If you have already heard that diamonds are the best friends of every stylish lady, that is totally true. Luckily, these precious gems can be curved in many attractive and authentic shapes, and each of them is made to suit different styles and tastes.
Remember that every diamond shape speaks its own story and it is up to you to choose which one you want to make it your favorite. From traditional cuts to eccentric ones, options are limitless. Apart from pleasing various jewelry styles and preferences, diamond cuts have one more crucial function – to highlight the best features of the stone.
In this article, we will put all of our attention to one of the most talked-about diamonds recently – the pear-shaped diamond.
Known as the ‘teardrop diamond’, the gem in pear shape is a magnificent alternative to the classic princess-cut diamond, including the round-brilliant diamond too. In other words, this type of diamond shape promotes a glorious centerpiece to any ring, especially when it comes to engagement rings.
Pear-shaped gemstones come with gracious curves that can promote only sophisticated and ultra-feminine pieces of jewelry. Sparkling in endless finesse and top-notch style, precious stones in pear cut go flawlessly well with solitaire rings as well as with halo rings. It is said in jewelry that these gems are the perfect adornment for ladies with small and slender hands, as this shape provides the fingers with a more elongated look.
THE UNIQUE PROPERTIES
The pear shape is a one-of-a-kind, hybrid diamond shape that in most of the cases features 58 facets, while its pavilion facets can come in a number ranging from four to eight. In fact, the exact number of facets depends on how the underside of the gem is cut.
To get a clearer perspective of the symmetry of the perfect pear-shaped diamond, take a look at the following proportions:
- The ideal length-to-width ratio of the pear cut ranges from 1.50 to 1.75
- Pear-shaped diamonds with a ratio of less than 1.50 have the so-called ‘chubby appearance’, also called ‘short and wide’ teardrops.
- Pear-shaped diamonds with a ratio of more than 1.75 have the so-called ‘skinny appearance’, also called ‘thin and long’ teardrops.
Many are the reasons why a lady should not hesitate to go for a jewel in pear cut. Take a look at the following benefits.
- Gemstsones sculpted into the form of a pear, when cut with the most out of finesse and expertise, come with extraordinary grades of fire and brilliance – even greater than many of the fancy diamond cuts. And it is all thanks to this alluring diamond form that is overflowing with sparkle and flash all the way around, thus being one of the most laudable and sought-after cuts of the present day.
- Pear-shaped diamonds have the ‘secret power’ to fit an array of diamond settings. On the top of the list we are going to put the solitaire, the three-stone and the halo style. Simply said, gems in pear cut are nothing, but a versatile jewelry option that looks fabulous and absolutely fantastic in any of the aforementioned settings.
- Jewelry pieces accentuated with pear-shaped diamonds offer the possibility to be worn either away from the wrist or pointed towards the wrist. The particular choice is just a matter of personal preference.
- Pear-shaped diamonds are the ideal alternative for ladies with a non-traditional style, as they do the perfect job in making a striking and unforgettable statement.
- Thanks to the favorable number of facets, diamonds carved in the arresting pear shape do not require the same degree of clarity as other cuts do, like the emerald cut, for example.
Normally, every cut has its own flaws and so does the diamond in pear cut. And here there are.
- The most common disadvantage of pear-shaped diamonds is the so-called bow-tie effect that is prone to showcasing tints of color in the stone. To better understand, the consequence of the bow-tie effect is a small shadow that looks like a bow tie appearing on the upper part of the lobe of the pear. Stones cut in a quality and professional way have a little risk of being ‘attacked’ by this undesirable effect. On the other hand, pear stones with poor cut are prone to display the bow-tie effect in an especially noticeable way.
- Since the pear cut will visualize any existing tints of color on the diamond gem, interested buyers of pear-cut jewelry are recommended to look for diamonds with excellent grades of color.
THE IDEAL SETTINGS
We have already mentioned that precious stones in pear cut dispose with impressive levels of fire and brilliance, so there is no better way to keep up the sparkling spirit than to put a pear-cut diamond in a well-designed prong setting. This is the very best setting that will allow a great quantity of light to reach and to refract within the diamond. Also, the point of the diamond is the most fragile part of the gem, so it is crucial that this particular area is protected by a solid prong.
To ensure the minimal security, you need to look after a pear-shaped diamond secured with at least two prongs. For maximum security, a six-prong diamond in pear cut is the right way to go.
Unfortunately, this cut comes at a significantly higher price tag than many other stylish and modern cuts. Current jewelry reports are showing that the pear shape is the second most costly diamond shape, in cases when all of the diamond’s features (carat weight, cut quality, color and clarity) are equal. The major reason for this ‘expensiveness’ is the complexity and intricacy of the cutting process.
Written by: Liljana Tomova