Pear-shaped fruits and pear-shaped gemstones are barely related. For diamonds, mineraloids, and other precious stones, a pear cut is an upside-down teardrop. In the industry, it’s described as a cross between an oval and a marquise, with the lower side pointed and the upper side rounded. And it works especially well with side stone settings.
Pear-shaped engagement rings are stylish and dainty. They may not be ideal for hands-on work because the pointy type might snag your hair, uniform, or documents. But it’s an elegant ring design that expresses delicate softness and femininity. So as long as your beloved is comfy with their girly side, let’s explore tips to buy pear-cut engagement rings.
Pear Shaped Engagement Rings Buying Guide
When shopping for pear-shaped rings, the emphasis is on the gemstone. The shape works well with any metal, but slimmer shanks feel more refined for pair cuts. Let’s look at 15 factors to consider while you’re shopping. And don’t forget to get the ring insured!
Tip #1: Get Familiar with the Jargon
Diamonds and precious metals can be … intimidating. And many of the people who sell them enjoy that power. So you may find a jeweler who throws these alien terms at you. They’ll make it sound like they’re being professional, but you might still feel patronized and lost.
So here are the basics – a pear-shaped gemstone has five parts: the head (that’s the rounded part on top), the shoulder, the belly, the wing, and the point, which is the tip. Pear-shaped rings are often worn with the tip facing up (towards the fingers) but that’s not set in stone …
Tip #2: Check All Your Angles
As we’ve mentioned, a pear-cut is the baby of an oval (or round, depending on who you ask) and a marquise. So while symmetry is crucial, you want the sides to be curvy rather than straight. Check that the left and right shoulders and the wings mirror each other identically.
The belly is the gemstone’s widest point, and it should be fat and round, like the famous laughing Buddha. You want to start with a loose stone so you can view it from all angles. Keep an eye out for bow-ties, which are inevitable, but should be as subtle as possible.
Tip #3: Protect the Point
The tip is where your pear-shaped engagement ring will chip. That’s its most vulnerable spot. So pick a setting that will keep this section safe. Bezels are ideal, but remember, this cut is related to round, marquise, and oval, which are all brilliant cuts. They focus on sparkle.
So while bezels are good for active partners to wear every day, they won’t glimmer as much as open settings. And pear shapes have big tables they want to show off. So consider a v-shaped prong or claw to preserve the gemstone without stealing its shine. Halos help too.
Tip #4: Check the Culet
Culets can be confusing. They’re protective because that’s where the pavilion points all meet. So it’s the diamond’s weakest spot and it’s the most likely position for a crack or a chip. But if the culet is too big, it creates a visible round window when you look at the stone from the top. Of course, you can’t avoid windows on brilliant cuts, but you don’t want them that obvious.
Plus, a big culet means less gemstone mass, which means lower carats. So yes, you want a culet on your pear-shaped engagement ring. But look at it from the side, not vertically. The culet should be midway between the belly, rather than the head and the point. It’s a higher CoG (center of gravity). So placing it at the broadest part of the gemstone makes it more stable.
Tip #5: Find a Central Table
Pear-shaped engagement rings are interesting because they have both linear and circular beauty. And with so many facets, it can be tricky placing the ring in its best light. Also, your beloved isn’t a statue. They’ll walk and work and wiggle their fingers. So the light will shift.
Assessing the ring from multiple angles will help you spot any differences in perception that could later cause a fight. Maybe it looks darker from certain sides. Look at the gemstone from the top, straight down. Its table should be right in the middle. The bigger, the better.
Tip #6: Go For Colour Over Clarity
Because of its shape and the position of its facets, pear cuts are good at hiding inclusions. They don’t let a lot of light through. Meaning it would look darker and duller than a round cut or oval cut in the same color grade. So for diamonds, get as close to D as you can afford.
As for ratio, pear cuts are pretty distinct. You can’t mistake it for anything else, even when the length: width dimensions are drastic or awkward. So look at your beloved’s jewelry to get an idea of what shapes s/he likes. Larger ratios mean longer gemstones. And vice versa.
