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Pear Diamonds


The plump bottom and contrasting pointy tip of the Pear Shaped diamond lends a whimsical feeling and a tasteful and artistic expression to those who wear this fancy cut.

Much like its sister gems, the Marquise and the Oval, the Pear is another adaptation of the Round Brilliant cut. Its shape is an accumulation of the sister gems, a rounded bottom with a tapered top. Other names for this refined stone include “teardrop” and “pendulous.” This brilliant cut stone typically holds 58 facets and casts nearly the same sparkle as Round diamond shapes.

The precise, perfect outline for a Pear Shape is difficult to determine. Because of the great variability of shapes with Pears, it is difficult to sort and match pairs, sets, and configuration layouts of pear shapes. This is an important factor and expense because the Pear Shape cut lends itself beautifully to multiple stone usages in earrings and pendants. As they are not the most common diamond to run across, there is tremendous variation in shapes and sizes of naturally occurring rough stones. Many roughs are already slightly teardrop shaped, lending them appropriate for cutting to a Pear. Other rough stones are selected because too much weight would be lost on any other selection and the most obvious result of cutting would be a Pear, where the round bottom could hold the extra carat size. The end result of a well proportioned Pear cut is exquisite. The placement of the facets represents a great deal of difficulty. To achieve the round end and the pointed top, the gem must maintain balance throughout. This is not an easy trick. Possessing a quality selected Pear Shaped diamond is an expression of good taste and understanding of the fine diamond cutter craft.

Ideal Pears should have identical symmetry on both sides of the fat end, and while the point should be sharp, it should also be protected. Badly proportioned pears will look worse than correspondingly badly proportioned round stones. Also black markings or the “bow-tie” effect can be present, as in all shapes that are a distortion of an ideal round. Faults in the Pear stand out easily, however.

Generally sold as solitaires, this elongated stone enhances the length of the finger when the point is worn towards the finger’s nail. Six prongs are preferred to hold a Pear, although as few as three are used. The solid quality characteristics of this diamond are unparalleled. With an ability to support heftier carat weights and with its unusual and romantic drop, the Pear is a classic selection for a fun and still elegant gem.