Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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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.

Sold on this beautiful teardrop shape? Keeping scrolling to see our edit of pear-shaped engagement rings for every style and budget.

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Ashley Zhang Pear Cut Diamond Rolling Ring

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Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

This stunning ring is part of Ashley Zhang's signature hand-crafted rolling ring collection and features a pear-cut diamond set on a thin gold band. The two rings are attached and slip easily onto the finger.

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Grace Lee Twin Pear-Shaped

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It doesn't get more unique than this breathtaking style from Grace Lee featuring double pear-cut diamonds on a beautifully curved band. This piece also comes in white gold and rose gold.

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Bario Neal Custom Heirloom Diamond Angled Ring

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Featuring an heirloom pear-cut diamond and a tapered baguette diamond, this cluster ring is beyond breathtaking for the bride-to-be who loves a statement-making piece.

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Maniamania Ritual Solitaire Ring

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If you have a penchant for vintage jewelry, then you'll love this solitaire ring crafted with an antique old-mine-cut diamond. The pear-cut diamond has been reclaimed from antique jewelry making it an ethical and sustainable piece.

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David Yurman Lanai Full Pavé Ring with Diamonds

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Courtesy of David Yurman

We love the intricate detailing of this interlaced full pavé setting that works to highlight and frame the center stone. Traditional with a twist (literally!) this piece is ideal for the bride-to-be who wants a ring that feels classic but fresh.

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Lizzie Mandler Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler 

This pear-shaped stunner features a white diamond in a simple yellow gold setting with a hidden side halo that beautifully frames the center stone.

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De Beers Old Bond Street Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

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Named after De Beers' flagship address, this piece pays homage to the house's very first diamond ring. Its dazzling pear-cut diamond is set in a platinum micropavé diamond band.

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Shahla Karimi Pear Pavé V Rose Gold Ring

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Courtesy of Shahla Karimi

This blissfully blush ring is perfect for the bride-to-be who is drawn to colors and non-traditional styles. This piece showcases a brilliant pear-cut diamond nestled in the corner of a pavé band.

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Catbird Leda the Swan Diamonds Pear-Shaped Ring

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If delicate pieces are more your taste, opt for this simple yet striking ring from Catbird. Its rose-cut pear diamond has an heirloom feel to it and looks especially stunning when paired with a simple gold band.

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KatKim Duét Pear Pavé Ring

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This duet ring is as sweet as ever for the romantic at heart and features two kissing pear-cut set on a shimmering micropavé diamond band.

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Vrai The Knife-Edge Pear-Shaped Ring

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Classic brides-to-be will love this ring for its timeless aesthetic, polished gold band, and elegant silhouette. This piece is also offered in platinum, white gold, and rose gold.

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Jemma Wynne Prive Diamond Pear Open Ring

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Courtesy of Jemma Wynne

This unique engagement ring is sure to stand out in a crowd and is perfect for those who are looking for something delicate yet eye-catching.

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Jade Trau Sadie Solitaire Ring

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Courtesy of Jade Trau

An off-kilter setting gives this solitaire ring some edge. Our favorite detail? The attached bands that frame and spotlight the diamond.

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Tiffany Pear-shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

This perfectly tapered pear-shaped ring diamond is a combination of round brilliant and marquise cuts and is sure to catch the light at every angle. Wear yours with a matching plain or pavé diamond band.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Tilt Pear-Shaped Ring

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For the bride-to-be who wants something understand and delicate, this design is sure to suit your pared-back aesthetic. Wear it on its own or stacked with other pieces.

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Finn Pavé Pear Rose Cut Ring

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Courtesy of Finn 

This ring is the perfect mix of whimsy and drama and features a light-catching pear rose-cut diamond that hangs delicately from a pave eternity band.

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ILA Aleta Pear-Shaped Ring

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Simple yet modern, this East-West setting has a unique half-moon base and six sharp prongs. It sits delicately on the finger and pairs beautifully with gold and pavé bands.

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Anna Sheffield Celestine Orbit Pear-Shaped Ring

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For a one-of-a-kind look, how about this pear-shaped piece? Its sleek V-shaped band is crafted from recycled gold and cradles a gorgeous rainbow moonstone.

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Cartier Destinée Solitaire Pear-Shaped Ring

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Bring on the bling! We love this dazzling solitaire ring for the bride-to-be who loves a sparkly moment. The pear-shaped diamond available from 2.00 to 5.99 carats and set with brilliant-cut pavé diamonds.

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Anita Ko Two Stone Claw Ring

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If you're looking for a unique engagement ring–make it this one. It's crafted with not one but two pear-cut diamonds and its claw design appears stunning wrapped around any finger.

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Single Stone Janie Ring

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If you're a lover of all things antique, then you'll appreciate this unique ring that was converted from a vintage broach. The center stone is a pear-shaped rose-cut diamond set in an 18K yellow gold and silver mounting.

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Material Good Pear Shape Engagement Ring with Diamond Pavé

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This 7.38 carat pear-shaped diamond ring is seriously showstopping. The platinum handmade mounting, diamond pavé prongs, and band spotlight the center stone beautifully.

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Kwiat Pearl Diamond Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of Kwiat

In a perfect teardrop shape and set in 18K rose gold, this diamond ring is as timeless as ever. We love it paired with a simple rose gold band for a pared-back yet elegant look.

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Aprés Jewelry The Kaia Ring Setting

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For a modern pavè band, look no further than this gorgeous solitaire. Its hidden pavé halo around the basket at the base of the ring makes this piece shine even more brightly.

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Selin Kent Pear Ring

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Courtesy of Selin Kent

This mixed metal ring is intended to be an engagement ring-wedding band hybrid. This versatile two-in-one piece can be worn alone or with a stack of rings.

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Forevermark Diamond Pear North-South Beaded Ring

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If you're looking for a pear-shaped ring set on a band that's simple but eye-catching, consider this Forevermark piece that's designed with a beaded band. 

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Grace Lee Triple Pear Ring

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Courtesy of Grace Lee

Why have one pear-shaped diamond when you can have three?! We absolutely love this unique ring for the bride-to-be who's looking for a piece that's striking yet delicate.

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Kataoka Diamond Pear Crown Ring

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This one-of-a-kind ring is simply stunning and features three rose-cut pear diamonds and smaller light-catching diamonds to form a crown-like shape around your finger.

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Tomasz Donocik Electric Night Engagement Ring

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We can't take our eye off of this spectacular pear-cut emerald set on top of a double row of baguette diamonds. Its crown-like silhouette will make you feel and look like royalty.

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Nora Kogan Helene Ring

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If you're looking for an engagement ring that feels different and unique, then opt for this horizontal solitaire set in an unexpectedly elegant and hand-painted enamel band.

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