Introductory Guide to Pear Shaped Diamonds buying

Zafar Jutt

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An example of a beautiful, 2.00 carat pear shaped diamond bridal set. Image: Diamonds-usa

The pear shaped diamond combines the marquise and round cut diamond, giving buyers the best of both worlds. Pear shaped diamonds are a classy choice for engagement rings.

What Are Pear Shaped Diamonds? 

Illustration showing the parts of a pear shaped diamond.

Pear shaped diamonds date back to the 1400s, designed by diamond cutter Lodewyk Van Berquem.

Many famous gemstones bear the likeness of the pear shaped diamond including The Star of South Africa and the Millennium Star.

Pear cut diamonds usually consist of 56 facets, but each diamond is different.

Because of their carat weight, pear shaped diamonds tend to look larger than they are. 

All About Pear-Shaped Diamond Proportions

GIA doesn’t give pear-shaped diamonds a distinct shape grade, making shopping a puzzle for inexperienced diamond enthusiasts. 

Never fear, this table of proportions is a great starting point for those looking to avoid poorly shaped diamonds

ExcellentVery Good
Table %56% – 62%54% – 65%
Depth %58% – 64%56% – 67%

Pear shaped diamonds are at their best when they have a depth ratio of 57-63% and a table size of 55-65%. 

Look at the photo below for a real-life example of the ideal pear shaped diamond.

What is the Ideal Pear Shaped Diamond Length to Width Ratio? 

The ideal length-to-width ratio of a pear shaped diamond can be 1.60 to 1.70 ratios, which is my preference, too

As previously stated, your personal preference is priority when considering a diamond’s l/w ratio. Ultimately, the gem’s shape must delight you and no one else. 

How Do I Wear a Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring?

Traditionally, pear shaped diamond engagement rings feature the tip of the gem pointed down. This ring style slims the fingers and is a popular option for women who value appearance. 

Some prefer to have their diamonds pointed towards them, which is also a great option. 

Buyers Beware: Pear Shaped Diamond Outlines to Avoid

I’ve gathered (with help from GIA.EDU) examples of pear diamonds with unsavory outlines.

It’s easy to see if a pear shaped diamond is not symmetrical in its length and width. 

An Illustration of a pear shaped diamond showing an off-center culet.

At first glance, this diamond appears alright, but when you look closely, you’ll see the cutlet is ajar. Illustration: GIA

An illustration of a pear shaped diamond showing an off center table.

This picture depicts an off-center table.

Illustration: GIA

Diamonds-USA provides online videos that allow you to judge your pear-shaped diamond accurately. To use, click and drag the camera to view the diamond’s outline, cutlet, and symmetry. 

Color Grade Recommendations for Pear Shaped Diamonds

If you prefer your diamond to look white once mounted on its selling, go with a G or higher color grade. 

If you prefer vintage styles and yellow gold settings, you can get away with a lower rating like J or K. In either instance, avoid L grades, which appear “dirty” in this diamond cut. 

Clarity Ratings for Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds are forgiving and often conceal any inclusions. Generally, you can get away with lower clarity ranges, like SI1 and even SI2.

All About the Pear Shaped Diamond’s Bow-Tie Effect – Should You Worry?

Pear shaped diamonds can showcase a bow tie effect, which negatively impacts the stone’s appearance. 

Again, this means you have to view the stone in picture and preferably video to determine the severity of the imperfection.

Pear shaped diamond with a significant Bow Tie effect

How to Purchase a Pear Shaped Diamond Summary?

As a reminder, here are my recommended guidelines when purchasing a pear cut diamond.

Depth: 56% to 65%

Table: 58% to 64%

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Diamonds-USA is the best place to purchase pear shaped diamonds. They offer HD videos that help you assess the performance, clarity, color grade, and symmetry of the diamond. They also offer an extensive selection of GIA-certified diamonds!

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