Tip #7: Use a Jeweler’s Eye
No, we don’t mean the loupe – though you can use that too. We mean you should put on their shoes. So to speak. You – as someone intending to propose – are probably looking at the most affordable ring you can get without being labeled cheap. It should be a ring your beloved will like and wear proudly – the wrong ring could get your proposal rejected!
A jeweler is more driven by beauty and profit. They’re trying to sell you something pricy, but it has to be pretty or it’ll ruin their rep. So check for the things a jeweler checks for. And dodge any characteristics they would avoid. In pear-shaped engagement rings, these include wings that are too flat or too bulging, poorly defined pointed and overly-high shoulders.
Tip #8: Go Off Kilter
Especially if your beloved is on the quirky side. Because yes, a pear-shaped engagement ring needs to be completely symmetrical. But only the gemstone, since it shows asymmetry quite clearly. But the shank and the setting can sit any which way, as long as the point is protected.
So you may see someone advising your intended to ‘wear the ring upside down’ with the point facing the wrist. Go one better. Have the ring set slightly off-center so it stands at an angle. Or you could set in an east-west orientation. But check with your fiancé(e) first!
Tip #9: Do More With the Shank
Pear cuts are stunning and attention-grabbing. So you probably prefer a solitaire setting. Side stones can be cool – especially for playing with shapes and colored stones. But pave and channel would distract from the main stone. So consider playing up the band instead.
You could get a rolling shank – multiple movable rings interlocked in one. These trinity rings or Russian wedding bands make cute engagement ring options as well. And they make an amazing fidget tool for anxiety or ADHD. The rings can meet at their shared pear-cut stone.
Tip #10: Use Decorative Prongs
Pear-shaped engagement rings need a v-claw at the point. They also often have two slaws at the head. Or maybe one at the top and two at the belly. These prongs are intended to keep the gemstone from chipping. And their minimalist settings are meant to maximize sparkle.
But you can use them to play up the ring as well. If you and your beloved share irreverent senses of humor, why not use diamond-shaped prongs that mimic horns at the head of your ring? You could also use prongs to mix the metals in your ring, especially colored gold ones.
Tip #11: Consider Something Flush
When you think of a pear-cut ring, you’re probably picturing a narrow range. The stone is prominent and the shank is simple. But there are so many ways to style it, depending on your beloved’s taste and preferences. You could get a thicker shank and fit a small flush gemstone.
You could create a duet ring (twin bands) or a split shank. You could use a V-shaped shank to nestle and protect the point of the ring while adding style. You could use twin pears in tension or bypass settings. You could even use the stone as a pendant dangling off the band.
Tip #12: Use a Duet to Protect
We’ve talked about double-band rings (two bands), rolling rings (multiple bands that can move around each other), and split shanks. But the duet ring works best to preserve your pear-shaped engagement rings. They’re joint rings with a distinct protective silhouette.
The two shanks can meet in one or two places – usually at the front of the finger (the palm side) and at the stone. The sides of the ring diverge, leaving a hollow between. This hollow helps to hold the pear-cut gemstone more securely, so it’s less likely to crack or chip.
Tip #13: Shallower is Better
Carats measure weight. So a stone that has a deeper pavilion will look smaller even if the carat count is higher. Reason being the bulk of the carats will be hidden inside the setting. Deep stones can also be a problem for pear cuts because you have to raise them higher.
These high settings limit your styling options. They also expose the gemstone to scratching and chipping. So veer towards shallower pavilions and you’ll get better visuals. More value for money too! But not too shallow or your gemstone could break (and it’ll be less eye-clean).
Tip #14: Check the Stack
Some of us wear our engagement rings every day. Or maybe we have multiple engagement rings – with a costume clone or a simpler (and cheaper) version for wearing at work. And we like to stack our rings – whether it’s a wedding band and engagement or fashion rings.
So depending on how your intended wears their rings, you may need to carve them together. You might pick a v-shaped interlocking wedding band yet your spouse-to-be would rather have their pear-cut facing down. For pear-shaped engagement rings, stack alignment is key.
