Pear Shaped Engagement Rings – Be Very Careful Now!

Pear shaped engagement rings are quite beautiful and very unique. They are not, however, as easy to buy as a round diamond.

It isn’t because they’re rarer. The reason is that more care and consideration needs to be taken prior to the purchase to make sure that you have a well cut diamond in a suitable mounting that will keep it protected and fit with a wedding band.

A Pear Of Proportions

There are no established standards for pear shaped engagement rings. While gemological laboratories will grade pear shaped diamonds, the grading is somewhat subjective. There are some loose guidelines that most experts agree will yield an “ideal” pear.

With pear shaped engagement rings, the concern is the presence of a bow-tie. This effect causes a darkened, hour glass shape running through the width of the stone. A skilled diamond cutter will minimize this effect by using excellent proportions and extreme attention to detail.

The length to width ratio is calculated by dividing the length by the width. For pear shaped engagement rings, you want something that is 1.5:1 to 1.75:1. The total depth percentage is the relationship between the depth and width of the stone and should be between 62% to 68%.

Finally, “perfect” pear engagement rings will have a relatively small table – the flat facet on the top of the stone. It should measure between 50% and 62% of the total width.

Don’t Miss The Point

One of the caveats of pear shaped engagement rings is the point. Anytime you have a diamond with a point, you have the risk of breaking or chipping. Of course, diamonds are the hardest mineral on earth, but that doesn’t mean they’re unbreakable!

On the contrary, diamonds have four perfect cleavage planes which are the points of the stone that it is possible to perfectly break the diamond. Also, diamonds are brittle, so if the point is hit, it would be easy for it to abrade or chip.

Protect the point on pear shaped engagement rings by covering it with a prong. Usually a V shaped prong is recommended because it will completely cover the delicate corner.

A Perfect Pair

Another drawback to pear shaped engagement rings is that they are hard to match with a wedding band. The best way to combat this is to buy a matching set, meaning you’ll buy the engagement ring and wedding band at the same time. Don’t count on the fact that the designer will still make one when you’re ready for it. Buy the set together so you know you have a perfect fit.

The other option is to have a wedding band custom made for your rings. Jewelers are very familiar with creating bands to match pear shaped engagement rings and can suggest a variety of designs and styles to match your ring and fit your budget.

Today, many custom made rings are created using CAD/CAM technology. This is particularly helpful when creating a match for pear shaped engagement rings because you can actually try a model of the ring on with the engagement ring to ensure a perfect fit.

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