ROUND DIAMOND WITH PEAR SIDE STONES
The round diamond cut is widely recognised as the most well-known and popular of the diamond shapes, especially for engagement rings. This can be attributed largely to the mechanics of its shape as giving a diamond a circular shape allows for the gemstone to support 58 eye-catching facets (57 when there is no culet), which exceeds the number of facets seen in any style of cut. It is for this reason that round cut diamonds, also called round brilliant diamonds, exhibit a far superior light reflection in comparison to other diamond shapes so maximizing the amount of fire, light, and sparkle within the diamond. The popularity of the round cut can also be attributed to the fact that this cut can create the optical illusion of making the diamond appear to be larger than it actually is. This is due to the fact that a round cut diamond is not cut as deeply as others, which helps to create the illusion of size.
Combining the round cut style with pear cut diamonds to create a Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones diamond ring is the very epitome of classical style. The pear cut is a hybrid between the round and the marquise cut. Also having 58 facets, the pear cut produces a diamond that is full of dramatic sparkle and flash. Adding pear side stones to your round diamond engagement ring will add more sparkle and create an engagement ring that is elegant, timeless, and really has the wow factor.
History of Round Cut and Pear Shaped Diamonds
Round cut diamonds of a sort were first created in the 17th century. The first known round cut diamonds were called European cut diamonds. Whilst they were technically circular, they were very much different from the modern round diamond cuts. This is due to the fact that it was not until the ‘Bruting’ machine was invented by Boston diamond cutter Henry Morse in 1873 that round cut diamonds were able to be produced with the desirable symmetrical outline. The Bruting machine allowed diamond cutters to produce very round diamonds instead of following the shape of the original crystal, which most commonly yielded a square or rectangular cushion-shaped diamond. Morse also invented the first gauge to measure the angles of diamonds and experimented with facet angles and proportions of the round diamond. This led to the development of a cutting style known as the American cut, the forerunner of the modern round brilliant cutting style.
The round brilliant 58 facet cut that is seen in today’s jewellery was not strictly speaking created until around 1919, when Marcel Tolkowsky published his thesis “Diamond Design: A Study of the Reflection and Refraction of Light in Diamond.” Tolkowsky basically created a mathematical formula for cutting diamonds in perfect symmetry and proportions. In modern times round cut diamonds are created using high-tech automatic-cutting equipment to exacting standards using time-tested diamond proportions.
The creation of pear cut diamonds can be credited to a Flemish polisher called Lodewyk van Berquem of Brugge, Belgium. He created the first pear cut diamond in 1458. The ‘brilliant’ style of per cut diamond was however not introduced until the 1700’s.
Famous Celebrities Wearing Round Cut and Pear Shaped Diamonds
Many famous celebrities have chosen round cut diamonds including popstar Britney Spears who was given a three-carat circle cut diamond by her husband Jason Trawick. Johnny Depp proposed to his now wife Amber Heard with a large round brilliant cut diamond flanked by two smaller melees.
The most famous but perhaps the most famous pear shaped diamond engagement ring was worn by the actress Elizabeth Taylor given to her by Richard Burton costing a staggering $1.1 million!
Are Round Diamond With Pear Side Stones Affordable?
Round cut diamonds are often higher priced than other cuts as they often require the diamond cutters to take away more of the diamonds’ original roughness, which reflects on the cost. As the larger round cut diamonds are in high demand this has also had the effect of driving the price up.
Though a Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones diamond ring may be more expensive than other diamond shapes, you simply cannot go wrong with this design of engagement ring as it is will provide you with a simply stunning timeless ring that is beautiful and full of the natural fire of the diamonds it was created from.
Choosing a Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones Engagement Ring
The arrangement of a diamond’s facets is the key to understanding how the gemstone reflects light. The facets on a round cut diamond act very much like a complex series of mirrors reflecting light from its surrounding environment. Therefor when choosing your Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones Engagement Ring be aware of the lighting under which you view your chosen ring as the degree of light will have a considerable effect on the diamond’s appearance.
Look for the brilliance (brightness) of your chosen Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones Engagement Ring which is the effect of all the diamond’s internal and external reflections of white light. This is best observed under diffused lighting. Well-cut diamonds are brighter than poorly fashioned ones, even if they are of equivalent size, colour and clarity. Poor polish and symmetry causes brightness and fire to diminish.
As you rock the ring watch for flashes of blue, red, orange or yellow which is termed the ‘fire’ of the diamond. This fire is caused when white light traveling through the diamond is dispersed into its rainbow of spectral colours. Also look for sparkle which is the spots of light that flash when the diamond, you or the light source moves. Scintillation is the combination of sparkle and pattern and in diamonds of good quality the reflections should appear reasonably even and balanced in size.
In a Round Diamond with Pear Side Stones Engagement Ring of the best quality you should see patterns of bright and dark areas which result from the diamond’s internal and external reflections. There should be clear contrast between the bright and dark areas which will give the pattern a sharp, crisp, look, but no larger distracting dark areas.