You’ve seen them on the hands of such notable people as Victoria Beckham, Princess Charlene of Monaco, and most recently on current chart-topper Cardi B, but pear shaped engagement rings have been an understated beauty for hundreds of years. With some of the hottest celebrities and musicians sporting the teardrop cut, it is no wonder that this year the pear cut diamond has become one of the most popular engagement ring cuts for brides-to-be.
Here we take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a pear cut engagement ring and a few of our favorite designer engagement ring styles for brides-to-be to consider.
Pros of buying a Pear Shape Engagement Ring
- Shape: Undeniably, the pear cut, or sometimes referred to as “teardrop” cut is unconventional and unique. Brides looking for a ring that will make them stand out of the crowd will appreciate the rarity of this diamond cut. While not one of the most popular cuts, it can become a favorite for brides for its special look.
- Versatility: Simply put this ring cut has the ability to appear different depending on how the bride wears it. The vintage look of the cut appears like a teardrop if the sharp point is facing outward and like a classic pear shape if pointed inward. That is a bride can decide what look she wants on any given day.
- Slimming: Flattering on all who wear it, the one-of-a-kind shape slims down the finger of the wearer.
- Price/Demand: Since it’s not the most popular cut on the market, pear cut diamonds can be more affordable than their round cut and princess cut counterparts.
Cons of Buying a Pear Shape Engagement Ring
- Bow-Tie Effect: Known as the “bow-tie effect” pear cut diamonds can show hints of color depending on the craftsmanship of the diamond. To avoid the hints of yellow that might appear, couples would have to get a high color grade of diamond.
- Breakage: Additionally, the thinner end of the pear shape can sometimes break off, so perhaps this cut is not suitable for brides who have very active lifestyles. Alternatively, couples can look for engagement rings with prongs that better secure the pear tip.
Keeping these things in mind, in general, people tend to like the look of pear diamonds with a cut ratio between 1.50 and 1.75. Cuts beyond these numbers tend to look too wide or too long. To avoid selecting a poor quality diamond, we recommend you shop at your local reputable retailer with GIA-certified diamonds.
Now, let’s take a look at some of our favorite pear shape engagement rings out there.
1. A. Jaffe Pear Cut Engagement
Known as masters of luxury, New York-based favorites, A. Jaffe, have crafted a selection of classic, solitaire pear cut enchanters such as this one model MES419-337 from their Seasons of Love collection that are sure to convert any pear shape doubters. One of the most elegant looks for an engagement ring, a seemingly simple solitaire is the epitome of elegance and bridal sophistication. In addition to its natural single stone charm, this A. Jaffe engagement ring is crafted in 18-karat white gold, has a beautiful pave of side diamonds, and is built with the conveniently placed prongs for diamond support.
2. Tacori Pear Cut Engagement Ring
Another one of our favorites, Tacori crafts the most stunning pear shape engagement rings in many combinations of style favorites. For example, the above pear ring model 2620PS10X7P from their Dantela collection offers brides a ring crafted from high-quality platinum, with a stunning diamond pave, and a thin, but beautiful halo. Unique to Tacori, their rings are designed with the vintage and milgrain settings that are ideal for lovely, traditional brides.
3. Noam Carver Pear Cut Engagement Ring
Since we are sticking to favorites, Noam Carver also crafts an elegant assortment of pear cut engagement rings that ooze bold brilliance. While also a halo style engagement ring, Noam Carver’s take on the look includes big, finely-cut round shaped diamonds wrapped around the pear cut. Noam Carver engagement ring BO29-04A is crafted from 18-karat white gold in the modern style with half way side stones. Any modern bride would love to wear this for a lifetime to come.
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