If you’ve ever shopped for diamonds, you’ve probably seen that there are several different common shapes into which diamonds are cut and pear shaped diamonds are one of these.
Each shape brings with it certain issues that can have a positive or negative effect on the appearance and thus the value of the diamond, and pear diamonds are no different in this sense. If you’re thinking about buying a pear shaped diamond, there are certain things you’ll need to be aware of in order to ensure that you’re getting a good value.
What are pear shaped diamonds?
The pear diamond, sometimes known as the teardrop diamond, is technically considered a variation on the standard round brilliant cut.
It’s also related to the marquise cut, another roughly teardrop-shaped cut which was one of the earliest types of diamond cuts but is no longer in common use. The pear cut is rounded at one end, and has an uncropped point at the other.
Like some of the other shaped diamonds, pear shaped diamonds come in a particular range of length to width ratios. At one end of the spectrum, you have pear diamonds with a length-width of 1.5, which have a short, fat appearance, while the other extreme comes in at roughly 2.0, which is a narrow, longer shape. The typical pear shape is found between the length-width ratios of 1.45 and 1.75.
Pear shaped diamonds have relatively small, fine facets, which means that any clarity issues within the diamond are hidden to a certain extent. Pear diamonds can exhibit almost the same degree of sparkle and brilliance as round diamonds.
What makes pear shaped diamonds special?
There are certain unique features that you can find in pear shaped diamonds. For one thing, these diamonds are among the only ones still in circulation that have a single pointed end. Cropped ends and corners are more common nowadays because pointed ends can be easier to damage and more difficult to cut effectively without creating surface imperfections. However, a well cut pear shaped diamond, as long as it is set in such a way as to protect the point from damage, can have an elegance and beauty not found in other diamond shapes.
The range in length-width ratios found among pear shaped diamonds can also be a plus from the buyer’s point of view. Longer shapes, meaning those with a ratio above 1.75, can have a slimming effect on the appearance of the finger.
What should I look for in pear shaped diamonds?
Pear shaped diamonds are, for the most part, subject to the same considerations as round brilliant diamonds. This means that you can generally find the best value with the following parameters: a cut grade of “Good;” a color grade of around G; a clarity grade of SI1 or SI2; and a carat weight of around 1.
In addition to this, there is a consideration that is mostly unique to pear shaped diamonds. Some pear diamonds can exhibit what is commonly known as the “bowtie effect.” This is when dark spots, which look like a bowtie or two symmetrical triangles, appear in the upper portion of the diamond. This defect is easily visible to the naked eye, but it doesn’t always appear on the diamond’s certificate. So, make sure to take a good look at the diamond from many different angles before making a purchase, whether deciding on pear shaped diamonds or any other cut.