Pear/Tear Cut Diamond

Description of Pear/Tear Cut Diamonds

A teardrop is merely a pear upside-down, and so a tear cut diamond is similarly a pear cut diamond, turned on its point.

There are three common concerns with pear/tear cut diamonds, but all three are easy to spot, even for an untrained observer.

  1. The center of the diamond may have a dull spot, which does not catch the light no matter how you try to make it sparkle. This is called the “bow-tie” effect.
  2. The rounded end of the diamond is not symmetrical. If you drew a line down the center of the diamond, you should expect to see two visually similar halves, but in some cases one side protrudes more than the other. This is often called “uneven shoulders.”
  3. The rounded end of the diamond does not flow as a natural curve. Most pear/tear cut diamonds are expected to resemble a drop of water waiting to plop off a leaf tip, but some look more like the drop as it impacts the floor—blunt, wide, with a “squared off” or “rounded triangle” appearance. Of course, to some degree this defect is based on the buyer’s opinion of how the diamond should look.

History of Pear/Tear Cut Diamonds

Lodewyk “Louis” van Berquem created the pear cut in 1400. At the time, many jewelers disliked the design because a large portion of the rough diamond is wasted. However, clients liked the sparkle, as well as the shape.

Celebrities Wearing Pear/Tear Shaped Diamond Rings

Elizabeth Taylor (69-carat Taylor-Burton) and Jessica Simpson (4-carat, engaged to Nick Lachey).

Trivia for Pear/Tear Cut Diamonds

  • The Star of Africa, a pear cut, 530-carat diamond, was one of the nine stones made from the Cullinan Diamond. Considered to be the second largest cut diamond in the world, the Star of Africa is part of the Crown Jewels of Great Britain, on display at the Tower of London.
  • The Millennium Star is a 203-carat, D-color, internally and externally flawless, pear shaped diamond.
  • The Aga Khan III is a 33-carat, pear shaped diamond which sold at Christie’s in May 1988.