The pear diamond—also known as the teardrop—is unlike any other diamond cut. It’s called a modified brilliant cut, one that blends the Marquise and oval cuts. Its signature silhouette is instantly recognized and much beloved.
The pear does, however, have a similar faceting structure to round brilliant cuts. Because of this, it retains that coveted fire and brilliance.
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. 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.
Pear diamonds are a flattering shape, one you can set with the teardrop facing up or down. Pears also make for excellent accent stones, flanking other center diamonds in any shape.
For a traditional appearance, the ideal ratio for a pear shape diamond is between 1.45 and 1.65, however, pear shaped diamonds are cut in ratios outside of these.
The chart below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut of a pear shaped diamond.