He is believed to be the
man responsible for
creating the 137 carat
Florentine Diamond for
the powerful Valois
family. Louis van Berquem invented a diamond polishing wheel called a scaif
which enabled him to cut
the facets of a diamond.
He also introduced the
concept of using absolute symmetry in the placement of facets on the
stone. From this
point diamonds were used as ornaments in jewelry and the process and
different techniques for diamond cutting were gradually developed.
Description of the Pear Cut Diamond (aka Teardrop)
The description of an Pear Cut Diamond is best described as being one
half oval, and the other half marquise - pear-shaped or teardrop shaped.
The stone is pointed at one end and round at the other. Ideally cut pear
shapes have 58 facets. Aspect ratio of a Pear or teardrop cut: The ratio
of the length to the width should be about 1.5:1
Pear Cut Diamond - the Cutting Process
Diamond Facets are
the smooth surface areas of a diamond which are cut and polished to
control the brilliance and the durability of a diamond. A skilful
diamond cutter brings out all the brilliance and sparkle of a diamond by
choosing the most appropriate cut, such as the Pear shaped Diamond cut.
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Pear shaped Style - Fancy Cut Diamonds
Fancy cut stones, such as
Emerald, Marquise, Heart, Oval, Pear and Princess
cuts are all ways of cutting a stone to maximize the carat weight. A
rough diamond which might only yield a half carat in a Brilliant Cut
might yield another 50% if cut into the Pear shape. Fancy cuts, such
as the pear cut, allow
the cutter to use the best attributes of the rough diamond and eliminate
inclusions and blemishes. Popular fancy cuts include the "Baguette"
(French for a small rod), "Marquise" or "Navette" (little boat), "Princess Cut" aka
Square Brilliant Cut, "Heart", "Briolette" (a form of Rose cut), Pear
(teardrop), and the Trillion which is triangular in shape.
Pear Cut Diamond Engagement Rings (aka Teardrop)
The tradition of wearing engagement rings, including those with an
Pear cut diamond, symbolizes the promise of a future together which
is sealed with the giving and accepting of a ring. The tradition of
giving a diamond engagement ring dates back to the 13th century. Mary of Burgundy is the first known recipient of a diamond engagement ring, in 1477. Betrothal Betrothal rings were initially given as a pledge to marry. All wedding
and engagement rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand
because the vein in this finger, called the "vena amoris", was once
believed to run directly to the heart which is closely associated with
love. The circular shape of rings symbolizes unending love.
Pear Cut Diamond (aka Teardrop)
good cuts? Good Pear Cut Diamonds are effected by several different
elements which have a large impact on a diamond's brilliance. These
include the Width and Depth of the stone, the
Symmetry and the alignment of a diamond's facets and the
polish. Diamond Clarity is a measure of a diamond's blemishes and inclusions which
also effect the brilliance
of diamonds and their sparkle because they interfere with the passage of
light travelling through the precious stone. The skill of the jeweller will
ensure that Pear cut diamonds have a suitable cut to
give the most beautiful results in respect of their
lustre, transparency, refraction and dispersion of
Symbolism & Meaning of Diamonds
The traditional properties closely associated with diamonds are
action, passion, and energy. Jewelry containing diamonds are believed to
enhance relationships, increasing inner strength and provide the wearer
with balance, clarity and abundance. Wearing jewelry containing a
diamond will focus the energies of the precious gemstone through the
Pear Cut Diamond Solitaire (aka Teardrop)
The most popular style engagement ring is a diamond solitaire, the cuts
include the Pear cut diamond solitaire. The solitaire design was
introduced by Tiffany about 100 years ago.
The Tiffany solitaire setting
enhanced the brilliance and lustre of the diamond by introducing the
first ‘open’ mount, which allowed light to travel freely through the
precious stone differing from all previous settings which had
restrictive closed backs. The Pear cut diamond solitaire is a
beautiful cut for this type of jewelry.
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