What are the Best Proportions for Pear Shape Diamond for 3 Stone Engagement Ring

Hi Todd, I need your help ASAP because I’ve spent the past few months learning all that I could about round brilliant cut diamonds for an engagement ring, and just discovered that my girlfriend prefers pear shapes; thus I’m back at the drawing board, at ground zero with less than three weeks to find the perfect ring! My target range is around 2.50 carats, H-I color, VS-1 or higher in clarity, with the best proportions possible for a pear shape diamond, and a ceiling of about $25K including a 3 stone baguette ring in platinum if that’s possible. I realize that the budget is kind of tight, but I might be willing to stretch a little further if the vendor offers competitive financing. Thanks! — Marcus W.

What are the best proportions for a pear shape diamond?

Throughout the years, I found that the best approach for helping my clients find pear shape diamonds that exhibited a high volume of light return and exceptional sparkle, was to use the total depth and table diameter parameters that were established by David Atlas when he was the Director for Accredited Gemological Appraisers (AGA) and therefore you might find this legacy proportions chart for pear shape diamonds that is based upon his system of interest:

Best proportions chart pear shape diamonds, David Atlas, Accredited Gem Appraisers AGA legacy proportions chart

While your first inclination might be to limit the parameters of your diamond search to the criteria specified within the AGA Class 1A Ideal Cut to 1B Premium Cut classifications, it is extremely rare that I find pear shape diamonds that are cut within that range of total depth and table diameter, thus I tend to search for pear shape diamonds with proportions that fall within the AGA Class 1A down to Class 2B International Fine Trade Cut classifications.

With that in mind, I conducted search for pear shape diamonds online, and found one option from Enchanted Diamonds, which I think looks simply stunning! And I spoke with the vendor who owns the diamond just to be sure… and they love it!

By the way, if you happen to be looking for a pear shape diamond, you can use this link to search for pear shape diamonds on Enchanted Diamonds using my preset search criteria, and then just adjust the parameters to whatever range of characteristics you prefer in terms of carat weight, color, clarity, and price.

Enchanted Diamonds review: GIA 5176443685

Enchanted Diamonds reviews best proportions pear shape diamonds, GIA 5176443685This 2.14 carat, H-color, Internally Flawless, pear shape diamond from Enchanted Diamonds of New York City, is graded by the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory (GIA-GTL) as measuring 11.12 x 7.24 x 4.58 mm with a total depth of 63.3% and a table diameter of 58% with a slightly thick to thick, faceted girdle and no culet. The GIA graded both the polish and symmetry of the diamond as GIA Excellent. Although we don’t know the crown height of the diamond, the total depth, table diameter, and girdle thickness fall within the AGA 2A proportions range.

This is how you would use the proportions guidelines created by Accredited Gem Appraisers to determine the proportions rating of this diamond:

  • 63.3% total depth = AGA 2A International Fine Trade Cut
  • 58% table diameter = AGA 1A Ideal Cut
  • SK-TK Girdle = AGA International Fine Trade Cut (2A-2B)
  • 1.54:1.00 Length to Width ratio = AGA 1A Ideal Cut

The overall proportions grade of the diamond defaults to the lowest parameter which is the total depth of the diamond, which at 63.3% places it in the AGA 2A International Fine Trade Cut category, which is a phenomenal place to start for a pear shape diamond!

Now the unknown factor is the crown height of the diamond, and the GIA does not provide crown height or pavilion depth measurements for the fancy shape diamonds which they grade, so the only way to obtain this would be Sarin | OGI | or Helium computerized proportions analysis… the problem is that most diamond dealers don’t have the special lenses necessary to measure a diamond this large because the majority of the diamond industry does not focus on the overall cut quality and proportions ratings of fancy shape diamonds.

Enchanted Diamonds Pear shape diamond review, GIA 5176443685 best proportionsHowever if you look at the high-resolution video provided for the 2.14 carat, H-color, Internally Flawless, pear shape diamond from Enchanted Diamonds, and use your mouse to rotate the diamond to this side profile, you’ll be able to see that the diamond does exhibit a good amount of crown height, thus I’m confident that the diamond is going to exhibit a very nice balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle). Notice the Enchanted Diamonds cut score of 100% located in the upper right hand corner of the graphic, it’s an interesting concept that I find helpful when I search for diamonds on Enchanted Diamonds.

Another thing that I really like about this 2.14 carat, H-color, Internally Flawless, pear shape diamond from Enchanted Diamonds is that if you look at the photograph of the diamond provided at the beginning of this article, you’ll notice that the diamond exhibits almost no bow-tie pattern, that is another sign that the diamond has been cut extremely well! This is definitely a pear shape diamond that I would select for myself, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab it!


