Pear cut diamonds are among the best options for beautiful engagement rings, but what exactly does “pear cut” mean?
This style of gemstone cut is just as it sounds – cut in the shape of a pear. You could also compare it to the shape of a water droplet. It’s made to be worn with the pointy end facing the fingernail and is one of the most classic and elegant diamond shapes around.
The finer details of a pear cut diamond
The history of pear cuts dates back to the mid-1400s, where many attribute the design to Flemish man Lodewyck (Louis) van Berquem.
Ideally, a pear cut should be as close to symmetrical as possible and have 58 facets. One of the most important factors to consider in a pear shaped diamond is the ratio – that is, its width and height. Most experts agree the perfect ratio is anywhere from 1.4 to 1.75, which gives the diamond a sleek shape without being too short and stubby or too long and stretched.
As with marquis- and oval-cut diamonds, pear cuts require a high rating for one of the important Cs – colour. This is because these diamonds show colour quite strongly, so lower grade diamonds (anything below an H) may have a yellow tinge to them. This is especially true if the band you choose is silver-toned, such as white gold or platinum. For a colourless, bright white shine, aim for a diamond grade closer to the D (highest) end of the scale.
Another important thing to consider is protecting the point. This is the weakest part of the diamond (even though diamonds are the hardest material there is), so a covered point – or a prong – is the best way to ensure the safety of the stone.
Why is the pear cut diamond so popular?
Famously worn by Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor as a necklace and Katherine Heigl as a dazzling engagement ring, this cut looks incredible on any finger.
Due to its curvy shape, the diamond cut engagement ring is known for making fingers look longer and slimmer. Take a look at the different options in terms of the ratio to see how effective this little optical illusion really is!
While they are not the most popular engagement ring worn today, a good pear cut diamond is so sought after simply because of how rare they are. It must have a high-grade colour with an attractive ratio (cut) as well as a good carat and clarity. This makes them all the more rare, and therefore, all the more desirable.
And of course, the tear-shape diamond is simply stunning. There’s something very appealing about the soft curve of the diamond that comes to a point in a constellation of sparkling facets. This design showcases the best qualities of a good diamond, making it an unforgettable and unique choice for your engagement ring.