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Evolution of the Cluster Ring
Cluster rings have been worn at least as far back as the Georgian Era beginning 1747 and have continued to be popular to this day.
There are many variations on a cluster. While there is a classic cluster which is simply round or oval in shape featuring a prong set round cut stone in a halo around a central gemstone. There are many varieties of cluster-like settings that have either evolved from or are simply cluster-like.
These can then be broken down further for example a target setting which has two rows of gems instead of one or a halo setting which is perfectly round and has channel set gems as the cluster. But these are all interchangeable. Sometimes a halo is called a cluster and visa-versa. As explained above we usually stick to those definitions but there are no set rules.
Georgian clusters tend be more heavy-handed as the jewelry making techniques then were less refined. Settings were made in gold with blackened silver with heavier and more prominent prongs featuring rose and table cut diamonds. Victorian clusters came into their own. They feature more delicate prongs. It was during this time that the classic cluster really developed, the one we continue to see even in modern jewelry. Edwardian clusters began to feature more streamlined but still delicate features. Art Deco clusters fully embraced the clean lines and geometric motifs popular during the day. Platinum at this point is king.
WHY CHOOSE A CLUSTER ENGAGEMENT RING?
Cluster engagement rings often receive plenty of attention. The smaller stones compliment each other and offer extra sparkle. The additional character and style of a cluster ring make them a popular choice for those seeking a unique design.
Cluster settings also tend to carry an antique or vintage feel. In other words, cluster rings are timeless and can be passed down for generations.
Cluster settings usually feature round diamonds, as they’re the most common shape in the smaller carat weights. Round diamonds are also easy to group together to form other shapes.
With cluster engagement rings, the designs range from extravagant to simple and classic. Review a few styles before creating your own cluster ring.
Cluster engagement ring examples:
- Floral Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring
- Double Sunburst Halo Ring
- Sculpted Floral Engagement Ring
- Natural Pink Sapphire Cluster Ring
- Floral Embrace Diamond Ring
PROS AND CONS OF A CLUSTER SETTING
Review the pros and cons of a cluster set ring to help decide if it’s right for you. Consider the overall appeal of the setting along with its cleaning and maintenance requirements.
- Offers a unique look full of dimension and texture
- Gives the appearance of a larger center stone
- Can be designed to form a festive shape, like a flower or sunburst
- Provides a lower cost option to purchasing a larger diamond
- May complement smaller hands and fingers
- Usually requires more time and effort to clean due to multiple stones and crevices
- Smaller stones may become loose and fall out if not properly maintained
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