The most common way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring is to have the top of the stone pointing upwards towards your fingertips and the round bottom pointing towards your hand creating a teardrop shape. Some choose to wear their ring with the pointed end down, and others may opt to set their stone on an angle. There’s no “right” way to wear a pear, so wear yours however you’d like.
Which Way is a Pear Shaped Diamond Supposed to Face?
Also known as a teardrop cut, this diamond shape has a pear silhouette, with a large bottom and a slim, pointed top. This fancy shape is a hybrid of two classic cuts, a brilliant round and a marquise. Cut in a brilliant style and featuring 58 facets, a pear shape offers plenty of brilliance and sparkle. With their elongated body, pears tend to appear bigger than their carat size and can make the wearer’s finger look more slender.
Unlike a balanced cut like a round or square shape, a pears look will change depending on how it’s worn. The most common way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring is to have the top pointing upwards to your fingertips. This gives it the upright figure of a falling teardrop or pear standing up when you raise your hand to look at your ring. A pear can also be worn horizontal (east-west), or slightly off-kilter.
Technically, there is no “right way” and the beauty of having a pear cut diamond is that you can wear it however you prefer, and even alternate between the two ways if you like how both look on your hand. Whether your pear-shaped engagement ring is pointing upwards, downwards or sideways, when you’re designing your ring you’ll want to consider how it will pair with your wedding band as well.
Designing a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring
The first step in designing your engagement ring is to decide which direction to orient your stone: vertical (north or south) or horizontal (east or west). An angled setting often points to 3 or 10 o’clock and is suitable for a solitaire or a pear set alongside another stone like a toi et moi setting.
A pear cut diamond has a very small, pointy tip that can be vulnerable to damage. Choosing a more protective setting is recommended for this shape to prevent breaking or chipping with wear.
- A prong setting has metal claws that hold a diamond in place to allow for maximum light reflection. It offers a fair amount of protection, especially if a V-prong is used at the tip.
- A bezel setting offers the most protection for any diamond cut because the entire stone is beautifully wrapped in metal. A bezel is also a great option to forgo prongs if they aren’t your style.
- A halo setting offers protection all around the diamond while adding an extra layer of sparkle to the stone.
Once you’ve determined the orientation and setting, you can opt for a simple thin band, or choose to embellish it. Pavé settings are extra sparkly and can even be incorporated into a split shank design.
There are many styles of wedding bands that pair well with pear shaped engagement rings. If your wedding ring is contoured, it will sit perfectly around the round side of your pear, adding dimension to your ring, but don’t feel like your band has to hug your ring perfectly. You could opt for an open ring or a chevron towards the tapering end of your pear shape to create a ring stack, double up on bands, or choose an unconventional design.
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