The showpiece stone in a pear shaped engagement ring is actually a combination of two cuts: the round brilliant and the eye-catching marquise. While all diamonds that aren’t round are known as fancy, pear shaped stones are some of the fanciest (and most dramatic) of all the fancy cuts and look especially striking in engagement rings and in wedding jewelry.
Why Pear Shaped Proposal Rings are Trending
You’re more likely to see a pear shaped engagement ring now than you would have been a decade ago. There are plenty of reasons pear shaped stones are trending. Pear shaped diamonds tend to look larger than they are, and this diamond cut is also one of the least expensive per carat. Famous brides who have walked down the aisle in pear shaped engagement rings include Kaley Cuoco, Katherine Heigl, Anna Kournikova, and Princess Charlene of Monaco. When you wear a pear-shaped diamond, your fingers will look longer and more elegant. And this engagement stone is versatile. It can be worn with the point facing up or the point facing down, depending on your mood.
Most importantly, a pear shaped engagement ring is eye-catching. This cut is made up of 58 facets — the same number as in the brilliant round. That makes it a fiery and flashy one of all the fancy cuts.
What Does a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring Mean?
There are no official meanings associated with different diamond cuts, but a traditional name for these pear shaped stones was ‘teardrop diamonds.’ Some people still think of pear shaped diamonds as tears of joy, and some people believe that those who gravitate toward this cut are strong, romantic, and the kinds of people who walk to the beat of their own drums.
How to Choose a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring
The most important thing to consider when choosing a pear shaped engagement ring is symmetry. Due to the unique shape of this cut, imperfections show more obviously than in other fancy cuts. Look for stones with points in perfect alignment with the curved end. There should be no straight edges on the sides of the stone, which should curve gracefully toward the point. And the rounded end shouldn’t be too wide, or your teardrop diamond will look more like a triangle. From there, your choice should be driven by style. Some people prefer a long, narrow stone while others prefer the more classic pear.
At The Knot, you can browse different styles of wedding rings and other wedding jewelry, no matter what your personal style. Whether you love fancy cuts or traditional, yellow gold or platinum, we can help you find the ultimate engagement ring.