Pear shape 3 stone ring with baguette diamond accents:

Enchanted Diamonds 3 stone tapered baguette engagement ring reviewsI think that this tapered baguette 3 stone ring from Enchanted Diamonds is exactly what you’re looking for, but if not you can ask the people at Enchanted Diamonds to custom design a ring for you because they have an excellent custom jewelry design department. Be sure to send me a picture of the completed ring if you end up ordering it, I’d love to have a picture of it for my blog! As far as pricing goes, the 2.14 carat, H-color, Internally Flawless, pear shape diamond from Enchanted Diamonds is at the top of your budget, but Enchanted Diamonds offers financing, so perhaps you can buy the diamond outright, and just finance the setting.


By my standards, this 2.14 carat, H-color, Internally Flawless, pear shape diamond from Enchanted Diamonds seems like an exceptional pear shape diamond, it certainly looks amazing in the high-resolution video that they provide; and I think that the diamond will look amazing in the 3 stone baguette ring from Enchanted Diamonds; and while the diamond tops out your budget, I don’t think that it’s unreasonable to finance a small portion of an engagement ring.

This diamond is certainly my top pick within the range of characteristics that you specified when you contacted me through my free Diamond Concierge Service, so hopefully it is of interest to you also… but feel free to let me know if you want to adjust the parameters any, now that you have a reference chart that provides the best proportions for pear shape diamonds.

By the way, if you happen to be reading this article on how to buy a pear shape diamond, and to learn about the ideal proportions for a pear shape diamond, and would like help finding the diamond of your dreams… just drop me a note that provides me with the range of criteria that you are willing to consider and what price range you are working with, maybe I’ll even blog about it ~ be sure to tell me in the email if you want me to wait a little while to publish the blog, e.g. until after the engagement or something like that, I do it all the time… and if you end up talking with the folks from Enchanted Diamonds for any reason, please tell them that you read about them on NiceIce.com

But you can also use Search for Pear Shape Diamonds from Enchanted Diamonds using my preset selection criteria for proportions, by clicking on that link, and then simply adjusting the parameters for diamond carat weight, diamond color, diamond clarity, diamond fluorescence, and price, to whatever range you prefer.

About the AuthorTodd Gray

Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)

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Aaron Clay says April 3, 2017

Hi Todd,

Thank you so much for creating this blog, it’s been extremely helpful in my diamond search. I would love to get your opinion on the following diamond. What would be your overall synopsis/review of the stone? Do you think that I can do better for the price point or be able to find something visually similar for cheaper?

Diamond: 2.19 carat, D-color, SI-1 clarity, pear shape.

    Todd says April 3, 2017

    Hi Aaron,

    Thank you for your inquiry. The 2.19 carat, D-color, SI-1 clarity, pear shape diamond from Zoara looks very nice and it’s certainly being offered at a great price! It should be a very pretty diamond, it’s got a good amount of crown height on it, which should produce a lot of sparkle!

    For future reference, if you want to expedite things, you can email me directly via diamonds[at]niceice.com or use our Diamond Concierge Service form.

    — Todd

Katie says September 23, 2016

I’m trying to purchase a 2 carat pear and wanted a nice bright one.
Do you think the following http://www.zoara.com.au/diamonds/p_pear_excellent_cut_d_vs2#p=6823221
Has a good facet pattern? Are the bright facets along the body good?

    Todd says September 24, 2016

    Hi Katie,

    Thank you for your inquiry. The proportions of the 2.01 carat, D-color, VS-2 clarity, pear shape diamond from Zoara certainly look promising! They are well within the AGA 1A proportions range that I prefer for pear shape diamonds, with exception of the girdle thickness (more on that in a minute).

    The GIA diamond grading report indicates that the diamond has a total depth of 60.3% which is well within the preferred range of 59 – 63%. The table diameter is 58% which is well within the preferred range of 55 – 60%. The unknown factor would be the crown height, because that is not provided on GIA diamond grading reports for fancy shape diamonds. Fortunately the cutter provides the information within the MLS that we use to trade diamonds globally… The crown height is stated as being 12.5% which is well within the preferred range of 12 – 15%. The cutter listing also indicates that the crown angle is 31.5 degrees, and that the pavilion depth is 43.4% with a pavilion angle of 40.6 degrees.

    Now you’ll notice that the listing for the same pear shape diamond on Enchanted Diamonds indicates that they give the diamond at cut score of 93.7% and that is because of the very thick girdle. Honestly I’m not really concerned about that since that is fairly common with pear shape diamonds, and it appears to occur in the tip of the diamond. You’ll be able to see this if you single click and hold your mouse over the video provided by Enchanted Diamonds and drag the diamond back and forth into position so that you can see it from a side profile.

    The pattern of light reflection looks great, it’s definitely a pear shape diamond that I feel is worthy of consideration. I’d say bring it in for evaluation, you can always return it if you don’t love it! By the way, I’d really appreciate it if you’d use the links provided herein if you decide to do so, I’ve updated them with my affiliate id. Thank you.

    — Todd

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