Pear Shape Diamonds – Things to consider

The popularity of Fancy Shape diamonds and in particular Pear or Tear drop Diamonds has increased over the last 12 – 18 months. So what particular characteristics are important when looking at pear shape diamonds?

  1. Proportions – Although it is often stated as ideal for a Pear Shaped Diamond to have a length to width ratio sit somewhere between 1.55 – 1.75 it does come down to personal preference. The chart below shows how the different width to length ratios look and we find that most people’s preferences sit around the 1.6 – 1.7 range.            
  2. The Bow tie effect – The bow tie effect has a direct relationship with one of the most important diamond characteristic – cut. When there are facets that do not reflect light properly no matter which direction you turn or tilt the diamond, this phenomenon can develop. Nearly all Pear shape diamonds have a small bow tie effect and it can add to the appeal or interest of the diamond. What  you want to avoid is the large black bow tie effect as per the picture below.
  3. Size or Spread – the great thing about Pear Shape diamonds is that for the same carat weight, a Pear Shaped diamond will appear larger than a round, princess or cushion shaped diamond. This is because most of the weight of the diamond is held in the face as opposed to the back end – so they are flatter in shape than other brilliant cuts. This lead to why a Pear Shaped Diamond of the same weight and specifications can also be less expensive than a round diamond. It comes down to the shape of the rough and demand. The demand for round diamonds is stronger and so if you could cut a round from the diamond rough you would. But if you cant cut a round you then look to what the shape the rough suits and that’s where the pear cut comes in.
  4. General Shape – There are some characteristics they can be unappealing to some people. The classic Pear is a combination of a round and a marquise so it should be nice a rounded on one end like a semi circle and then down to a point at the other end. What most people want to avoid is a flat end like this one below:

Almost all of the things mentioned above cannot be detected by looking at a certificate which is why it is really important when buying a pear shape to know what to look out for and to know what questions to ask. We love buying Pear Shape diamonds and take a lot of pride in finding the perfect proportions and cut and physical qualities for our clients. The next step is to turn them into stunning creations like this.

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