The pear diamond cut has a long and interesting history that goes all the way back to 1458. It was first designed by a diamond polisher named Lodewyk Van Berquem in a time whereby diamonds were gaining popularity in the market.
With his contributions to the diamond industry, Berquem has gone down in history as being one of the most respected diamond polishers ever. Not only did he create the pear cut, he also introduced the idea of symmetry within a diamond and invented the polishing wheel.
As a testament to its beauty, many of the world’s famous diamonds like the Millennium Star, Star of the Season, Cullinan and The Star of South Africa were all crafted to pear cuts. Very often, people have the idea that the pear shape diamond is a cross hybrid between the oval and marquise due to the stone’s pointed and rounded edge.
And that’s true to some extent. The pear brilliant cut combines the characteristics of the round brilliant and the marquise cut to create a sparkling gemstone that resembles a teardrop. In a pear modified brilliant cut, the diamond typically has 58 facets and the ideal length and width ratio is 1.5.1.
This shape is usually preferred by women with small or average length fingers as it accentuates the length of a finger and creates an illusion of longer slender fingers. Pears have also found themselves in applications like pendants and earrings as they create stunning and elegant looks with its curvy tear-drop shape.
- Subjective observation takes precedence and the stone must appeal and speak to your heart. There are no wrong or right choices with liking a thinner looking stone or one that appears to be stubbier.
- The color of the diamond is much more noticeable near the tip as compared to the other cuts. If you want the diamond to look completely colorless after it is mounted on a white gold/platinum setting, choose color grades with G or better. For people who are going for yellow gold settings, it’s perfectly fine to go down to lower grades of colors like J or K.
- When setting the stone, you will need a 6 prong setting (a 5 prong design is also feasible). This should always include a v-shaped prong to fully secure and protect the vulnerable tip from chipping. Halo settings work fine too as long as the sharp tip is protected.
- Like the ovals, pear shaped diamonds also exhibit the bow tie effect. This loss in brilliance is usually a trade off to its unique shape as the optics is somewhat compromised as compared to a round diamond. The degree of the diamond’s bow tie is attributed to its cut and cannot be judged from the specifications in a lab report alone. This means that you need to SEE the stone visually to determine this.
Bowties are an intrinsic property of pears that might make or break the appearance of the diamond. As we progress on to the next page, you will start learning about the things you need to know about bowties…