What Is a Pear Shape Engagement Ring?

When searching for the perfect engagement ring, it's essential to find the perfect style for you. After all, this ring will represent your love story, honor your commitment, and serve as your most-loved accessory. If you are looking for an engagement ring style that is both classic and unique, you might be wondering if a pear shape engagement ring if right for you. Beyond the iconic tear-drop shape of the center stone, what is a pear shape engagement ring?

Pear shaped diamonds have long been loved by brides-to-be seeking a unique, timeless design. With most couples choosing round shaped diamonds for their center stones, pear shaped diamond engagement rings truly stand out from the crowd.

While it is true that pear shaped diamonds are less common, they do have a loyal fan club of their own. The love for pear shaped diamonds isn't new, either— actor Richard Burton once famously paid $1.1 million for a 69-carat, pear-shaped diamond for his his iconic wife, Elizabeth Taylor.


Is a Pear Shaped Diamond Right for You?

A pear shaped diamond is also called a teardrop diamond because of its rounded shape which narrows into a point at the top or bottom. It is a modified brilliant round cut on one end and the pointed tip on the other end. When worn as the main stone in an engagement ring, a pear shaped diamond's round side, or head, typically faces the knuckle, while the point faces the fingernail. This makes the dramatic teardrop effect when the finger is raised. But how to wear a pear shaped diamond is entirely personal: you might prefer to wear the round side away from the knuckle, or even horizontally with a dramatic east-to-west setting.


Anatomy of a Pear Shaped Diamond

Pear shaped diamonds have five different regions: the head, the shoulders, the belly, the wings, and the point. The head is round shaped, and the shape begins to narrow below the shoulders toward the belly, before coming closely together at the wings and finally meeting in the dramatic point.


Tips When Buying a Pear Shaped Diamond

There are several factors that affect the appearance and beauty of a pear-shaped diamond.

Most diamond wearers prefer a length to width ratio between 1.55 and 1.75. The length and width of a poorly cut pear shaped diamond will appear out of balance.

When shopping for a pear shaped diamond, look at it face up and check for gently rounded shoulders and wings. Wings that are too flat will make the diamond appear too narrow, while wings that are too rounded will make it look too short and off balance.

The perfect pear shaped diamond should have identical sides. When both sides are identical, 29 facets will be visible on both sides.

When looking for a pear shaped diamond, be aware of the “bow tie effect.” This term refers to the light gray to black pattern resembling a bow tie that typically runs across the width of the stone from the center of the table. A cut that minimizes the effect to the point that it’s hardly visible is a key to a beautiful pear shaped diamond.


Pear Shaped Diamonds Compared to Other Shapes

One of the most appealing aspects of pear shaped diamonds are that they are significantly less expensive than brilliant round shaped diamonds, thanks to the fact that pear shaped diamonds usually have very minimal amount of waste when being cut from a raw stone. As carat size increases, the price gap between round and pear shaped diamonds widens even more. When considering diamonds 3 carats and higher, choosing a pear shaped diamonds can equal enormous savings.


Are you looking for the perfect pear shaped diamond engagement ring? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection online here.

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