About the Pear Diamond Cut

A pear diamond cut is another popular choice for wedding rings and jewelry. It was created by jeweler Lodewyk van Berquem in 1453 and nicknamed the teardrop diamond because of its shape, a rounded top and a pointed bottom. A popular diamond cut during the Renaissance period, it’s a mix of the round and oval diamond cuts. This diamond cut is a popular jewelry choice for celebrities and actresses, as it makes great drop jewelry for necklaces and earrings.

The most popular type of setting for a pear diamond cut jewelry is a solitary one. Due to its odd shape, accents are not typically used. Another popular aspect of pear cut wedding rings and other bridal jewelry is that it can make fingers appear to be thinner; the longer the diamond, the thinner the fingers will appear to be. Symmetry is an important factor to ensure that the light is refracted evenly. Pear diamond cuts, on most pieces of jewelry, have six prongs for support; five all around and one to provide extra support to the point of the diamond.

This diamond cut contains 58 facets, similar to the round. The most common length to width ratio is 1.45:1.75, though it can be customized. One important factor for pear cut jewelry is the bow-tie effect, usually due to sloppy diamond cuts. Look for facets which appear grey or black in a bow tie shape and look dull in different lighting and angles. The bow-tie effect on jewelry is visible to the naked eye, and to avoid this, it is important to get a pear cut with a high clarity. Another issue with this diamond cut is uneven shoulders, which occurs when the value of the diamond is decreased due to an increased carat weight. The end of the pear diamond cut is squared off, or given a rounded triangle end, which should be avoided in order to increase the value of the jewelry. The rounded edge should be even and have a smooth arc.

A famous example of a pear diamond is the 203.03-carat Millennium Star, purchased by De Beers during the Civil War. Displayed in 1999, and then again in 2000 at the Millennium Dome in London, there was a theft attempt in the same year. It is featured in the book Diamond Geezers, by Kris Hollington.