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Pear Shaped Diamond Guide

Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have captured the hearts of jewelry enthusiasts and engaged couples alike with their distinct blend of elegance and uniqueness. This exquisite diamond cut combines the best elements of both the round brilliant and marquise cuts, resulting in a captivating and versatile gem that sparkles with individuality. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of pear-shaped diamonds, examining their history, characteristics, pros, cons, and popular setting styles. 

What is a pear shaped diamond?

The pear cut diamond—also known as the teardrop or pendeloque cut—is unlike any other diamond cut. It’s called a modified brilliant cut, one that blends the Marquise and oval cuts with one rounded end and a point on the other. Its signature silhouette is instantly recognised and much beloved.

The hallmark of pear shaped diamonds is their distinctive silhouette—a rounded end gradually tapering to a delicate point. Achieving an ideal length-to-width ratio, typically between 1.50 and 1.75, is essential for creating a balanced and visually appealing shape. The cut should feature a minimum of 58 facets to maximize brilliance and sparkle by interacting with light.

The history of the pear shaped diamond dates back centuries, with roots in the 15th century. The cut’s creation is attributed to Flemish diamond polisher Lodewyk van Berquem, who invented a way to polish facets onto the pointed end of the stone. Over time, jewelers refined the cut, resulting in the elegant teardrop shape we know today. Pear-shaped diamonds gained renewed popularity in recent years, largely due to celebrity endorsements and their ability to capture a unique sense of elegance.

The 4 Cs

Colour, clarity, cut and carat weight, known as the 4 Cs, is the universal diamond grading method for assessing the quality of diamonds worldwide. This classification scale was created by the Gemological Institute of America which ensures a standardised scale across the diamond industry when comparing stones.


Diamond colour determines the level of colour present in the diamond, or in fact, the absence of colour in a diamond. Grades D-F are colourless and icy white and carry the highest price point. Grades G-J are nearly colourless, which means that the diamonds will exhibit an indistinguishable tint of yellow or brown.

The colour grade system goes all the way to Z, however for the bright appearance synonymous with diamonds, we recommend colours J and above.


When they’re forming deep in the earth, diamonds develop natural birthmarks on their surface and internally. These are often referred to as clarity characteristics of inclusions–slight irregularities that are visible under 10x magnification.

Depending on the size, number, placement or colour of these characteristics, they may or may not be visible to the naked eye. 99% of diamonds are not graded as flawless and most diamond experts value these inclusions as a mark of character, much like the veining present in marble, or a grain pattern features in a piece of wood furniture.


A diamond’s cut refers to the balance of proportions achieved by a diamond cutter–how the facets of the diamond interact with the light. A cut grade is given only to a round diamond since it’s the most sought-after diamond shape.

Carat Weight

Historically, diamonds were weighed using carobs, beans with seeds inside them, which were identical in size. This was ideal for traders to use when weighing gemstones and it’s likely that today’s term carat derived from ‘carob’.

Carat is often confused with the size of a diamond, but it’s actually a unit that measures weight. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams. Larger diamonds are more rare, so the heavier the diamond, the higher the price. Choosing the right diamond isn’t just based on one factor but a combination of all 4 Cs. When choosing a diamond, focus on the quality that’s most important to you, then work to balance the remaining three.

We’re often asked questions like “what does a one carat diamond look like?” or “which diamond shape looks biggest?” Now you can play around for yourself…

pear shaped diamond ratio

What cut ratio is best for pear diamonds?

While pear cut diamonds don’t have an official cut grade, the chart below serves as a general guide to use when considering the cut of a pear shape diamond.

Ratio is pear cut diamonds is down to personal preference and style. A narrow, elongated pear shape is achieved with a higher ratio, while a more rounded, wider pear is achieved with a lower ratio. The choice really is yours.

While pear cut diamonds don’t have an official cut grade, the chart below offers general guidelines to follow when considering the cut of a pear cut diamond.

As a rule of thumb, pear diamonds should possess excellent or very good symmetry to ensure that the tip of the pear lines up with the middle of the rounded end.

 ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
Table %53-6352
Depth %58-6256-57.9
GirdleVery Thin - Slightly ThickVery Thin - Slightly ThickVery Thin - ThickVery Thin - Very ThickEx. Thin - Ex. Thick
CuletNoneVery SmallSmallMediumMedium
L/W Ratio1.45-1.551.40-1.44

What colour grade is best for pear diamonds?

What colour grade is best for pear diamonds?

Evaluating colour in pear cut diamonds is dependent on the preference of its buyer or wearer–customers may prefer the warmer tones of colour grades G-H to the icy cool tones of colour grades D-F.

The truth is, the difference between these two colour grade ranges is difficult to perceive, especially to the naked eye. However, colour is often more visible towards the tip of the pear shape itself. To ensure an even tone throughout the stone, we recommend a H colour grade or above.

 ExcellentVery GoodGood

What clarity is best for pear diamonds?

Like with most diamond shapes, clarity in pear cut diamonds is dependent on personal preference.

Some people may be entirely comfortable with a diamond that features clarity characteristics that aren’t visible to the naked eye, while others may insist on a technically flawless appearance for absolute perfection.

Below is a guide that will help you when considering clarity in pear shape diamonds.

