Monday 23 July 2018

Carrie Bradshaw Was Wrong About Pear Engagement Rings

Sex and the City, the well known show with the four iconic characters defined pop culture between 1998 and 2004. In 2001, in the episode titled “Just Say Yes” the protagonist of the show, Carrie Bradshaw stumbles upon an engagement ring in her boyfriend, Aidan’s duffle bag while he is in the shower. After seeing the ring she proceeds to gag, cover her mouth and rush to the kitchen sink to vomit. “It was a pear shaped diamond, with a gold band” she responds when her friends ask what the ring looked like. “Ooof, no wonder you threw up.” Samantha – one of her best friends adds.

Even though Carrie’s reaction to the ring symbolized a deeper issue – her fear of commitment and walking down the aisle, there is no doubt that the pear shaped diamond was a big no-no in the early days. However, even if a diamond is forever, engagement ring trends keep changing with time. An engagement ring style that is quite popular and appreciated in recent times is one that would make Miss Bradshaw go ick in full fledged disgust!

With modern brides, pear shaped engagement rings seem to be all the rage. This beautiful teardrop shaped fancy diamond is not only accepted but loved by brides looking for a one of a kind engagement ring. The shape has always been a hit with celebs – Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson, Anna Kournikova and Katherine Heigl have all had pear cut diamonds gifted to them! Here is everything that you need to know about this gem.

A pear cut is quite a unique shape; it’s a round brilliant at one end and a pointy marquise at the other end. This shape is known as a “fancy” cut. Fancy cut stones are basically ones that are not the shape of the common round brilliant. If you are shopping on a budget and want a diamond with a good sparkle, then you should definitely consider a pear shaped diamond. Because of its comparatively less popularity a pear shaped diamond is less expensive than a round brilliant. Unlike some fancy diamonds, the pear shape retains almost as much sparkle as brilliant shapes like princess cut and round brilliant because after all, one halve of a pear cut is in fact a sparkly brilliant cut round.

The pear shape is longer than other diamond cuts and so it may appear bigger in size compared to other diamond shapes of the equal carat weight, which is a good way to get a bigger looking rock on a budget! A pear cut engagement ring looks even better if you have small hands or short fingers because when worn, the marquise end of the diamond faces downwards and in turn makes your fingers look more slender.

Pear cut diamonds absolutely need prongs at the pointed end that’s most likely to chip. The marquise end of a pear cut is the closest to the outer end of the original raw stone that it was made out of and so its natural flaws and inclusion may be visibly present there. When covered with prongs the inclusions won’t really matter.

In Miss Bradshaw’s words, we can’t help but wonder how the fictional character would react to the pear shaped diamond being the talk of the town in today’s world!

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