Last time we took a stroll down Alphabet Street, we cast our eyes in the direction of the letter C, learning all about the carat, clarity, colour and cut of shining diamonds. With C all wrapped up, let’s drive on to delectable D, a letter dripping with dazzling description.

In the world of jewellery, the letter D covers a dreamy array of different things, so let’s get started with our distinguished list!

Diamonds

Where else could we start our D rundown than with diamonds? The iconic ‘girl’s best friend’, diamonds are the only gemstone on the planet that are made up of a single element, and that is carbon.

Though diamonds are typically thought of as colourless, they do, in fact, come out of the ground in a whole kaleidoscope of shades. Aside from their shimmering beauty, diamonds are also renowned for their incredible hardness, reaching the highest possible ’10’ grade on the Mohs scale.

The stones have been sought-after for millennia, and are highly-prized. They are also extremely versatile, and can be cut into a great many shapes for a beautiful fit. Indeed, they can be fitted as the centrepiece of many a fine engagement ring, a glistening addition to stunning earrings or add yet more sparkle to a shimmering white and rose gold necklace.

Drop earrings

These modest, cute earrings are small in size when compared to their bigger sibling, the dangle variety. Indeed, they are usually shorter than the latter, falling just below the earlobe.

The gem that characterises drop earrings is usually the pearl – a small, lustrous sphere produced by oysters.

The gem that characterises drop earrings is usually the pearl – a small, lustrous sphere produced by oysters. The pearls are often introduced by exquisite white gold, or shining silvers – take a look at Showcase’s collection to see if there is a pair that takes your fancy.

Dog tags

An aptly-named piece of jewellery, the dog tag is similar in appearance to certain collars worn by our furry canine friends. Usually fashioned from hard-wearing stainless steel, dog tags are worn by soldiers, typically with their name and number engraved as a way of identification – just as a dog has his or her owner’s name and address hanging from the collar.

Cut into a flat, rectangular form, typically in the way of a pendant, dog tags as jewellery are increasing in popularity. This is perhaps down to the fact that personal messages or pictures can be inscribed on the broad, shiny surface, never to disappear – a permanent reminder to its wearer of something that they strongly believe in.