Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings

Learn About Pear Shaped Diamond Ring

Pear shaped engagement ring is often a popular choice for those who prefer an alternative style to a traditional round diamond due to its unique teardrop shape, featuring both a rounded and a pointed end. 


Pear shaped engagement ring feature elegant cut stones and due to the shape of this kind of diamond, it elongates the wearer’s finger. This style of diamonds have the beauty of the round cut diamond, with the character of the marquis shape diamond, giving you the best of both worlds. 


Although, round cut engagement ring tends to be more popular, they are also the most expensive diamond shape. Pear shaped rings on the other hand, use a lot less wasted material when they are being cut, so they cost less carat for carat. Saying that, cutting process is complex and therefore can still be costly. 

What to look for? 

When shopping around for the perfect pear shaped engagement ring, there are a few key things to look for:

  Length-to-width ratio



Cut quality

The pointy end of the diamond should be directly between the diamond’s two rounded edges. The rounded edges should also be symmetrical.

The ‘bow-tie’ effect happens in oval diamonds, and the same can happen with pear shaped diamonds. It’s good to check that this doesn’t affect the brilliance of the diamond cut too much. We explain what the bow-tie effect is in more detail below.

Length-to-width ratio

For length-to-width ratio, ideally the length should be 1.5 times the width. This creates the best shape for a pear engagement ring. Having said that, choosing the right diamond often comes down to personal preference over what is seen as ideal. If you choose a longer or shorter diamond, it won’t affect its value.


Colour plays an important role in choosing a pear cut engagement ring because the pointy end can appear darker in diamonds that have colour.

What is the bow-tie effect?

The bow-tie effect occurs due to how diamonds are cut. In the centre of the diamond, a shadowy area can be seen, which is the bow-tie effect. Not all diamonds will have a prominent bow-tie effect, so you should look for one that is minimal to practically invisible.

Modern cut vs Vintage style engagement ring?

Pear shaped diamonds were first made by the Flemish inventor of the diamond-polishing wheel Lodewyk van Berquem. The shape was later refined in the 1900s with the use of modern diamond cutting tools. This makes this cut of diamonds look great when paired with a vintage-style setting. However, there are many different ways to style a pear shaped diamond due to its versatility such as a halo design or solitaire.

Best way to wear your engagement ring?

It’s really up to you how you choose to wear your pear shaped engagement ring, but the most common way is to have the narrower end pointing towards your fingers, like a falling teardrop. Wearing it this way also helps to elongate your fingers, making your hand appear slimmer.

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