The pear shaped diamond is a classic cutting style that has existed for centuries. With an elegant outline that resembles a teardrop, it gives the engagement ring a unique appearance and looks great on the hands when worn.
So, if you are looking to buy the perfect diamond ring and want something impressive that will turn heads, you are at the right place. In this write up, we will take a look at some of the best pear shaped diamond ring settings in the market and give you insider tips to buying a stunning piece of jewelry.
Let’s dive in!
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Cut quality should be your priority – Well cut pear diamonds are notoriously hard to find and the selection process for a beautiful stone isn’t as straightforward as buying a round cut diamond. This is because the market is flooded with mediocre diamonds that are cut for carat weight retention (so they sell for more profits) and there is a lack of tangible cut information provided by a GIA certificate (no cut grade).
So, how do you pick out a bright, beautiful pear cut diamond? I’ve actually written a step by step guide here that you should read before you even start shopping. To give you a quick summary, you will need to pay attention to factors like light return, proportions, shape appeal and bowtie effect.
The key to choosing a well cut pear diamond lies in getting access to tangible data like videos and scope images. This is why it is important to choose a reliable vendor that offers such information readily to you.
A beautiful pear cut diamond with superb shape appeal and light return.
Color and clarity issues are more pronounced – Due to the nature of pear cut diamonds, color and clarity flaws would be more easily seen with the naked eye. The body color of a diamond tend to be concentrated near the tip of the diamond and if you are someone who is color averse, you would need to pay up for a higher color grade.
Likewise, inclusions in a pear shaped diamond tend to be more obvious because of the lesser light return they have compared to round diamonds. Inclusions near the tip of the diamond should also be avoided as they may cause durability issues.
In general, I would recommend a G or better color and an SI1 or better clarity. These attributes offer good value for money without compromising too much on visual color and eyecleanliness.
The pointed tip is a vulnerable spot – The tip of a pear diamond is the easiest part that gets damaged with careless handling. This protruding area is often the thinnest area of the stone that can easily catch onto stuff when the ring is worn.
In order to protect the tip, I recommend settings that place a V-prong (or a rounded prong) to cover up the sharpest point of the diamond. Bezel style settings would also work well to provide good protection and high security for pear cut diamonds.
Pear shaped diamond engagement ring settings can help to flatter and elongate the appearance of your finger. On top of that, they are highly versatile and customizable to suit your tastes.
For example, you have the option of wearing it with the pointed tip facing up or facing down depending on your mood. You can also choose to get it mounted in an East-West orientation to create an off-kilter appearance.
Pear cut diamonds can also be used in unconventional settings like double-shank, tension and vintage style rings. Below are 10 of my favorite pear diamond ring settings that I adore.
Hopefully, this will give you some ideas about the diverse options available in the market. If you are interested to see full details of the setting, simply click on the image or the corresponding links to find out more!
A no-frills and highly affordable solitaire ring setting, this 5 prong design offers understated elegance and is comfortable for long durations of wear. It offers good value for money and puts the limelight on the center stone.
This is a minimalistic 3 prong classic pear shaped diamond engagement ring that subtlely accentuates the outline and size of the center stone. It also has a delicate split shank that draws the eye’s attention towards the center stone.
Like a delicate ribbon that wraps around the finger, this twisted shank design features intertwining shanks that are lined with pave melee diamonds. This alluring ring offers a symbolic meaning of interconnected love that is a sight to behold.
Fabricated in rose gold, this halo pear shaped engagement ring setting features a 3-prong head and pave shank that is meticulously lined with tiny diamonds. This timeless looking ring setting will be a gift that she will always remember for a lifetime.
This classic 3-stone setting is flanked by 2 baguette sidestones that are lined up perfectly with the band. Due to the different nature of the diamond cutting styles, you will see a mix of broad flashes of light (from baguette diamond) and smaller scintillating brilliance (from pear diamond).
This remarkable setting features a diamond encrusted halo and split pave shanks that curve around the center stone. For people who are looking for the ultimate bling factor, this ring setting delivers a crazy amount of sparkle and brilliance.
