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Pear-shaped diamonds

14 Dec 21

Pear-shaped diamonds are not new. In fact, the pear cut diamond was created in the 1400s by the famous diamond cutter Lodewyk van Berquem, who is renowned for inventing the diamond-polishing wheel that allowed every facet of a diamond to be polished symmetrically at angles that best reflected the light. It was this tool that allowed pear-shaped diamonds to exhibit superb light return and sparkle.

In this article, we will explore the following topics:

What is a pear-shaped diamond?

Pear-shaped diamonds — also known as the teardrop cut — are unique, striking diamonds that are growing in popularity around the world. It is a blend of the Marquise and oval cut diamond, with one rounded end and a point on the other, making it instantly recognisable.

Not all pear-shaped diamonds are the same, as they can vary slightly in shape. For instance, some pear shapes are more elongated, while others are shorter and stubbier. The length to width ratio of a pear-shaped diamond generally ranges from 1.5 and 2.0.

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What to avoid when buying pear-shaped diamonds

When buying a pear-shaped diamond, it is critical that you inspect it beforehand to avoid the dreaded ‘bow-tie’ effect.

Diamond cutting that reflects insufficient light into the centre of the stone results in a darker void that resembles a bow tie. Sometimes it’s barely noticeable, but in other cases, it can seriously impact the appearance and, consequently, the value of a pear-shaped diamond.

In addition, it is important to note that pear-shaped diamonds are among the diamond shapes that show colour the strongest. Avoid dropping below the near-colourless grades of G and H to ensure you pick a diamond that looks good and will sell more easily.


The importance of symmetry in pear-shaped diamonds

Symmetry is key to the overall beauty of gemstones, but it is even more important in some fancy-shaped diamonds like pear shapes. To check if a pear-shaped diamond is symmetrical, draw an imaginary line down the length of the gem and inspect both halves. The more closely they mirror each other, the better the symmetry is.

Certain types of asymmetry are considered by those in the jewellery trade to have a negative effect on the appearance of a pear-shaped diamond — and hence, the value of a pear-shaped diamond. These include:

  • High shoulders:
  • Flat wings
  • Bulged wings
  • Undefined points

Unfortunately, it can be tricky to come across a well-cut pear-shaped diamond due to its intricacy. However, they are usually cheaper than other, more traditional diamonds like the round-brilliant cut. The key to finding the right pear-shaped diamond is a keen eye for detail, a clear understanding of the 4 Cs and an expert with extensive diamond knowledge.

High-quality diamonds from BNT Diamonds

BNT Diamonds buys diamonds straight from the source to offer you the best quality diamonds at the best price. In addition, all our diamonds have passed through a renowned certification agency, such as GIA or HRD.

If you are interested in buying diamonds as a value investment, contact our expert team by email or call directly on +32 3 201 24 90.

With this article, BNT Diamonds strives to inform you thoroughly about investing in diamonds. No investment can be guaranteed to be without risk or fully according to your expectations. That is why we recommend to research the risks and aspects of investing in diamond properly to ensure that you make the right choice for your portfolio.