Everything You Need to Know About Romantic Pear Cut Diamonds
The pear cut, pear shaped, or teardrop diamond is a timeless, vintage cut that represents an emotional bond or connection. Like a round cut diamond, it is a brilliant cut known for high sparkle. These loose diamonds are shaped like a teardrop and blend the best attributes of round cut and marquise cut diamonds. Diamonds are often described as icy or flowing like water. The pear cut is a perfect representation of that concept. The pear cut diamond is long and can make a finger look thinner and longer. Pear cut diamonds can also be short or long, depending on their length to width ratio, with an optimal ratio of 1.50. Symmetry is a very important characteristic in pear shapes, more so than other fancy shapes, as is the placement of any inclusions. But if your heart's set on getting a diamond that's pear shaped, here's what you need to know so you love your ring year after year.
Pear cut diamond popularity
The unusual shape has caught on and today the pear cut diamond ring has many famous owners including Victoria Beckham and Katherine Heigl, who both received pear shaped diamond engagement rings. (Posh Spice actually has thirteen engagement rings. But of course she does.) Even though the pear diamond doesn't enjoy the yearly sales of the round brilliant, there's plenty to love about this diamond shape. The curves are undeniable romantic and feminine. But the teardrop diamond isn't without its edge either, which it gets from that bold point. The pear is seeing a bit of a comeback lately, though. Married women are having their teardrop diamonds updated with new, more moden settings. But there are plenty of celebrity engagement rings featuring pear diamonds to prove that these stones have had fans all along:
- Victoria Backham's pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring is a stunner, featuring a center stone of somewhere between 15 and 17 carats
- Katherine Heigl likes to show off her teardrop halo engagement ring with its gorgeous 3 carat center stone
- Mia Farrow's marriage to Frank Sinatra didn't last, but the pear diamond engagement ring he gave her was one that won't be forgotten
- Savannah Brinson sports a pear diamond ring, given to her by her high school sweetheart and now-husband, Lebron James
- Jessica Simpson has had two rings featuring pear diamonds: an engagement ring from Nick Lachey, and one from NFL player Eric Johnson
- Anna Kournikova's pear shaped diamond is an 11-carat fancy pink that's flanked on either side by stunningly clear trillion shaped diamonds
- Ariana Grande got a grande pear cut diamond engagement ring from Pete Davidson, though the couple never walked down the aisle
- Paris Hilton accepted a pear shaped diamond halo ring from Chris Zylka that's reportedly worth a whopping 2 million dollars
- Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory wears a gorgeous pear diamond engagement ring that features a pave band that tapers toward the stone
- Cardi B wore a 3 stone pear shaped diamond ring (complete with diamond halo) from Migos rapper Offset while the two were together
- Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame now rocks a pear engagement ring (between takes on set, of course) from Joe Jonas
- Zoe Saldana's ring from artist husband Marco Perego might not be a diamond, but the emerald at the center is cut into a gorgeous pear shape
- Avril Lavigne showed off a giant 14 carat pear cut diamond ring from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger until the two split in 2015
- Princess Charlene of Monaco wears a teardrop diamond ring that's accompanied by round brilliants, which matches her effortlessly chic style
- Bethenny Frankel and now-ex Jason Hoppy celebrated their two year anniversary by adding a diamond halo to Frankel's pear engagement ring
- Elisha Cuthbert shows off a teardrop solitaire engagement ring set in platinum from now-husband NHL player Dione Phaneuf
- Elizabeth Taylor turned her teardrop diamond engagement ring into a necklace, though she often wore a replica because the 68 carat gem was so valuable
Pear shaped diamond origins
An exquisite, radiant, pear diamond is indeed a beauty to behold with its narrow pointed top and perfectly rounded bottom. This shape combines two of the most popular gemstone cuts, the marquise and the round brilliant cut. The teardrop diamond originated in Belgium by a Polish gemstone polisher named Louis Van Berquem (Lodewyk) in 1458. He created the now-beloved shape by using a diamond polishing wheel he invented which he called a scaif to cut the facets of the diamond. He is also credited with the technique of absolute symmetry in the facet placement on the gemstone to maximize their shine and brilliance. Lodewyk is also believed to be the creator of the stunning 137 carat Florentine Diamond created for one of the most influential families during that time, the Valois Family. The pear cut grew in popularity during the Renaissance period and other techniques grew from there.
Pear shaped diamond pricing
Pear cut diamonds, like other fancy shapes, are less expensive when compared to round cut diamonds. Round diamonds have greater rough diamond wastage. Because rough diamonds have odd, long shapes, pear cut diamonds are able to use more of this precious raw material. Pear diamonds do a good job of distribuitng carat weight in the length of the diamond, which allows the diamond to look larger than other shapes such as princess or cushion at the same carat weight. Therefore, a 1 carat pear shaped diamond will be about 8.5 x 5.5 mm versus a 1 carat round cut diamond, which will be about 6.4 mm. A 1 carat teardrop diamond costs around $4568 if it's an Excellent cut, G color diamond that's rated as a VS2 clarity grade.
