Pear Cut Diamond

Pear is not just a fruit, it is also the name of a diamond cut and the very name ‘pear’ is enough to evoke the shape of the diamond we are talking about. Exemplifying further on the shape, the image of a ‘teardrop’ also has much in common. So it goes without saying that the pear cut diamond is also referred to as the ‘teardrop diamond’. A perfect amalgamation of round-brilliant and marquise, the pear cut diamond is a fiery combination with amazing flash and sparkle. It can be rightly termed as a modified version of the round brilliant cut. The round end on one side and a pointed end on the other gives it a feminine touch which, along with the very shape renders an elongated look to the wearer’s fingers.

As a modified version of the round brilliant cut, the pear shaped diamond has 58 facets. A classic pear shaped diamonds have length to width ratio of 1.40-1.70 however, the preference varies from one person to another. Normally a narrow pear shaped diamond is opted for dangle earring and a wider pear shaped diamond may be opted for a solitaire ring.During the setting of a pear shaped diamond, there should always be a prong at the point. Since the point of a pear cut diamond is near the outer edge of a rough stone, flaws and inclusions may in all probability be located there making it the most susceptible location for chipping. Covering this point with a prong will not only render support to the stone, but will also hide the flaws present when the setting is done.

There are basically two issues associated with a pear shaped diamond: the bow-tie effect and the ‘high’ or ‘uneven’ shoulders. The pear shaped diamond has some degree of the bow-tie effect which varies from near invisible to severe. It is not unusual to come across some bow tie effect in a pear shaped diamond, but you will surely not want a dark dull bow-tie effect on it. Hence, it is necessary to have your diamond visually inspected first before you go on to purchase it. The second issue of ‘uneven shoulders’ refers to the uneven rounded arc of the non-pointed end. If one side of the rounded edge is sloped more than the other, the diamond value is automatically decreased. The rounded edge of the pear shaped diamond should be even.

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History of Pear Cut Diamond

The credit for the creation of the pear shaped diamond goes to the Flemish polisher, Lodewyk (Louis) van Berquem of Brugge, Belgium. It was he who introduced the first pear cut diamond which later went on to become so popular due to their timeless elegance and beauty.

 

CUT GUIDE:

Following is the GIA evaluation of the CUT of a pear shape diamond. GIA takes into consideration the below mentioned and several other factors while assessing a cut grade.


Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Table % 53 - 63 52
or
64 - 65 
51
or
66 - 68
50
or
69 - 70
< 50
or
> 70
Depth % 58 - 62 56 - 57.9
or
62.1 - 66 
53 - 55.9
or
66.1 - 71
50 - 52.9
or
71.1 - 74
< 50
or
> 74
Girdle Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick 
Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick
Very Thin
to
Thick 
Very Thin
to
Very Thick
Ex. Thin
to
Ex. Thick
Culet None
Very Small
Small
Medium 
> Medium
L/W Ratio
1.45 - 1.55
1.40 - 1.44
or
1.56 - 1.65
1.35 - 1.39
or
1.66 - 1.80
1.25 - 1.34
or
1.81 - 2.00
> 1.25
or
< 2.00

Color and Clarity

The evaluation of color and clarity is in every sense subjective. Though GIA provides the most accurate guide to color and clarity, yet it is important to personally inspect a diamond to make a choice. Some may be fine with a small inclusion as long as they are not visible, while there are others who may wish to go for a perfectly flawless one. The preferences vary from one person to another and the only way to make the most perfect choice is to take a closer look at it in a diamond store.

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