The Hudson pear shaped diamond setting features a highly intricate hand-engraving that will give your eyes a visual feast. With embedded melee diamonds on the shanks and milgrain detailing, this vintage-style setting is a real head-turner.
This unique pear cut diamond ring setting features a chevron shaped band that tapers at the tip of the diamond. It has artistic inspiration from the Art Nouveau era and guaranteed to be a conversation starter.
This is an unconventional reverse split shank ring that features 2 diamond bands joined together to create an eye-catching appearance. It is ideal for people who are looking for finger coverage and a design that stands out.
This designer pear shaped ring setting from Monique Lhuillier showcases a pair of tiny butterflies with wings that are set with twinkling round diamonds. This whimsical platinum ring is perfect for people looking to celebrate the fairy tale romance they share for each other.
Hopefully, this article has provided some useful insights and ideas for choosing a pear cut diamond ring setting. Before you decide on which setting is best for your recipient, I recommend finding out more about their personal preferences and lifestyle first.
This will help you to determine the degree of protection the diamond requires as well as suitable designs that don’t interfere with their daily routines. For example, a bezel or simple solitaire setting would be a better choice for a person with an active lifestyle or busy hands as they don’t catch onto things easily.
At this point, I also want to remind you that the engagement ring is made up of 2 components: the center stone and the setting. Do spend some time in researching and choosing the center stone as it will be worth it!
Finally, I want to leave you with information about the best places to buy a pear shaped diamond ring. When it comes to pear cut diamonds, the key to finding a beautiful stone is to shop at a reliable retailer that offers GIA certified diamonds and tangible data (like videos) to help you make an informed decision.
Good luck and have fun with the shopping process! If you need further help or advice, feel free to get in touch by email or leaving a comment below.
Is there a difference between using a ball prong compared to using a V prong when protecting the tip of the ring? If the jeweler offers both, is there one that should be preferred over the other? What’s the best setting for pear shaped diamond if we take into consideration that the wearer does alot of handicraft work?
Yes, there are differences. V prongs typically offer a large area of protection along the girdle of the diamond. Also, a V-prong helps to accentuate the outline of the diamond which is a plus point. The best setting would be something that doesn’t get into the recipient’s way if she needs to use her hands frequently. Go with simple solitaire settings instead of those with intricate details.
Which vendor has the best craftsmanship when it comes to settings for pear shaped diamond rings? I do like Brilliant Earth’s nature inspired rings but I have trouble finding a diamond there. I have selected a stone from James Allen and I do like the videos they provide. Can a diamond be brought from one place and be mounted in another? How does James Allen’s workmanship compare against Brilliant Earth’s?
Both are reliable vendors and offer different designs. Brilliant Earth markets themselves as an eco-friendly jeweler while James Allen is more mass-market. I’ve bought rings from both vendors and reviewed their products in person. These 2 pass my curation standards but if I were totally anal, I would say that Brilliant Earth would have better craftsmanship and consistency. They also have more choices to select from when it comes to engagement ring settings for pear shaped diamonds. One other thing that makes them stand out is also their range of pear shaped diamond bridal sets which alleviate the headache of trying to find a matching wedding band. In comparison, there are fewer matching sets available at JA.
But like you said, it’s easier to shop for diamonds at James Allen but BE is improving and catching up on their user experience. Most vendors would allow diamonds purchased elsewhere to be set in their ring designs for a small fee. At the time of writing James Allen does this for a fee of $150. However, Brilliant Earth completely disallows diamonds or gemstones bought elsewhere to be mounted into their rings. I’ve asked about this before and the reason they give is that they are only able to ascertain diamonds within their inventory to come from conflict-free sources that meet their own internal policies.
So, if you really like their settings, then you will have no choice but to buy a diamond from them as well. Hope this makes sense. If you need help with a selection, drop me an email in private and I can provide further assistance if you want to buy from BrilliantEarth.com