Everything About Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings and How to Choose a Ring Setting for a Pear-Shaped Diamond

Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings for Every Bride

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Carrie Bradshaw may not have loved her pear-shaped diamond ring (“with a gold band”), but that was so 2002! Pear-shaped rings are seeing a resurgence and for good reason; they’re timeless, chic, and really stand out.

We all know the cut: pointy on top, rounded at the bottom, otherwise referred to as a “teardrop.” No matter its size, a pear-shaped diamond always seems to sparkle just a little bit more than its counterparts. Plus, it’s elongating on the finger for a flattering look.

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 tradition. Bonus tip: A pear shape can feel easily customizable as it can be worn with the diamond facing up, down, East-West, or slightly off-kilter; lady’s choice!

When opting for an ultra-modern version, minimal settings really help a dazzling pear-cut diamond shine.

Ahead, scroll for our favorite pear-shaped engagement rings for every taste and budget. Then, start dropping those hints.

KatKim Duét Pear Pavé Ring

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This KatKim creation is, hands down, the most unique pear ring we’ve ever seen.

Bario Neal Custom Heirloom Diamond Angled Ring

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Featuring an heirloom pear-cut diamond and two tapered baguette diamonds, this cluster ring is beyond breathtaking.

Lizzie Mandler Engagement Ring

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This dazzling pear is perfect for any modern bride.

De Beers Classic Pavé Solitaire Ring

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For a classic look with extra sparkle, look no further than pavé setting.

Shahla Karimi Pear Pavé V Ring

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Catbird Leda the Swan, Diamonds

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We love the delicate feel of this three-stone ring.

Jemma Wynne Prive Diamond Pear Open Ring

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This open ring is utterly unique.

 

Jade Trau Sadie Solitaire Ring

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Knife-edge bands and an off-kilter setting makes this pear ring a sensational choice.

Finn Pavé Pear Rose Cut Ring

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For an unexpected look, we love this dangling rose-cut pear diamond.

Vrai The Knife-Edge

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With six claw prongs, the pear-shaped ring is perfectly minimal.

Tiffany Pear-shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

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We love this sleek pear ring combined with a pavé wedding band for added sparkle.

Jennie Kwon Diamond Tilt Ring

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Set slightly askew, this delicate pear is perfectly understated.

Forevermark Diamond Pear North-South Beaded Ring

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A beaded band in rose gold is entirely unexpected.

ILA Aleta

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Simple yet modern, this East-West setting has a unique half-moon base and six sharp prongs.

Anna Sheffield Celestine Orbit Ring

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For a one-of-a-kind look, how about this sleek V-shaped band?

Cartier Destinée Solitaire

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All the sparkle for the glamorous bride.

Material Good Pear Shape Engagement Ring with Diamond Pavé

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Set in 18k rose gold, this pear-shaped diamond is a total stunner.

Simply Tacori

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Tapered side baguettes give this pear-shaped ring a geometric feel.

Kwiat Pearl Diamond Engagement Ring

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We love the simplicity of this rose-gold bezel setting.

Aprés Jewelry The Kaia Ring Setting

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For a modern pavè band, look no further than this gorgeous solitaire.

Selin Kent Pear Ring

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This two-tone ring is intended to be an engagement ring-wedding band hybrid.

Grace Lee Triple Pear Ring

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Why have one pear-shaped diamond when you can have three?!

Zales Art Deco Vintage-Style Engagement Ring

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This vintage-inspired ring has a feminine and romantic feel.

Kataoka Diamond Pear Crown Ring

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It doesn’t get more unique than this pear crown ring.

Tomasz Donocik Electric Night Engagement Ring

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Forgo tradition with this spectacular pear-shaped emerald set in 18k rose gold.

Maniamania Ritual Solitaire Ring

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We can’t look away from this pear-shaped old mine cut white diamond.

Jared Diamond Solitaire Ring

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This bezel-set pear is perfectly delicate.

Gillian Conroy Pear Brilliant-cut White Diamond & Yellow Gold Bezel Ring

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It doesn’t get more modern than East-West pear in yellow gold.

Single Stone Janie

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This beautiful ring was converted from a vintage broach

David Yurman Lanai Full Pavé Ring with Diamonds

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We love the intricate detailing of this interlaced setting.

