How to Buy a Pear-Shaped Diamond
The pear shaped diamond, also known as a teardrop, has the ultimate elegance. Wear it with the point out to elongate the finger, or point in for a more modern and less common approach.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing a pear shaped diamond, and at True, we ultimately believe that the appearance of your rock is more important than any industry dictated ratios. Often what makes a pear shaped diamond attractive is more personal taste than any specific characteristics that are a rule of thumb, which in itself is an apt story for the uniqueness of your love and the beauty of an engagement ring.
Ultimately, our guiding tips will help you identify what aspects of a pear shaped diamond will offer the best sparkle, brilliance and fire, as the cut on the pear shaped diamond was designed specifically for that.
- Symmetry: Make sure the diamond is symmetrical from the top view. If you were to draw a line lengthwise from the point through to the center of the rounded end, you would want the outside shape and the facets to be identical mirror images of one another. Likewise, you want to make sure the cutlet, or the pointed bottom of the diamond is in the middle of the stone, right on that imaginary line, equidistant from each of the sides. This symmetry is the best way to allow the facets to reflect the light for your ultimate brilliance.
- Table: Make sure the table - the flat top of the diamond - is centered on your pear shaped diamond. A poorly placed off-center table facet will make the pear shaped diamond look less attractive and limit its maximum fire and brilliance. Use your line of symmetry from tip #1 to measure a centered table.
- Bow Tie and Ratio: In choosing a length-to-width ratio for your pear-shaped diamond, there is no right or wrong. Many diamond experts prefer a 1.50:1 or 1.75:1 ratio, however they must agree that it is ultimately a choice for personal taste and will not impact the grading of a diamond. That said, both length and width will impact the "bow tie" on a diamond. Many diamonds with elongated shapes such as oval or pear shaped show a dark pattern that resembles a bow-tie across the middle of the stone. On a well-cut pear shaped diamond, you should see almost no bow tie from a face-up appearance. While you may not be able to avoid this contrast completely, be sure to check out your diamond in various lighting conditions to ensure the 'bow tie' is subtle enough for your taste.
- Colour: Like many other fancy shapes, such as marquise, a pear shaped diamond holds more colour. As such, have a look at the diamond from the top view to examine it and try to choose one a little higher on the GIA colour scale (if you have budget for it).
- Protect the Point: The pointed tip of the pear shaped diamond is a vulnerable one. Yes, diamonds are strong but many diamond setting experts recommend a v-prong on the end to protect it. While this is not necessary, it is a consideration that we always mention at True.
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