It’s undeniable, pear shaped engagement rings are gorgeous! The elongated shape of a pear or ‘teardrop shaped’ diamond makes the finger it is worn on look long and slender, and it always looks very elegant. Pear shaped engagement rings with pave diamonds are also very popular today. Buying one of these types of diamond rings can be a little trickier than buying most other shape diamond rings, so there are some things you should be aware of before you shop for one.
Always Choose Quality
Quality is the most important thing when buying a pear shaped engagement ring. Most other diamond shapes are easier to cut than pears shaped diamonds are. Only a highly skilled lapidary will be able to cut a perfect pear shaped diamond. There are two things that can go wrong when cutting this shape. The diamond can end up looking like it has a bow-tie shaped dark spot when you look into it from the top, or the “hips” of the diamond can end up not being perfectly symmetrical with each other. Both of these issues will lower the value of a pear shaped engagement ring. You will immediately be able to see if a pear shaped diamond has either of these issues, so look it over carefully before you buy! Antique pear shaped engagement rings may have these problems more than new ones, due to the fact that lapidary methods and equipment are much more accurate today than they were long ago. Of course, if you decide to purchase any diamond ring online, make sure the online retailer has a good return policy in place.
Long and Thin or Short and Wide?
The length-to-width ratio of a pear shaped diamond is usually anywhere from 1.7:1 – 1.45:1. This generally accepted ratio assures that you don’t end up with a diamond that is outrageously out of proportion. Everyone is different, though, so you may prefer a longer, thinner diamond, or a shorter, wider diamond that is not within these proportions. The proportion of the diamond should be listed on the gemological certificate that accompanies all diamonds.
How Many Prongs?
A lovely and unique pear shaped engagement ring will have more prongs than other cuts. Six prongs are not unusual. There should always be an L-shaped prong that supports the pointed end of one of these diamonds. Even though diamonds are a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, the point on a pear shaped diamond could be chipped if it is knocked against a hard object.
Which Way Should I Wear My Pear Shaped Engagement Ring?
One last question I hear quite often about pear shaped engagement rings is “Should the point face in or out?” The answer is that you should wear the ring however you like it best! I have heard some people say that if the point faces toward the finger, it will make that finger look longer and more slender, as noted above. Wedding bands for pear shaped engagement rings will need to have a low profile if you choose to wear your engagement ring pointed toward your hand, remember since it is traditional to wear the wedding band on the inside of the engagement ring. By the way, if you are on a strict budget, I would recommend that you look at cubic zirconia engagement rings with a pear shaped stone. They are both beautiful and an economical choice. Pear shaped engagement rings will look great with all styles of jewelry, from Pandora jewelry to even stainless steel jewelry, so don’t worry that you will have to buy new jewelry to go with your ring.