If you want to present your loved one with a symbolic expression of your love, the pear-shaped diamond is a good way to do so. Known as a symbol of affection in many cultures, this delicate, yet, strong diamond is a unique way to tell your special person that you care. Similar to a raindrop, this gem starts at a point, then gently tapers outward until it curves into a semicircular bottom. Like round and princess diamonds, pear-shaped stones are a type of brilliant cut, so they are known for their superb sparkle. The pear shape is a great choice for several different engagement ring settings.
The brilliance and unique form of the pear-shaped diamond makes it an attractive choice for many. Always a classic, the pear is alluring in a single pendant necklace and stunning as a solitaire or halo engagement ring. The more traditional bride-to-be might partner her pear-shaped diamond with a classic, solitaire, or vintage ring setting. A fashion forward woman may be more attracted to a modern, halo, or 3-stone setting. Great Heights offers a generous collection of classic engagement rings which pair beautifully with pear-shaped diamonds on their own, or in single or double halos. You can have fun personalizing your engagement ring with the help of our easy to use, online style guide and ring builder. Remember, you have choices when deciding where to buy your diamond jewelry, and you will rest assured knowing you have chosen your ethically-created, lab-grown diamond from Great Heights.
Regardless of their shape, all diamonds are graded by the same four criteria called the 4Cs. They include grades for color, cut, clarity, and carat.
Color-Did you know that a diamond is actually graded by its lack of color? That means the highest graded diamonds actually have no hue. Master diamonds are used as the standards for proper color value, so stones being graded are compared to those. The exact degree of colorlessness is measured under viewing conditions designed to replicate natural sunlight. The less color a diamond has, the brighter it will appear. For engagement rings, colorless to near colorless diamonds look best, however, the cut of the diamond can influence how much light is scattered. The pear shaped-diamond retains color, so a color grade of H or higher is recommended to achieve a whiter look.
Cut-The words cut and shape are often used interchangeably throughout the diamond jewelry business, however, they mean different things. The shape of a diamond refers to it’s silhouette or outline. The cut alludes to the arrangement of facets within the stone, the proportions of the diamond, and the symmetry and polish. The facets, proportions, and finish all influence how a diamond interacts with light and, therefore, how well it sparkles. The qualities a diamond grader looks for are called fire, brightness, and scintillation, with higher graded stone being more intense to the human eye. The pear shape has a brilliant-like cut, so it exudes quite a bit of sparkle.
Clarity-The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of external blemishes and internal inclusions. Diamond graders look for the different aspects of these imperfections, as well judging the stone’s overall appearance. Clarity is graded from FL, or flawless, to I3, or included, level 3. Of course, a flawless diamond is the ideal, but choosing a stone that looks good to the human eye is also important, and can help you save money. Brilliant cuts, like the pear-shaped diamond, hide small inclusions within the stone, so choosing a stone with a clarity grade of SI 1 or 2 (slightly included) would be fine. Due to the way they are cut, other stones look best with higher clarity scores. In comparison, the emerald and asscher cuts require clarity scores of VS2 (very slightly included) or higher, due to their smooth, glassy tops.
Carat-The score for carat is simply the weight of the cut diamond, with one carat equal to 200 milligrams. Any diamond higher in weight than a carat is expressed in the decimal system, for example, a diamond weighing 450 mg would translate to 2.25 carats. In general, diamonds increase in price the higher their carat weight, however, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have different prices due to the grades of the other 3Cs. Pear-shaped diamonds look stunning as solitaires, and the larger the carat weight, the better it looks. Pears can also be surrounded with halos or side-stones to make a smaller center diamond appear larger.
*The pear shape looks stunning taking center stage in a classic solitaire setting, but surrounding it with a halo or gracing it with sidestones can really set it off, as well.
*Pear-shaped diamonds don’t hide color as well as the round shape, so it’s best to choose one with a color grade of H or higher. But, don’t limit yourself to too low a score, as the tip of the pear can show color more than the rest of the stone.
*If you are considering a yellow or rose gold setting, a J graded stone will still look white, but if you are going for a white gold or platinum setting, an H color grade is better.
*Clarity scores are calculated in relation to a diamond’s size. When choosing a 2 carat diamond or larger, a higher clarity score, perhaps a VS1 or VS2, will give you a more scintillating look. Larger stones also show color more, so increase your color score with your carat weight.
Lab diamonds and mined diamonds are all graded for color, cut, clarity, and carat, in the same grading facilities, by the same gem graders. Lab-grown diamonds are chemically, structurally, and optically the same as mined diamonds. But, even as they are physically alike because they are both pure carbon crystals, they differ in their origins. Lab diamonds are grown in controlled, laboratory conditions. Because of their clean beginnings, lab-grown diamonds are free of the ethical and environmental problems associated with diamond mining, so they can be purchased with a clear conscience. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that lab diamonds are up to 40% less expensive than mined diamonds! Have fun creating your fabulous pear-shaped diamond jewelry, made with our pure lab-grown diamonds.