What are Pear Shaped Diamonds?
The unique pear shaped diamond combines the brilliance of the round diamond and the point of the marquise. It can be worn on a ring with the point facing either toward or away from the wearer’s heart, it is a matter of personal preference. The pear shape is also known as the teardrop or pendaloque.
Cut with 56 to 58 facets in a modified brilliant cut, this shape is popular in a wide variety of jewelry settings. Look for a pleasing, symmetrical shape, and color that is consistent throughout the stone. The cut can mask inclusions. Due to its elongated lines, a pear diamond can look larger than its carat weight compared to a round diamond.
In oval, pear, marquise, and heart shaped diamonds, a bow tie effect can be prominent. This effect is a shadow caused by light passing through the diamond which creates an illusion of a black bow tie. The degree of the bow tie depends on the quality of the diamond’s cut. In general, look for a diamond with a less noticeable bow tie.