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Pear Cut Diamond Rings
The teardrops of joy diamond
The Pear cut diamond has often been a favourite of royalty and is also known as the teardrop diamond.
The deep, mesmerising Pear cut is a combination of the rich fullness of the Round Brilliant and the sparkling intensity of the Marquise. Though traditionally used in pendants and drop earrings, this cut is also an eye-catching addition to rings. 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.
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.
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 biggers 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.