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The pear brilliant cut combines the characteristics of the modern round brilliant cut and the marquise cut to create a sparkling gemstone resembling a teardrop. For people who want to veer away from traditional jewelry designs, the pear shaped diamond offers a beautiful alternative to create your own fashion statement.

In a typical pear modified brilliant cut, the diamond has 58 facets and an “ideal” length-to-width ratio of 1.5:1. While pears are often used for pendants and earrings, they can also complement a variety of ring designs due to their elegant shape.

A Little Back Story About the Pear Brilliant Cut

The pear shaped diamond has a long history that goes all the way back to 1458. It was first designed by a diamond cutter named Lodewyk Van Berquem in a time where diamonds were starting to gain popularity in the market.

With his contributions made to the industry, Berquem has gone down in history as being one of the most respected diamond cutters ever. Not only did he pioneer the pear cut, he also introduced the concept of symmetry within a diamond and invented the polishing wheel.

As a testament to the pear shape’s beauty, many of today’s famous diamonds like the Millennium Star, Star of the Season, Cullinan and The Star of South Africa were all crafted to pear shapes.

Browse through 1200+ GIA graded pear shaped diamonds using 360° videos at James Allen now!

Tips for Choosing a Pear Shaped Diamond

comparing 2 pear shaped diamonds

Fatter or Thinner Pear?

Subjective observation takes precedence when you are considering the diamond’s length-to-width ratio. There are no wrong or right choices with liking a thinner looking stone or one that appears to be stubbier. Ultimately, the pear’s outline must appeal and speak to your heart.

– The color of the diamond is much more noticeable near the tip compared to other shapes. If you want the diamond to face up white after it is mounted on a white gold/platinum setting, choose a color grade with G or better. For people who intend to set the diamond in yellow gold settings, it’s perfectly fine to go down to lower color ratings like J or K.

– When setting the stone, I recommend using 6 prong setting design (a 5 prong design is also feasible). The setting should always include a v-shaped prong to fully secure and protect the vulnerable tip.

v tip prong

– Like some other fancy cut diamonds, pears can exhibit a bow tie effect. The intensity of the diamond’s bow tie is attributed to its cut and cannot be judged based on a grading report alone. This means that you need to SEE the stone visually to determine how severe the bowtie is.

On this note, bowties are an intrinsic property of the pear shape that can be a potential deal breaker. As we progress to the next page, I will show you all the things you need to know about bowties so that you will never make the mistake of buying a “bad” diamond…

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    April 16, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Hi Paul,

    I have been using your website for a few days now and have found everything a lot easier with your help. Thank you.
    I’m buying a pear shaped diamond and found one on blue nile, however they cant send me a ASET image which from what I’ve read seems important.

    So I visited enchanted diamonds after reading your material and I was wondering if you can tell me if the below diamond will be brilliant or not.

    Thank you in advance.


    EnchantedDiamonds – SKU p120-aq8b7a

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    Paul Gian-
    April 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    The ASET looks decent. You might want to get in touch with Enchanted Diamonds to see if they can get a video recorded for the stone under various lighting conditions like spot lighting and fluorescent lighting.

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    August 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Dear Paul,

    Thank you SO much for your help and advice! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I wanted to ask — is there any way you can tell the quality of light performance for an antique pear diamond? I would so appreciate your help on this. I love the chunky facets of an antique cut, and all the pears I’ve found on James Allen are modern/brilliant… I’m starting to feel a bit hopeless in finding a beautiful, chubby, faceted pear like the one below that also has good light performance.

    This is the diamond in question:

    What do you think of it? Thank you so much in advance for your help!


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    Paul Gian-
    August 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Apart from the large culet, there’s really nothing much “antique” in this particular pear diamond. The best way to determine light performance of a fancy shaped diamond is to subject them to a video recording under different lighting conditions. Offhand, I would say that this looks like a pretty diamond that’s further a further investigation.

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    April 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Hi Paul, I have been reading through your blog and it is a GREAT help! Unfortunately James Allen doesn’t have ASET images for these 2 .5 carat pear shape diamonds. My preference is a narrower pear as opposed to a wide one. Are you able to have a look at these 2 and advise which you think will have the most brilliance? We are hoping to set in a pave halo.


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    Paul Gian-
    April 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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