Pear Diamond Guide

About pear cut diamonds

Delve into the modern shape of pear diamonds, learn why choosing the right ratio is important, how much pear diamonds cost and which grades to choose for your pear diamond engagement ring.

Tips for choosing the best pear diamond

  • Choose a pear diamond ratio between 1.45 to 1.75, ideally 1.50 for a pear shape ring that is not too rounded and squat, and not too long and skinny

  • Focus on finding Excellent or Very Good symmetry, so the tip of the pear is in line with the rounded base and each side is equally weighted

  • Choose a pear diamond with minimal bow tie effect, and watch out for pear shaped diamonds that appear dark at the centre

  • You can make good savings on your personal budget by considering pear diamonds with clarity grades between VS2 to SI1, which will appear eye-clean

  • Choose diamonds between D to H, ideally stick between D to F colour grades for the iciest, colourless pear diamond

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What are pear diamonds?

A pear cut diamond is a brilliant cut diamond shape, evocative of the shape of a pear or water droplet. Pear cuts are also referred to as ‘teardrop diamonds’. The base of a pear diamond is circular, and structured similarly to a round brilliant diamond, which tapered into a singular point. Pear diamonds share the extremely sparkly nature of a round diamond, whilst offering a characterful, ethereal shape.

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Why choose a pear cut diamond?

A romantic shape, the pear cut diamond is both modern and timeless, adored for its sparkle and characterful charm. A well proportioned pear diamond is incredibly flattering, the elegant shape elongating the wearer’s fingers.

Due to the tapered, elongated shape, pear diamonds can appear larger, carat-for-carat, than shapes such as round, cushion, oval and princess cut diamonds. In terms of cost effectiveness, your personal budget will stretch to a higher carat weight with teardrop engagement rings.

What should I be aware of before buying a pear diamond?

As with most elongated diamond shapes, pear diamonds can be prone to showing an optical feature called a ‘bow tie’. The elongated structure of pear diamonds causes a dark bow tie shape to appear at the centre of the stone, where light is unable to internally reflect as it does throughout the rest of the diamond. The bow tie effect will be far less noticeable in some pear diamonds than others, but is an inherent feature of such elongated shapes.

All pear diamonds feature a pointed tip. The tip of a pear diamond is its weakest point, and whilst it is incredibly unlikely that a good quality diamond would break or chip, the tip can be prone to catching on things or getting knocked around, so ensure you choose a setting that keeps this point protected. Encase the tip of the stone with a ‘box claw’ or by choosing a halo design.

What’s the best cut ratio for my pear diamond?

Whilst fancy shaped diamonds, such as pear shaped diamonds, do not receive a cut grade, it is important to consider the ratio of the diamond you choose. Pear diamonds are cut in a range of proportions, from very rounded, short and squat pears to very elongated, tall skinny pears - the most popular pear diamond ratio is somewhere in the middle. Consider ratios between 1.45 to 1.60, ideally close to 1.50 for a classic pear shape. You may want to compare a couple ratios to see which proportions work best for you.

Diamonds are awarded a symmetry grade, which is more crucial to consider with some shapes that others. To ensure your pear diamond is beautifully symmetrical (and not unbalanced), choose a pear diamond with Excellent or Very Good symmetry grades.

I always wanted a pear diamond myself - they're so flattering, and a really romantic shape. They just fit so beautifully on the finger - plus can look really sharp and modern!

Sarah Jane | Senior Gemmologist & Design Expert

How do I choose a pear diamond colour?

As a brilliant cut style, a pear diamond ring will be incredibly sparkly, so choosing the absolute best colour grade may not be necessary. That said, you’ll start to notice some minimal colouration from grade F, and yellowish tints down to H. Despite the sparkle, pear shaped diamonds can appear yellow, brown or even greyish in tone below an H colour grade.

As a rule of thumb for platinum rings, aim between D to F colour grades, and for yellow or rose gold rings consider diamonds graded D to H.

How do I choose the clarity of a pear diamond?

As a brilliant cut diamond, a pear shaped diamond contains lots of tiny little facets, meticulously cut and polished to produce a great amount of sparkle. This sparkle and facet structure are good at disguising the tiny internal flaws naturally formed within diamonds, called inclusions. This means you can opt for a lower clarity grade than you might think; VS2 to SI1 pear diamonds will contain inclusions but will appear clear to the naked eye (any lower, and you might be able to see the inclusions without magnification).

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How much does a pear diamond cost?

Diamonds are undoubtedly a big investment, but when creating your pear shaped engagement ring you may notice that pear diamonds are marginally less expensive as such shapes as round, cushion, oval and princess cut diamonds.

Pear shaped diamonds start from around £1,250 (based on 0.30ct, F, SI1). In comparison, a round diamond with the same quality grades will start at around £1,380. The higher the quality, the higher the price jump; a 0.30ct, D, VS2 pear diamond will retail at around £1,445, compared to a round diamond at £1,890.

How many facets does a pear cut diamond have?

A pear shaped diamond contains 57 facets. The rounded base of the diamond is facet in a very similar style to the round brilliant diamond, making the pear shaped engagement ring a particularly sparkly choice. Towards the apex of the pear diamond, the facet structure is similar to that of a marquise diamond.


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