Nora Kogan Helene Ring

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This white enamel band is unexpectedly elegant.

 

Pear Shaped or Teardrop Engagement Rings That Will Make Her Cry From Joy

What do you have in common with rapper Cardi B, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Elizabeth Taylor? More than you think — especially if you’re considering a teardrop engagement ring. Each of these celebs rock stunning teardrop engagement rings that really grab paparazzi attention.

While you might not be walking down red carpets on the regular, your stunning teardrop bling will still catch everyone’s eye (and they’ll all be wondering where you got it — and how much you paid for it).

How to buy a teardrop engagement ring

Teardrop engagement rings — also known as pear shaped engagement rings — are a combination of a round cut diamond and a marquise cut diamond that forms a teardrop shape.

This stunning shape isn’t as popular as a brilliant round cut diamond, but it’s just as timeless and romantic. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you decide on a teardrop engagement ring.

  • Keep ratios in mind
    Teardrop diamonds might seem like they’re all the same, but their shape can vary. A diamond with a ratio of 1.45 to 1.55 is your best bet, while shorter or longer diamonds might look fatter or longer. Of course, it’s all up to you. If you like a longer teardrop diamond, go for it. Rather get something a little shorter and wider? Again, totally your call.
  • Consider the color
    Teardrop diamonds can saturate with color in the point if you go with lower diamond color grades. So while J color diamonds might be a great way to save money on a radiant cuts, it’s not ideal for the delicate pear shaped diamonds.
  • Think about your lifestyle
    Does a ring with a point work with your job? You run the risk of snagging or hitting it on something. If you’re someone who’s active, or working with people like as a doctor or nurse, it might not be an ideal choice for your day-to-day life. You can cushion a teardrop diamond with a halo, but is that something you want? (More on that in a second.)
  • Decide on prongs
    Teardrop engagement rings come with four prongs or five prongs (the fifth protects the point of the diamond). It might make the ring more secure, but that added prong can up the snag potential a bit. At the same time, if you have a lifestyle that requires you to do more with your hands, the protection the point gets from that fifth prong might be a good thing.
  • Think about extra bling
    Do you want to add pave diamonds or a halo? But wait, what about a diamond halo and a band covered in accent stones. Then again, there’s a split shank design that allows even more tiny diamonds on the band. It’s good to have your preferences on these nailed down before shopping.
  • Decide how you’ll wear the ring
    This is the fun part because there is no one “right” way to wear a teardrop engagement ring. You can wear it with the point facing down (toward your hand) or up (toward the tip of your finger). Figuring that out now can help you find the right shape to flatter your hand.

Top teardrop engagement rings

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the beautiful options when it comes to teardrop engagement rings. Don’t flip, though: We’ve rounded up the top teardrop engagement rings to help you narrow down the search toward your perfect ring.

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Pave Pear Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

A halo setting — paired with pave diamonds down the band — really give the Pear Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring a regal feel (without the huge price tag).

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Split Three Row Diamond Engagement Ring

This split shank engagement rings uses three different diamond encrusted band segments to catch attention and draw the eye dramatically up to your center stone.

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Duet Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

Get a little bit of almost hidden bling with the Duet Pave Diamond Engagement Ring. This pear shaped center stone is set on a band that artfully adds pave diamonds on the sides of the knife-edge band, giving the whole look an added bit of shine.

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Princess Diamond Engagement Ring

You’ll certainly feel like royalty when you rock the Princess Diamond Engagement Ring that features princess cut accent diamonds that lead up to the pear shaped center stone. The best part: You don’t need a royal-size bank account to rock the look.

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Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

Your teardrop center stone will look like it’s floating with the Twist Diamond Engagement Ring. The good news: It’s securely set in the band, thanks to a mind-bending style that’ll definitely trick everyone.

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Three Row Micropave Diamond Engagement Ring

You’ll blind everyone when you rock the Three Row Micropave Diamond Engagement Ring. This stunner does feature a thicker band, but it’s to show off the three (!!) rows of accent diamonds that lead up to the center pear shaped stone.

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Twisting Underhalo Diamond Engagement Ring

Get a halo setting without drowning out the center stone with the Twisting Underhalo Diamond Engagement Ring. This setting features a row of accent diamonds on the band that then twists underneath the teardrop diamond, creating a floating halo look.

