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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 diamonds or gemstones have an elongated teardrop shape and are a combination of a marquise and oval cut.
For over 500 years, pear-shaped rings evolved and adapted to the ever-changing need for more modern touches. They came from marquise shapes, and today, there are pear-shaped engagement rings for every aesthetic, from minimal solitaires to vintage-inspired styles and unique takes with colorful gemstones. Then, there are super-unconventional settings, such as clusters, double-band rings, and off-kilter stones, that are ideal for those inclined to forego traditional engagement rings.
We spoke with industry experts and bling connoisseurs Ashley Zhang, Grace Lee, and Katie Zimmerman to explore all of the insider details about these teardrop-shaped stones.
Meet the Expert
- Ashley Zhang is a New York City–based fine jewelry designer who launched her eponymous brand after studying fashion design and fine art painting at Parsons School of Design.
- Grace Lee is a Los Angeles–based fine jewelry designer who launched her eponymous collection in 2008.
- Katie Zimmerman is the chief of merchandising at Blue Nile.
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
"Because of their elongated shape, pear-cut diamonds show larger than some of the other diamond shapes, like a traditional round brilliant," says Lee. "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 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 or down (north-south), horizontal (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 or east-west 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 these diamonds 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 (i.e., nearly colorless) 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. "For ongoing care specific to pear-shaped engagement rings, it's important to remember to remove the ring while being active or exercising. The elongated nature of the pear stone with the point at the end, which makes it so pretty, can also cause it to be the first thing that is impacted if a significant force hits it," warns Zimmerman. These safety precautions include regularly checking the security of the stones as well. "It is not uncommon for prongs to become loose over time with wear and checking them will make sure they are always secure."
Lastly, place your ring in a safe place, like a jewelry box or fabric-lined ring box, before partaking in any hand-heavy activities. "As a general rule of thumb, it's best to remove your ring when exercising, washing dishes, showering, baking, gardening, or putting makeup on. This will keep the ring shinier for longer, so you're spending less time cleaning the diamond and band," explains Zimmerman.
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