 ExcellentVery GoodGood

What should I consider when buying a pear cut diamond?

Some pear shaped diamonds may have a bow-tie effect, which occurs when light doesn’t bounce into the middle of the diamond, because of the way the diamond is cut. This appears as a bow-tie shape darkness visible in the centre of the diamond.

While most agree that this is part of a pear diamond’s beauty, a severe effect is undesirable. All of our diamonds are hand-inspected to ensure they do not possess a strongly visible bow-tie effect.

The video below displays a pear shaped diamond with a severe bow tie effect.

Symmetry is very important when choosing any fancy-shaped diamond like the pear. To ensure the beautiful soft curves are even and the point is centred, choose a symmetry grade of Excellent (EX) or Very Good (VG).

David Macdonald, Diamond Buyer

How to choose the best pear-shaped diamond?

Similarly to oval shape diamonds, some pear shaped diamonds may exhibit a bow-tie effect. This occurs when light doesn’t bounce into the middle of the diamond because of the way it has been cut and appears as a visible bow-tie shape darkness in the diamond’s centre.

While most agree that this is part of a pear diamond’s beauty, a severe effect is undesirable. All of our diamonds are hand-inspected to ensure they do not possess a strongly visible bow-tie effect.

Why choose a pear shaped diamond?

The elongated silhouette of the pear shape can visually elongate the finger, creating an elegant and slenderizing effect. This characteristic can be particularly flattering on various hand shapes and sizes. The curves of the pear shape add a touch of softness and femininity to the hand.

Another appealing aspects of the pear shape is its versatile orientation. You can choose to have the pointed end facing either towards or away from the wrist, allowing for personalisation and variation in the ring’s appearance.

Opting for a less conventional diamond shape such as the pear can mirror a couple’s aspiration to embrace their uniqueness and distinctive love story, setting their relationship apart from more customary choices.

The pear shape’s versatility creates the illusion of a larger size compared to other diamond cuts of equivalent carat weight.

Pear vs teardrop cut

“Pear” and “teardrop” are often used interchangeably to describe a specific diamond shape, but there are subtle nuances between the two terms that can be explored. Both diamond shapes share a similar outline, with a rounded end tapering into a point, resembling a drop of water or a tear. However, there can be nuances in their proportions and usage.

The term “pear shaped diamond” is widely used to describe a diamond with a rounded end on one side and a tapering, pointed end on the other. The shape resembles that of a pear fruit, hence the name. The rounded end is typically worn facing up towards the wearer’s hand.  

The term “teardrop diamond” emphasises the resemblance to a tear or droplet, which is where the “teardrop” name comes from. “Teardrop” often carries a more emotional connotation, connecting the shape to sentiments and symbolism. Teardrop diamonds can refer to a broader category that includes both pear-shaped diamonds and briolette-cut diamonds. Briolette-cut diamonds are a subset of teardrop diamonds and are characterised by multiple triangular facets that create a unique and brilliant appearance. 

How to wear a pear shaped ring

Embracing the allure of a pear shaped ring opens up a world of styling possibilities. These exquisite gems feature a distinctive teardrop form, with one end gracefully tapered and the other softly curved. The question often arises: which orientation best showcases their beauty? Ultimately, the choice lies with what feels most appealing and comfortable to you.

Freedom in Choice: Adapting the Pear Ring to Your Style
Indeed, the choice is yours when it comes to wearing a pear shaped ring. The adaptable nature of these gems allows for both upward and downward positioning, even extending to a horizontal alignment. Factors like the ring setting play a role: classic solitaire settings typically feature the tapered end facing up, while innovative designs like The Signature V position it pointing downward. Nevertheless, most settings can be embraced in multiple orientations, radiating elegance all the same.

Exploring Modern Twists: Horizontal Placement of the Pear Ring
For those with contemporary inclinations, certain settings like The Signature East-West position the pear diamond horizontally. This orientation caters to those who seek a non-traditional engagement ring style, embracing a chic and unconventional aesthetic.

Pear shaped engagement rings

Pear shaped engagement rings are a captivating choice that seamlessly marries timeless elegance with contemporary flair. The unique silhouette, resembling a teardrop, exudes a romantic and sophisticated aura. Whether adorned with a halo, set as a solitaire, placed in a three-stone setting, or infused with vintage charm, pear-shaped rings offer versatile options to suit diverse preferences.

A halo setting enhances the center pear diamond with a delicate circle of smaller stones, amplifying its sparkle and making it a dazzling focal point. A solitaire pear ring boasts minimalist elegance, allowing the diamond’s graceful form to shine without distractions. For those seeking symbolic representation, a three-stone setting can incorporate the pear diamond alongside two other stones, signifying past, present, and future.

Pear shaped rings also blend seamlessly with various metals, such as rose gold and platinum. The warm hues of rose gold infuse the ring with a romantic blush, while platinum provides a luxurious and enduring backdrop.

For a touch of vintage allure, intricate detailing and milgrain accents can be added to the band or setting. The elongated silhouette of the pear shape is particularly well-suited to vintage-inspired designs, channeling the glamour of eras gone by.

Ultimately, pear shaped engagement rings offer a canvas for personal expression. Whether modern or classic, these rings capture hearts with their striking profile, and their choice of settings and metals further allows couples to craft a piece as unique as their love story.

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