Clear Cut Classroom: Oval vs. Pear

Deciding between ovals and pears? Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q and A’s on Instagram, we’ve got you covered!

Watch the full video here:

Ever since Blake Lively’s engagement ring, ovals took the internet by storm! We have also gotten lots of requests for oval shapes. Ever since they have stayed consistently popular -- and there are many reasons! Many people love ovals because of their finger flattering effect. Ovals are elongating, so they compliment long fingers well, but also elongate short fingers. Additionally, ovals show their weight incredibly well. This is because the weight is shown mostly at the top, meaning the stone takes up more real estate on the finger (which is ALWAYS a good thing)!

Ovals vary in shapes and silhouettes: longer and skinnier or shorter and chubbier. The differences come down to the length to width ratio. The most popular ratios are between 1.3 to 1.45. Anything above 1.45 is considered longer and skinnier, and anything below is considered chubby. To choose the right ratio for you -- it all depends on what shape you like most on your finger.

Pear shapes are also super popular right now! This is because they also show their weight really well and are very finger friendly. Over the past 10-20 years, pear shapes were not in demand as much as they are now. Recently, led by celebrities like Cardi B, Paris Hilton, Ariana Grande and more -- people have started to fall in love with them. And so have we!

When looking for a pear shape ratio -- it is very similar to ovals! Some people love the longer and skinnier silhouette (above a 1.5 ratio). Others love a chubby pear shape (below a 1.5 ratio).

When shopping for ovals and pear shapes, always look out for the bow tie effect! A bow tie is when there are two distinct dark triangles in the center of the stone. You do not want this! It is noticeable because it looks like your diamond is wearing a bow tie -- trust us, it’s not cute!

In terms of the C’s, we recommend prioritizing color over clarity. Ovals and pears show color more than other cuts. Stick to I, J and above. For clarity, both shapes are great at camouflaging inclusions and as long as the inclusions are not eye visible, you’re good! We recommend SI1, SI2 and above.

We are obsessed with ovals and pears -- let us know what you prefer in the comments!