But though pear diamonds effectively use the rough, it's still harder to find raw material big enough to make larger diamonds. That means you shouldn't expect a 2 carat pear shaped diamond to be simply double the cost of a 1 carat. The price of a 2 carat stone can jump to anywhere between $8000 and $20,000, depending on the quality of the diamond. If you're not sure where to start when shopping for a loose diamond, contact one of our expert gemologists. They help couple maximize their budget to get the best diamond and engagement ring possible, without breaking the bank, every single day.Contact Us
Teardrop diamond buying guide
There are two aspects of shopping for a teardrop ring that you need to consider: the bow tie effect, and your stone's length to width ratio. Though one of these comes down to personal preference (really, there's no wrong choice here), the other is an aspect of the diamond itself. Luckily, expert gemologists can help guide you through this one, called diamond bow ties.
Avoid the bow tie effect
It is important to find well cut pear shapes that don’t have light leakage from bow tie effect. A bow tie is when light is not reflected as sparkle back from the center of the diamond. The light leakage makes it look like a black or dark bow tie is present in the diamond. (You can see what this looks like in a teardrop diamond in the picture below.) Avoid diamonds with the bow tie affect as these are less than optimal diamond cuts. A gemologist can help you with this if you're unsure about a stone you're considering. You can also read more about this in our guide to diamond bow ties.
Consider your stone's color
You might also want to consider going up a color grade if you're set on a teardrop engagement ring. Pear cut diamonds hold most of their depth in the rounded bottom. That means the point of the diamond shows more tint than the rest of the stone at some lower color grades. J color diamonds, for instance, can be a great investment in a round stone since their slight tint can be hard to detect. In a pear diamond, however, the point might show a light yellow hue, like in the diagram below. A gemologist can help advise you on this, but you can also request videos of the diamond you're considering to see how it looks to the naked eye.
Figure out what proportions you like
Additionally, It is very important to examine a diamond’s length to width ratio when considering the shape. Pear diamonds with a ratio of 1.45 - 1.55 will be in the optimal ratio range. These possess the greatest premium in the pear cuts. Shorter or longer pear cut diamonds will look either a little fatter or slender and longer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but merely a preference. In fact, you might save a little money if you prefer a longer pear cut diamond that sports a ratio that isn't considered "optimal." The biggest concern is that you, or your special someone, loves the stone.
Teardrop diamond guide
Below, please see the ideal table, depth and length to width ratio combinations for pear cuts. Although you should shop for a teardrop diamond within the ideal measurements for the table and depth, the length to width ratio is subjective. The table and depth measurements maximize the look of the stone and how it reflects light. The length to width ratio, however, affects the outline of the diamond. If you like a longer stone, go with that. If you like shorter, great! The most important thing with the length to width ratio is that you like the look of your stone and will love looking at it each and every day.
Depth % for Pear Diamonds
Very Good: 76%-52%
Table % of Pear Diamonds
Very Good: 68%-50%
Length to width Ratio for Pear Diamonds
Pear shaped diamond settings
You don't have to go above and beyond on your setting to get a unique pear shaped diamond engagement ring. The teardrop stone is visually stunning, and you can change the look of your ring simply by flipping the way that you wear it on your finger. We cannot emphasize enough just how striking a simple 1 carat pear diamond ring can be, especially if you enjoy a length to width ratio other than the "ideal." But there are certainly ways to ensure your ring turns heads that don't come down to the stone. The Petite Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring pairs a teardrop with two round brilliants for visual interest. And our Four Points Diamond Engagement Ring grabs attention with its unique band and milgrain metal work.
But metal choice is another great way to play with the look of your pear shaped diamond setting. A pear shaped yellow gold engagement ring, for example, will look like a vintage style engagement ring thanks to its warm glow. Even better, the warmth from the setting can make lower color diamonds look one color grade clearer -- which can hide some tint in the point of your teardrop. And, yes, white gold is a perennial favorite, but you might want to consider a teardrop rose gold ring. Depending on whether you choose 14k or 18k, rose gold can appear pink in color or a gentle champagne hue. And the symbolism of this metal means a teardrop rose gold engagement ring is doubly romantic. The shape of the stone signifies your emotional bond, while the metal stands for romantic love.
You can get a taste for some of the different setting and metal combinations in our collection of our favorite pear cut engagement rings. But feel free to reach out to work hand-in-hand with one of our gemologists. And don't forget that we have a free home try-on program so you can make sure that your setting is not only one that you like but also one that fits your lifestyle.
Pear diamond size chart
Pear cut diamonds have approximate millimeter sizes that correspond to certain carat weights. Please see the chart below of the popular pear diamond sizes and their carat weights for a pear diamond size comparison. For all sizes and shapes, please visit our diamond size chart page.