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Pear

Resembling a teardrop, this hybrid cut combines the features of the Oval and Marquise fancy shapes. One of the most difficult shapes to cut, the Pear cut is often used for pendants and earrings. In a ring, the Pear is especially flattering to a hand with small to average-length fingers. A modification of the traditional and extremely popular round cut, the Pear cut diamond has fantastic brilliance and sparkle similar to the Round brilliant, beyond its unique and obvious beauty.

If you love the brilliance and fire of the Round cut diamond, but would like a unique shape to match your own your style and sensibilities, the Pear is renowned as one of the more interesting fancy diamond cuts. The standard number of facets of a Pear shaped diamond is 58, and may have a varying number of pavilion (lower) facets from 4, 6, 7, or 8.

The Pear cut, like the Oval and Marquise cut is prone to the undesirable 'bow-tie effect'; when a dark, bow-tie shaped area is apparent in the stone, usually as the result of improperly cut angles. The optimum ratio for a pear-shaped diamond is about 1.60, a range of approximately 1.50 to 1.70, this ensures that the outline possesses enough length to appear elegant. A Pear which is very short and wide, a ratio less than 1.30, or too long and narrow, a ratio over 2.00, may result in less brilliance or may be difficult to properly set.

Vashi.ie suggests that you choose a Pear cut diamond with a minimum colour of H, clarity of SI1 and very good cut.

If you are looking for a good quality pear cut diamond for a modest budget look for a stone with a minimum colour of I, clarity of SI1, and very good cut.