Pear Diamonds and their Hanging Beauty

True to its name, pear shaped diamond is a fancy cut with one round end and a pointed tip.

Though the cut dates back as far as the 1400s, pear diamonds were dark for centuries. It wasn’t until the 1700s that diamond cutters found a way to facet this shape into brilliance. Pears are popular as hanging elements in earrings, pendants and necklaces, though they also appear on rings and other jewelry.

Though diamonds have legendary hardness, they’re still vulnerable to cracks and chips. Make sure that your pear cut diamond has a v-shaped prong protecting its tip. A pear cut should have a semicircular end and gently curved wings, and a 1.5-1.75:1 length to width ratio. Most importantly, look for a pear cur diamond that you find irresistible.

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