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Diamond Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring

At first glance, the Diamond Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring looks like a simple ring — but look closely. The teardrop center stone rests in an accent diamond cradle that adds extra shine around the stone and on the prongs.

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Classic Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

You can’t go wrong with the classics! The Classic Pave Diamond Engagement Ring features a four-prong design with a row of pave diamonds up the band, making it a simple — and timeless — look for every woman.

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Petite Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

At first glance, the Diamond Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring looks like a simple ring — but look closely. The teardrop center stone rests in an accent diamond cradle that adds extra shine around the stone and on the prongs.

 

Rose Gold Pear Shaped Engagement Rings That Will Keep Them Staring

With their warmth and romantic vibe, rose gold engagement rings are definitely having a moment. And among those looking for a unique style, pear-shaped diamonds been turning heads since style icons like Elizabeth Taylor started prominently rocking them in the ’70s. Combine the two, and you have a look that’s beloved by many brides-to-be.

Here are some important things to know about rose gold and the pear cut, and some of our favorite styles that combine the two into gorgeous rose gold pear shaped engagement rings.

Are pear shaped engagement rings popular?

Although they’ve been rising in popularity over the last year, pear-shaped engagement rings aren’t quite as trendy and widespread as styles like the emerald cut. Because they’re still somewhat under-the-radar, they’re a great choice if you want a unique engagement ring.

What about rose gold engagement rings?

Although white gold has been the top-selected metal for engagement rings for some time, rose gold has surged in popularity the last few years. What’s made it so popular? Its symbolism — the pinkish hue is synonymous with the heart and romance — plus the warm glow that gold brings to a setting.

How do you wear a pear shaped rose gold engagement ring?

Whichever way you prefer! Wearing it with the point facing up, toward the fingernails, has more of a slimming effect on the hand than when it’s flipped the other way. But it all comes down to personal preference. Some women even like to rotate the ring, switching between point-up and point-down as the mood strikes!

Top rose gold pear shaped engagement rings

Although there’s no end to the styles that combine these two elements, the styles below are our favorites of the rose gold pear shaped engagement rings. They represent a wide range of elements, ranging from classic to modern, that take these two characteristics and turn them into strikingly unique styles. You’re sure to find a rose gold pear diamond ring in the collection that fits your tastes.

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Classic Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

In this timeless look, pave accent diamonds and polished prongs beautifully showcase a pear cut diamond, making this engagement ring perfect for any hand. It’s also the perfect ring for the bride-to-be who loves simple engagement rings. It’s elegant without being plain thanks to the band encrusted with accent diamonds.

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Petite Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

In this classic three-stone style, a pear cut diamond is flanked by two sparkling round accent diamonds, held in a sparkling four-prong setting. With its petite band, the style is perfect for a center diamond of any size. The side stones are just big enough to add more sparkle without stealing the show from the gorgeous teardrop diamond.

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Three Stone Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

In this sleek, classic three-stone setting, a center pear is accented by baguette side stones. Since the baguette diamonds line up perfectly with the band, there’s nothing to grab attention away from that gorgeous teardrop diamond at the center of your glowing rose gold engagement ring. And since they’re step-cut diamonds, they give off larger flashes of light, differentiating them from your pear shaped diamond, which will sparkle (instead of flash) thanks to its brilliant faceting.

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Pear Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

In this ring, a romantic pear diamond is framed by a pave halo and 0.36 carats of accent diamonds, creating a rich, full field of sparkle. A halo setting is perfect for the rose gold pear shaped diamond ring since it adds up to a half carat to your center stone, drawing all eyes to the unique and undeniably romantic shape of your center stone.

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Duet Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

In a lovely blend of classic beauty and unique design, this ring’s pear diamond is accented with top- and bottom-facing pave stones. Although you may not look at the profile of your rose gold pear ring that often, everyone who admires your ring will see the gorgeous sparkles coming from your ring on both sides. It’s a show stealing piece.

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Princess Diamond Engagement Ring

Elegant princess-cut accent diamonds ascend toward a central pear in this traditional sidestone setting. And because princess cut diamonds fit perfectly flush to one another in this channel setting, the band of your engagement ring will look like a field of sparkle instead of separate stones. You’ll be amazed at how dazzling these accent diamonds are even though they extend only halfway down the band.

