A pear-shaped diamond combines the characteristics of round and marquise-shaped diamonds to form an elongated tear-drop shape that sparkles brilliantly.
Under those circumstances, it's not surprising that tear-drop diamonds are one of the more popular fancy shapes. Not to mention the popularity of fancy color diamonds like the one below.
As a matter of fact, you might prefer a pear shape because it's more unique than a round brilliant. Be that as it may, you should also choose a diamond shape that appeals to your individual taste and preferences.
Of course, the same concept applies to the style of the engagement ring. For example, you might prefer this pavé setting from Blue Nile or bezel settings.
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Pear Shape Diamond Anatomy:
Obviously, a pear shape should be visually pleasing and resemble a tear-drop. In the first place, the shoulders and wings should be symmetrical and well-shaped.
Secondly, the bowtie or "bow tie effect" should be minimal and not too dark. Third, the diamond should have a pleasing length to width ratio between 1.50 and 1.75:1.00.
Although that may be true, the majority of pear brilliant diamonds lack symmetry and look out of balance. Under those circumstances, it can be hard to find the perfect pear shape diamond ring.
In the first place, this tear-drop shape diamond has a symmetrical outline that is visually pleasing. In other words, the four sections look even and the outline looks like a tear-drop.
Given that a pear shape diamond is a sum of the parts, you should get to know them. With that in mind, the names of the parts appear on the left for your reference.
In this case, you'll see that the shoulders and wings and are smooth and contoured. In other words, they are well-rounded and the overall shape of the tear-drop is not angular.
At the same time, the head of the pear shape has a nice gentle curve and the belly is not too broad. When selecting a pear-shape diamond, it's important to consider the shape as a whole.
Best Proportions for Pear Shape Diamonds:
The proportions of a pear shape diamond are just as important as the overall symmetry or outline. With that in mind, we're going to share our proportions recommendations with you.
But, before we do so, we want to emphasize that this range of proportions are not written in stone. As a matter of fact, the facet structure of a tear-drop is not as symmetrical or even as a round.
Under those circumstances, you can't buy a pear shape diamonds strictly by the numbers. That's because the difference in facet length, size, and shape, creates a three-dimensional model that is always changing.
Whereas the structure of a modern round brilliant consists of 58 symmetrical facets. In that case, every pear shape diamond will have its own unique personality. Under those circumstances, every pear shape diamond is truly unique and special in its own way. Take the one above from Blue Nile for example.
Be that as it may, it's difficult to judge light performance because there is no consistency in production quality. Although that may be true, you'll increase your chances of success by adhering to the proportions below.
We Recommend These Proportions:
As a matter of fact, this is from this proportions chart for pear shape diamonds from Gemologist David Atlas.
AGA Proportions Chart for Pear Shape Diamonds:
As you can see, there are several different classifications of proportions for this shape. Although we tend to agree with David's assessment of the ideal cut rating, you might prefer a different look.
Under those circumstances, you should use this proportions chart as a guideline and not an absolute rule of thumb. In other words, the overall appearance of the diamond is more important than the measurements.
Do Pear Shape Diamonds Sparkle?
In the event that you're considering different diamond shapes, you might wonder whether pear shapes sparkle. As a matter of fact, this is a question that people ask me quite often.
With that in mind, you should know that they reflect light differently than a round brilliant. That's because of the combination of longer and shorter facets that are many different shapes.
Under those circumstances, you'll see that light reflects throughout a tear-drop diamond in different intensities and concentrations. We can use the reflector scope images for the pear shape from Blue Nile (above) as an example.
At the same time, we'll look at the difference how light reflects throughout a round and pear shape. With that in mind, the ASET Scope image on the left is for a Brian Gavin Signature round diamond.
In the first place, I want you to see how evenly light is reflecting througout the body of the stone. In other words, the different colors of the ASET Scope image enable us to confirm the degree of optical precision. Under those circumstances, we know that this diamond will be bright and lively.
ASET & Ideal Scope for Pear Shapes:
In the first place, it's important to remember that the facet structure of a tear drop is different than round. Under those circumstances, light is going to reflect throughout the two diamond shapes differently. Although that might seem obvious, the higher degree of light leakage that results from this can be disheartening.
