Pear Shaped Diamonds - A Guide to Pear Shaped Diamonds - Do Amore

Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds are unique shapes with a point at the top and a graceful curve at the bottom. They can be long and slender, or shorter and plump. Pears are one of only two diamond shapes that are not symmetrical both horizontally and vertically (the other shape being the Heart). They are beautiful, elegant, and relatively rare. In fact, at the time of writing, only 4% of GIA-certified diamonds available for sale globally were Pears (47,429 Pears out of 1,178,007 total diamonds).

Table, Depth & Other Specifications for Ideal Pear Shaped Diamonds

The elegance, sparkle, and allure of a Pear cut comes from the quality of its cut. Pear diamonds that are not well cut can show dark bow-ties, and can leak light instead of reflect it.

Like other fancy cut diamonds, the GIA does not grade Pears for cut. For this reason, it is important to note that any website or store that advertises a GIA-certified Pear diamonds with a cut grade is offering their own grade. So, the accompanying GIA certificate will not have a cut grade. While there is no problem with this, we strongly recommend you verify the cut quality yourself.

The table below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut grade of a Pear.

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Ideal Cut (Most Sparkle)

Excellent Cut

Very Good

Table %

A percentage measuring the width of the top facet of the diamond, divided by the overall width of the diamond

53 - 62

52 or 64-66

51 or 67-68

Depth %

A percentage measuring the height (depth) of the diamond divided by the overall width of the diamond.

57.5-62.0

55.5-57.4 or 62.1 - 65.0

53.0-55.4 or 65.1-70.0

Girdle

The outmost edge of the diamond where the top (crown) of the diamond intersects with the bottom (pavillion) of the diamond.

Thin to Slightly Thick

Thin to Thick

Very Thin to Thick

Culet

The small area at the very bottom of a diamond that looks like a point.

None

Very Small

Small

Length to Width Ratio

The length of a diamond divided by its width. When comparing diamonds, those with larger ratios appear longer and skinnier.

1.45-1.60

1.40-1.44 or 1.61-1.75

Under 1.39 or Over 1.76

Outline

The outline should be graceful and the left should match the right.

Pleasing

Squarish Bottom or Bottom Too Steeply Curved

Left Does Not Mirror Right

Bow-tie

A dark triangular area in the center of a diamond that looks like a gentleman’s bow tie. This occurs in when faceting is not ideal. Always look to make sure that your Pear has even brightness with no dark bow tie in the center!

No Dark Bowtie

Slight Dark Bowtie

Dark Bowtie

Color Recommendations for Pear Shaped Diamonds

The color grade of a diamond refers to how white it is, or how much yellow tint it has. Evaluating color in Pears is important, because Pears can show more color than other shapes, especially in its point.

Like most diamonds, smaller Pears hide color better, while larger Pears show color more easily. So, if you want an ice-white diamond, it is best to stick in the D-F color range. However, if you just want your stone to look “white,” you can likely get away with a G, H, or even I color, depending on the size of the stone. The color chart below will help you determine what your ideal diamond color is, based carat weight, and your personal color preference.

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Carat Weight

No Visible Color

Slight Tint

Warmer Color

< 0.5

D - J

K - L

M - Z

0.5-1.0

D - H

I - J

K - Z

1.0-1.5

D - H

I

J - Z

1.5 +

D - G

H - I

J +

Clarity Recommendations for Pear Shaped Diamonds

The clarity grade of a diamond is how “crystal clear” the stone is, or how many internal marks (“inclusions”) it has. Most couples we work with want an “eye clean” diamond for their Pear engagement ring. In other words, they want a stone which does not show any inclusions to the naked eye. The clarity grade that you need to attain “eye clean” appearance changes with size. It’s harder to see flaws on smaller Pears than larger ones. However, because Pears are, effectively, a combination of Round and Marquise cut diamonds, they hide blemishes fairly well within their brilliance and sparkle.

Each consumer has their own standard for clarity. Some may be perfectly comfortable with inclusions as long as they cannot easily see it, but others may insist on a more technically flawless appearance. The clarity chart below provides general guidelines for picking a clarity rating for your Pear, based on your inclusion tolerance.

Note! The ratings in the Eye Clean column assume your jeweler will double check to ensure the stone is actually eye-clean, like we do.

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Carat Weight

Clean Under Light Magnification

Eye Clean

Visible Blemish Okay As Long As Not Very Obvious

< 0.5

FL-SI1

SI2

l1

0.5-1.0

FL-VS2

SI1-SI2

l1

1.0-1.5

FL-VS2

SI1

Sl2

1.5 +

FL-VS1

VS2-SI1

Sl2

Length to Width Ratio for Pear Shaped Diamonds

All Pear cut diamonds in our diamond search engine have the length to width ratio listed. This ratio, which is simply the length divided by the width, determines how skinny or wide the pear cut diamond is. So, the larger the length to width ratio, the taller and more slender the Pear. Likewise, the smaller the length to width ratio, the plumper the Pear cut diamond. Our favorite range for Pears is 1.45-1.60.

Note about Pear Shaped Halo Engagement Rings: If you opt for a halo setting, your Pear may end up looking wider! This is because the halo gives the illusion of a wider pear cut diamond with a smaller length to width ratio. To avoid this, choose a Pear with a slightly higher length to width ratio than your preference.

Pear shaped diamond with a ratio of 1.30

1.30

Pear cut diamond with a ratio of 1.45

1.45

Pear diamond with a ratio of 1.60

1.60

Settings that Pair Well with Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear diamonds work well with most rings, however, their asymmetric shape means they don’t flow well with all ring designs. The below rings are a few of our favorite Pear shaped engagement rings. These Pear shaped engagement rings are available in all metals, including 14k white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, palladium, and platinum.

Money Tips

When looking for a Pear diamond, make sure to always look for symmetrical shape and lack of dark bowtie. Also, try to maximize measurements within your ideally cut diamond. For example, you can have a 1.0 carat Pear with the measurements 8.50 x 5.50 mm that is ideally cut. But, there could also be a 0.98 carat Pear with measurements 8.60 x 5.60 mm that is just as ideally cut and probably cheaper. All diamonds in our “Recommended” stone section have had their dimensions reviewed to make sure they were being maximized for their carat weight, while maintaining an ideal cut.

3 Things to Ask Your Jeweler

  • 01.

    Photo & Video

    Always ask the jeweler you are buying from for a detailed picture or video like these Pears. Look for pleasing shape and lack of bowtie.

  • 02.

    Inspect It

    Ask the jeweler to pull the diamond and actually visually inspect. Confirm eye-clean appearance.

  • 03.

    Measure It

    Make sure your Pear’s measurements are maximized within your carat size.

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