Articles / Holiday Gift Guide Diamond Classics Ensure a 'White' Christmas

Some diamond jewelry items have become so synonymous with the holiday season that they are perennial best sellers. Diamond line bracelets (also known as "tennis" bracelets) have been one of our Christmas staples for many years. In fact, this style has been hot ever since it was immortalized by tennis great Chris Evert at the U.S. Open in 1987. She dropped the bracelet while competing in the late summer tournament and her match was halted so she could retrieve it, thus giving the piece worldwide exposure. It's not hard to see why this popular style has endured; its sparkling beauty and elegant, classic design make it ideal for casual or evening wear. Line bracelets have become an essential part of every woman's jewelry wardrobe.

Diamond stud earrings are another popular holiday gift. What women doesn't wear this simple, classic style? A good pair of diamond studs is one of the most basic, yet versatile, jewelry items a woman can own. Diamond studs are perfect for any occasion - and while a round brilliant stone in a traditional prong setting is the most common design, you can make your studs stand out by varying your stone shape (princess studs are very popular) as well as your setting (bezel settings have become more popular in recent years).

Three-stone diamond rings have been one of the hottest jewelry sellers in the new millennium and would make a perfect holiday gift for your special someone. These versatile items work either as an engagement ring or as an anniversary ring. The tremendous popularity of the style is tied to its ultra-romantic "past, present and future" theme, as well as the nostalgia craze (the style was first popular in the Victorian Era). The three-stone trend has successfully branched out to include earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other ensemble pieces.

This holiday season, right-hand diamond rings also will get a lot of attention in the stores. That's because DeBeers has declared them "the next big thing" and is throwing its considerable marketing weight behind the category. Right-hand rings are perfect as gifts or as self-purchased items; the wearer can express her own style through this classic fashion piece. Men and women will find a tremendously wide range of designs from which to choose this Christmas season.

David WeissDavid Weiss

Graduate Gemologist, GIA
Certified Appraiser