so on, or, if a full-sized diamond is outside of your price range at present, a cluster of small diamonds mounted into an attractive or meaningful design.Single or Multiple Pendants?Usually, pendant necklaces tend to only have one pendant on them but occasionally, designs crop up, which feature several pieces depending on the chain. These can look unusual and very attractive and are most often made from semi-precious rather than precious stones, in which quality is almost always prized over quantity!Chain of ThoughtSome thought must be given to the chain that the pendant will be featured on. Gold, platinum, and white gold are all popular choices, and platinum, in particular, is a hard-wearing and strong metal that has a lovely silvery sheen to it. Diamonds will pick up and throw out any colors brought close to it, hence the white metals being a more popular choice for clear diamond pendants or settings. Yellow gold is very attractive when seen against a vivid fancy diamond, such as a red or blue one – or even a canary yellow one!Stylish ChainsOnce you have chosen the metal, the style of the chain must be chosen: what most people know as ‘normal’ chains are called cable link (or anchor or trace) chains. It is relatively easy to make and looks attractive, especially when all the links are exactly uniform. Box or square link chains look a little like flat lacy ribbons of metal and are very strong, making effective and eye-catching supports for pendants. Finally, the Spiga chain is a very tightly formed chain that looks almost like a braid or the ears of wheat for which it is named. The choice of chain is important – after all, you do not want to lose your diamond pendant to a weak link!Once you have chosen, make sure you enjoy your diamond pendant – diamonds love the sun and look their best in it, so wear your pendant while out and about!