Pear-Shaped Diamonds

What everyone should know about pear cut diamonds, and how to buy the best ones

A pear-shaped diamond is a brilliant combination of both round and marquise diamond structures. It is a unique shape with a graceful curve at one end, and a tapered pointed tip at another end. It is one of the most commonly sought diamond shapes for engagement rings. However, it is the trickiest shape to buy. 

Those who are planning to buy a pear-shaped diamond for their loved ones, it is crucial to understand the anatomy of a pear-shaped diamond and the factors you should consider when buying it.

Anatomy of a pear-shaped diamond

pear-shaped diamond anatomy
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With the shape of a teardrop, a pear-shaped diamond is not horizontally symmetrical. It has five regions – the head, the shoulders, the belly, the wings, and the point. The head of a pear-shaped diamond should perfectly line up to the pointed tip, and the curves or shoulders on the left and right sides should be uniform.

The length-to-width ratio of this diamond shape is 1.40-1.70. However this can differ due to the personal choice of the owner. For instance, if you are looking for dangling earrings, then buying the narrow pear-shaped diamonds will be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you want a diamond for an engagement ring, then the wider shape is the right option.

What factors you should consider when buying a pear-shaped diamond?

Diamond cut

The elegance and sparkle of a pear-shaped diamond comes from the quality of its cut. A diamond with a poor cut quality will have dark bow-ties and sparkle less. Hence, it is crucial to pay close attention to the diamond cut.

GIA does not grade diamonds for the cut. So, if you are buying a pear shape diamond from a seller, and they are claiming that it is a GIA certified diamond, you may be being scammed. It is crucial to verify the cut quality on your own. For this, you need to know the following parameters and their meaning: 

Check out the table below to know more about the pear-shaped diamond cut factors.

 Ideal CutExcellent CutAverage Cut
Table %53-6252 or 64-6651 or 67-68
Depth %57.5-62.055.5-57.4 or 62.1-65.053.0-55.4 or 65.1-70.0
GirdleThin to slightly thickThin to thickVery thin to thick
CuletNoneVery smallSmall
L/W ratio1.45-1.601.40-1.44 or 1.61-1.75Under 1.39 or over 1.76
OutlinePleasingSquarish bottom or bottom too steeply curvedLeft Does not mirror right
BowtieNo dark bowtieSlightly dark bowtieDark bowtie

Colour of the diamonds

A pear-shaped diamond shows more colour than other shapes, especially at the tip. As with other diamonds, large stones show colour easily, whereas smaller ones can hide the colour better. For a snow-white diamond, you should look for diamonds, ranging from D-F colour range. On the other hand, those who want to invest in a diamond that comes with a special hue, should choose a diamond within a range of G-H or above.

Perceiving and tracing out the difference in the colour of the diamonds is considered to be a tough job. So, here is the colour chart that may help you to decide which diamond colour is ideal for you, based on its carat weight.

Carat WeightNo visible colourSlight TintWarmer colour
<0.5D-JK-LM-Z
0.5-1.0D-HI-JK-Z
1.0-1.5D-HIJ-Z
1.5+D-GH-IJ+

Where to Pear shaped diamond and why?

A question that comes to mind of all our customers is where to buy a great pear-shaped diamond. No doubt there are several sellers are available in the market, but Argyle Diamond Investments Pty Ltd is the best choice to help you with your diamond purchase. Choosing Argyle Diamond Investment Pty Ltd over the other retailers can make a huge difference because: 

So – what are you more waiting for? Get a unique pear-shaped diamond ring from our store and make your special day more memorable, or make a sound investment. Get in contact with our experienced team today!