Tip #15: Go Slim or Go Thicc
With some rings, you don’t know where to look because the ring is too busy! So when you’re buying something arresting like a pear-shaped engagement ring, be more deliberate with your focus. If you’re buying a large gemstone, pair it with a slim band to make it look bigger.
But if your gemstone is smaller, you could try getting several pear-cuts and using them as side stones. Or you could dot them around the shank as pavé accents. For tiny stones, you could embellish thicker bans with milgrain, filigree, two-tone styling, or three-stone styling.
Top 15 Pear Shaped Engagement Rings
While the recommended ratio for pear cuts is 1.5 to 1.75, you may prefer something slimmer – or more stubby. After all, with pear-shaped rings, the cut is simple, but the design can be charming and complex. And you can complement the pear with other shapes and colors. To get those ring ideas brewing, check out 15 of our favorite pear-shaped engagement rings.
1. Rose Gold Pear Cut Side Stone Engagement Ring
Let’s start simple. The main image here has a round center stone, but you can pick a pear-cut. The side stones are pair cut too, with a halo and a three-way split shank in rose gold.
2. Coloured Diamond Pear-Shaped Ring
Colored stones look amazing on white metal. Here, the center stone can be a black diamond or a blue one (Tanzanite). Four claws hug the main stone as the side stones face east-west.
3. Coloured Pear Shaped Side Stone Ring
Pear-shaped engagement rings lend themselves well to color. In this case, a simple round gemstone on yellow gold is flanked by east-west pears in sapphire, emerald, or ruby.
4. Pear + Marquise Engagement Ring
Pointed stones need protective bezels. And this ring has six marquise diamonds each with its own bezel. They flank the four-pronged pear-shaped center stone on a 14k rose gold band.
5. Whirling Halo Pear-Cut Ring
A lot of us joke about being ‘a little OCD’. And if your beloved is one of those, s/he’ll hate the wonky angles on this ring. The off-kilter pear-cuts form the halo. And the shank is all whirly.
6. Tiara Pear Cut Engagement Ring
This cute fairy princess ring reverses the previous design. A pear-cut bezel-set stone in the middle with round-cut stones forming a half-halo tiara around the gemstone’s head.
7. Lab-Created Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
Lab-grown stones are just as real but quicker and cheaper. This one is set on 14k rose gold with four side-set pavé diamonds on each flank. The prominent prong basket is a nice touch.
8. Channel Set Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
If those upstanding prongs didn’t do it for you (or your beloved), try this pear-cut gemstone surrounded by princess cut Channel side stones. The open back allows more glitter and gloss.
9. Laurel Leaf Pear-Shaped Ring
You can do all sorts of pretty things with pear-shaped engagement rings. This one has a pear-cut center stone held up by four marquise stones in bezeled laurel leaf configurations.
10. Classic Pear Shaped Solitaire Ring
You might prefer not distractions from your pear-cut. In this case, the shank is split just as it touches the stone, offering extra support without attracting attention away from the stone.
11. Dramatic Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
This loud ring needs a partner with mettle. It’s a massive 2.67ct I-coloured stone. The shape hides inclusions so the VSI grade still keeps t eye-clean. And with petite pavé on the sides!
12. Pear-Shaped Pavé Rope Ring
Twisty, swirling shanks are pretty. And they’re even prettier when one of the cables is bejeweled. The pavé picks up the pear-cut sparkle without taking over the spotlight.
13. Lab-Created Pear-Shaped Infinity Ring
Here’s a mix-and-match ring that’s pure delight. The two shanks are coiled into six pavé infinity coils flanking the pear-cut solitaire. The duet shanks then fuse at the back of the ring.
14. Lab-Created Split Shank Ribbon Ring
This split shank ring has two distinct pavé bands plus a hidden halo. That ribbony shank is pure platinum while the massive pear-cut diamond is a whopping 2.43 lab-grown carats.
15. Classic Three-Prong Pear-Shaped Ring
We’ll close our list by celebrating simplicity. This pear-cut stone only has three prongs. But the split shank on either side serves as four more ‘prongs’ to keep the stone safe and stable.
What’s your favorite style of pear-cut engagement rings? Show us photos in the comments!