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Did you know how to read a Pear Diamond Certificate?

About the pear shape

The pear cut diamond is often referred to as the teardrop shape since it resembles a perfect drop of water.

It is a beautiful and rare shape that when set creates an extremely graceful and unique engagement ring. A query that is often raised by wearers of the pear shape diamond is in which direction should the diamond be set on an engagement ring - The pointed end of the pear should always face towards your fingertips,

Although technically speaking you may wear it anyway you wish, there are some unique advantages of wearing it with the pointed end facing your finger tips. Primarily, it makes the wearer's fingers look thinner and more slender. Additionally, it gives the diamond a more sleek appearance to those admiring it


Carat weight can appear differently across different diamond shapes such as round brilliant, princess, pear, oval, cushion, marquise, emerald, radiant or heart. A diamond may have a higher carat weight without appearing larger and two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary in size if one is cut deeper than the other.

In other words, it is important to note that carat weight does not necessarily denote size. For example, you may find a 2 carat pear shaped diamond with measurements 11.40 x 7.00 mm and a 1.97 carat pear shaped diamond with measurements 11.50 x 7.10 mm.

Like other fancy shapes such as the oval and marquise diamonds, the pear also looks bigger than its traditional counterparts such as round or cushion. So if you would like a diamond that appears larger but are constrained on the budget than pear along with oval and marquise are a good bet


Color refers to the natural tint inherent in white diamonds. In nature, most white diamonds have a slight tint of yellow. The closer to being “colorless” a diamond is, the rarer it is. The industry standard for grading color is to evaluate each diamond against a master set and assign a letter grade from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (light yellow).

When deciding on which colour of the diamond will fit perfectly on your solitaire ring, it is important to decide whether you prefer the warmer tones of G-H or the more icy tones of D-F. For example, if you are looking to buy a ring in rose gold or yellow gold, then it is recommended to go for the warmer tones of G-H

Pear shaped diamonds also tend to show more colour than traditional shapes especially on the pointed end of the diamond. Hence, when buying a pear diamond it is recommended to choose a colour grade higher than you would normally choose when buying for example a round or cushion diamond.


Diamond clarity is a measure of the purity and rarity of the diamond, graded by the visibility of these characteristics under 10-power magnification. A diamond is graded as flawless if, under 10-power magnification, no inclusions (internal flaws) and no blemishes (external imperfections) are visible.

Choosing the clarity of the diamond for your ring is entirely down to personal preference. Some buyers are entirely indifferent to inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye

Additionally, when buying and designing a ring for your pear diamond, we highly recommend creating a design where the point of the pear is covered in order to prevent any forms of chipping or cracking.

Another unique advantage with buying a design where the point is covered is that, the point of the pear diamond was once near the outer edge of the original rough stone making it the most likely area for the presence of flaws. Hence, buying a ring that covers the point will in effect make these flaws invisible too.

How to find the perfect shape for your Pear Shaped Diamond?

In order to understand the ideal preference for the shape of your pear diamond, you need to know the Length to Width ratio. This is very straightforward to calculate. You take the length of the diamond and divide it with the width of the diamond (length/width) which we have highlighted for you on the certificate.

With regards to pear it is recommended that you buy a diamond where the ratio falls within 1.50:1.00 and 1.65:1.00. When a pear diamond has proportions that make the diamond appear too long or too short it detracts from the elegance and even the value of the diamond


Why is the polish for a Pear Diamond important?

The Diamond Polish refers to the finish done on the diamond’s surface after it has been cut. The facets of the cut diamond are polished so that it reflects and refracts optimal amount of light.

Why is the Symmetry for a Pear Diamond important?

Symmetry refers to how precisely the various facets of the oval diamond align and intersect. We highly recommend purchasing a pear diamond with only an excellent or very good grade for symmetry. This is because symmetry plays a key role in the beauty of the pear diamond as an asymmetrical pear diamond is a lot easier to spot than most other diamond shapes

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has illustrated a very clear method of establishing the symmetry of your pear diamond with a naked eye.

In the below picture notice how the shoulders, bellies and wings in the illustration below are identical on either side of the line, and how the shape, size and placement of the facets in each half of the stone mirror one another. This is an ideal pear shape. You can use the illustration as a guide when picking a pear shaped diamond.

The GIA points out that the common areas where the shape of the diamond becomes unbalanced and the missymmetry is evident are the shoulders and the wings.

To give you an understanding, the below illustration shows a pear diamond with uneven shoulders and wings. As a buyer, it is good to understand the below image as it can prove extremely helpful in spotting an uneven looking diamond

The role of Fluorescence in a Pear Diamond

Fluorescence is the propensity of a pear shaped diamond to emanate a (soft) glow when presented to Ultraviolet light (UV light). At the point when UV light hits a diamond with fluorescent properties, the diamond emanates a glow. Regularly blue, it can likewise be shades of green, yellow, white or red. Fluorescence can happen in various forces. Gemological labs like the GIA rate diamond fluorescence on a scale from "None" to "Very Strong".

Understanding the proportions for your Pear Diamond

The below table provides you with sets of parameters to guide you in understanding the quality of the proportions of the marquise diamond you plan to buy

TABLE % 57% – 62% 55% – 63% 53% – 64%
Depth % 58% – 64% 56% – 67.5% 54% – 69%
POLISH/SYMMETRY Excellent Very Good Excellent Very Good Good
Polish/Symmetry 1.45 – 1.55 1.40 – 1.60 1.35 – 1.65
Girdle Thickness Thin – Thick Thin – Thick V. Thin – Very Thick
CUTLET SIZE None Very Small Small