The Ups and Downs of Pear Cut Diamonds

   Like diamonds but think they’re too typical? Try the pear cut. Pear cut diamonds, like the fruit, has a small top area while the bottom of it is much larger. It is round and pointed, which gives only a small touch of tradition to a unique piece of jewelry. A pear cut diamond engagement ring may be ideal for you, but as lovely as they are, they aren’t for everyone.

What is a pear cut diamond?

   It’s shaped like the bottom-heavy fruit and is also called a teardrop cut because of its pointed tip. It bears some semblance to both round brilliant and marquise cuts and has been around for centuries. The shape first appeared on the market in 1458, thanks to a man named Lodewyk Van Berquem. Despite its pretty shape, the pear cut was unpopular due to the high amount of cutting it required. Diamond cutting always involves some diamond scraps, but the pear cut produced a high amount of scraps, which meant throwing away the most diamond. Raymond Lee Jewelers suggests that the length to width ratio of a pear cut should measure at around 1.4-1.7. When the width goes over 1.75, the diamond appears smaller, which could make for a less glamorous ring or other piece of jewelry.

Pear Cut Diamond Pros and Cons

   Pros

   They’re pretty, they’re unique, and both those attributes will make your jewelry stick out. The International Gem Society (IGS) states that pear diamond face up an average of eight percent more than round ones and can be thirty percent cheaper. Genesis Diamonds lists the pear cut as one of the most affordable diamond shapes and estimates them at about fifteen hundred dollars less than round cuts. That ring money that could be spent on your honeymoon or shared home. Pear cut diamonds are a lovely gem cut, but this low price comes at the cost of durability and quality. 

   Cons

   The IGS likes pear cut diamond earrings, rings, and necklaces, but they never say that they’re perfect. A disadvantage is that the skinny tip of the pear stone can chip easily. To avoid breaking, make sure that there are no inclusions (ex. sand, air bubbles, etc.) in the stone. Weddingbands.org also advises to get a ring with a “chevron-shaped prong at the diamond’s point” to protect the gem even further. They also say that pear diamonds have a champagne color, which may be unappealing to some wearers. As we’ve said before, when you shop for any type of jewel, refer to the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) four C’s (color, clarity, cut, and carat).

   Pear cut diamonds are a delightfully uncommon cut that will make any diamond ring, earring, necklace, or bracelet look luxurious. Pear stones have all the classiness of a diamond but none of the normality of a round cut. When you shop around for the perfect pear cut engagement ring, anniversary necklace, or some treat-yourself piece, be sure to keep an eye out for quality and abide by the GIA’s four C’s.

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