Pear diamonds are a classic combination of a round and marquise cut. The round portion forms the body of the pear while the marquise cut creates the pointed end.
Symmetry is highly important in pear stones, and an ideal pear cut with have the pointed end lined up with the center of the rounded end. HYSTR recommends that buyers purchase pear stones with Very Good or better symmetry by GIA standards.
Some pear stones can exhibit a 'bowtie effect', where a bowtie shaped darkness is visible in the middle of the stone. HYSTR's GIA Gemologists can examine stones to help a buyer choose a diamond with little to no bowtie effect.
Pear stones should be set with prongs that protect the end point to reduce the probability of chipping.
The following tables provide additional guidance for understanding the cut, color, and clarity of pear stones.