Pear shaped engagement rings are an excellent choice for the couple who wants to make a big impact without blowing their budget. Compared to round brilliant cut diamonds, pear shaped diamonds cost about 20% less. If you know what to look for and where, you can get a great deal without sacrificing quality.
Diamond Anatomy 101
Pear shaped engagement rings make a good use of the diamond’s original rough which is one reason they cost less than round diamonds. A diamond crystal is called an octahedral, an 8 sided shape. When a cutter cuts a diamond, he cleaves it, separating the shape into two pyramid like shapes.
Depending on the size and quality of the diamond rough, two or more diamonds could be fashioned from a single crystal. When cutting a round diamond, 50% of the original stone size – or more – is lost. This must be accounted for somehow, and so it gets factored into the price of the stone.
On the contrary, pear shaped engagement rings retain an impressive portion of the diamond rough. A skilled diamond cutter can retain as much as 60% to 75% of the original weight.
Keeping it Proportional
With pear shaped engagement rings, unlike other shapes, the proportions are more forgiving. What might seem elongated to one person is actually perfect for another, while a “squatty” stone, might actually be just the thing someone else had in mind.
Because the proportions are not as important as with other stones, it is possible to get an even greater deal on a diamond. What you want to look out for is that the diamonds doesn’t have a large “bow-tie “. The bow-tie effect is a dark spot across the width of the stone that is found in all fancy shaped diamonds.
Ask the jeweler to show you the pear shaped engagement rings you’re considering outside in the natural sunlight so that you can see how they will really sparkle. All pear shaped diamonds will have this bow-tie, but the goal is to find the one that has uses it as an attractive contrast rather than a distraction.
Hidden by Sparkle
Pear shaped engagement rings are also great because you can get a lower quality diamond without having any noticeable flaws. The pear shaped diamond is one of the fancy brilliant cuts, meaning it has tiny facets all over the stone which reflect light back, creating sparkle.
In a sparkly, well cut stone, inclusions can be strategically hidden. Especially if they are white in color, a diamond could be SI2 or I1 clarity without having eye-visible blemishes.
One thing to look out for, though, is inclusions hidden in the point of the diamond. Pear shaped engagement rings are delicate, particularly in the region of the diamond’s point. Inclusions in this area can create a weakness meaning that the diamond could be more likely to break there if it were hit.
Even covering the point with a prong is risky if it has inclusions here because a great amount of pressure is needed to bend the metal prong over the diamond and secure it in place. If it doesn’t break during stone setting, that pressure combined with the weakness from the inclusion makes it all the more likely to break down the road.