Monday, February 6, 2023

An Introduction to Melee Diamonds

Image of 3 round melee diamonds on blue ceramic background

    Melee diamonds are small diamonds that are typically used as accent stones in jewelry making. 

They are often used as accents or side stones in engagement rings, bracelets, necklaces and other decorative pieces. Melee diamonds are defined by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as diamonds that weigh less than .2 carats. The round diamonds in the picture above are .07 in total carat weight.
    One of the benefits of using melee diamonds is that they are cost-effective and relatively cheap compared to their larger diamond counterparts. Since melee diamonds are smaller, they require less rough diamond material to be cut and polished, minimizing cost. In addition, because they are smaller, there are more options to set them in a way that maximizes their sparkle and overall visual impact.

    When shopping for melee diamonds, it is important to consider the four Cs of diamond quality: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Color. 

If you are looking to purchase the melee diamonds pictured above, then click the link to be forwarded to my ebay store. These diamonds used to belong to my grandma and her brother in law was a jeweler. The main takeaway here is that melee diamonds are small diamonds - below .2 carats - and are usually used as accent stones. They offer a relatively inexpensive solution for adding bling and beauty to your jewelry.