Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings

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Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings

Pear shape diamond engagement rings, or what are sometimes referred to as “teardrop” engagement rings due to their shape, feature both a rounded and a pointed end. While this type of diamond looks modern in appearance, they have actually been around since the 15th century, going in and out of fashion with the times.

Are pear shape engagement rings popular?

Pear shape engagement rings are popular because they’re elegant cut stones. Due to the shape of this kind of diamond, it elongates the wearer’s finger. Pear shape diamonds have the beauty of the round cut diamond, with the character of the marquis shape diamond, giving you the best of both worlds. People who are looking for a unique style of engagement ring will be charmed by pear shape diamond engagement rings.

Are pear shape engagement rings expensive?

Round cut diamonds are the most popular and the most expensive diamond shape. Pear shape diamonds use a lot less wasted material when they are being cut, so they cost less carat for carat.

Pear Shape Halo Ring

Pear Shape Halo Ring

While pear shaped diamonds may be cheaper than round cut, they are still on the pricier end of diamonds because the cutting process is complex. An advantage of pear shape engagement rings is that they give off a lot of shine. That means you can purchase a lower carat diamond, while impressing people with a brilliant diamond ring.  

What should you look for in a pear shape diamond?

When shopping around for the perfect pear shape diamond, 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 shape 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 a pear shape 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 as a pear cut stone.


Colour plays an important role in choosing a pear shape diamond 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 pear shape diamonds will have a prominent bow-tie effect, so you should look for one that is minimal to practically invisible.

Are pear shape diamonds a modern cut?

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

Which way should you wear a pear shape diamond?

It’s really up to you how you choose to wear your pear shape diamond, 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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