- Setting: A prong setting should always be used at the point of a pear-cut diamond to avoid chipping. Additionally, the pointed end of a pear-cut diamond is the most likely area of the diamond to contain inclusions, as it was once the outer edge of the rough diamond. A prong setting at the point will help to detract from any inclusions once the diamond is set.
Bow-Tie Effect: Because of their shape, pear-cut diamonds may often show a “Bow-Tie Effect”, or a dark pattern through the center of the diamond that detracts from its brilliance. Insist on examining a variety of pear-shaped diamonds under several different lighting conditions to determine the presence or severity of a bow-tie prior to purchase.
Is a Pear-Cut Diamond Right for Me?
Pear-cut diamonds feature an exquisite brilliance and a unique shape. Those who march to the beat of their own drum tend to appreciate the pear shape as it has a startling and unique look. Similar to a marquise-cut or oval-cut diamond, the pear-cut’s shape also complements small, slender hands well as it helps to elongate the fingers and hands.
The pear shape is exceptionally versatile. Pear-cut diamonds look stunning as a solitaire ring and also suit a setting with side stones beautifully . Traditionally, the shape is worn with the pointed end towards the wearer’s wrist. But, now, it is more and more common to see the pear-cut worn away from the wrist or even laterally for a truly one-in-a-million look. A pear-cut diamond is the ideal choice for those who appreciate timeless elegance with a touch of contemporary uniqueness.
Grading System of Zales Pear-Cut Diamonds
At Zales, we trust the experts at GL Laboratories (GSL) to grade our diamonds.
GSL, incorporated in 1985, is an independent laboratory that provides professional and unbiased diamond grading services. The laboratory studies every diamond under carefully controlled lighting and viewing conditions.
Professional diamond graders use specific measuring tools to generate important data in order to determine the quality of each pear-cut diamond. The experts at GSL offer the following recommendations for pear-cut diamonds:
Blemishes within each pear-cut diamond are noted by the GSL as clarity concerns. The GSL laboratory grades clarity as one of six grades – Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very Very Small Inclusions, Very Small Inclusions, Small Inclusions, or Imperfect.
Because many small inclusions or blemishes are only visible to an industry professional with highly-calibrated equipment, choosing your perfect pear diamond for purchase is largely a subjective process.
Regardless of which diamond you ultimately choose, be sure to determine whether or not any inclusions are visible to the human eye when evaluating a pear-cut diamond for purchase.
Pro-tip: due to the nature of the cut, pear-cut diamonds tend to conceal small inclusions very well – especially on the pointed end.
Diamond color is determined by an industry-wide grading system that begins with a D grade (colorless) and continues alphabetically with increasing levels of color up to a Z grade.
The GSL uses a set of tested master stones with pre-determined color grades to decide the color grades of the consumer-ready stones at Zales.
Diamond color is closely tied to the size of the diamond when viewed with the naked human eye. Small differences in the color of a pear-cut diamond are very difficult to see but may account for a considerable increase in price. Pear-shaped diamonds tend to show color quite strongly, so we strongly recommended visually inspecting each diamond prior to purchase to ensure you are completely satisfied with its color.
With diamond jewelry, the color and material used for setting the diamond will also make a difference in the diamond’s color. For this reason, we recommend keeping your desired setting in mind when shopping for your perfect pear-cut diamond.
Pear-Cut Length-to-Width Ratio
The experts at GSL determine a diamond's length-to-width ratio by dividing the length of the diamond by its width. This ratio determines how proportionate the diamond is in relation to its intended shape.