Searching For The Best Pear Shaped Diamond

Q:

Hi Liz,

I’ve been searching for the best pear shaped diamond for several months. Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many with bow ties, chubby pears, skinny pears, poorly cut pears with huge black spaces and several almost oval pears. This diamond is the best I’ve found to date in my price range over 2 carats with the tear drop I’m looking for . It’s rated as a 3A from AGA, however all aspects are 1A except the the girdle. The diamond is being sold through Brian Gavin which I have read is very reputable. I’d like a second opinion before making this huge purchase and came across your website and thought I’d send the info on to you before making the plunge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

GIA Cert 7221717582

It is currently priced at $11,126.

Thank you,

Cathy

A:

Hi Cathy,

I’m happy to help you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I see from the GIA report this is a 2.02ct K VVS2 that was recently graded this past May.ย This pear has a great HD video and pic! I don’t see any discernible bow-tie; which is fantastic. This pear is a nice compromise of not being overly ‘fat’ and also not overly ‘thin’ (which tend to show bow-tie’s much easier). The length/width is 1.53 which is right in the sweet spot.

pear shaped diamond

Beautiful 2.04ct K VVS2 from Ritani

With regard to the girdle, it is medium to very thick (not very thin to slightly thick as AGA suggests), which isn’t bad at all. I honestly think that judging this aspect in comparison to the overall light return and contrast patterning is being overly critical. It’s a gorgeous pear! Remember, numbers are guidelines and there is room to offer variance, especially with fancy cuts as we are limited to only a few proportion sets.

With that being said, another pear that you might consider is this 2.04ct K VVS2 from Ritani for $7,266.00: https://www.ritani.com/diamonds/pear-diamond-2-04-Carat-K-color-GIA-certified/D-6N6173

This one has perfect specs and no bow-tie. It also has larger face-up dimensions measuring at 11.22×7.25mm. The one caveat to this one (and also a reason why the price is so reasonable) is that it has very unique ‘yellow’ fluorescence! This isn’t bad, just another color fluorescence that natural diamonds can have (they can also have green…). I’m guessing that you are probably going to set this in a yellow gold or rose gold setting so as to match the natural warmth of the ‘K’. If so, I think this diamond is worth considering. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Also, it is worth mentioning that I run ODBA as a free service and as such the site is compensated through partnerships I’ve made with select vendors. All I ask is that when you are ready to purchase, if you could please support my efforts and click the associated diamond link so that the retailer knows that I’ve been working with you. I would certainly appreciate it! There is no disadvantage to you in terms of pricing, etc. and it really is how I am able to offer advice, guidance, and prompt service. I hope you agree.

Here’s a link with my code for Brian Gavin Diamonds: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com (embedded) – if you should choose to purchase the pear from BGD, then please click this link prior to purchase.

I want to make sure that you feel completely confident in your pear selection, so please let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz,

Thank you for the quick response. I was planning on setting the diamond in platinum. Based on what I’ve read, I shouldn’t go below H if that’s my plan, but the 2.02 looked whiter to me than other I’s and J’s I’ve looked at. Do you think it would look too yellow in platinum?

If I go through any of your partners, I will for sure use your links. I appreciate you helping me out. I can imagine this is a pretty niche service.

Another seller I’ve been talking to for the past few months sent me a new diamond yesterday. I originally started talking to them because they sold HPHT diamonds and figured I could find a larger, whiter diamond for the same price as a fully natural diamond. The fact that it’s HPHT does not bother me but I know it’s a little controversial and most sellers do not sell them. This diamond is a 2.50, G, VVS2, GIA report: 3225925876.

https://v360.in/hani/vision360.html?sr=-20&d=MD-007

From what I’ve read, the depth is a little shallow, but the video seems to show quite a lot of light refraction (less than the 2.02, but more than quite a few that I’ve looked at). I love the ratio and don’t see any bowtie. The seller is offering it at 12.4k.

What are your thoughts on this diamond?

Thank you again,

Cathy

A:

Hi Cathy,

You can set the diamond in platinum, that is fine. Most people feel comfortable going to a ‘J/K’ in a white metal setting but I do caution going lower in color grade (K/L +) as you can then see the warmth pretty easily.

I’ve looked at the video and GIA report – all looks good. The only exception is that the girdle is thick to extremely thick which does take some of the carat weight.

Overall, if you feel comfortable investing $12,400 for a color treated diamond then that is 100% your decision. However, if you ever wanted to sell it, you’ll likely get very little for it. The value in diamonds is for natural untreated stones – which is something to think about.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Best,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz,

Thank you again for your email. Do you think $12,400 is over-priced for this colour treated diamond?

I did get two more videos from Enchanted Diamonds. Stock # P208-02086Z598 from Enchanted Diamonds that is a J appeared very yellow. The video of P202-57147Z136 (GIA 6192756317) which is an I did appear a lot whiter (from what I’m guessing due to the combination of colour and medium fluorescence).

I do really like the 2.02 K, but I’m hesitant on the colour.

If I had absolutely no intention on re-selling, which diamond would you suggest? Or, would you suggest waiting until I find another diamond that matches my criteria?

