The Linneys Guide to Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The pear-shaped diamond, also known as the teardrop or pendoloque, has been a favourite of royalty for generations. Women who desire a statement gem appreciate the gentle curve of this stunning cut. The teardrop shape is said to symbolise tears of joy – reflecting the emotion felt during the moment of proposal. 

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The mesmerising pear-shape diamond cut is a combination of the fullness of the round brilliant cut and the sparkling intensity of the marquise cut, with one rounded end and a point on the other.

Due to their gentle elongated shape, pear-shaped diamonds appear larger than round diamonds, and often it’s not just appearance, their top surface can be up to 8% bigger. 


The pear-shaped cut traces its origins trace back to 1458, when it was created by Flemish polisher named Lodewyk van Bercken, who was also responsible for the concept of symmetry and placement of facets in popular diamond cuts. Without van Bercken, diamonds today wouldn’t be cut to maximize the shine and sparkle we all adore.

When researching fancy cut diamonds, you might read about “length-to-width ratio” (refering to  the comparison of the length and width of the outline of many fancy-shape diamonds, determined by dividing the diamond’s length by its width and stated as a ratio, like 1.75:1).  

Lots of experts prefer a length-to-width ratio lying in the range of 1.50–1.75:1. Others believe a ratio isn’t enough to convey a diamond’s beauty – you should instead let your heart and eye guide you. Buying a pear-shaped engagement ring is, after all, a matter for the heart. 

Why buy a Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring?

Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

Pear-shaped diamonds suit confident women who adore statement pieces of jewellery that stand out from the crowd. When crafted as rings, this cut shines brightest as solitaire, where it draws the focus directly to the shape, or set with side stones nestled up to the centre, creating a flash of white brilliance on the finger.  

Pear-cut diamonds also make great side-stones, framing round brilliant cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds and pearls with aplomb, and create quite a stir when designed into standout solitaire pendants.

A point to consider when selecting a perfect pear-shaped diamond is colour. While some buyers may be preoccupied by the carat, when it comes to pear shapes, ensure you consider the colour as pear-shaped diamonds over one-carat in weight can appear slightly darker at the tip. Be sure to talk to one of our diamond experts when searching for the perfect pear-shaped diamond for you.

Commitment to Quality Ethical Diamonds

Linneys are committed to selecting only premium quality diamonds from guaranteed sources. The Kimberley Process is a United Nations mandated forum, with a focus on stemming the flow of conflict diamonds into the international market. When purchasing a diamond from Linneys, rest assured you are buying a quality, hand selected stone from a conflict free source.

Why choose Linneys for your radiant cut diamond engagement rings?

Our award-winning jewellers’ experience, skill and expertise are tantamount to the high quality of Linneys jewellery. Our diamonds are individually selected by our certified diamond specialists and only the best pear-shaped diamonds pass our rigorous quality control.

Contact us for more information regarding pear-shaped diamonds in Perth.