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Rising Accents Diamond Engagement Ring

In this elevated design, two slim rows of accent diamonds (0.16 cts) rise toward the center stone; a rose gold prong setting makes each gem pop. And since the two slim rows are offset, mimicking a bypass engagement ring, your eye dances around the center stone, making it almost impossible to look away from that stunning pear shaped diamond.

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Four Points Diamond Engagement Ring

This charming ring riffs on intricately detailed Victorian design, as milgrain-bordered accent diamonds set off a sparkling center stone. Although the ring is modern, the warm glow of rose gold on this antique style engagement ring makes it an instant family heirloom that you’ll pass down generation to generation. And the teardrop diamond’s romantic shape is a natural pairing for the almost lace-like design of this charming band.

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Vine Diamond Engagement Ring

A romantic twist. This slim, wavy band holds a central pear and 0.19 cts of accent diamonds; rose gold makes the stones and subtle design stand out. The two vines dance around one another as they lead to the center of this pear diamond engagement ring, and the difference between the pave and plain creates a beautiful balance to the eye.

 

Settings That Look Amazing As Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Engagement Rings

If you believe that fortune favors the bold, you’d might be drawn to a yellow gold pear-shaped engagement ring. A pear-shaped central stone has a number of beautiful qualities, chief among them its ability to turn heads on an engagement ring. (Just ask Elizabeth Taylor and Victoria Beckham, two style icons who attracted headlines for their pear diamonds.) The distinctive shape makes for a truly unique ring, and it’s especially flattering on the hand: Many brides-to-be love the pear because it elongates the fingers.

Pairing the stone with a yellow gold band is a natural combination. Pear-shaped diamonds can read as both modern or vintage; likewise, yellow gold’s main feature is that it lends an antique vibe, so you can combine modern styles with old fashioned elegance in one setting. And the variety of available settings might surprise you.

Read on for the most important things to remember when shopping for yellow gold pear-shaped engagement rings, and browse ten of our favorites.

Shopping for a yellow gold pear shaped engagement ring

Diamonds are often described as “icy” or flowing like water. The pear cut is a perfect representation of that concept. Because of its unique shape, the pear reflects the light a particular way; when it comes to the four Cs, you’ll want to pay a bit more attention to this diamond’s color. In fact, it’s the most important consideration when shopping for a pear-shaped engagement ring, because color will saturate in the diamond’s point.

When shopping for a pear cut engagement ring, look for a more rounded base and even shoulders to the stone. Those aspects give the stone a more consistent shine. Be wary of elongated pear cut diamonds; although they may make the fingers appear even more slender, particularly long shapes might be faultily cut oval diamonds. Not that there are any rules against it! As with any diamond, it’s all about your personal preference. For more information, check out our comprehensive guide to shopping for pear-shaped diamonds.

Choosing between 14K and 18K yellow gold pear shaped engagement rings

If you’ve settled on a yellow gold band, you have one more decision to make: Do you go with 14K or 18K gold?

Many people don’t realize they’re different shades, and the choice is an easy way to personalize your ring. An 18k yellow gold engagement ring will have a richer and deeper gold look than 14k, which has a tendency to look whiter.

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There’s also a difference in durability. Strength-wise, 14k is stronger than 18k because it’s made with a heavier mixture of metal alloys. 18k gold is also more likely to scratch than 14k gold, because it’s closer to the softness of pure gold. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; the effect is called “patina,” and many brides-to-be love the vintage look it creates. Read more about how to choose between 14k and 18k yellow gold for your engagement ring.

Top yellow gold pear shaped engagement rings

Pear shaped diamonds have undeniable romance. But that doesn’t mean every yellow gold pear shaped engagement ring is the same style. Check our 10 of our favorites below. You’ll see that even with this same diamond shape and metal combination, one ring can look dramatically different from the next. And that means you can find the perfect ring to suit your style.

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Diamond Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring

This stunning pear-shaped engagement ring is held in a “basket” studded with accent diamonds, along with diamond studded prongs, which beautifully highlight the center stone’s sparkle and shape. The band is domed but straight on the sides for a modern edge that keeps the simplicity from feeling old fashioned.

