Pear-cut diamonds are cool in Kimaï’s new jewellery collection

Gold ring with a pear shaped diamond on pictured next to a woman wearing it
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Pear-cut diamonds become cool and contemporary in the hands of Antwerp-based fine jewellery brand Kimaï. The brand, which specialises in producing offbeat jewellery from lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold, has for the first time given the pear-cut diamond the full – and perhaps overdue – attention it deserves.

‘We love the asymmetry and the character of a pear shape,’ says Sidney Neuhaus, co-founder, designer and gemologist at Kimaï. ‘It makes me think of a female body. It's one of our customer’s favourite diamond shapes for our engagement ring collection, so it's definitely coming back. We haven’t seen much of pear-shaped diamonds in everyday jewellery: it was time for the pear-shaped diamond to shine again.’

Gold hoop with pear shaped diamond

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There are six new pieces in the ‘Pluie d’Été’ collection, with the cut taking centre stage on earrings, a ring and a necklace. The aesthetic stays faithful to previous collections, which twisted elegantly unexpected silhouettes into sculptural forms. The fluidity of the pear cut is a natural complement, whether studding an interrupted swirl of gold on a ring, looping through the ear on a hoop, or hanging from a pendant. By teaming it only with a sweep of gold, the overall feel is clean, uncluttered and very modern.

‘We are huge lovers of a pear-shaped diamond because of its uniqueness,’ adds Neuhaus. ‘Every one is different; some are more elongated, some wider. We played with the twist of stones to give more depth to the design, and make it edgier.’

In the new collection, the pear-cut diamond is unexpectedly placed; tilted at an angle here, juxtaposed against a contrasting silhouette there, making for a contemporary rethink of a classic cut. Says Neuhaus: ‘Each piece is delicate and powerful, just like the female form from which it draws inspiration.’

Gold chain with pear cut diamonds on

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Pear cut diamond studs

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.