Whether you choose classic diamonds or contemporary asymmetrical designs, a cluster ring can really bring that wow factor but what exactly is a cluster ring and what are its benefits?
What Is a Cluster Ring?
Cluster rings have a primary diamond (or other gemstone), surrounded by other, smaller diamonds or gemstones. The multiple stones are in a ‘cluster setting’, meaning that they sit close together in the setting. Cluster rings can be made of any stone, including diamonds and coloured gemstones such as sapphires and rubies.
Cluster rings have been around for centuries, having first appeared in the Georgian era, and today, they remain as popular as ever. Throughout the years, the metals, stones and settings have changed with jewellery fashions from heavy statement pieces to more delicate, ornate designs.
The History of the Cluster Ring
The Georgian era saw the birth of the cluster ring. At this time, they tended to be quite heavy, with ornate metalwork and fewer gemstones. In the Victorian era, however, cluster rings became more delicate and ornate with an increased number of gems closer together, paving the way for the cluster ring styles we see today.
During the Edwardian era, cluster rings became even more elaborate, such as the daisy ring made famous by Queen Alexandra. These floral shapes then fell out of favour to make way for more geometric and asymmetrical designs during the Art Deco period.
The 40s and 50s saw a return to simpler ring designs, and the production of non-essential jewellery was prohibited during the war years as a result of metal shortages. However, cluster rings saw a resurgence during the 1960s and 70s, and became a particularly popular choice for engagement rings.
What Are the Advantages of a Cluster Ring?
There are several advantages to cluster rings.
More Sparkle for Your Money
The biggest benefit of a cluster ring is that the clustered setting of the multiple diamonds or other gemstones, emphasises the central stone, giving it the appearance of a much larger stone.
Cluster rings are therefore an excellent way to get that real wow factor at less expense as the main stone doesn’t need to be as big. For example, smaller diamonds arranged together in a cluster will give just as much sparkle as a larger diamond at a fraction of the cost of a single diamond covering the same surface area.
Cluster Rings Are a Symbol of Commitment
Over the centuries, cluster rings have become synonymous with love and commitment and are a popular choice for engagement rings.
As cluster rings tend to be set with more than one gemstone, you can opt to have a stone included that represents something special to you, whether that’s your birthstone or the gemstone associated with the month you met or plan to propose, for example. This can give cluster rings added sentimental value and individuality over rings with a single stone in a standard setting.
How to Wear a Cluster Ring?
Cluster diamond rings can be worn as engagement rings, everyday jewellery, or for special occasions, depending on the ring. Cluster rings range from classic, elegant designs to one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Cluster rings can be worn in a variety of settings due to their multifaceted designs.
Cluster rings can add a new dimension and style to ring stacking. How you stack your cluster ring will be determined by its colour and shape, as well as the rings you already own. Because your cluster ring may already have different colours, shapes, or textures, it’s important to choose a theme to ensure that when stacked together, your rings create a cohesive design.
Always Consider the Wedding Band
If your cluster ring is going to be an engagement ring, think ahead and consider how it will look next to a future wedding band; consider the shape, size, and metals of both rings together.
When choosing an engagement ring, you should consider the four Cs. This can help you understand the factors that influence the value of a diamond. Cluster rings are ideal for the undecided bride: You can have both a round diamond and a pear-cut gemstone if you can’t decide between the two.
Cluster rings have become synonymous with romance and lifelong commitment, infused with centuries-old meaning. Available in both classic styles and designs with a more contemporary twist, a cluster ring can bring all the radiance and sparkle of a larger diamond or gemstone in a more affordable and unique way.
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