In the first place, this is the pear shape diamond from Blue Nile that appears earlier in this tutorial. As a matter of fact, the supplier provides the ASET and Ideal Scope images shown above. Under those circumstances, we can use those images to see how evenly light is reflecting throghout the diamond.
In addition, we can see where the diamond is leaking light as evident by the transparent sections. Obviously, this tear-drop shape diamond is leaking more light than the Brian Gavin Signature round. However, that is also to be expected because of the difference in the size, shape, and length of the facets. In other words, this degree of light leakage is perfectly normal for this diamond shape.
This Pear Shape Diamonds' Measurements:
As you can see, the pear shape diamond from Blue Nile above has a nice outline and pleasing shape. In addition, it has proportions within the range that we prefer and recommend.
As a matter of fact, the diamond measures 9.89 x 6.50 x 3.88 mm. In that case, the length to width ratio is 1.52:1.00 and that is within 1.50-1.75:1.00 range we prefer.
Under those circumstances, you can see why this pear shape from Blue Nile meets our selection criteria. Although that may be true, we didn't find it by searching Blue Nile.
As a matter of fact, we found it by searching the multiple listing service that we use to trade diamonds globally. In that case, we're able to use the specific filters and settings we have in place to search more effectively. With that in mind, we invite you to use our Free Diamond Concierge Service.
Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings:
In the event that you're looking for pear shape diamond engagement rings, you'll want to choose your favorite ring setting. With that in mind, you might like the custom halo engagement ring by Brian Gavin on the left.
Or, you might prefer a different style in yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, or platinum. As a matter of fact, it doesn't matter how you set a tear-drop shape diamond. Because it's going to look spectacular if you follow the steps in this tutorial.
Under those circumstances, the shape will be pleasing and the sparkle divine. With that in mind, the symmetry of the diamond is a critical aspect of the selection process.
After all, if the diamond doesn't have a pleasing shape or outline, you're not going to like how it looks. Be that as it may, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Most Popular Settings for Pear Shapes:
As a matter of fact, the most popular styles of settings are available for pear shape diamonds. With that in mind, you will have a wide variety of ring styles to choose from.
In that case, it's just a matter of choosing your favorite and deciding on an alloy type. In that case, most engagement ring styles are available in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, and platinum.
The last ring on the right is a custom design by Brian Gavin for my clients Justin and Morgan. As a matter of fact, it took several months to find this particular tear-drop diamond. But as you can see, it's a drop dead gorgeous pear shape diamond and it sparkles like crazy!
Where to Buy Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings:
Obviously, these companies offer reasonable inspection periods and free shipping. Plus, their customer service department will help you wish shipping returns if you're not satisfied for any reason. Of course, you should check with me to see whether any special offers or coupon codes are available.
In the event that you are looking for a lab-grown diamond, then I the last three vendors on that list. However, I strongly recommend that you read our in-depth tutorial on lab-grown diamonds beforehand. After all, the rumors that suggest that they are the same as natural diamonds are greatly exaggerated.
Pear Shape Diamond Length to Width Ratio:
Given the wide variety of ways to cut pear shapes, it helps to have a visual point of reference. In that case, you'll have a better idea of your personal preferences for the overall effect.
With that in mind, examples of the common length to width ratios for pear shape diamonds appear below. Of course, you'll want to be able to calculate the length to width ratio for yourself. In that event, all you need to do is divide the length/width.
1.51:1.00 Length to Width Ratio:
This pear shape diamond from Brian Gavin on the left is the same one in the custom ring above. In the first place, its basic characteristics are 1.10 carats, E-color, and Internally Flawless in clarity.
As a matter of fact, this diamond has proportions slightly beyond the range we recommend above. That's because the table diameter is 61% which is slightly outside the range of 55 - 60%. Although that may be true, you'll recall that those proportions are only a guideline.
This diamond has a total depth of 62.6% and that is within the range of 59 - 63% that we recommend. In addition, the length to width ratio is 1.51:1.00 because the diamond meaures 8.81 x 5.83 x 3.65 mm. As stated previously, you simply divide 8.81/5.83 to get the length to width ratio.
ASET & Ideal Scope images:
One of the reasons I prefer Brian Gavin Diamonds is because I know exactly what to expect. In other words, they provide the reflector scope images necessary to judge light performance. Under those circumstances, we can use the ASET and Ideal Scope images to see how this diamond will perform.
