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All you need to know about the most popular shape of engagement rings


Pear Shaped
Engagement Rings

An uncommon and classy choice


Pear shaped engagement rings are quite rare, but they’re a great choice for people who are looking for an alternative cut that will allow them to stand out from the more common engagement ring shapes out there.

While pear shaped diamonds are more often used for earrings or pendants, they’re also a great choice for diamond rings too – they offer excellent sparkle and can appear larger than other shapes at the same carat size. Pear diamonds are actually a combination of two different cuts – the sparkle-fest round brilliant at one end and the elegant marquise at the other, making  them a great balance of sophistication and bling!

We’re going to look at:

  • What’s good about pear engagement rings?
  • What’s bad about pear engagement rings
  • Pear engagement ring setting styles
  • A pear engagement ring buying guide to tell you what you really need to know
  • Recommended specs

Do you know about the 4Cs of diamonds?

Much of the information on this page will focus on the diamond part of your engagement ring, as getting the rock right is key to getting an awesome ring for a great price. If you’re not familiar with the 4Cs of diamonds then I’d recommend reading this post which gives an overview of what you really need to know.

What’s good about pear shaped engagement rings?

Price

image of a round brilliant and pear shaped engagement ring

Diamonds that aren’t the common round brilliant shape are known as ‘fancy’ shapes, and the pear is one of the fanciest of them all – with one end being very similar to a round brilliant and the other end similar to the pointed marquise shape.

A big advantage of choosing a shape other than a round brilliant is that the price is the cost savings that can be made due to the lower levels of demand and because the restrictions on what makes a good shapes are not so stringent.

 

The table on the right shows the price difference in our Diamond Search Tool between a round brilliant diamond, the most common shape and a pear cut diamond of the same size and quality:

  • 1 carat
  • Color F
  • Clarity VS1

SHAPE

PRICE (US$)

DIFFERENCE (US$)

DIFFERENCE (%)

Round Brilliant

6,610

Pear

4,994

-1,616

-24.4

 

That’s a saving of a quarter of the price of the diamond that can be made by choosing the pear shape over the round brilliant – huge!

And, while some fancy shapes offer reduced scintillation and sparkle compared to the round brilliant, a pear engagement ring will sparkle nearly as well as other brilliant shapes, like the round brilliant or Princess cut because half the stone is, in fact, a brilliant cut. Click through to see just how much difference just changing the shape of your diamond can make to the price you pay on our Diamond Search Tool.

Visible size

Pear diamonds can also appear larger than other shapes at the same carat weight because they have more ‘spread’.

As the image on the right shows, although a 1 carat pear diamond is slightly less wide than a 1 carat round brilliant diamond, it is much longer, which gives the impression that it is larger than the round dimaond even though they both weight the same.

Diagram of a round brilliant diamond size against a pear diamond

 

Flattering

Lastly, pear cut engagement rings can be great for people who have small hand or shorter fingers. Pear shaped engagement rings are always worn with the point facing towards the end of the finger, which can make a finger look longer and slimmer. They’ll give an elongating effect without overpowering the finger and appearing too large.

What’s bad about pear engagement rings?

Bow tie effect

The biggest negative effect of pear shaped engagement rings is the same negative that affects all elongated diamond shapes, including the marquise and the oval: the bow tie effect.

The bow tie effect is a dark shape that appears in the center of the stone as light is reflected off the bottom of the stone and out of the sides. With no light coming back up through the top of the ‘table’ of the diamond, two triangular dark shapes appear, in the shape of a bow tie.

Unfortunately all pear shapes will have the bow tie effect to some extent, but there are things that you can do to minimise it, as we’ll find out later on.

Pear diamond showing bowtie effect


Warm color showing through

Pear diamond showing color at tip

The other negative to look out for with a pear shaped engagement ring is that the pointed end of the stone is more more likely to show up the true colour of the stone than some other shapes.

In general, white is seen as the most desirable color for diamonds. It’s the rarest and most expensive. As you get further away from white, most diamonds tend to pick up ‘warmer’ yellow tones.

Diamonds with ‘brilliant cut’ facets are great at disguising the true colour of the stone because the light that is reflected back to your eyes is ‘chopped up’, hiding any warmer tones behind sparkle. Pear diamonds benefit from this effect at one end only – the round end.  The other end isn’t nearly so good at reflecting light back, so it’s easier to see the actual colour of the stone.

Pear shaped engagement ring settings

Pear shaped engagement rings come in a wide variety of setting styles and in this section we’ll take a quick look at some of the most popular. If there’s a style that tickles your fancy, just click through to find out more. Or, if you’d like to see even more setting styles then click through to the individual retailer’s sites to check out everything they have to offer.


 

Solitaire settings are classic, simple and elegant. As well as allowing the most light to enter the center stone, meaning the diamond will sparkle as much as possible, they’re also pretty wallet-friendly, as they don’t have any fancy workmanship or extra precious stones to bump up the price.

Pear diamond solitaire engagement rings hold the stone secure with four or five prongs around the edge of the stone and then a V-shaped prong at the bottom which holds the stone but also provides a measure of protection for the fragile point.