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Cathedral Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

A traditional cathedral setting, accented with 0.16 carats of pave-set diamonds, rises to meet the pear-shaped diamond, securely held with elegant prongs. The band is wider, though not one of our widest band engagement rings, for a sturdy setting you know will always cradle your center diamond with care.

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Vine Diamond Engagement Ring

Vine-shaped bands are known for their romantic vibe, and this is no exception. One gold and one diamond-studded vine intertwine to create a stunning look. We have similar settings with bigger accent diamonds (some people prefer that look), but we love how these delicate bands flow gracefully around each other.

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Coil Accent Diamond Engagement Ring

A slim coiled band achieves maximum impact, courtesy of more than two dozen inlaid accent diamonds. You’re going to love the top and profile of your ring with this band that lends a different look from every angle for visual interest that doesn’t go over the top.

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Rising Accents Diamond Engagement Ring

In this truly unique design, elevated rows of accent diamonds (measuring 0.20 cts) rise toward your center stone. Accented indeed. You’ll want to examine your ring from every angle with this one. From the top the diamonds look inlaid, but you’ll see their magestic rise upward toward your center stone from the side.

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Widening Solitaire Engagement Ring

Minimalist style, maximum elegance: This sleek, polished band widens near the classic solitaire setting for a sophisticated look. We think this band pairs particularly well with a pear shaped diamond because the subtle curve emphasizes the curved shoulders of the glimmering stone.

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Five Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Four fiery accent diamonds flank a central pear, creating a distinguished look and a field of sparkle. Three stone engagement rings might be classic, but brides-to-be who love a bolder look shouldn’t settle for less sparkle than they’ve dreamed just because of tradition. For them, only the five stone setting will do.

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Pear Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

A central pear-shaped diamond gets a romantic boost from pave set diamonds in a sparkling halo, and a diamond-accented gold band. The look isn’t just an elegant classic. We also love how the halo gives your central diamond, with its delicate point, protection so it stays as perfect as the day you propose for a lifetime.

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Twisting Vine Diamond Engagement Ring

Intertwined bands — one metal, one diamond-accented — rise like a ribbon up to a central pear-shaped stone. Think of this setting as the cousin of the previously mentioned Vine setting. On this one you’ll find thicker bands, larger accent diamonds, and a greater arch as the bands flow around one another.

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Traditional Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

Pure elegance. A super-slim band punches above its weight, holding a shimmering pear-shaped diamond flanked by ten accent stones. This is one traditional engagement ring for sure, and you’ll love how the accent diamonds extend just far enough down to band to make it look like it’s paved all the way around.

 

 

How to Choose a Ring Setting for a Pear-Shaped Diamond

Pear-shaped diamonds have an interesting outline that has an oval and a pointed side. The sharp end of the stone is one of its most vulnerable parts and can get chipped easily if hit hard enough. So, if you are wearing a pear-shaped diamond, you should make sure that its pointed end is well protected by the ring setting.

In general, the most popular settings for pear-shaped diamonds are the prong setting and the bezel setting.

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Prong Settings for Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The advantage of setting a diamond in a prong setting is that most of the stone will be visible as the prongs will cover little of its area.

Prong settings, however, are not the safest as their prongs can bend or break if they become worn out or get bumped.

How Many Prongs Are Best for a Pear-Shaped Diamond?

Usually, prong settings have either four or six prongs; occasionally, you can also see an eight-prong setting.

Generally, the more prongs a setting has, the safer it is as the stone has more support.

However, having a higher number of prongs means that you will have to spend more money on maintenance and repairs when the prongs start to wear out.

Pear-shaped diamonds set in four prongs tend to look more angular as the number and arrangement of the prongs creates the impression of an imaginary quadrangle.

Having six or eight prongs makes the shape of the diamond look more oval.

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However, you should see different setting designs and decide for yourself which is more appealing to you.

In some rings, there is a prong holding the pointed end of the pear-shaped diamond, while in others, that sharp corner is left exposed.

Our recommendation is to choose a ring in which the pointed part of the stone is held securely by a V-prong.

Using V-Prongs to Hold a Pear-Shaped Diamond

A V-prong is simply a metal peg shaped in the form of the letter V.

