What is a Pear Cut Diamond? Size, Price, Pros & Cons


If you are in the market for a diamond either yourself or someone special, then a brilliant pear cut diamond should definitely be on your list. It has so many beautiful features and traits. What exactly is a pear cut diamond?

A pear cut diamond is shaped like a pear fruit. It is a diamond cut into a wide rounded oval base with a narrow tapered tip. This tapered point is always worn with the narrow point facing the hand of the wearer.

Let’s find out what makes Pear cuts so amazing.

What makes the Pear Cut Diamond so Special?

What is so unique about the pear cut diamond is that it can come in a variety of wide to slim cuts which helps you to make the fingers appear longer and slimmer. They are known as a fancy shape because it is a shape other than round.

Pear cut diamonds are the perfect combination of an oval and a marquise cut. Since this diamond is such a unique uncommon shape women that choose the pear cut are very dedicated resilient individuals.

The special teardrop shape can also signify romance and tears of joy which is such a beautiful reference and thought.

Pros and Cons of the Pear Diamond Cut?

When purchasing a pear cut diamond is that there are less jewelry design options for diamonds that are pear cut. Also, the diamond has a vulnerable weak tip so you have to make sure that you buy from a reputable company and make sure they really secure the diamond against possible damage.

Pear cut diamonds are more prone to possess some type of bow-tie effect (what is a bow-tie effect) which can be severe. This bow-tie shape is exactly what its name implies – a black shape that looks like a man’s bow tie appearing over the face of the diamond when light doesn’t reflect properly. The good thing is that upon inspection of the diamond you should be able to see it with your naked eye by rotating the diamond in the light.

Pear cut stones usually cost less than the round cut diamonds so they can be a really clever choice. They also are such a beautiful shape for earrings so if you do purchase your wedding ring you can always invest in the earrings to match.


  • Usually cost less than the round-cut diamonds
  • Great value


  • Can have dark bowtie areas
  • Prone to the narrow tip chipping off

Are Pear Cut Diamonds More Expensive?

The short answer to that question is no. Pear-Cut Diamonds are not more expensive. Endearing pear cut diamonds are actually more economical than their round counterparts blending the best of the marquise and round shape diamond.

Pear Cut Diamond Price

You can find a beautifully cut 1-carat pear-shaped diamond with SI1 clarity and H color for about $3000. If you do a size comparison between a round diamond and a pear cut you will always pay about $1,000 less for a pear cut.

They also use more of the rough diamond than a round cut making them more valuable also. So you still get an outstanding sparkle and look but will cost significantly less than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight and clarity.

What is the Best Setting for a Pear-Cut Diamond?

The ultimate most perfect setting for a pear cut diamond ring is using a 6 prong setting. The lower prong should completely cover and protect the most defenseless point at the end of the diamond.

It looks the best on the hand with the tip of the diamond pointing toward your fingernails which not only elongates your hand but gives the beautiful teardrop shape. Obviously, you will want to select the width and length ratio that suits you best but generally make sure the stone has symmetry and the proper proportions. Look at overall appearance as your personal taste will also come into play.

Since the pear cut will show any color you will need to remember that you will have to choose a higher color grade of either G or higher. You will need to choose something near colorless and this obviously will bring the cost up a little.

This special diamond really does stand out and is such a timeless classic design. The pear-shaped diamond truly is a beautiful thoughtful cut gem and would make any wearer proud to show it off! Enjoy your journey of finding the perfect one!

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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