Best,

Cathy

A:

Hi Cathy,

I personally think that paying $12,400 for what is essentially a brown pear shaped diamond that has been irradiated to look white(er) is too much, yes. But that is my opinion and others would think differently.

The 2.02ct I SI1 has some dark crystals that are visible – so this diamond is not eye-clean. It also appears dark from the still image.

pear shaped diamond

Gorgeous 2.07ct I SI1 from Ritani and Zoara.

The 2.08ct J SI1: https://enchanteddiamonds.com/?a_aid=ODBA#diamond=P208-02086Z598 looks much better. The pear is brighter, whiter and offers even contrast. I don’t see any intense ‘yellow’ but keep in mind that color saturation on a pear will always be more towards the point.

I did a search for you and recommend this 2.07ct I SI1 from Ritani for $11,529.00: https://www.ritani.com/diamonds/pear-diamond-2-07-Carat-I-color-GIA-certified/D-0MN9S2

This pear shaped diamond is an SI1 with some very minor gray/tiny dark crystals under the table facet. This will not be easily noticeable with the naked eye (believe me, diamonds love oil and dust and this is MUCH more visible through daily wear than any super tiny inclusions!). The diamond was graded this year by GIA and has great proportions and is a lovely ‘I’ which really is the best compromise for you. Face up dimensions are large and length/width is 1.50 which offers the best in terms of brilliance and no major issue with a bow-tie.

I really love this diamond for you! Keep in mind that people notice face up size and brilliance/sparkle first, then color saturation, then clarity.

So, let me know what you think! This beautiful pear shaped diamond might be the one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Best,

Liz

Diamond Prices: Ritani Vs. Zoara

Q:

Hi Liz,

I’ve decided to pass on the HPHT pear shaped diamond based on your advice.

I’ve been looking on your partners websites a little more and talked to Ritani about the 2.07. They couldn’t get a video from the vendor for me. They said I can order it to a store and look at it there however the closest store to me is 2.5 hours away. I wanted to exhaust ALL other searches before committing to ordering it and ending up finding it for $1,100 cheaper on Zoara. I’ve seen the same diamond listed on two websites before but not with such a large price difference. Is this something I should be wary of? Would you be comfortable buying this pear shaped diamond based soley on the picture without seeing a video?

http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_pear_excellent_cut_i_si1#p=6512824

https://www.ritani.com/diamonds/pear-diamond-2-07-Carat-I-color-GIA-certified/D-0MN9S2?search_key=D-0MN9S2

I’ve gone through about 15 other diamonds this week and none compare to this one. I do think this might be the one.

I look forward to your response.

Best,

Cathy

A:

Hi Cathy,

Sounds good about the HPHT decision – I think in the long run you’ll be happy you went with completely natural; no regrets.

I’m glad you’ve been doing your research – I usually spot the cheapest prices, so you beat me on this one! I do apologize for that!!!

No, there is nothing wrong or sketchy to worry about with finding the same pear shaped diamond for a different price on different retailer websites. Each retailer has their specific margins to keep up and some retailers that are larger or have more cost overhead obviously pad more into the retail price. Zoara by far, offers some of the lowest prices online but there is a trade-off; they are a small team and not super fast with customer service times, etc.

Anyway, yes, I’d order this diamond from Zoara and give it a try. You have nothing to lose as they offer a full refund if for some reason you change your mind. But I honestly think you’ll love it! It’s the best we’ve seen in your price range, and you are definitely not compromising on cut or even color! The inclusions are minor and when you get the diamond you’ll see what I mean that you will struggle to see them; even with a loupe.

Here’s my link: http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_pear_excellent_cut_i_si1#p=6512824&a_aid=4f0ebd544dae1

Once again, if you could please click the link prior to purchase – this will ensure that I’m counted as your referral for helping guide you. There is no extra cost to you – so I truly do appreciate it!

Let me know if you have any last minute questions!

This pear shaped diamond is so beautiful – you’ll get the 2.00ct that you want and it’s still near-colorless! Very exciting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Best,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz,

No need to apologize. When I first looked on Zoara I don’t believe the GIA report number was listed, but I compared everything one to one to discover it was the same one from Ritani.

I bought the diamond on Friday using your link. Can you please confirm you received the credit?

I can’t wait to see it. I’ll let you know what I think when it arrives.

Thank you again for your help.

Best,

Cathy

Q:

Hi Liz,

I have the diamond now. I had it looked at by a certified appraisal professional on Saturday and everything checked out. The diamond itself is gorgeous. You were 100% right when you said the inclusions wouldn’t immediately be noticeable because they were under the table facet. When I showed it to my friend, she immediately thought it was a higher clarity because she didn’t notice any inclusions from the top. I love the “I” colour and the 1.5 l/w ratio is perfect. After viewing so many diamonds online, I was worried the 1.5 MIGHT appear to be “too fat” for my taste since I was leaning towards a 1.6, but it definitely is not. Seeing the fluorescence in person was also really impressive. Overall, I love the diamond, and I loved the price. I can’t wait to see it mounted.

Thank you for your time and your help.

Best,

Cathy

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