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There's no denying that pear-shaped engagement rings are experiencing a major comeback, and it's easy to see why. These stunning teardrop-shaped pieces are not only timeless and eye-catching, but they also elongate your finger for a flattering look. Plus, no matter the size, a pear-shaped diamond always seems to sparkle just a little bit more than its counterparts.
What Is a Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
Pear-shaped engagement rings have an elongated teardrop shape and are a combination of a marquise and oval-cut.
With options for every aesthetic, pear-shaped engagement rings range from minimal solitaires to vintage-inspired styles and unique takes with colorful gemstones. Then, there are super-unconventional settings like clusters, double-band rings, and off-kilter stones, which are ideal for those inclined to forego traditional engagement rings.
Meet the Expert
- Ashley Zhang is a New York City–based fine jewelry designer. Before she launched her eponymous fine jewelry brand, Zhang studied fashion design and fine art painting at Parsons.
- Grace Lee is a fine jewelry designer who launched her eponymous collection in 2008. All of her pieces are meticulously produced in Los Angeles.
Ahead, learn about the pros and cons of pear-shaped engagement rings, how to care for them, and more.
Pros and Cons of a Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
"In general, because of its elongated shape, pear-cut diamonds show larger than some of the other diamond shapes like a traditional round brilliant," says Grace Lee, the founder of Grace Lee Fine Jewelry. "Because of this, they can be a better value with a larger surface area."
Although pear-cut stones can appear larger per carat, their teardrop shape can also make them fragile. "[A pear-cut engagement ring] has a very small, pointy tip that can make it vulnerable to damage," Lee warns. "Placing a prong or a V-prong on the point or choosing a bezel setting around the entire stone can help protect the tip of the stone from breaking or chipping with wear," adds jewelry designer Ashley Zhang.
"Since pear-shaped diamonds are not symmetrical—when comparing the pointed side and the rounded side—they can sometimes appear lopsided and heavy on one side," says Lee.
A pear shape can feel easily customizable as it can be worn with the diamond facing up, down, east-west, or slightly off-kilter.
What to Look for in a Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
- What makes a pear-cut diamond high quality? "Pear-cut diamonds, like ovals, can have a 'bow-tie,' or a darker loss of light in the center of the stone," Zhang explains. "The bow-tie on a well-cut pear-shaped diamond should be minimal and the symmetry of the stone should be even and have nice proportions—not too long and skinny, or too wide and stubby."
- What settings work for a pear-cut stone? "Traditionally, pear diamonds have been set in a north-south (vertical) or east-west (horizontal) orientation," says Lee who, personally, likes to set pear diamonds at an off-angle in both prongs and bezel settings.
- What metals work best for pear-cut engagement rings? "All metals work with pear-cut diamonds," says Zhang, who notes that pear-cut diamonds do tend to show more color than other cuts. If you want your diamond to appear very bright–particularly when set in yellow or rose gold–opt for one with an H color or higher.
How to Care for Your Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
To care for your pear-shaped engagement ring, Lee recommends using a soft baby toothbrush and an all-natural mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda to gently and safely clean your diamond. Since pear-cut engagement rings can be susceptible to chipping and damage, it's important to always handle your ring with care.
History of Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings
Pear-shaped rings are classic and timeless shape. First things first, a pear-shaped stone is also known by its alternative name: a teardrop. FOr over 500 years, this shape has evolved and adapted to the ever-changing need for more modern touches. Pear-shaped rings came from marquis shapes and were innovative from there.
Due to its ever-changing and evolving chic design, the pear-shaped is one of the most sought-after shapes for engagement rings. “Since they’ve been around for so long, you’ll be able to see both modern and antique diamond jewelry with pear-shaped diamonds. And in doing so, you’ll be seeing a wide variety of proportions,” Gem Society says.
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