pear shape diamond

Bow Ties & Diamonds

Another fabulous Digital Diamond Buying trip to NYC happened last week. We explored pear shape diamonds in a private office 30 floors over the iconic diamond district. When you’re ready to have the diamond buying experience of a lifetime send me a quick message here.

Pears, ovals, and marquise are all shapes that can have a bow tie. A bow tie is a darker, bow tie shaped section at the widest part of the diamond caused by the cut. Specifically a bow tie is caused by the length to width ratio of the diamond and how steep the pavilion angle is. While your eyes just glazed over, and I don’t blame you! Avoiding a big dark bow tie is easy, look for pear shaped diamonds that have an excellent cut rating. OR concentrate on a length to width ratio between 1.3 and 1.5.


Fancy shapes can show a little more color than round diamonds so we try stay a little higher on the color scale, we like between D and G for pears and ovals being set in white gold, or between D and H/I set in yellow gold.


In the picture below you can see a big visible size difference between the 1.00 carat, 1.25 carat, and 1.50 carat pear shapes. The size difference is easier to see because all of these stones have a similar length to width ratio and an excellent cut rating.


When we talk about any diamond shapes with points we must mention safe settings. Any diamond point on a setting should be covered with a ‘V’ prong. It is a simple way to protect your investment.

Every buying experience is unique and tailored to an individual client. But, the basics about each shape don’t change. Feel free to comment or email me here if you need expert advice about pear shape diamonds.