It’s graceful. It’s unique. It looks great on an engagement ring! It’s the pear cut diamond. Beautifully tapered, this kind of diamond sure is a head-turner. Shaped to resemble a glistening tear drop, the pear cut diamond can best be defined as a combination of marquise and round cut diamonds.
If you’re considering purchasing one, you’ll need to look for a couple of factors. For starters, a pear cut diamond ought to have gently rounded shoulders and wings. These wings should be beautifully arched and not very flat. Needless to say, you should also watch out for symmetry. If the diamond has uneven shoulders or wings, it’ll take away from the diamond’s beauty.
A Brief History
It’s interesting to note that the pear cut diamond goes back to the 1400s — 1458, to be precise. It was actually created by an individual named Lodewyk van Berquem. This was the very same man who came up with the notion that diamonds ought to be symmetrical and cut in a certain way, so as to make them truly shine.
When it was first introduced, this particular shape was not very popular. But, as with many things, with time, the pear cut diamond became all the rage. Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Heigl have all sported these beauties on their fingers or around their necks at some point in their lives!
Evaluating the Pear cut diamond
As with other types of fancy cut diamonds, the GIA doesn’t grade these diamonds on the basis of their cut. So, if other stores or digital platforms elaborates on the pear shaped diamond’s cut grade, know that they’re grading it basis the various specs of the stone. And so, it’s always better to do a thorough self-check or get it verified from somebody you trust.
Pear cut diamonds that are smaller in size will always hide their colour better. Pear shaped diamonds that are bigger or larger in size, tend to reveal colour easier. We recommend picking diamonds that fall between the D-F colour grade. You could also pick between G, H or even I colour grades.
As with colour, the clarity of a pear cut diamond too, depends on its size. Smaller ones conceal their flaws better than larger stones. Moreover, such diamonds are a mix of the round and marquise cuts, so they tend to hide any flaws pretty well. Clarity is also a personal choice here. You may or may not be okay with inclusions and you may or may not insist on diamonds with a flawless appearance. It’s okay to ask your jeweller whether the stone you’re about to buy is ‘eye-clean’.
Uniglo Diamonds promises an assortment of diamonds in every one of these shapes.