Things to Avoid when buying Pear Loose Diamonds
With single pointed edge and rounded end, the pear shaped loose diamond stands out among the traditional crowd of round and princess cut diamonds. Also called ‘teardrop’ diamond for its unique appearance, this distinctively shaped diamond is a popular choice for both connoisseurs and investors.
However, the ideal ‘pear’ cut is far from easily available. A diamond certificate stands testament to the authenticity, cut, color, and clarity parameters of the stone in question. But deciphering the perfection of the actual shape is not possible unless you review the stone with your own eyes.
Most commonly retailed pear shapes do not reflect the finesse of a superior cut. Many are stubby and short whereas others are too oddly long. A beautifully crafted and properly cut pear shaped diamond is rare and special.
Length to Width Ratio: The Art and Science of Pear Diamonds
An approximate length to width ratio between 1.55 and 1.75 is considered ideal when it comes to superb pear shapes. What you choose between the range of 1.55 and 1.75 is actually an issue of personal preference. An out of balance ratio is one of the most recurrent reasons behind flawed cuts in pear shaped diamonds.
The two extremes on the spectrum of length to width ratio are either too long or too short dimensions. A L/W ratio of 1.35 looks way too dumpy for a pear shape, somewhat like an extended round shape. The exact opposite will be a L/W ratio of 2.20 which is far too elongated for a pear. None of these is what you would expect to see in your perfect piece of pear loose diamond.
Curvy versus straight pear shapes
The length to width ratio is something that can be calculated from the diamond’s measurements explained on the certificate. Nevertheless, the silhouette of the diamond is not something that can be figured out from the certificate.
One of the most significant aspects when you buy a pear shaped loose diamond is its ‘shape’ – strictly in the two dimensional terms. The beauty of unique asymmetry makes a pear exceptional – its outline is its signature. With a different bottom and top, how the stone slants from the round end to the point defines the perfection of its shape.
There is no secret permutation of parameters that guarantees an exquisite stone. You should request a photograph of the pear shaped diamond before making the final purchase.
How to Choose Perfect Pear Shaped Loose Diamonds
If you have been searching for that perfectly contoured exquisite pear shaped loose diamond, looking into a number of parameters is necessary.
- Color – Soft-sided fancy shape like pear shows colors the strongest. Hence, opting for a stone with color grading of H or higher is a better choice if you are looking for a radiant and clear diamond. However, feel free to decide on a diamond at J or K if you are setting the stone in yellow gold.
- Clarity -A Pear shaped diamond is excellent at concealing its inclusions. The curved end of the gemstone works pretty much like a round brilliant and the pointed edge hides inclusions fabulously enough making it nearly impossible to recognize any imperfection. Nevertheless, any concentrated inclusion within the center of the diamond will certainly be evident to the naked eye. Hence, blindly trusting any online inventory at the retailer’s word is a foolhardy and reckless decision. Check for and trust the eye-cleanliness only in high quality images or visit the store to take an actual look. For the best value, choosing a diamond in SI1 or SI2 clarity (or higher) is a great idea.
- Cut – Look for pear shaped diamonds with symmetry within the range of Good, Very Good, and Excellent. For the classic pear-shaped diamond, a length to width ratio ranging between 1.45 and 1.75 is usually considered ideal.
Buying Pear Loose Diamonds
Ensuring the strictest of technical cut parameters may not always result in an ‘ideal’ shape. Primarily because the idea of perfection is fundamentally subjective and the numbers on a diamond certificate do not always reflect the exact silhouette of the stone. With pear shaped diamond, a certificate does not reveal much of its uniqueness as well as several important aspects of the stone.
For instance, the roundedness of the round side cannot be gauged just by scanning the certificate. Some pear shaped diamonds come with boxy round surfaces whereas some are exquisitely curved. Some stones slope to the point in a straight line and create triangular profile, whereas some slants to the point in a rounded way.
With pear shapes, you can never be more careful. No magical combination of numbers and parameters can guarantee a flawless stone. It is absolutely vital that you see a real photograph of the stone and inspect the quality of the loose diamond with your own eyes.