Why should you choose a cluster engagement ring?
A cluster ring is a ring where the centre stone is made up of a few little diamonds, clustered together (hence where it gets its name from). And while the centre stone will always be made up of a few, smaller stones, these rings can usually incorporate any other designs you wish – they may have a halo around them, and they can be shoulder set or a plain band.
Pros of choosing a cluster ring
A cluster ring can make a great choice for a variety of reasons, here are some of our favourites:
- A cluster ring can maximise your budget
By far the most popular reason for choosing a cluster ring is how the illusion of smaller diamonds – clustered together – appears to be one, larger stone. However, many small diamonds always cost less than one, large diamond, meaning that you can achieve a stone that appears large for a smaller cost – maximising your budget. The ring will still have all the same sparkle as that of a single-stone ring, but you will likely be able to achieve a bigger size for your money. Additionally, because the stones will also be smaller, the inclusions will be less visible, meaning you can opt for a slightly less high-quality of diamond, should you wish to.
- A cluster ring is a unique, vintage style
The cluster of stones can be arranged in many different formations, meaning your ring will be a unique style. The cluster style was very popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras, as the small stones could be arranged into intricate floral patterns. Because of this association with generations gone by, cluster rings have a uniquely vintage feel. This could be great for you, if you love to dress in a vintage fashion, and appreciate the styles of different eras.
- A cluster ring can be a practical choice
If you work with your hands a lot, or look after small children, a large solitaire stone may worry you. This is because the larger the stone and the prouder it stands on the ring band, the more likely it is to snag and catch on things, and even potentially become loose or lost (though regular checks and cleaning should ensure your jewellery stays safe). A cluster ring is a safe, practical option, due to the small stones, set low in secure, tightly packed together settings. Although we recommend removing any jewellery before activity that could damage it, a cluster ring is a robust choice.
Cons of choosing a cluster ring
There really aren’t many cons to choosing a cluster ring. The only thing to note is that because the stones are clustered together tightly, and each have an individual setting, it may attract more dirt and be slightly harder to clean than a plain solitaire ring.
Still can’t decide if a cluster ring is for you?
Take a look at all our engagement ring options, for inspiration. If you still can’t decide which style of ring will work best for you and your lifestyle? Feel free to get in touch with our friendly experts, who can give you a helping hand.