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What is a Pear Shaped Diamond?

by Willyou.net * May 11, 2021

The Pear shape is a combination of the round and marquise-shaped diamond, with a tapered point at one end and a rounded end at the other. The diamond is worn with the narrow end facing down and known for its tremendous sparkle. It is also called a teardrop or drop cut, as it resembles a drop of water. A typical Pear shape contains 58 facets, with the number of pavilion facets ranging from 4 – 8. 

pear shaped diamond

Pear Shaped Diamond History

The Pear shape has been around for centuries, with the first one being created in the 1400’s by Flemish cutter, Lodewyk van Berquem of Bruges. He was also the inventor of the diamond-polishing wheel (scaif). 

The romantic and feminine curves of the Pear shape have many celebrities wearing this comeback style. Elizabeth Taylor famously turned her teardrop diamond engagement ring into a necklace, while other such as Victoria Beckham, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Anna Kournikova, wears the stunner on their fingers.

Choosing a Pear-Shaped Diamond

Symmetry is one of the most important characteristic in choosing Pear shapes. The point should line up perfectly with the peak of the rounded edge. And the shoulders, bellies and wings should form a mirrored image of each other. 

The most vulnerable part of the Pear diamond is its point. Protecting it with a V-prong is important in keeping the value of the diamond.  

Pear Shaped Diamond Dimensions

The classic length-width ratio ranges from 1.40 – 1.60, with symmetry being the most important factor. The table of the diamond should be perfectly centered on the line of symmetry.

Pear shaped diamond ratio - 1.40, 1.55, 1.70
Pear shaped diamond ratio – 1.40, 1.55, 1.70

The following cut, color, and clarity guides should be taken into consideration when choosing a Pear shaped diamond: 

Pear Shaped Diamond Cut Guide

The cut attributes of a diamond contribute to its sparkle, brilliance, and bling. Most knowledgeable buyers would choose attributes from the Excellent – Very Good columns.

ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
Table %53 – 62.952 – 52.9
or
63 – 65.9
51 – 51.9
or
66 – 68.9
50 – 50.9 or
69 – 70.9
<49.9
or
>71
Depth %58 – 62.956 – 57.9
or
63 – 65.9
53 – 55.9 or
66 – 70.9
50 – 52.9 or
71 – 74.9
<49.9
or
>75
GirdleVery Thin
to Slightly Thick
Very Thin
or
Thick
Very Thin
or
Very Thick
Extremely Thin
or
Extremely
Thick
CuletNoneVery SmallSmallMedium>Medium

Pear Shaped Diamond Length-to-Width Guide

A classic Pear Shaped diamond has a length-to-width ratio between 1.55 – 1.62.

ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
Square1.55 – 1.621.50 – 1.59
or
1.63 – 1.67
1.45 – 1.49
or
1.68 – 1.75
1.40 – 1.44
or
1.76 – 2.00
<1.39
or
>2.00

Pear Shaped Diamond Symmetry, Polish, Cut and Fluorescence Guide

Our experience suggests that Cut, Symmetry, Polish, and Fluorescence contributes to a diamond’s brilliance so that most buyers will choose Excellent – Very Good and Fluorescence None – Faint.

ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
CutExcellentVery GoodGoodFair – Poor
PolishExcellentVery GoodGoodFair – Poor
SymmetryExcellentVery GoodGoodFair – Poor
Fluorescence NoneFaintMediumStrong –
Very Strong

Pear Shaped Diamond Color Guide

Most buyers prefer size over color hue and will buy a diamond of G color.

ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
< 0.50 ct.D – GH – IJ – KL – M > N
0.51 – 1.00 ct.D – F G – HI – JK> L
1.00 – 2.00 ct.D – FG – HI – JK> J
>2.00 ct.D – FG – HI – JK> J

Pear Shaped Diamond Clarity Guide

Most buyers prefer size over clarity cleanse and will buy a diamond of SI1 Clarity.

ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
< 0.50 ct.FL – VS2SI1 – SI2I1 – I2> I2
0.51 – 1.00 ct.FL – VS1VS2 – SI1SI2I1 – I2> I2
1.00 – 2.00 ct.FL – VS1VS2 – SI1SI2I1> I1
>2.00 ct.FL – VS1VS2 – SI1SI2I1> I1

Pear Shaped Diamonds Pros and Cons

There are advantages and disadvantages to every cut, including the Pear-shaped diamond. 

An advantage of the Pear is that it makes your finger look thinner and longer, due to its length. Another advantage is the choice of how to wear it. Brides can choose to wear it tip up or tip down, depending on personal preference. 

A disadvantage of the Pear is its bow-tie effect. Because of its narrow shape, the Pear shape can produce an area of reduced color in the center of the gem, resembling a bow tie. 

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