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Pear Lab Diamond Rings
The Pear cut in diamond rings has often been a favourite of royalty and is also known as the “Teardrop Diamond”, or “Teardrops of Joy Diamond”. The deep, mesmerising Pear cut is a combination of the rich fullness of the Round Brilliant and the sparkling intensity of the Marquise.
In 1475, a Flemish cutter by the name of Lodewyk van Bercken invented a diamond-polishing wheel called a scaif. The scaif transformed the diamond trade. His innovative polishing wheel enabled Van Bercken to place facets into the diamond with absolute symmetry, and opened the doors to the creation of complex diamond cuts.
At the same year Lodewyk van Bercken invented the world’s first Pear Shaped Diamond.
Though traditionally used in pendants and drop earrings, Pear Cut diamond rings are also eye-catching. It’s a unique, beautiful cut that looks especially good in a halo setting and is known to have a slenderising effect on fingers due to its tapered end. Ideally, a Pear Cut diamond should have excellent symmetry and a length:width ratio that falls somewhere between 1.5-1.75, for an elegant, elongated Pear. This is, however, down to personal preference of the wearer.
Choosing the Perfect Pear Lab Diamond
Choosing the perfect Pear lab diamond for your engagement ring is slightly more difficult than selecting a Round Brilliant Cut diamond, for example, since the certification does not give any indication for how the stone will sparkle. The certificate gives you the grades for the colour and clarity, but how the diamond actually looks is not indicated on the certificate, since fancy cut diamonds such as Pears are not given a cut grade. This is because standard cut parameters are unachievable due to the complex and unique structure of the Pear Cut; there is no ideal table % or depth %.
One of the main things to look for is a bowtie, or rather a lack of one. Bowtie’s are bad news! Also, ensuring that the shape of the Pear is not too curved and not too pointy.
You need to ensure that you can view a video of the Pear diamond and ideally get it reviewed by an expert before you buy. At Ethica, we are very happy to take a look at the cut quality of the Pear diamond and advise you accordingly; just get in touch and we will be happy to help.
Many celebrities, from Victoria Beckham to Katherine Heigl have rocked the pear diamond engagement ring, but perhaps the most famous diamond in this shape was worn by none other than Elizabeth Taylor.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond, a 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond, was originally cut by Harry Winston and set in a platinum ring. It was sold in 1967, but put back up for public auction on October 23, 1969. Bidding started at $200,000, and bidders included Richard Burton (Taylor’s then-husband), as well as Harry Winston, the Sultan of Brunei, Aristotle Onassis (of Jackie Onassis’ fame), and Robert Kenmore, who owned the parent company of the jewellers Cartier. Kenmore, and thus Cartier, won the auction, and named the diamond the “Cartier Diamond.” However, Richard Burton was set on getting the diamond for his love and diamond aficionado, Elizabeth Taylor. He had his lawyers contact Kenmore to buy the diamond regardless of price. It was sold the next day for $1.1 million, and the diamond was renamed the name it still carries today, the Taylor-Burton Diamond.