Editor’s Note: This post has been revamped and updated for 2022 and beyond!
Pear shaped diamonds are a great option if you are searching for an engagement ring that is both elegant and delightfully uncommon. An engagement ring that includes a pear-shaped center stone is the perfect pick for any woman with a unique or bold sense of style. Learn more about pear shaped engagement ring meanings, and discover incredible pear cut styles from the Victor Barboné collection!
Symmetry & Chubby Pears
Pear shaped diamonds have a signature shape that mimics a teardrop. Rounded on one end and tapered on the other, it effectively combines the appearance of round and marquise cuts in one style.
Traditionally, a pear cut diamond features a pleasing symmetry where point of the tapered end perfectly aligns with the center of the rounded edge, and the curves on each side of the stone are identical. There is no standard length-to-width ratio of pear diamonds, but the classic dimensions are 50% longer than they are wide.
The Malbec 1.89 ring is a great example of a classic antique pear cut diamond ring.
Here at V. Barboné, we tend to favor the bold and source stones based on beauty. not specs. When it comes to pears that means one thing - chubby. You will often see us reference "chubby" pears as a dream ring.
So what is a chubby pear?
A chubby pear is pear that is bottom heavy and more stout than it is long. The Allie 3.91 ring is a perfect example of a dream chubby pear ring:
A Rich History
The first pear cut diamond made its debut in 1475, when jeweler Lodewyk van Bercken introduced the style to the masses. No stranger to diamonds, van Bercken also invented the tool used to precisely cut and polish facets into diamonds. Because facets are what cause a gemstone to radiate light, his tool revolutionized the diamond industry and literally changed the way that people would look at gemstones. Typically cut with 58-fascets, pear cut diamonds maintain such a radiant appearance and an absolutely brilliant sparkle!
Pear shaped diamond engagement rings have a long and glamorous history. In fact, one of history’s most legendary diamonds features this elusive cut. The Taylor-Burton Diamond is a 69-carat pear-shaped stone that was purchased for actress Elizabeth Taylor by her then husband, Richard Burton. With a value of nearly 20-million dollars, this decadent diamond was worn around the neck of the famous silver screen star during several red-carpet appearances!
Pear diamonds aren’t just a favorite of Elizabeth Taylor. Famously fashionable women like Victoria Beckham, Anna Kournikova, and Princess Charlene of Monaco have also been spotted sporting pear cut engagement rings. You simply can’t go wrong with this style!
In a world where everything is photographed and instantly shared, standing out from the crowd is more important—and more difficult—than ever before. Women who love to stand out and don’t want a ring like everyone else will appreciate the pear cut style.
The teardrop shape of the diamond is said to symbolize tears of joy, while the style itself is a testament to a woman who is bold and walks to the beat of her own drum. This style is perfect for an empowered woman with a flair for romance and elegance.
Benefits Of Pear Cut Diamonds
Vintage pear cut diamond engagement rings are ideal for anyone who loves the traditional shape of the round Old European cut but also wants something a bit more distinct. Here are a few more benefits of the pear cut:
- Because of its facets, it looks great even at lower clarity levels
- Its shape makes fingers appear longer and slimmer
- The pear cut complements a variety of side stones
Settings for Pear Shaped Diamonds
Whether you're a solitaire, three-stone, gemstone, art deco, vintage, platinum, or gold gal - you can find a pear shaped engagement ring to fit your style and budget. We'll show you some of our favorite ways to wear a pear diamond.
A classic choice that allows the unique shape of the diamond to really take center stage. You can go prong set like our popular Paige setting:
Or you can opt for a simple bezel setting as shown in our lovely Zinfandel or Malbec settings:
To add some subtle flavor to your setting, try side stones on for size. There's a variety of ways you can go about this - small bead-set stones on the shank of the ring, such as with our Andria setting:
Or you can do side stones that are slightly more substantial as with our Kiara setting:
Ornate & Vintage
If you're looking for a fully vintage engagement ring with a pear diamond (and you're lucky enough to find one), you'll likely see the pear diamond displayed in a variety of ways.
Depending on the era of the piece, the design may be ornate and detailed or subdued and simple. Here are a few examples of our favorite authentic vintage rings featuring pear cut diamonds:
The Saffron ring. Basically a chandelier on the finger. A dream of an authentic vintage piece with gorgeous stones and a unique and dreamy shape!
The Crown ring. Such an incredible authentic antique piece. The ring sits so low to the finger and takes up major real estate. The rubies add a very welcome vibrant pop of color!
The Ellen ring. Such a cool piece with gorgeous stones. The ring is super comfortable and easy to wear with a low profile.
Pear Shaped Gemstones
If you really want to be bold and unique - check out a pear cut gemstone such as a ruby, emerald, and sapphire. The great thing about gemstones is they're generally less expensive than diamonds allowing you to get a lot of bang for your buck in terms of carat weight.
Here are a few examples of our fave vintage and VB-made choices for colored pear rings:
Zinfandel 3.60. This perfectly hued emerald is well-protected in a delightfully chunky bezel setting for a chic and bold look thats heavy on the gold and deep in emerald color.
Kiara 3.59. A vibrantly hued emerald stuns on the finger with a perfect OEC that gleams to either side, creating a great finger span.
The Perry ring. An insanely cool piece that makes an impact on any finger. Super low to the finger with amazing stones.
Find The Perfect Pear Cut Engagement Ring
There is a certain regality and mystique that surrounds these sparkling teardrop shaped stones. Victor Barboné is proud to offer a collection of vintage and vintage-inspired pear cut engagement rings alongside our many other styles.
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