Everything You Want to Know About Pear-Cut Diamonds

The pear cut or teardrop gemstone is one of the most popular cuts on the market today. That’s because, similarly to the round cut, it maximizes the gem’s potential for sparkling. It’s also a popular cut for rings due to its capacity to make the finger look thinner and longer. However, rings aren’t the only piece of jewelry that is suited for this gem.


The soft-sided curves and rounded bottom culminate upward in a pointed tip, creating a unique asymmetrical shape that fits perfectly for pendants and earrings as well. Since they’ve been around for so long, it’s quite easy to find these gems even in vintage pieces or opt for a custom design of your choosing.  If you’re interested in a pear-cut, here is everything you need to know about this timeless shape.

What Is a Pear-Cut?

The pear-cut gemstone can fit into many modern jewel designs, making it seem like the cut is an invention of the modern age. However, this diamond shape’s origins can actually be traced back to the mid-15th century in Flanders.

Back in 1457, a Flemish diamond cutter named Lodewyk van Bercken invented the diamond-polishing wheel, and this invention would reshape the world of diamond cutting forever. This wheel allowed Bercken to place faces on a diamond and achieve complete symmetry, making room for many complex diamond cuts. That same year, he created the world’s first pear-shaped diamond.

Since that moment, cutters have been hard at work to perfect this cut and determine the ideal ratio of length to width for the teardrop diamond in such a way that their sparkle factor would be driven to the max.

Interestingly, the number of facets has stayed true to Bercken’s original design, with 58 facets, identical to the conventional round brilliant cuts. Though some nonconventional cuts can come with more facets, the pear-shaped diamond has remained consistent through the years, proving Bercken’s vision to be a timeless one of sparkling beauty.

The pear-shaped diamond is a popular go-to especially when it comes to engagement rings, as even many celebrities like Ariana Grande have proudly worn this gem on their finger. However, finding the perfect cut is not always easy, and requires some up-close inspections to ensure the gem is properly cut and symmetrical.

The Pros and Cons of the Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The sight of a pear-shaped diamond can certainly make an impression, but needless to say, this cut is not for everyone. If you are looking for this cut on a ring, pendant, or earrings, here are some of the main pros and cons of this diamond shape.

  1. The Pros

The pear-shaped diamond looks a lot bigger than its rounded counterpart based solely on the shape, which provides an extra elongated tip. This means that even if you opt for a smaller diamond if you compare it to the round cut version, the pear-shaped one looks a lot bigger, and makes a bigger impression as well.

Additionally, the pear-shaped gemstone is usually the more affordable of the two cuts, with buyers saving as much as 30% of the costs in a pear-shaped gem, compared to a round one of the same carat weight.

But perhaps the biggest perk of this cut is its versatility when it comes to style. The pear-shaped diamond can be easily added to both modern and classic looks, being perfectly suitable for any style the wearer chooses.

  1. The Cons

It’s important to note this cut may come with some disadvantages as well. The tip can be prone to damage and chipping because it is thinner, though that can be prevented if the gem is properly set.

If you’re looking for such a cut, you may also encounter some difficulties to find high-quality ones, as laboratories do not assign cut quality grades for non-conventional shapes like the pear. What it means is that you will have to inspect the gem closely and examine the shape and sparkle to make sure that what you have in your hands is a high-quality pear cut.

Designing Your Pear Cut Ring

Revolution Jewelry Works is a design studio that specializes in creating custom jewelry for any occasion, and we can help design the pear cut ring of your dreams on the budget you can afford.

When it comes to the pear cut, we know exactly how demanding this shape is and will guarantee maximum shine on a well-cut diamond. Whether you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring to convince her to say yes, or want to treat yourself to a timeless piece of beauty, our team can help you design the perfect, one of a kind ring.

Stop by Revolution Jewelry Works to find out more, or call us to book an appointment, and let’s start designing your perfect pear-shaped diamond ring!