If you are shopping for a 2 carat pear shaped diamond ring and doing your research on making a purchase, you’ve come to the right place. In this write up, we reveal the insider tips to picking a beautiful diamond and address some of the most frequently asked questions.
Whether you are buying a 2 carat pear shaped engagement ring for a proposal or simply want to surprise your loved one with a luxurious gift, we will guide you through the process of selecting a 2 carat pear diamond and even provide you with ideas in choosing a ring setting.
Let’s jump right into it…
Here is a list of topics we will be covering:
Visualizing a 2 carat pear diamond ring worn on a hand (size 6 fingers).
I often get asked questions about diamond carat sizes like: “How big is a 2 carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring?” and related emails like: “Do you think a two carat pear diamond ring looks too big/small on my hands or size XXX fingers?”.
First of all, a 2ct pear cut diamond that is polished to good proportions will be roughly 10mm by 6.7mm in face-up size. I’ve included a reference chart below to show you the various carat weights and their relative face-up dimensions below.
Now, the most popular carat size for diamonds is 1 carat and that is able to offer a fair amount of finger coverage. A 2 carat size pear diamond is significantly larger and not something that most consumers buy because of budget reasons.
At the end of the day, it really depends on your personal preferences and style. Whether a two carat pear diamond is too big or small for your hands would depend on a lot of factors and this is something that only you have the answer to.
The price of a diamond is largely determined by the 4Cs: cut, clarity, carat and color. Depending on the combination of these factors, the price of a 2ct pear diamond would vary significantly.
To state the obvious, you can expect the cost of the diamond to increase if it has a high color/clarity rating like D/IF. And vice versa, if you are shopping for a lower tier diamond like a J/SI1, then the price would be a lot cheaper.
As a ballpark figure, you can expect to pay anywhere between $7,000 to $40,000 for a 2ct pear shaped diamond. To illustrate this, I did a comparison of diamonds from both ends of the spectrum and with one from the middle of the range.
A budget of roughly $20,000 would enable you to get a well cut diamond that is eyeclean and faces up white. If your budget is less than that, then you would have to make adjustments to compromise on the 4Cs.
Here, I do want to point out that you need to factor in the price of the setting towards the total cost of the diamond ring as well. So, if you are looking for a more extravagant setting, it would take a larger chunk out of your budget and leave less for the center stone.
Cut is king when it comes to buying a diamond because it directly impacts its sparkle and appearance. However, judging cut quality in a pear shaped diamond is much more tricky than that of a round diamond.
First of all, the GIA certificates for pear diamonds do not list any cut rating and you will need to know what to look out for when selecting a stone. I’ve outlined a complete guide on how to choose a pear cut diamond and will give you a quick gist of it here.
There are a few things to take note of when choosing a pear shaped diamond and one of them is shape appeal. Once you start shopping for a diamond, you will realize that pear shaped diamonds come in all kinds of outlines and length-to-width ratios. Make sure you choose one that looks symmetrical and pleasing to your eyes.
The bowtie effect is also something you should pay attention to. Ideally, you want to choose one with a less intense bowtie instead of a diamond that has an obvious and distracting bowtie.
An example of a well cut pear diamond that is eyeclean and displays strong light performance.
When it comes to color, pear-shaped diamonds tend to reveal more of their body tint near the pointed tip of the diamond. For a large size 2ct pear diamond, the body tint will be even more noticeable and if you are color-averse, I recommend buying a G or better color grade.
Having said this, if your setting is yellow gold or rose gold, then it is perfectly fine to go down lower in color. It doesn’t make sense to buy a high color D grade since the diamond would pick up color from the setting anyway.
Finally, I would recommend a minimum of a VS2 clarity because a two carat pear shape diamond would generally not be eyeclean at lower clarity grades. Buying a VS clarity diamond that is eyeclean would also help you save money without paying for a feature your eyes can’t see.
To recap, here are my recommended specifications for buying a 2 carat pear diamond ring:
Cut: As good as possible (use ASET analysis)
Color: G or better (faces up cool icy white)
Clarity: VS2 or better (as long as eye-clean)
The rationale behind my recommended specifications boils down to practicality and getting better value for your money. However, if you personally prefer to buy a D/Internally Flawless diamond for symbolic reasons or a J/VS2 diamond to complement a vintage style setting, that’s perfectly fine!
Just remember that you should always place your emphasis on cut quality to get a brilliant, sparkly looking ring.
I’ve compiled my list of top 5 ring setting designs that look great for holding a 2 carat pear shape diamond. If you are interested to find out more details about any of the designs, simply click on the corresponding image for more info.
In my opinion, a simple, clean looking solitaire ring is one of the best ways to showcase a large center stone without any visual distractions. This 6 prong setting secures the diamond safely and allows plenty of light to enter the diamond.
This stunning engagement ring features perfectly matched pave set diamonds and a carefully crafted halo that outline the pear cut diamond. If you are looking for something that is extravagant and sparkles like crazy, this is it.
A vintage looking classic ring setting that holds the center diamond securely with a 5 prong head. This ring features intricate beading and milgrain detailing along its shanks. A superb choice for the woman who wants something unique.
This gorgeous ring setting features a twisted pave shank which symbolizes intertwining love and a lifelong commitment to the recipient. The pave-set diamonds add a dimension of sparkle and brilliance to accent the presence of the center stone.
An iconic ring that features 2 tapered baguette cut diamonds along the sides of the center stone. This 3-stone ring setting is crafted with ultra high polished platinum and provides a timeless style to its appearance.
Loose GIA certified 2 carat pear shaped diamond listing on James Allen.
When buying a pear-shaped diamond, you should always buy from a reliable vendor that offers tangible data (i.e. videos, scope images etc…) for you to make a selection.
You should also look out for dealers that sell diamonds with a reliable grading report from GIA and review their return policies. For the record, I will only buy from retailers who stand completely behind their products and offer at least a 30 day no-question asked refund policy.
The other thing to note is that most diamonds in the market are poorly cut and vendors that have a big selection of 2ct pear diamonds would enable you to cherry pick the best option possible. And this is where 99.99% of brick and mortar stores fall flat and why it’s a really bad idea to shop at those places.
So, where should you buy a 2ct pear cut diamond? I had personally bought from and recommend the 2 following places you should check out…
James Allen – Offers high-definition 360° closeup videos of their diamonds which is extremely important when choosing a pear cut diamond. You get to see exactly how the diamond looks like and determine if the stone is eyeclean. Besides a user-intuitive search interface, their risk-free sales policies are very generous and they even cover return shipping if you don’t like what you see.
Blue Nile – The world’s largest online retailer offers a massive selection of 2ct pear diamonds that no other place can match. Their prices are very competitive and their video listings make it easy for you to analyze a diamond. Blue Nile also offers a wide collection of beautiful ring designs you can choose from.
With that, I hope this write up has offered useful tips and better prepared you in your search for the perfect 2ct pear diamond ring. As long as you follow the guide here and apply some common sense, I’m very sure you will make a superb selection.
If you have any questions or need help in picking out a diamond ring, feel free to leave a comment below or get directly in touch via email. All the best!
Thanks for writing this useful guide. Do you have a side by side comparison of a 1ct diamond vs a 2ct diamond in a video or pictorial form? The 2 carat pear dimensions you provided are useful but having a visualization of how it looks like in real life would be even better for a person like me.
Here’s a size comparison chart courtesy of Blue Nile to show you how a 1ct vs 2ct pear shaped diamond engagement ring looks like when they are worn on a finger.