Have a look at a Pear shape diamond and you will find as if half Oval and half Marquise are joined together. It looks like a teardrop. It is believed that it symbolizes the tear of joy in the eyes of your would-be life-partner. Like Oval and Marquise cut its elongated shape gives brilliance and sparkle like round brilliant cut. It too has 56 to 58 facets.
Why choose a Pear shape diamond?
- Offers almost same quality of brilliance and sparkle as Round brilliant cut
- Other than engagement ring, Pear shape diamond is an excellent choice for pendant, ear-ring, and necklace
- Hides inclusions and blemishes well
- Less costly, up to 30% cheaper than Round brilliant cut
- Best engagement ring choice for shorter or petite finger for its elongated rounded shape, fits well and enhances the beauty of shorter finger.
What to look for in a Pear shape diamond?
Length to Width Ratio: Fancy shape diamonds are always judged by its length to width ratio. This is what you will notice first. A perfect length to width ratio gives a pleasant appearance to viewers’ eyes.
There is near unanimity among the experts about the L/W ratio of the Pear cut. Below is the widely accepted L/W ratio of Excellent to Very good cut grade.
|Name of Labs & Expert Houses||Length to Width Ratio|
(Excellent to Very Good grade)
|77 diamonds London||1.50-1.70:1|
|AGA(Accredited Gems Appraiser)||1.50-1.75:1|
|Avg. L/W Ratio||1.48-1.73:1|
See the following image to understand how it may look in real.
Symmetry: This is one of the most important factors that contribute immensely to the beauty of any shapes, be it round or fancy.
Symmetry is the combination of many factors i.e. identical facet sizes, perfect angles of its crown and pavilion, accurate meeting of edges, even shoulders, wings, and ideal position of the culet.
Look out for even shoulder, polished girdle, and perfect position of culet especially in Pear shape to get best result.
Let me give you an example so that you can understand it better. Look at the following images and see the difference. The image in the left is beautiful and attractive representing excellent symmetry while the image in the right represents poor symmetry.
To make it simple I have added another image, have a look at this first.
The above concept is applicable in diamond too. An excellent symmetry gives you the best diamond while a poor symmetry gives you an unattractive and dull diamond.
Now have a look at the Pear shape image below to get a fair idea about excellent and poor symmetry.
Pear Shape: Importance of Pavilion Facets
Pear Shape has 4 to 8 main (pavilion) facets. Facets are like tiny mirrors that reflect light. So, more facets mean more dispersion of light, more sparkle. Remember these things to choose the best.
Bow-tie effect: As I have mentioned earlier in other Fancy shapes that bow-tie is a permanent feature in the modified brilliant cuts like Oval, Marquise, Pear, and Heart shapes.
A shadow is formed from bottom to pavilion in shape of two triangles. It is created due to blockage of light of viewer’s head.
Minimal bow tie is ok for good contrast. But a poor cut shape will have severe bow tie effect that will darken the diamond.
The interesting fact about this is that you cannot find it by reading a certificate. You need to see it personally or view its HD image or video to ascertain its effect whether it is severe or minimal.
See the following image to know it.
After seeing the images you should decide which one is acceptable to you or which is not. These shadows are somehow acceptable because though it is seen in the image but when you tilt the diamond you will not see its effect.
However, there are diamonds in which you may see larger shadows. You should completely avoid those types of bow-tie diamonds.
Clarity: Pear Shape
Pear shape is known for similar facets like round brilliant cut. That means it has the ability to hide the negative effect of inclusions and blemishes.
Many facets are actually a very good feature of Pear shape diamond. Due to this feature you can go down to SI1 clarity still you will get a good quality diamond.
In smaller sizes you may go down a grade further to SI2. As SI2 clarity is not eye clean, you have to be a bit selective. Avoid inclusions in the center of top facets, do not select cloudy diamond.
Remember not to choose diamonds having medium to very strong fluorescent in it. Fluorescence is a complicated issue so better avoid it.
Color: Pear shape holds color in the tips. So, do not go below H color grade. If you are choosing rose gold or yellow gold metal then it is perfectly fine with I or J color.
Here are some beautiful rings with different metal settings. I hope you will love these.
|Ideal Cut||Premium Cut|
|Table %||55 – 60 %||53 – 61.5 %|
|Crown Height %||12- 15 %||11.5 – 16%|
|Total Depth %||59 – 63 %||59 – 63 %|
|Girdle Thickness||Very thin to Slightly thick||Very thin to Slightly thick|
|Length to width Ratio||1.50-1.75:1||1.50 – 1.75:1|
|Polish & Symmetry||Excellent to Good||Excellent to Good|
Note: The above parameters are just guidelines in absence of an internationally accepted cut grade of Pear shape. You should see the diamond in person or its HD image to choose the one that appeals most.
Ring Setting, Jewelry & Metal guide: Pear Shape
Pear shape diamond is considered to be best for earring, necklace, and pendant. See the stunning images below; I am sure you will love to have it.
Platinum, white gold, and Palladium accentuate its brilliance in D to G color Pear shape. If you are choosing Rose gold or yellow gold then go down to J or K color. It blends well with these colors.
It gives a unique appearance to engagement ring too.
Solitaire Prong, Bezel, and Halo are some of the most popular engagement ring settings for Pear shape diamond. To protect its point V-prong with four or six claws is best option in prong settings. Bezel setting is more secure for active life style. Halo adds many variations to ring styles.
See the following images to find how beautiful it looks in different ring settings and in different metal bands.
Hope the above information and guidelines about Pear shape diamond will help you choose the best as per your choice and budget. Leave a comment if you found it helpful.