For those of you in the market for a pear shaped diamond but need a little help deciding the size, then this is the right place for you to be! One of the biggest issues with online purchases is sizing. It’s true for clothes, jewelry, and diamonds too. Jewelers use millimeters (mm) to measure the length and width of diamonds. An ideally cut pear diamond will have a mm length and width that directly correlates to its carat (ct) weight. Unlike round brilliants, asscher cuts, and princess cuts (among others), pear cut diamonds are different in the way that their length and width measurement are different. As a general rule of thumb, the length to width ratio for a pear shaped diamond is 1.66 to 1. This ratio can fluctuate up and down, but this is a common middle ground.
Measuring a Pear Cut Diamond
Pear cuts are measured by length and width. Lengthways is measuring from head (curved bottom) to point of the diamond, whereas width measures from one side of the belly to the other. The diagram above will probably be more helpful with visualizing the parts of a pear cut diamond. Keep in mind that the below chart is based on pear shaped diamonds with ideal cuts, and while these measurements are quite accurate they are not exact, since no two diamonds are the same. Keep in mind that this “difference” I’m mentioning is only about 0.2 mm so it’s safe to say you won’t notice it.
While browsing for your perfect diamond keep in mind that pear, marquise, and oval cut diamonds are susceptible to what’s known as the “bow tie” effect. Despite this sounding dapper, it can put quite the damper on a diamond’s appearance. Basically, the diamond wasn’t cut quite right and there is an area that doesn’t return light how it should. This area is noticeably dark compared to the rest of the stone and resembles the shape of a bow tie. While all pear diamonds will have this bow tie effect to some degree it should be subte and not overwhelmingly noticeable.
If you have any questions about how to measure your pear brilliant diamonds, or maybe you want a professional’s advice on what size diamond is right for you, feel free to send one of Rare Carat’s trained gemologists a message via the chat bubble. Happy diamond hunting!