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Shop Our Collection of Tear Drop Shape Rings and Jewellery

The stunning pear cut diamond has been displayed in stunning pieces of vintage jewellery for multiple centuries. Known under a myriad of different names, pear cut diamond jewellery can also be known as tear drop rings or drop shape diamond rings. Drop shape rings and jewellery are classically beautiful and timeless, making them an incredibly popular choice for engagement rings and wedding rings. 

While pear cut diamonds look incredibly modern and chic in drop shape rings and earrings, they are not a modern stone shape. Drop shape rings have been found originating from as early as the 15th Century. Pear cut diamonds display the innovative and creative artistic flair of diamond cutters of the past, making vintage tear drop rings incredibly popular even today. 

Tear drop rings were able to be made when the pear cut diamond was invented by Flemish diamond cutter Lodewyk van Bercken, in the mid 1400s. His invention, called a scaife, was a diamond cutting wheel which allowed new diamond shapes to be created and used in early jewellery. In the same year as he invented the scaife, he created the world’s first pear cut diamond. Although drop shape rings and jewellery were not instantly popular (due to the amount of diamond rough lost during production) their elegance and class would soon captivate the eyes of the European aristocracy. Over the years, pear cut diamonds and drop shape rings and earrings have become increasingly popular. 

Since pear cut diamonds were invented over 500 years ago, diamond cutters throughout history have tried to perfect the proportions in order to make ideal drop shape rings, earrings and jewellery. Pear cut diamonds are often considered to be an amalgamation of the marquise cut and the round brilliant cut. Tear drop rings, earrings and jewellery are incredibly elegant and classic due to this interesting and chic shape. Furthermore, the cutting technique similar to the round brilliant diamond technique means that drop shape rings are known for their exemplary fire and brilliance. 

Pear cut diamonds belong to a family of diamond shapes that display diamond colour the strongest, so if you’re looking for a ring that shines and reflects beautiful light, you should definitely shop for a drop shape ring. Furthermore, drop shape rings are incredibly graceful and elegant, and are the perfect choice for a modern, elegant diamond engagement ring

Drop shape rings have been popular since the 1900s, but especially in the 1920s period. Because the pear cut diamond looks so modern and chic, it fit perfectly with the forward-thinking and contemporary ethos that was taking over the 1920s. After the First World War, society wanted to look and feel modern, stylish and avante-garde, rejecting the traditional styles of the past. Tear drop rings, earrings, brooches and jewellery were incredibly popular throughout this period for their sleek and luxurious elegance. 

The pear cut diamond is not only popular in drop shape rings - teardrop earrings have also been incredibly popular throughout history. While we specialise in antique and vintage drop shape rings here at Berganza, you can also find stunning drop shape earrings in our extensive vintage jewellery collection. 

Drop shape rings and pear cut diamond jewellery have captivated jewellery enthusiasts for centuries. Tear drop rings are still popular even 500 years later, with celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Sophie Turner and Victoria Beckham wearing pear cut engagement rings. If any of the pieces in this stunning pear cut collection catches your eye, please be in contact with us here online, or in person at our Hatton Garden residence.

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In short, yes. This diamond cut can be referred to as pear cut, or tear drop or drop shape diamonds. If you’re looking for a drop shape ring, it may also be called a pear cut ring or a tear drop diamond ring. There are many reasons why there are multiple different names for the diamond cut - you might find examples under drop shape or tear drop rings, or just called ‘pear cut rings.’

Tear drop rings became available when the pear cut diamond was invented by Flemish diamond cutter Lodewyk van Bercken, in the 15th Century. He invented a machine called a scaife, which was a diamond cutting wheel which allowed new diamond shapes to be created and used in antique jewellery. In the same year as he invented the scaife, he created the world’s first pear cut diamond. Although drop shape rings and jewellery were not instantly popular (due to the amount of diamond rough lost during production) their elegance and class would soon captivate the eyes of the European aristocracy, and still captivate people today. Stone cutting has only become more sophisticated as time has progressed, meaning that tear drop rings have become very popular.

Drop shape rings and jewellery are perfect for someone who loves a timeless and elegant style. The elongated shape and immense shine of the pear cut diamond is popular in engagement rings, as it makes hands look longer and more slender. Many people also suggest that drop shape rings symbolise tears of joy, making them a perfect choice for entering a marriage. If you’re looking for a stunning vintage jewellery piece that exudes femininity with an edge, you should definitely invest in a stunning antique drop shape ring.

It’s important to preserve vintage jewellery, particularly if it's a piece of sentimental value, such as a pear cut wedding ring. Cleaning your ring correctly is a great way to keep them looking beautiful while also ensuring they keep their value. Take care to thoroughly rinse your drop shape ring carefully under warm water. Use a very soft brush to dislodge any dirt, and if it needs extra cleaning, use a mild washing-up liquid. Pear cut diamonds can chip more than other diamond shapes, so make sure that you’re extremely careful when cleaning your drop shape ring. If you want your vintage drop shape ring to be cleaned properly, you should consider looking for professional cleaning services. Here at Berganza, we are proud to offer complimentary annual cleaning for life with every purchase, so your precious drop shape wedding ring can be taken care of properly.

Here at Berganza, there are many things we take into consideration when evaluating any vintage jewellery, especially drop shape rings. Drop shape rings can be from many different time periods, so it’s important that the piece is evaluated as accurately as possible. First of all, we pay close attention to the ring. If you have any authentication (such as proof of purchase, proof of designer) this can increase the value of your pear cut wedding ring. Here at Berganza, we are dedicated to conducting accurate assessments on each piece of jewellery that we see. If you need a piece of vintage jewellery assessed, please contact us here online, or visit us at our Hatton Garden residence.



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