Full of flash and fire, pear-shaped diamonds are dramatic and romantic. Especially suited for rings, a pear-shaped diamond can elongate and slim the appearance of fingers. The setting of a pear-shaped diamond is as important as the quality of the stone. The slim, marquise-shaped tip is especially vulnerable to breaks and chips. The right setting will protect your diamond, letting it shine for years to come.
A setting with four to six prongs is best for a pear-shaped diamond. The slender, pointed end is prone to chips and breakage, but prongs can protect the stone from damage. A six-prong setting -- with two prongs grasping each side of the stone, one at the bottom, and one hugging the tip -- will keep a pear-shaped diamond in place and reduce the risk of breakage. For smaller stones, four prongs may be used.
More modern than the traditional prong setting, bezel settings surround the stone fully, setting it flush to the ring or pendant. Bezels are a good choice for pear diamonds, as they protect the vulnerable tip and support the heft of the rounded base of the stone.
Tension settings leave the majority of the stone exposed, cupping the stone from the sides or at the top and bottom. Specially carved grooves and the tension created by the band provide support for the stone. While a tension setting is typically designed to hold the top and bottom of a pear-shaped stone, avoid any tension setting that holds the side of your stone, as the point of your stone will be exposed to potential damage.
Settings to Avoid
While the drama of a pear shaped diamond lends itself to simple or elaborate settings, pear-shaped diamonds do not do well in channel settings or bar settings. Neither type of setting will provide adequate support and protection for your pear-shaped diamond.