PEAR SHAPED DIAMONDS: PRECIOUS TEAR DROP
Pear cut diamonds, also known as tear drop diamond because of its distinctive tear drop shape, haver the brilliance and fire of a round cut diamond with a tapered corner. One can easily say that this shape seem like a combination of round cut merged with marquise shape diamond. The first pear cut or the tear drop diamond was designed and crafted in 1458 by reknowned diamond cutter Flemish polisher Lodewyk van Berquem of Belgium. As the legend goes this diamond was created for the prominent Valois family. Since then this brilliant cut gained immense popularity during the Renaissance period. Often defined as icy and flowing water, symmetry is the most important characteristic of pear shaped diamonds. A perfectlycut pear shapes have 58 facets.
One of the oldest cuts, a pear shaped diamond has been a popular choice not only of the buyers but also diamond cutters. It characteristic proportions, keen concept of symmetry and placement of facets adds a special sparkle that allures. Such is the grandeur of a pear-shaped diamond that it speaks miles for itself and have been spotted twinkling on many celebrities amongst whom are diva Victoria Becham and pop star Avril Lavigne. Most legendary of all perhaps is 69 carat pear-shaped diamond pendant, proudly named the Taylor-Burton diamond. This exquisite pear-shaped diamond necklace is one of the most infamous diamond jewellery that made history.
Its distinctive shape has a slimming effect making the wearer’s finger look elegant and graceful. Though the best way to wear a pear-shaped diamond is in form of dangle earring and pendants because of its remarkable tear drop shape, nothing graces your fingers better than a pear shape diamond set in a solitaire engagement ring.
RATIO: Most ideal length to width ratio recommended by the jewellers is 1.45 to 1.75 to get the optimum value.
COST:The pear shaped diamond like marquise has a versatile ratio and hence come in a wide range of shape from slimmer to wider. No doubt Lodewyk van Berquem was applauded for his brilliant work, but also equally criticized by many for the quantity of diamond lost during the cutting process. Similar to round shaped diamond, pear shape lose a lot of original diamond weight making it quite expensive per carat. However, pear shape does a good job in distributing the carat weight making the diamond look visually larger than other shapes. Yet another flaw; the bow-tie effect, which is a dark shadow in shape of a bow-tie that sometimes appears on the diamonds when light passes through instead of refracting from the surface. This is the reason why while buying a pear shaped diamond one need to select a good or excellent cur diamonds, with superior finishing. However this higher grade demands more price.
Though pear shape diamond seem a bit costlier, it is still a better and bolder option as compare to round cut diamond in same carat weight that demands higher premium.
DEPTH &TABLE :
|Depth (%)||Table (%)|
|Excellent||58 - 62||53 - 63|
|Very Good||56 - 57.9 or 62.1 - 66||52 or 64 - 65|
|Good||53 - 55.9 or 66.1 - 71||51 or 66 - 68|