Because of their shape, V-prongs are used to protect the sharp corners of diamonds and other gemstones by wrapping these ends in metal.

In rings with pear-shaped diamonds, V-prongs can be used to hold the pointed end of the diamond.

The other prongs can have a round shape, but from a safety standpoint, it is best if the sharp part of the stone is held by a V-shaped prong.

Bezel Settings for Pear-Shaped Diamonds

Bezel settings are another popular choice for pear-shaped diamonds.

This type of setting is safer than prongs as it consists of a metal band that wraps around the stone and holds it securely.

The downside of the bezel setting is that it hides the sides of the diamond.

However, you should keep in mind that the hidden part of the stone will be well protected from hits and bumps.

Also, when a diamond ring is worn, its stone is seen mostly from the top, which is readily visible in a bezel setting.

At the end of the day, you should decide for yourself whether you prefer the safety of the bezel setting or the more open look of the prong setting.

A bezel setting is a good choice for a ring that you will wear when doing work with your hands, as the bezel will offer additional security.

A prong setting, on the other hand, is recommended for a ring that you will not wear during activities that may put it at risk of being hit and damaged.

 

9 essential tips for buying a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring (Updated)

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The pear-shaped diamond cut is a cross between the round brilliant and the marquise cuts, consisting of one curved and one pointed end. It has been around for about 500 years, making it one of the oldest of the diamond cuts. The pear-shape (also called the teardrop shape) is often used as the side stones on an engagement ring, flanking the center stone. They are also a popular cut for pendants and drop earrings. However, when chosen for the center stone, the pear-shape diamond is unique, eye-catching and has a classical feel to it.

Consisting of 58 facets, the same number as the brilliant round cut, the pear cut gives a fantastic sparkle to the stone. In fact, it is the most brilliant of all the fancy cuts making it a great choice for a center stone. In addition to this, pear-shaped diamonds elongate the fingers, and suits any hand shape.

Pear-shape diamonds require great skill to create which is why it can be difficult to spot a high quality pear cut diamond. There are a number of factors involved when choosing one. Here is what you need to know if you decide to choose a pear-cut diamond.

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  • Look for perfect symmetry
  • Choose the length to width ratio
  • Check if there’s a bow–tie
  • Choose your setting – Protect the pear shape
  • What style suits the pear diamond?
  • Pick you color grade
  • The best clarity grading for the pear cut
  • Where to buy online
  • Buying an antique pear-shaped diamond ring?
  1. Look for perfect symmetry

When it comes to pear cuts, symmetry is critical! We cannot emphasize this enough. If you buy a pear cut diamond that is slightly wonky, it will show. The slightest difference will be noticeable.

If divided down the center, each section should be a mirror image of the other. The point of the stone should align with the tip of the curved end. There should not be any straight edges on the sides of the cut, which should gracefully curve towards the point. The rounded point should not be too wide, as this can cause it to have a triangular look and neither should it be too narrow.

Look for Excellent or Very Good symmetry in a pear cut. The symmetry will also depend on the length to width ratio of the stone.

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  1. Choose the length to width ratio

The ideal length to width ratio for the pear-shape is 1.50 to 1.75. Anything under 1.50 and the stone starts to look squat while anything over 1.75 will make the stone look too narrow and long.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t choose a length to width ratio outside of 1.50 to 1.75. It all comes down to personal preference. A long, narrow diamond suits drop earrings beautifully, while a more classical pear shape makes for an awesome center stone for an engagement ring.

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  1. Check if there’s a bow–tie

A bow-tie is the darkened area, in the shape of a man’s bow-tie, which lies across the middle of the diamond. This occurs when there is not enough light reflecting from the surface of the diamond, created by facets that are misaligned. The light travels through and out of the diamond, instead of being reflected back at the observer.

Pear shapes are susceptible to having a bow-tie, but this can range from being nearly undetectable to severe. If the diamond has been cut expertly, with the facets aligned perfectly, then the bow-tie will not be as visible.

If it is the first thing that catches your eye when you look at the stone, then it’s best to choose another one. The issue is that you have to actually view the stone to see if it has an unsightly bow-tie, as the certification will not give you this information.

Below is a screenshot of a selection of pear cut diamonds from James Allen. Although all the diamonds have similar specifications and prices, they all have varying degrees of bow-tie, with the diamond third from the top left having the most severe. On paper, all these diamonds would seem nearly identical.

