The pear shape combines round brilliant and marquise-cut styles to form a tapered teardrop with an extraordinary display of light. Like oval and marquise diamonds, the flattering pear shape elongates the finger—especially when worn with the point facing the nail.
Anania pear-shaped diamonds showcase exacting symmetry and are exceptionally beautiful in halo settings.
The pear shaped diamond has a history that goes all the way back to 1458. It was first designed by a diamond cutter named Lodewyk Van Berquem in an era when diamonds were starting to gain popularity in the market.
As a testament to the pear shape’s appeal, many famous diamonds like the Millennium Star, Star of the Season, Cullinan and The Star of South Africa are all pear cut diamonds!
In a pear brilliant cut, the diamond usually consists of 56 facets although this may vary depending on the type of facet patterning it has. Due to their elongated outlines, pear cuts tend to look larger for their carat weight compared to a round diamond.
Evaluating the colour of pear diamonds is subjective. Keep in mind that many buyers may actually prefer the ever so slightly warmer colours of a G-H diamond over the cool colourlessness of a D-F diamond.
In fact, most of the premium in price associated with pear shaped diamonds at the higher end of the colour scale is driven by supply and demand; customers want the D-F colour grades and are willing to pay a premium to get them.
In a world without diamond colour grading, the price premium for higher grades would be much lower, as the actual differences in colour are difficult to perceive.
However, like colour, evaluating clarity in pear diamonds is subjective. Lab entities provide excellent help with their clarity grades. Still, it is important to understand that each customer will have a unique standard for clarity.
Some may be perfectly comfortable with an inclusion as long as they cannot easily see it. Others may insist on a more technically flawless appearance. The clarity chart below provides a general guide for evaluating clarity in pear shaped diamonds.