A cluster setting “clusters” stones tightly together in order to mimic the effect of one large diamond. It can either contain a larger centre stone or cluster together stones of equal size. The effect of combining diamonds together creates a dazzling display of light, sparkle and brilliance. In the example below this cluster setting gives the impression of a 1.50 carat centre stone, which is far larger than the actual small centre stone featured in this ring.
Cluster rings have always been popular but they are not a traditional choice for an engagement ring. These rings tend to be chosen for other special occasions and are usually worn as an alternative, or to compliment other rings, in the wearer’s collection. A variety of styles can be created, incorporating diamonds and gemstones of various shapes, colours and sizes. For example, a popular choice could include a large oval sapphire surrounded by a cluster of smaller round diamonds. The contrast of colour, size and shape would provide an impressive display of sparkle and brilliance.
Another popular option is to feature a cluster of diamonds around the band of the ring. It would be advisable to only cluster the stones around part of the band, otherwise resizing at a later date could become problematic and costly.