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  1. Choose your setting – Protect the pear shape

The pear-shaped diamond needs to be placed in a protective setting, as you don’t want the pointed end to chip or get caught on fabric.

The best setting would be a six-prong setting. This has five prongs holding the diamond securely in place, while the sixth V-shaped prong protects the point.

A five-prong setting is also a secure choice, with just a prong less around the diamond. It is perfect for smaller stones. Bezel and halo settings also provide ample protection for a pear cut diamond. Regardless of the setting you decide on, just ensure that the diamond has a V-shaped or large bottom prong to protect the point.

Here are five different types of settings from James Allen. The six prongs in this first setting are set in pairs and appear like three large prongs. This is ideal for smaller pear shapes and offers very good protection for the point.

pear shaped diamond

 

This 5-prong setting has a V-shaped tip that protects the point with all 5 prongs holding the diamond steadily in place.

5 pronged ring setting paer

 

This is the common 6-prong setting for pear shapes. The bottom prong in this setting is wide enough to protect the point.

6 pronged ring setting paer

 

A halo setting offers protection all around the diamond and protects all the edges while adding an extra sparkle to the stone.

halo setting pear

 

This tension setting is fairly uncommon for pear shapes. It is quite unique and not a common choice for pear-shaped diamonds.

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  1. What style suits the pear diamond?

If choosing the style for an engagement ring, bear in mind that the pear-shaped cut is quite versatile.

It looks stunning as a solitaire ring, taking pride of place in the center. If you want a more classical and elegant choice, you can opt to have the 3-stone pear diamond style, where two pear shaped diamonds flank a central pear stone.

three stone setting

 

  1. Pick you color grade

This is a shape that tends to show even the slightest color, so if you don’t want there to be any tint in your stone, you will need to select a color grade at the top of the near colorless range.

D-G grades on the GIA scale would be the best choice. Colorless grades will give you more sparkle and fire. The downside is that colorless grades, such as D-G, will cost more than slightly tinted grades. Remember that there is very little perceivable difference between these grades, but the price tags can be very different!

The pear cut comes with a hefty price tag. On Blue Nile, a round, 1 carat, good cut, VVSI diamond with a color grade of D cost $8488 while the same diamond with a G color grading cost $5759. That’s a difference of $2729 for an aspect that you may not even be able to distinguish.

This color recommendation is only applicable if you are choosing white gold, platinum or other silver-hued metals. However, if you opt for yellow or rose gold metals, you can choose a slightly more tinted stone from grades H-K.

  1. The best clarity grading for the pear cut

The pear cut is great at hiding inclusions. You can choose from Flawless to Very Slightly Included 2 for stones less than a carat.

However, if you’re planning on picking a larger stone, then it’s best to select between Flawless to Very Very Slightly Included 2. Inclusions will be more visible on larger stones so it’s best not to compromise on quality in this aspect.

Make sure you view the stone or high quality photos or videos of the stone to ensure that it is eye-clean.

  1. Where to buy online

Whichever retailer you decide to go with, always make sure that they are reputable, are specialized in what they do and will provide you with certification.

Check that the certifying laboratory is reputable, such as GIA, AGS and EGL. The report should be complete with information on clarity, color, carat and cut. Also, remember that with pear-shaped diamonds, it is essential that you view the stone carefully before you buy it, to check for factors such as symmetry and bow-tie.

It is best to choose a professional retailer like James Allen, who have high quality photos and special Diamond Display Technology, that will allow you to inspect your diamond closely (and if worse comes to worst, you can still return the diamond after your purchase for a full refund if you aren’t satisfied with it). pear cut engagement ring guide

  1. Buying an antique pear-shaped diamond ring?

Sometimes, old is gold. If you have found an antique pear-shaped ring, just ensure that you aren’t being ripped off by asking for a certificate of authentication or an appraisal of the ring.

As the diamond will already be mounted in its setting it cannot be evaluated in a lab as loose stones. It might be a good idea to have this double-checked by an expert.

The most important thing to remember with the pear cut is that it is essential to see the stone prior to purchasing it. The grading report will not mention the most important factors such as the curves of the sides.