One of the most enticing aspects of cluster engagement rings is their capability to create a big look with little stones. It’s a particularly good value proposition: smaller stones are (clearly) cheaper and because there are several clustered together, they don’t all require the best quality. Think of it as the distinction between tennis and baseball: tennis is all about one professional athlete bringing their
A-game every time, whereas baseball is about the team’s collective strength. Because they don’t count on one superlative solitaire, cluster rings can vary in rate from simply over $1,000 to well above $10,000.
A cluster ring can consist of a large centre stone or a group of stones of equal size. Numerous cluster rings have an antique look, such as classic cluster engagement rings like this halo split shank yellow diamond ring.
What Is A Cluster Diamond Ring?
In a cluster setting, smaller diamonds are set closely together to resemble a larger diamond. A cluster ring can contain a large centre stone or a group of stones of equal size. The diamonds in a cluster ring often form a geometric shape like a square or a unique design like a flower or starburst.
Many cluster rings have an antique look, such as vintage cluster engagement rings like this halo split shank yellow diamond ring.
Cluster and halo engagement ring settings can sometimes be interchanged but are often confused for one or the other. Clusters were popular before the turn of the century during the Georgian (1747-1837) and Victorian (1837-1901) eras. Typically diamonds were set around a centre stone with a crowded appearance.
Post-turn-of-the-century during the Edwardian (1901-1920) and most notably the Art Deco (1920-1935) eras halo settings gained in popularity. They featured more streamlined perfectly positioned stones around a central stone. They were often channel set with baguette diamonds or in a flower-like perfect “halo”.
Why Choose A Cluster Engagement Ring?
The cluster engagement rings can be found in several styles however, usually, the stones are set to provide the illusion that the diamonds look like a big stone.
Generally, the cut of the diamonds utilized for cluster rings is round fantastic cuts, since that cut provides more methods for various styles.
However, this does not imply that the cluster engagement ring is restricted to using just the round fantastic cut. It can likewise utilize different cuts, both with bespoke and non-bespoke engagement rings.
The range of the styles of the cluster rings is generally used in the setting. With cluster rings, usually, making use of shared prongs is utilized because these can offer a great deal of space to experiment with the styles while keeping the diamonds set close to each other.
Cluster engagement rings frequently receive a lot of attention. The smaller stones complement each other and offer extra shimmer. The extra character and style of cluster ring designs make them a popular option for those looking for a special design.
Cluster settings also tend to bring an antique or vintage feel, like this platinum progressing halo. Simply put, cluster rings are timeless and can be passed down for generations.
Cluster Diamond Rings Vs. Solitaire
Cluster diamond rings include smaller diamonds placed next to each other, whereas solitaire rings feature a large centre stone. Solitaire rings are normally simple, with a single stone, like this Round Cut 14K white gold ring.
Cluster diamond rings have lots of diamonds like in this white gold cluster engagement ring. Solitaire rings are more popular for engagement rings than cluster rings. Some choose a cluster engagement ring for a unique appearance.
The History Of Cluster Set Rings
The optical illusion of a clustered setting is among the oldest techniques in jewellery history. It was popular during the Renaissance and took off in the 18th century.
Cluster rings from the latter era were often inspired by flowers. Like a daisy, there is a central point surrounded by diamond “petals.” (Photo below thanks to Gray & Davis).
Since those early days, the cluster ring has evolved to encompass a broad range of settings. Some cluster rings forgo a centre stone. One variation understood as a cobblestone ring, includes a range of stones in varying sizes, like the rocks in an old European street.
Many cluster rings have an antique appearance, such as classic cluster engagement rings like this halo split shank yellow diamond ring
Cluster diamond rings include smaller diamonds put next to each other, whereas solitaire rings include a large centre stone.
Solitaire rings are normally basic, with a single stone, like this Round Cut 14K white gold ring. Cluster diamond rings have numerous diamonds like in this white gold cluster engagement ring. Solitaire rings are more popular for engagement rings than cluster rings.