Solitaire pear engagement ring from Blue Nile
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Pear shaped diamond engagement ring with solitaire setting

Pear shaped engagement ring with pave channel set band
Pavé settings are a great way to add some extra sparkle to your engagement ring. Each of the micro diamonds that are set into the band catch the light at a slightly different time to the center stone, making the band shimmer.

Channel set pavé pear engagement ring from Ritani
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While solitaire rings leave the center stone all on its own to do all the impressing, this pear diamond side stone engagement ring provides some wing men in the shape of 0.12 carats of smaller diamonds set on either side of the stone. Although many styles of side stone setting are available, this ring features an elegant heart design to up the romance factor considerably.

Heart shaped side stone setting from B2C Jewels
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Pear shaped diamond engagement ring with heart shaped side stone setting

Pear shaped diamond engagement ring with twisted shank pave setting
An ornate band (or ‘shank’ in jewelers terms) is a great way to make your ring stand out. This example feaures 0.72 carats of pave stones on the setting in a uniquely beautiful twist design.

Twisted shank pavé setting from B2C Jewels
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Bezel settings wrap the entire edge of the stone in metal and are a great way to provide protection for your engagement ring, which is especially important on shapes like the pear where the edges are vulnerable. This bezel pear diamond engagement ring also features a pavé band to ensure that the ring still has a huge amount of sparkle.

Bezel setting from Enchanted Diamonds
Enchanted Diamonds

Pear shaped diamond engagement ring with bezel setting

Pear shaped engagement ring with halo channel setting

Halo settings, which surround the stone with a ‘halo’ of smaller. This vintage-style halo pear diamond engagement ring features 0.4 carats of micro-gems in the setting, a vintage ‘millgrain’ effect (the tiny bobbles you can see around the edge of the halo and band, as well as a hidden diamond tucked into the side of the setting, underneath the main stone. 

If you want to combine a bit of everything that we’ve seen so far then this split shank pavé pear engagement ring is the one to go for! With over 100 diamonds set into the split band and the halo setting, it’s about as glamorous as they come!

Split shank pavé halo setting from James Allen
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Pear shaped diamond engagement ring with split shank pave halo setting


If none of these setting styles tickles your fancy then check out the Engagement Ring Finder tool, where there’s over 500 Pear shaped rings for you to choose from.

Pear shaped diamond buying guide

As mentioned earlier, pear cut engagement rings are quite uncommon, so it’s likely that your local bricks and mortar store will have a large selection in stock. Regular stores know that round brilliant cuts and princess cuts are the most popular, so are much more likely to hold them in stock.

If you are looking for a pear shaped engagement ring then the internet is your friend. Online retailers give you the choice of thousands of engagement rings and you can use online retailers’ customisation tools to make sure that you get a great looking stone.

In this section we’ll look at three of the four Cs to help you get an awesome diamond. There is quite a lot of detail here, but I’ll sum up all of the recommended specs in a section at the bottom of the page.

CUT

Although there are no fixed ‘ideal proportions’ for pear diamonds, like with the round brilliant, there are definitely some things to look out for to ensure that you get a great looking stone that reflects as much light back to your eyes as possible.

We mentioned the bow tie effect earlier, and the importance of minimising it as much as possible. This is very difficult to do unless you can see the exact stone that you are looking to buy, so if you’re looking to buy a pear diamond then I recommend either James Allen or Enchanted Diamonds, which both have excellent quality images and a 360 view mode which allows you to see how light affects the stone and how much, if any, bow tie effect is present.

Symmetry and shoulders

There is a definite outline of a pear that you should be looking for.

The top lobe of the stone should be a semicircle, with no straight lines orsquared off ‘shoulders’. This shape looks better, but is also more likely to reflect light back to your eyes and sparkle.

The point of the stone should be in a direct line from the center of the table and the top of the lobe.

The cutlet (bottom point) should be directly below the diamond’s top table. Again, this is much more likely to reflect light back to your eyes well. Any deviation will mean that light is reflected in off directions and out of the side of the stone, rather than back out of the top as scintillation.

Pear diamond with excellent shape

 

Lastly, the pointed end should not be too broad. Some diamond cutters may leave the sides of the stone quite round, bringing it into a point late on to increase the weight of the stone. This tends to make the stone look more egg-shaped than teardrop shaped and is definitely not as appealing.

Pear shaped diamond with broad tip

Broad tip at the top of the stone, as the cutter tries to retain as much weight as possible

pear shaped diamond with square shoulders

Square shoulders at the bottom of the stone – again, an effort to retain weight

Length / Width ratio

Although to some extent the ideal length / width ration is down to personal preference, the classic L/W ratio is 1:1.5 ie. the stone is one and a half times as long as it is wide.

Some people prefer longer pear stones, but I’d recommend keeping it under 1:1.75 or the stone is likely to look overly long and skinny.

Equally, going below 1:1.5 means that the stone may look a little squat and dumpy.

Pear diamond length width ratios
There are also two primary characteristics you want to pay attention to when looking at proportions. These are depth percentage and table size which are both expressed as percentages in a grading report.