In the first place, I want you to notice how evenly light is reflecting throughout this tear-drop shape diamond. The ASET Scope image on the left makes it easy to see because of the different colors.
As a matter of fact, the color red represents the brightest light source available within the room. While the color green represents the second brightest light source or secondary brightness. And the color blue shows us where the diamond is showing contrast.
Secondly, the red Ideal Scope image on the right enables us to see where the diamond is leaking light. As a matter of fact, all of the light semi-transparent sections represent varying degrees of light leakage.
Although that may be true, the degree of light leakage exhibited by this diamond is very slight. While we're on the subject, and ASET Scope image will show light leakage as black or white.
1.56:1.00 Length to Width Ratio:
This 1.33 carat, D-color, VVS-1 clarity, pear-shape diamond from Blue Nile has a 1.56:1.00 L/W Ratio. As you can see from the picture on the left, it has a nice outline.
As you can see from the picture on the left, it has a nice outline. As a matter of fact, the 60.8% total depth and 58% table diameter are within the range we recommend. Although that may be true, we don't know the crown height because the supplier does not provide that information.
Under those circumstances, you can look at the diamond from a side profile to estimate the crown height. The reason why crown height is important is because it determines the balance of brilliance and dispersion.
Consequently, if the crown height is between 12-15% then you're likely to see a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. Whereas, if it's shallower than that, then you'll probably see more brilliance (white sparkle).
Whereas a crown height of 16% or more is likely to create more dispersion that is colored sparkle or fire. However, the diamond might also look dull and dark under diffused light if the crown height is too steep.
Although that may be true, diamonds with steep crown height tend to look amazing under jewelry store lighting. That's because it's a pin-fire type light source that mimics the effect of firelight. Be that as it may, we tend to live and work under diffused lighting in this modern age.
1.70:1.00 Length to Width Ratio:
This 1.60 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, pear shape diamond from Blue Nile has a 1.70:1.00 length to width ratio. As you can see, the length of the diamond is getting longer.
Under those circumstances, the overall appearance of the tear-drop outline is changing. Be that as it may, the ratio of length to width that you like is a matter of personal preference.
In other words, only you can decide what pear shape outline appeals to your personal sense of balance. At the same time, you'll want to pay attention to how light is reflecting throughout the diamond. After all, the different combinations of facet patterns are going to reflect light differently.
Unbecoming Pear Shape Diamonds:
Of course, it's good to have some examples of what to avoid when diamond shopping. With that in mind, here are some tear-drop outlines that we find unbecoming:
Of course, there is nothing wrong with the shape of these diamonds if it appeals to you. After all, the shape of a tear-drop is largely a matter of personal preference. With that in mind, you should look at the images above and decide what you like.
Clarity & Color for Pear Shape Diamonds:
As a matter of fact, pear shape diamonds are available in every combination of color and clarity. Although that may be true, there are some general guidelines that you'll want to follow. After all, I'm certain that you want your pear shape engagement ring to be stunning!
With that in mind, we recommend a minimum of SI1 clarity because it has the potential to be eye-clean. Of course, if you have really good vision, then you shouldn't go any lower than VS-2. After all, you might be able to see the inclusions in an SI1 clarity diamond if you have really sharp eyes.
This 1.05 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, pear shape diamond from James Allen is a good value. After all, there isn't really a benefit to paying for a higher clarity. That's because a VS2 clarity diamond is going to look the same as Flawless to the naked eye.
In that case, you'll want to read our tutorial on diamond clarity to determine the characteristics you prefer. As a matter of fact, this I-color diamond appears to have a hint of warmth. However, that's probably due to the lighting environment at the time the image was taken.
Of course, you might prefer a diamond that is whiter and brighter. In which case, you might want to stick with G-color or higher. Be sure to read our tutorial on the perception of diamond color for more details.
How to Propose with a Pear Shape Diamond:
Obviously, I've given you a lot to think about. With that in mind, I hope you find this tutorial helpful in your quest to find the perfect engagement ring. In which case, I hope that you will share it with your friends and recommend our services.
Of course, all of that depends on how spectacular the ring looks. To say nothing of how you decide to propose and present the ring. After all, according to this video from James Allen, when she looks at the ring, she's going to see you: