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

Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds are one of only two diamond shapes that are not symmetric both horizontally and vertically (the other shape being a heart). They are beautiful, elegant, and relatively rare. In fact, at the time of writing this article, only 4% of GIA-certified diamonds available for sale globally were pear shaped (47,429 pear shaped diamonds out of 1,178,007 total diamonds).

Table, Depth & Other Specifications for Ideal Pear Shaped Diamonds

Like other fancy cut diamonds, the GIA does not grade pear shaped diamonds for cut. For this reason, it is important to note that any website or store that advertises a GIA-certified pear shaped diamond with a cut grade is offering their own grade based on the stone specifications (the accompanying GIA certificate will not have a cut grade). While there is no problem with this, we strongly recommend you verify the cut grade yourself.

The table below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut grade of a pear shaped diamond.

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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

Very 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 1.61-1.65

1.35-1.39 or 1.66-1.70

Color Recommendations for Pear Shaped Diamonds

The color grade of a pear shaped diamond refers to how much color (or lack of a color) the diamond shows. Evaluating color in pear shaped diamonds is important. Like most diamonds, smaller pear shaped diamonds will hide color better while larger pear shaped diamonds will show color easier. If you are wanting an ice-ice white diamond, it is best to stick in the D-F color range however, if you more so just want a colorless diamond then you may be able to purchase a G, H, or even I color depending on the size of the stone. The color chart below provides a guide for evaluating color in pear shaped diamonds, based on the carat weight of the diamond you are buying, and your personal color preference.

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Carat Weight

No Visible Color

Limited Color Okay

Prefer a Warmer Color

< 0.5

D - J

K - L

M +

0.75

D - I

J - K

L +

1

D - H

I - J

K +

1.5

D - G

H - I

J +

2.0 +

D - G

H - I

J +

Clarity Recommendations for Pear Shaped Diamonds

The clarity grade of a pear shaped diamond is based on how many and how severe the imperfections are on a diamond. It’s harder to see flaws on smaller pear shaped diamonds than larger ones, so you can definitely purchase a smaller diamond with a lower clarity rating, while still maintaining an eye-clean appearance. In addition, because pear shaped diamonds are effectively a combination of a round cut diamond and a marquise cut diamond, they hide blemishes fairly well within their brilliance and sparkle.

Evaluating clarity in pear shaped diamonds is subjective because 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 shaped diamond, based on your inclusion tolerance. Please note that the ratings in the Clean to the Naked Eye column assume that your jeweler will check to ensure it is actually eye-clean. For example, every time a customer purchases a pear shaped engagement ring from us, we send a gemologist to check and make sure the diamond is “eye-clean” and inform the customer if it isn’t. If you want an eye clean stone, make sure you ask your jeweler to do the same.

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Carat Weight

Clean Under Light Magnification

Clean to the Naked Eye ("Eye-Clean")

Visible Blemish Okay As Long As Not Very Obvious

< 0.5

FL-SI1

SI2

l1

0.75

FL-VS2

SI1-SI2

l1

1

FL-VS2

SI1

Sl2

1.5

FL-VS1

VS2-SI1

Sl2

2.0 +

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. The larger the length to width ratio means the diamond is much taller than it is wide (a skinny pear shaped diamond). The smaller the length to width ratio means the length isn’t that much greater than it’s width (a wider pear shaped diamond). Our personal favorite range for pear shaped diamonds is 1.45-1.60.

Note about Pear Shaped Halo Engagement Rings: If you opt to set your pear shaped diamond in a halo setting, then the diamond will 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 your diamond from looking too wide, if purchasing a halo engagement ring then you may want to opt for a pear shaped diamond with a slightly higher length to width ratio than your preference. Or just let us (or your jeweler) know you are opting for a halo engagement ring so we can find diamonds that will look beautiful and proportional within a halo setting.

A pear cut diamond with a ratio of 1.30

1.30

A pear cut diamond with a ratio of 1.45

1.45

A pear cut diamond with a ratio of 1.60

1.60

Settings that Pair Well with Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds pair 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 that we believe showcase the beauty of pear shaped diamonds. 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 shaped diamond, make sure to always try to maximize measurements within your ideally cut diamond. For example, you can have a 1.0 carat pear shaped diamond with the measurements 8.50 x 5.50 mm that is ideally cut. But there could also be a 0.98 carat pear shaped diamond with measurements 8.60 x 5.60 mm that is just as ideally cut that is probably cheaper. If all else were equal, the second option may be a better option. All diamonds in our “hand selected” stone section above 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 this one.

  • 02.

    Inspect It

    Ask the jeweler to pull the diamond and actually visually inspect your pear shaped diamond.

  • 03.

    Measure It

    Make sure your pear shaped diamond’s measurements are maximized within your carat size.

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See our in-depth educational guides, which were made to give practical advice with every aspect of your ring.

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