The Color of the Diamonds
When buying a bangle bracelet, pay attention to the color of the diamonds set in the piece.
Generally, the whiter and more colorless the stones, the higher quality their color is considered and the more expensive they are.
Although you don’t need to choose the most expensive diamond color grade for your bracelet’s stones to look white, it is recommended that you check whether all of them have approximately the same hue.
If some diamonds are whiter and brighter than the others, this will create a contrast that you may find undesirable.
The clarity of the diamonds in your bracelet simply refers to how many flaws and impurities are in the stones and how visible they are.
Higher-clarity stones are more expensive, but since diamonds set in bracelets are usually not big, clarity is not as important a characteristic for them – it is less likely to spot a visible flaw in a smaller diamond than in a larger one, all else being equal.
In most cases, it is not worth it to shoot for diamonds of the highest clarity when selecting a bangle bracelet.
However, do make sure that when you look at the stones, none of them stand out by having flaws visible with the naked eye. (Examples of such flaws would be black or white spots, visible lines that look like cracks, etc.)
The Size of the Diamonds
How big you want the diamonds in your bracelet to be is up to you, but you should remember that the bigger a stone, the more visible any imperfections in it will be.
For example, larger diamonds of mid to low clarity (grades VS1/VS2/SI1/SI2 and below) are more likely to have flaws that can be seen with the naked eye compared to smaller stones.
The same principle holds for color, although to a lesser extent: Yellow tints tend to be slightly more visible in larger diamonds.
In sum, when choosing size for the diamonds in a bangle bracelet, make sure you are also comfortable with how clear and colorless the stones look.
The cut of a diamond affects how much brilliance it will exhibit.
This characteristic is not as important for most stones that are mounted in bangle bracelets, as these diamonds are usually small and often have simplified cuts (also called “single cuts”) whose quality doesn’t make much of a visual difference.
Instead of focusing on the exact cut grade of the diamonds, just make sure that they are reasonably brilliant and sparkly.
(Note: Cut quality refers to the proportions of a diamond and is not the same as shape, which refers to the general form of the stone.)
The Settings in Which the Diamonds Are Mounted
There are different kinds of settings that can be used to hold the diamonds in a bangle bracelet.
When looking at a piece of jewelry, your main concern should be how safe the setting is – you don’t want your stones to fall off easily when you bump your bracelet.
Prong settings are very popular, but the problem with them is that the prongs can catch on your clothes or hair and get bent when hit, making your diamonds less secure.
However, this type of setting leaves a significant part of your stones visible and is recommended if you are not going to put on your bracelet when engaging in dynamic activities.
If you are looking for safety, consider a bezel setting, which wraps the diamond in a band of metal. Another secure option is the flush setting, whereby the stone is embedded into the bangle itself.
The Metal of the Bracelet
When choosing a metal for your bangle bracelet, you should consider how often you are going to wear it.
High-karat yellow gold is soft and will scratch quickly if you wear it every day.
Lower-karat gold (10K or 14K) is recommended if you want additional hardness and durability.
Platinum is one of the best choices if you want your bracelet to be as durable as possible, but this metal is very expensive.
White gold has the same appearance and is more affordable; although not as strong as platinum, white gold is more durable than yellow gold.
Keep in mind that if you choose a white metal for your diamond bracelet, you should make sure that the diamonds set in it have a high enough color grade so that they don’t have any visible yellow tints, which would stand out in a white setting.