A GUIDE To BUYING PEAR RINGS
It can be hard to decide between the different diamond cuts when buying a ring for a loved one. At Abelini Jewellery, we want to make it easy not only to choose the right cut but also to choose a high-quality diamond that will shine just as brightly for the years to come.
If pear diamond rings are among those you're considering, read on for our guide to getting it right.
What Does A Pear Ring Symbolise?
There is a great deal of symbolism attached to pear diamond rings. This symbolism depends not only on the stone itself but also on the way that it is set.
It is a popular choice for nature lovers, as its raindrop shape can be used to represent water. If you had a first date in the rain, you live or love to travel by the water or the wearer enjoys sailing or other water-based activities, it could be the ideal choice.
However, in a similar vein, it can also symbolise tears of joy. This makes a pear ring the perfect choice for an engagement ring.
How Do You Pick A Pear Diamond?
Many pear diamonds on the market are poorly cut. A good quality pear-shaped diamond will have a depth of 58-64%, and a table of 57-62%. However, there are other factors you'll want to look at when choosing your pear diamond:
1. Symmetry: If you draw an imaginary line lengthways down the middle of the diamond from its point, are both sides symmetrical?
2. Length-to-width ratio: This is partly down to personal taste. If this ratio is too high or too low, the diamond will look misshapen. A ratio of 1.45 to 1.75 is generally preferred.
3. Check the shape: Establish whether the pointed end of the diamond has a true point, and whether its shoulders are round enough.
4. Check the bowtie: Pear cut diamonds are prone to a bowtie effect, due to the style of their cut. However, some are more noticeable than others: a large black bowtie in the centre of the stone will detract from its appeal.
5. Clarity: If cut well, a pear diamond can hide many imperfections. Opt for a SI1 or SI2 clarity diamond: this level of clarity will mean that no imperfections can be seen with the naked eye.
6. Colour: Round diamonds will often hide colour better than pear diamonds. Take a close look at the tip, as this is where any colour is likely to be most visible.
What Does A Pear Shaped Ring Say About You?
Pear rings are less common than other diamond shapes - and its this uniqueness that feeds into their symbolism for the wearer. It's the perfect choice for those who like to stand out from the crowd - people who like to embrace their uniqueness.
However, a pear shaped diamond also represents other character traits. It suggests confidence, empowerment, independence and a strong will, as well as representing elegance and romance.
Are Pear Diamonds Rare?
Pear diamonds themselves are not rare. However, a good pear diamond is harder to find.
Cutting a pear diamond is not an easy feat. There are many pear diamonds out there that are too stubby, too long, or whose edges are not rounded enough. Finding a pear diamond that is perfectly cut can be a real challenge - so in this sense, pear diamonds are rare.
When Did Pear Rings Become Popular?
Pear diamonds date right back to 1458. Diamond cutter Lodewyk Van Berquem first popularised the cut: it was a time when diamonds were just starting to increase in popularity. Since then, they have been worn by celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Ariana Grande and Margot Robbie.
Why Are Pear Diamonds So Popular?
Pear diamonds are a popular choice for those wanting to express their individuality and sense of style. They can also help to elongate the look of the fingers, as well as make them seem more slender.
What's more, the skill involved in cutting a good pear diamond means that finding one that is true of great quality will give you a diamond ring that's unique, and that you know has been a real labour of love.
How Many Prongs Should A Pear-Shaped Diamond Have?
A good pear diamond ring should have at least five or six prongs to keep it in place and safe from damage. As the tip of a pear diamond can be prone to chipping, one of these prongs should hold the pointed end of the diamond in place, with the additional prongs shoring up the rest of the stone without covering it too much.
There are other setting options for pear diamonds. Bezel settings will keep the stone secure but may affect its shine. Halo settings - where smaller diamonds are set around the main stone - can increase a pear diamond's brilliance, while a tension setting can protect the tip effectively, but will be dependent on your budget.
What Depth Should A Pear Diamond Be?
The depth of a pear ring is all down to personal choice. However, if you are looking for a pear diamond that truly dazzles, both when unset and when set, you will want to look for a depth ratio of 58-64%.
Is Pear Shape And Tear Drop The Same?
Pear shape and teardrop diamonds are indeed the same things, with both names derived from the shape of the cut. However, these diamonds tend to be known more commonly as pear shapes or pear cuts.
Are Pear-Shaped Diamonds Out Of Style?
It has been estimated that only around 4% of diamonds on the market today are pear-shaped. However, their design is both timeless and elegant, and they still capture the hearts of many wearers today.
What is the best cut for a pear-shaped diamond?
A good pear diamond should have 58 facets. It's this high number of facets that allows light to dance through the entire diamond, creating a brilliant, dazzling stone that is sure to impress.
If a pear diamond ticks all your boxes, take a look at the Abelini Jewellery pear diamond collection here.