Pear diamonds are a combination of round and marquise shapes, with a tapered point on one end. Like marquise and oval cuts, pear diamonds come in a variety of slim and wide cuts/ratios. While the length to width ratio of a classic pear-shaped diamond is 1.40 – 1.70, your personal preference will dictate the choice anyway. Narrow pear diamonds are ideal for dangle earrings, while wider shapes will look perfect on solitaire rings.
Pear-Shaped Diamond Cut Guide
Pear-shaped diamonds are usually worn with the sharp end pointing toward the hand of the wearer. One of the main advantages of these diamonds is that they make the wearer’s fingers appear longer and slimmer.
Ideal pear-shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry, meaning the pointed end should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (curves on the right and left sides) should be symmetrical without straight edges. The rounded top should form a semi-circle.
To help you evaluate the cut of pear-shaped diamonds use the table below as a general guideline.
|TABLE %||53 - 63||52 or 64 - 65||51 or 66 - 68||50 or 69 - 70||<50 or >70|
|DEPTH %||58 - 62||56 - 57.9 or 62.1 - 66||53 - 55.9 or 66.1 - 71||50 - 52.9 or 71.1 - 74||<50 or >74|
|GIRDLE||Very Thin to Slightly Thick||Very Thin to Slightly Thick||Very Thin to Thick||Very Thin to Very Thick||Extremely Thin to Extremely Thick|
|CULET||None||Very Small||Small||Medium||> Medium|
|LENGTH TO WIDTH RATIO||1.45 - 1.55||1.40 - 1.44 or 1.56 - 1.65||1.35 - 1.39 or 1.66 - 1.80||1.25 - 1.34 or 1.81 - 2.00||> 1.25 or < 2.00|
Pear-Shaped Diamond Colour Guide
Like most diamond shapes, smaller pear-shaped diamonds will hide colour better while larger stones will show colour easier. The colour chart below provides a guide for evaluating colour in pear-shaped diamonds based on carat weight. However, it’s worth mentioning that evaluating colour in diamonds is quite subjective as first of all it’s based on your personal colour preference.
|< .50 ct.||D - G||H - I||J - K||L - M||> M|
|.51-1.0 ct.||D - F||G||H - I||J - K||> K|
|1.0-2.0 ct.||D - F||D - F||G - H||I - J||> J|
|> 2.0 ct.||D - F||D - F||G||H - I||> I|
Pear-Shaped Diamond Clarity Guide
As a general rule, it’s harder to see imperfections on the smaller pear-shaped diamond than larger ones, meaning you can definitely purchase a smaller diamond with lower clarity grade still having a stone with an eye-clean appearance. Besides, as pear-shaped diamonds are a combination of round and marquise cuts, they hide blemishes well within their brilliance and sparkle.
The clarity chart below provides a general guide for choosing the right pear-shaped diamond based on your inclusion tolerance.
|< .50 ct.||FL - VS2||SI1 - SI2||I1||I2||> I2|
|.51-1.0 ct.||FL - VS1||VS2 - SI1||SI2||I1 - I2||> I2|
|1.0-2.0 ct.||FL - VVS2||VS1 - VS2||SI1 - SI2||I1||> I1|
|> 2.0 ct.||FL - VVS2||VS1 - VS2||SI1||SI2||> SI2|