What is a pear cut diamond?

Pear cut diamonds, also sometimes known as teardrop diamonds, have been popular for centuries. Combining elements of both round and marquise cuts, this diamond shape exudes sophistication and elegance. In this guide, we get into the characteristics of pear cut diamonds, their advantages, their possible disadvantages, and the ring styles that best complement their beauty. 

What defines a pear cut diamond? 

A pear cut diamond is a hybrid cut, combining the brilliance of a round cut with the elongated elegance of a marquise cut, with results in a teardrop shape. With 58 facets, it offers amazing sparkle. The pear cut is often worn with the pointed end facing the wearer’s hand, which creates a slimming effect on the finger. 

Pros of pear cut diamonds 

Discover the advantages of opting for a pear cut diamond

  • Unique: As it is not one of the most common diamond cuts, the pear cut’s shape sets it apart from some other more traditional cuts, offering a unique choice to those looking for something a little ‘different’. 
  • Elongates the finger: The tapered point of the pear cut creates an elongating effect on the finger, making it very flattering on the hand. 
  • Offers brilliance: With its 58 facets, the pear cut delivers exceptional brilliance and fire, even rivalling the sparkliest cut – the round brilliant diamond. 
  • Appears larger: Due to its elongated shape, a pear cut diamond can actually appear to be a larger carat weight than it is, making it good value for money. 

Cons of pear cut diamonds 

There aren’t many cons when it comes to pear cut diamonds, but here are some things to consider: 

  • Prone to chipping: There’s a possibility that, if not set properly, the elongated end of the pear may be more prone to chipping. This is why choosing an optimal setting for your stone is incredibly important. 
  • Bow-tie effect: Like other elongated cuts, the pear cut can exhibit a bow-tie effect, a dark area across the width of the diamond, which can affect its aesthetic and its value. This is why buying from a jeweller who deals with well-cut diamonds is key. 
  • Requires careful proportions: Achieving the perfect balance and symmetry in a pear cut diamond is crucial, as any disproportion can affect its overall appearance – again, this is why buying from a reputable jeweller is very important. 

Best ring styles for pear cut diamonds 

  • Halo setting: A halo of smaller diamonds enhances the pear cut’s size and brilliance. 
  • Solitaire setting: The simplicity of a solitaire setting allows the unique shape of the pear cut diamond to shine, which gives a timeless look. 
  • Three-stone setting: Flanking the pear cut diamond with side stones adds depth and balance to the asymmetrical stone. 

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