Pear polishing – also known as “tear drop” – is an improved round brilliance, one of which is long and pointed.
Different variations of pear polishing diamonds have existed for centuries. Briolette polishing, a pear-shaped triangular wavy polishing, was widely used for various types of precious stones, while Pendeloque was another version of pear polishing, mainly used for diamonds.
A typical pear polishing has 58 side facets and has a recommended 1.5: 1 aspect ratio, although any ratio between 1.45: 1 and 1.75: 1 is considered acceptable.
Pear-polished diamonds, like other elongated polishing, compliment the hand and compare the fingers of the woman with a longer, more refined look. In a solitaire setting, it is recommended to put diamonds in a 5-pronged pear trim: two teeth around the rounded edge of the stone, two teeth on the stone sides and a V-shaped tooth on the pointed end of the stone.
Famous pear polishing diamonds include the Great Chrysanthemum Diamond – a 104.15 carat colored diamond with an orange-brown color classification; The Taylor-Burton diamond, polished by jeweler Harry Winston and purchased by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1969; And the Amsterdam diamond – a black diamond weighing 33.74 carats.