Hip to Be Pear: Engagement Rings With Shapely Diamonds & Gemstones

Back when I first got engaged, I never thought I’d care for anything but a round brilliant diamond—you can’t go wrong with a classic. I can’t pretend that isn’t true to this day, mostly due to the fact that I don’t plan on replacing my beloved ring (if it wants to morph into a 3 carat size, I suppose I wouldn’t complain). But that’s not to say that I haven’t come to appreciate diamonds of all shapes and sizes, and that appreciation has grown with each of my years at JCK.

The pear-shape stone is an interesting one. It seems to have gathered a fair amount of popularity as of late, and not for nothing. Much like in attire, when it comes to dressing for “the body you have,” the pear-shape is an apt choice for those, like me, who are deficient in finger length.

My hands, short and stubby, could use the elongated effect offered by this pointed stone, and don’t underestimate that selling point: Many women are self-conscious about their hands! They’re hand-conscious, let’s say.

And then there is this element of debate: Do you wear the stone pointed out, like a teardrop, or inward, more like a balloon? It feels natural for me to say inward, where the pointed side is closest to the wearer, but I know many would disagree.

But wait! That’s the great part: You can switch it any way you like, whenever you like (unless the stone was set in an east-west fashion, which is a delight all its own).

Because variety is the spice of life, that pear doesn’t have to be a diamond, either. Our flexibility with labeling an array of looks as engagement rings these days allows for a broader assortment of styles. From morganite (blushing pinks are beloved in bridal right now) to the slightly more classic blue sapphire, the gemstone cut is just as beautiful no matter what color it wears.

Here is just a handful of examples of the power of the pear.

Tasha R pear engagement ring

Lovely collection engagement ring mounting in 14k white gold with 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,129 (center stone not included); Tasha R

Tresor morganite pear ring

Ring in 18k rose gold with 1.13 ct. morganite and 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,125; Trésor

 Picchiotti yellow pear toi et moi ring

Toi et moi ring in white and yellow gold with 4.54 cts. t.w. fancy intense brownish-yellow diamonds and 1.22 cts. t.w. baguette diamonds, $64,300; Picchiotti (also at top)

Zoe Chicco diamond pear ring

Teardrop ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.2 ct. pear-shape diamond, $875; Zoe Chicco

Omi Prive sapphire pear ring

Ring in platinum with 3.34 ct. pear-shape sapphire, 0.33 ct. t.w. round sapphire, and 0.69 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Omi Privé

Stuller aquamarine pear ring

Ring in 14k white gold with aquamarine and diamonds, price on request; Stuller

Tacori pear diamond engagement ring

Simply Tacori engagement ring setting in platinum with 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,590 (center stone not included); Tacori