Pear Shaped Diamonds

They say diamonds are a girls’ best friend?and why not? These glittering stones are millions of years old, go through rigorous cleaning, cutting and polishing and are inspected by the top jewelers in the world before being sold as loose stones or incorporated into a piece of jewelry. Diamonds are a symbol of everlasting love, or the promise of everlasting love, which is why the diamond engagement ring is a standard around the world. These sparkling stones come in many shapes, including pear shaped diamonds. The shape is usually referred to as the cut, one of the 4 C’s of buying diamonds.

The other C’s are clarity, color and carat. Clarity refers to the flaws, or lack of flaws, in the stone. Inclusions like bits of foreign crystal or cracks are sometimes seen in diamonds. In many cases, they cannot be seen with the naked eye and must be identified by 10x magnification which is how jewelers rate the clarity. Of course less flaws in a stone mean it will cost more than a stone with inclusions, even if they can’t be noticed by looking at the diamond. Color refers to the shade of the diamond, most are white with flashes of blue, pink and green but there are also diamonds that are pink, yellow, blue and even black. Carat is the weight of the stone.

Now that you know a little about the 4 C’s, let’s discuss pear shaped diamonds a bit more. You may see this cut referred to as teardrop as well. This is what it looks like, a pear or a teardrop. It is a blend of the round/oval cut and diamond-shaped marquise cut. Pear shaped diamonds are almost always in a prong setting like the Tiffany setting, and set vertically (or perpendicular to the band.) Speaking of the band, platinum and gold are the two top choices for diamond engagement rings. Platinum is heavy, extremely durable and expensive. Gold can also be expensive depending on the karat (amount of pure gold in the jewelry) but is less so than platinum and comes in shades like yellow, white and even rose.

When selecting pear shaped diamonds in a ring, you will want to decide if you want a solitaire or a ring with multiple stones. Pear cut stones make good accents but sometimes you will see other shapes decorating the ring. There are matching bridal sets that are often a good choice because the wedding band coordinates with the unique shape of the stone. When it comes to how to wear your pear shaped stone, most women wear it with the rounded end at the bottom and the point at the top to make the fingers appear longer and slimmer.

Pear shaped diamonds are brilliant cut, which means when light hits the facets flashes of sparkle can be seen. Look for a length to width stone ratio somewhere in between 1.45 and 1.75 for a flattering and traditional appearance. You really can’t go wrong with this shape, it combines the best of two other beautiful cuts and looks gorgeous on any woman. What’s more, there are all kinds of pear shaped diamonds featured as earrings and pendants to go beautifully with your ring.

For example, if you are wearing a pear-shaped engagement ring, on your wedding day nothing would be more special and beautiful than adding a pear shaped diamond pendant on a delicate chain and a pair of pear cut drop diamond earrings. Drop earrings are a style that are perfect for pear shaped diamonds or other stones as they are simple yet flattering.

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