The pear cut diamond was one of the most requested diamond shapes of the last decade, and the trend is still going strong.

Here at Jonathan’s, we’ve definitely seen an increase in requests for the ‘teardrop’ shaped diamond style. Is it because of…

  • A: it’s rich history
  • B: the unique shape
  • C: recent celebrity pear shaped engagement rings
  • D: or all of the above?

We’re guessing all of the above, but let’s take a closer look.

Pear Cut Diamond History

The pear shape diamond is nothing new. In fact, it dates back to the 1400’s when famed Flemish polisher, Lodewyk van Berquem first created the cut.

He combined the round brilliant and Marquise cuts to obtain the innovative teardrop shape. The pear shaped diamond has either 71 or 58 facets and is normally cut in the brilliant style. The unique cut allows for most of the carat weight to fall in the rounded end.

The pear shape’s reveal was met with resistance by some due to the amount of rough diamond lost during the cutting process.

See also: History of the Pear Cut Diamond

Unique Shape Benefits

Pear cuts make a great choice for several reasons:

  • elongates the finger
  • timeless, elegant diamond cut
  • stackable with other rings for a unique look
  • perfect shape for transforming heirloom jewelry into necklaces or earrings

Many bride-to-be’s choose pear cut diamonds because it provides the illusion of elongated, slender fingers. It’s an elegant choice, that marries (pun intended) both modern and classic elements.

The pear cut diamond makes stacking rings extra easy, another ring trend that’s popular right now. The unique teardrop shape looks fantastic with a variety of different styles, which is what the stacking trend is all about.

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Pear cut diamonds are not only an engagement ring favorite, but they’re often featured in earrings and necklaces as well. The shape is perfect for transforming family heirlooms into a more modern statement piece as well. We’ve had several requests to create custom jewelry pieces featuring vintage pear cut diamonds owned by cherished relatives.

Celebrity Pear Cut Engagement Rings

The most famous pear cut diamond ring has to be the one belonging to Elizabeth Taylor circa 1969. Richard Burton, her then husband purchased the 69 carat diamond for 1.1 million, and it became known as the Taylor-Burton diamond.

She wore it in a ring, and then later had it refashioned into a necklace setting, which can be seen in photos from the 42 Academy Awards.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s the pear cut diamond lost popularity due to an episode of the HBO sitcom Sex and the City. Carrie found the engagement ring her boyfriend Aiden was planning to use in his proposal- a pear cut diamond on a gold band…and immediately ran to her kitchen sink and puked.

Luckily the cut has made a comeback. More recent engagement rings- Saturday Live Star Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka, and performers Offset and Cardi B- feature pear cut diamonds.

Final Thoughts

We think the pear cut diamond trend will stick around for awhile. It’s blended vintage and modern vibe provides a refreshing statement piece, and the cut looks elegant alone or paired with other stacking rings.

Are you interested in creating your engagement ring with a loose diamond from our inventory? Contact to schedule an appointment and find the perfect diamond today.

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