The Brilliant Pear Cut

Brilliant Pear Cut
A Brilliant Pear variation cut from watermelon elbaite tourmaline. 10-carat, 12.5 by 15.0 mm. This stone was cut with a high crown to maximize the yield of some rather pricey rough. (The version presented in the diagrams and cutting instructions below employs a lower crown and larger table).

The Brilliant Pear is designed to cut like a standard round brilliant and look like a pear. The light return is excellent, much better than any traditional pear I’ve ever seen. Unlike many pear designs, this one employs a centered culet, which makes it much easier to cut. The pavilion is basically a split mains variation of the Standard Round Brilliant (SRB) with 3 elongated sets of facets. The crown is an even simpler modification of the SRB pattern. The Brilliant Pear doesn’t entail the numerous height and elevation angle changes required in many pear designs, so it’s relatively simple to cut. It produces a pleasingly shaped stone that’s ideal for novices who want to cut a pear shaped stone suited to their abilities and experience.

I have several “Brilliant Pear” versions. You can find step-by-step instructions for cutting this design in my book, Learn to Facet The Right Way.

Brilliant Pear Cut Diagrams
Brilliant Pear Cut Diagrams

Notes On The Brilliant Pear Cut

The design angles presented here are intended for materials with a refractive index of 1.62. They’ll wear very well on topaz and tourmaline. For quartz and beryl, add 2 degrees to the pavilion.

The Brilliant Pear isn’t just for novice cutters. Pros will find the design attractive because it’s very fast to cut and pear shapes sell well. An added attraction is that this design can be mounted in standard 4-prong findings and settings designed for round stones.

Cut this design in order, i.e. P1 precedes P2, etc. The P8 facets are shown for faceters who cut this design large. They add some interest as the size of the stone increases. The P8 facets can and should be eliminated on smaller stones of 3 carats or less. They would be too small to have any noticeable effect and would be difficult to cut.

Brilliant Pear Cut - Array
Random – Cosine – ISO

Detailed faceting instructions by Jeff Graham available at The Rock Peddler

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Jeff R. Graham
The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.
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