Depth Percentage

Depth percentage is the depth as a percentage of the width of the stone. This is extremely important for pear shaped diamonds as it affects not only the amount of light that is reflected back off the inside of the stone and back to your eyes, and therefore how much the diamond appears to sparkle, but also how visible the ‘bow tie’ effect is. Unfortunately the bow tie effect can’t be eradicated completely, but my recommendation for reducing it while keeping as much sparkle as possible is:

Excellent

Very good

Good

56% – 66%

54% – 72%

52% – 76%

Pear diamond depth percentage

Table Percentage

Pear diamond table width
Table percentage is the width of the top ‘table’ of a diamond (the flat are on top) expressed as a percentage of the total width of the stone. Again this is an important ratio because the proportions here will affect how light is reflected within the stone and the amount that it sparkles. Look for:

Excellent

Very good

Good

54% – 64%

52% – 66%

50% – 68%


COLOR

Because the colour of the stone can be concentrated at the pointed end of the stone, I recommend going quite high on the colour scale for pear engagement rings – a G grade at a minimum.

Going lower than this means that yellow tones may be visible in the stone.

Of course, you can go higher than this if you want, but the very highest colour gradings are mainly because people want to have the highest grade they can – it makes little difference to the actual appearance of the stone.

Pear diamond with E color grade

E color – very white, but very rare and therefore expensive

Pear diamond with G color grade

G color – a great mix of color and good value

Pear diamond with I color grade

I color – warmer tones clearly visible


CLARITY

Like with color, one end of the pear cut diamond is great at disguising minor inclusions, and the other is not so great at it. So, if a pear diamond does have inclusions, then their location in the stone will make a huge difference to how visible they are.

If they’re at the round end then they may be hidden behind the sparkle and scintillation of the stone. If they are at the point of the stone then they may be hidden by the ‘crushed ice’ effect, but this is usually less effective at hiding the inclusion.

However, it’s only possible to tell this by actually examining the stone. Again, this is where James Allen and Enchanted Diamonds are great options.

My recommended minimum cut grade to ensure that a stone is eye clean is VS2.
Carat weight is something that people often get overly hung-up on. They want to choose a stone with a certain carat weight, even if it means that they end up making sacrifices on other, more important attributes of the ring.

The relationship between a diamond’s carat weight and its visible size isn’t always a direct one. When we judge a diamond’s size, we look at it from the top – known as the ‘face up’ position in the jewelry trade. However, much of the weight of a diamond is actually carried on the bottom half of the stone, where it can’t be seen.

The images below show the difference in size for pear shaped diamonds at a range of carat weights:

Pear diamond carat weight and size diagram

Hopefully you can see that increasing the carat weight doesn’t necessarily translate into a much visibly larger diamond. Changing the size from 0.8 carat to 1 carat is an increase in width of less than 0.4mm – less than 10%. However, the difference in price will be much more significant – an 80% increase.

The priority that you place on diamond carat weight and how bit you want to go is totally up to you. However, my recommendation is that you definitely don’t make it the most important attribute when choosing your engagement ring. Get the setting you love, find a diamond with a great cut that is going to sparkle brilliantly, make sure that it is eye-clean and has a good color and then see what carat weight you can fit into your budget.

A well-rounded diamond with excellent sparkle will much much more impressive than a big stone with obvious flaws.

CERTIFICATION

The fifth C, and a very important one too. When looking at any diamond, you need to ensure that any diamond that you’re looking at is a ‘cert stone’, which means that it has been assessed, graded and coded with a laser by an independent lab.

Each certificate has a unique report number and detailed information about the stone, covering the four Cs, the height, depth and other info. As well as providing assurance that the stone that you’re buying is the quality that you are paying for, a certificate also proves what you’re buying is not a substitute.

image of GIA diamond grading certificate

 

The lab to trust and to look for certification from is the non-profit Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It’s the most internationally recognised and generally seen as the most impartial of all of the gem labs.

The reason that the GIA is so well respected is because most others labs are part of trade bodies that contain jewelry retailers, or are ‘for profit’. While the GIA is very consistent with its gradings, the others have a reputation for being overly generous. What the GIA say is merely a diamond with a ‘good’ cut, maybe be graded ‘excellent’ by another lab, with an excellently large price to match.

Diamond certificates are what makes buying online safe and the best way to get a fantastic diamond at the lowest price. Knowing that each diamond you’re considering has been measured and graded by independent experts allows you to make an informed decision. You can take your time to consider the differences between diamonds and make sure you choose what experts have graded as the best stone, meaning that you get your perfect engagement ring at the best possible price.

Recommended specs

These specs are the minimum that we recommend to ensure that the diamond on your round brilliant engagement ring looks fantastic.

You can of course go higher than these specs, if your budget allows, but for many of the characteristics you are paying for improvements that are very difficult, if not impossible, to see by the naked eye, especially when mounted in a ring setting.

If you’re unsure about what any of these terms mean, check out this post which talks you through them all.

Clarity: VS2
Colour: G
Symmetry: Very Good
Length / Width ratio:

1.50 – 1.70

Table Percentage:

54 – 64%

Depth Percentage:

56 – 66%

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