A pear-shaped diamond is rounded with a tapered point on one side. It is basically shaped like a tear drop and can symbolize raindrops, tears of joy, or love. Aspects of a brilliant round cut, with 58 facets, and a marquise shape (the pointed tip) are found with a pear-shaped diamond. This type of stone is less popular than other shapes. but choosing one can be just as exciting and challenging.
What to Look For
The rounded end of the diamond is called the head, bordered by the shoulder. The mid-section, or where the diamond starts to taper, is the belly, which further tapers into the wing and finally to the point. Each pear-shaped diamond has its own unique outline. Looking at it face up, the stone’s shoulders and wings should be gently rounded and the wings should be elegantly arched rather than flat. The most important aspects to consider when choosing your diamond include:
- Symmetry: The proportion, or length to width ratio (should generally be between 1.50 and 1.75) affects the symmetry of the diamond. If the wings are flattened, the diamond will look narrow; if they’re too rounded, the profile of the stone will look shorter and bulkier. While pear-shaped diamonds ideally have identical sides (looking down the length of the gem), flatter-topped or rounded-middle stones can be worn based on preference.
- Bow Tie Effect: The structure of a pear-shaped diamond creates a light gray to black bow tie-like pattern across its width. Depending on the cut, this effect can be minimized. On the most valuable, and beautiful, pear-shaped diamonds, the effect is hardly noticeable.
- Color: Pear-shaped diamonds strongly reveal their color, like other soft-sided fancy shapes. The stone will look whitest with an H color if set in white gold or platinum. A J or K color will do if it’s set in yellow or rose gold.
- Clarity: Inclusions are easily concealed by pear-shaped diamonds and most imperfections at the pointed edge won’t be seen. For the best value, choose a diamond that has an SI2 or SI1 clarity, although it’s best to inspect the stone in person rather than solely trust a vendor’s judgement.
- Cut: The parameters for a pear-shaped diamond aren’t as strict as with other shapes. In general, look for a depth of under 68% and a Good, Very Good, or Excellent polish/symmetry; the ideal table percentage is from 53% to 63%. As with other features, don’t only go by the certificate; evaluate the diamond for yourself to see if it’s a good fit.
Choosing a Setting
The right setting can protect the stone from damage, especially on the pointed end. Prong settings are common for pear-shaped diamonds; five or six prongs keep the stone secure without obscuring it too much. Bezel settings fully encircle the diamond, protecting it but possibly reducing its sparkle. For the most sparkle from all sides, a halo setting is best, but if you want to show off the diamond, go with a tension setting.
How to Wear a Pear-Shaped Diamond
On a traditional engagement ring, it is worn with the head of the diamond facing the knuckle. Some choose to wear the stone the opposite way or in a horizontal position. Worn vertically, it can make the wearer’s finger appear longer, but pear-shaped diamonds can be worn in various ways.
Shop for Pear-Shaped Diamonds at Jeweler’s Touch
At Jeweler’s Touch, we specialize in the finest quality engagement rings and fine jewelry as well as diamonds, precious metals, and gemstones. We have an extensive inventory of common diamond shapes and ring styles. Custom design services are provided as well. Contact us at 714-579-1616 today to find a pear-shaped diamond that suits your style and taste.