The Complete Guide to Pear Shaped Engagement Ring (2022)
by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
A pear-shaped engagement ring can be an unusual and romantic choice for any bride to be with a personal flair for the unique and eye-catching. These subtle meaning in the stone’s shape and the rich history of these rings add even more layers to its symbolism, providing a distinguished and elegant look to be cherished for many happy years.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is a Pear Shape Diamond?
A pear-shaped diamond or gemstone combines the best of the round brilliant cut with the tapered marquise. Pear shapes are round at one end and tapered at the other, with a total of 58 facets for the ultimate sparkle and brilliance. Also called the pear cut, teardrop, or tear-shaped cut, this cut was first designed in the mid-1400s, and even centuries later remains a popular option for elegant rings.
• Proportion and Bow Tie
There is no single proportion that is ideal for pear-shaped stones, though a width-to-length ratio of 1:1.5 is considered the most brilliant and aesthetically pleasing choice. There are “fatter”, "flatter" and “slimmer” pear shapes available, however, and the choice of stone shape is largely a matter of personal preference. Some pear shapes may contain a "bow tie" which will be caused by the depth of the individual stone. The overall curvature, however, should be aligned so that the sharp tip of the stone is in a straight line with the center of the rounded lobe, or else the shape may appear lopsided and its brilliance can be compromised.
• Carat Weight
Pear-shaped diamonds and gemstones are available in any carat weight. Because of their elongated shape, they often look larger than round or princess-cut stones of equal carat weight, and can be a good value for a budget-conscious couple.
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• Pear-Shaped Meaning and Symbolism
Because the pear shape is more unique, it often represents the strong will, empowerment, independence, and unique style of its wearer. These stones are also said to symbolize tears of joy or wedding tears, both appropriate choices for an engagement ring. Each individual pear shape engagement ring stone will have it's own individuality, spiritual meanings and timeless history.
There is ultimate glamor in a pear-shaped stone, largely because of its most famous example – the Taylor-Burton Diamond. This extraordinary, 69-carat stone was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1969. The stone was originally in a ring but its huge size proved awkward to wear elegantly, and it was reset into a stunning pendant that today would be worth upwards of $20 million. The Hollywood connection and silver screen glamor of the Taylor-Burton Diamond reflects beauty and grace on every pear-shaped stone, giving every bride-to-be with a pear-shaped engagement ring her own taste of celebrity stardom.
Finding a Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring
While pear-shaped diamonds and gemstones have been rare in the past, they are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the engagement rings and glittering accessories of many celebrity trendsetters. Victoria Beckham, Mia Farrow, Jessica Simpson, Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, and Princess Charlene of Monaco are just a few discriminating women who prefer pear-shaped diamonds, and anyone who shares their fine tastes should be looking for their own pear-shaped engagement ring.
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Vintage Engagement Rings
While some modern rings do incorporate pear-shaped diamonds and gemstones, many socially- conscious couples are turning to vintage rings as a sustainable alternative to modern jewelry practices. Pear-shaped diamonds are regularly seen in vintage pieces, particularly in Art Deco engagement rings where the unique pear shape is used to mimic geometric patterns, as well as in Victorian engagement rings where floral and leaf patterns are popular.
Mid-century engagement rings often feature pear- shaped stones as well, and they’re popular in halo ring designs or as solitaires framed with baguettes for additional length and sparkle. In addition to pear-shaped center stones, this diamond shape is also popular as an accent. Pear-shaped diamonds and gemstones often frame more severe shapes such as marquise or princess-cut stones, and they’re also popular side stones to oval shapes.
Which Way Should You Wear a Pear-Shaped Ring?
Pear-shaped diamonds can be worn in either orientation along the finger. Most wearers opt to have the pointed end of the stone facing the fingernails, which provides an elongating effect to the finger especially suited to small hands or shorter fingers. This also gives the stone its classic “tear” shape when the wearer holds up their hand to admire the ring. Yet the ring can also be worn with the rounded end toward the fingernail – it is only a matter of personal preference and how the ring most comfortably fits.
Vintage Rings For Everyone:
No matter which shape is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of pear shaped engagement rings today!
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