Cluster ring ladies: why did you choose that style?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Why did you choose a cluster for your engagement ring?
    I wanted more coverage for a more affordable price : (24 votes)
    14 %
    I wanted to give the illusion of a large solitaire without the price-tag : (15 votes)
    9 %
    I think they look more unique : (19 votes)
    11 %
    I prefer the sparkle of lots of smaller stones to that of one larger one : (18 votes)
    10 %
    I think they have an antique look : (30 votes)
    17 %
    I wanted a diamond ring and it was the only way we could afford one : (7 votes)
    4 %
    The extra coverage is a bonus, but not why I wanted one : (10 votes)
    6 %
    I wish I didn't have a cluster : (19 votes)
    11 %
    I love my cluster! : (31 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    5482 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @barbie86:  Well, I dont have a cluster but I LOVE the ring one bee has from T&Co that looks like a flower/snowflake!! 🙂

    Post # 4
    916 posts
    Busy bee

    @barbie86:  im not engaged yet but i am hoping for a cluster ring or multiple halo ring! Heres a few i love! 


    Post # 5
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I chose the three last options – I wish I didn’t have a cluster, I love my cluster, and other! I had zero input in the selection of my e-ring. My fiance chose it because it was affordable and he knew I wanted something unique. I really, truly love it – I think it’s delicate and gorgeous and very me. That said, after some time I realized I was missing the more traditional solitaire look, as my cluster has no real center stone to speak of, and I admit that I let comments about my ring get me down. Fortunately as I mentioned it was very affordable, and we were able to find an even more affordable vintage solitaire that’s very much to my taste. So after a year of being engaged we purchased a less expensive “upgrade”, and my lovely little cluster will move to my other hand 🙂

    Post # 6
    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My SIL has a cluster and I drool over it all the time. 🙂

    I, however, will always be a classic solitaire gal.

    Post # 7
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I love the sparkle.  I was very anti-cluster for an e-ring before. (I have a floral cluster RHR as well.)  I thought they’d be too similar. 

    I was wrong.  I tried on solitaires, I tried on various cuts, various sizes, shank details.  They just didn’t do it for me.  I then fell in love with a couple of halo designs.  Lots of sparkle coming at you from every angle.  Excellent!  

    Then we found this one.  I tried it on.  I said no.  Simply because it was a cluster.  I tried on a bunch more and then asked to try this one on again.  And it just suited my hand, I loved all the sparkle, it wasn’t like anything anyone I knew had, and I didn’t want to take it off.  So we took it. 

    It does have a larger centre stone, its probably more of a double halo than a true cluster.  And I absolutely adore it.  It definitely wasn’t cheap.  We could have got a decent sized solitaire of the same quality stone at the same price point.  I’m just not a solitaire fan.  

    Post # 8
    1029 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    When FI and I went ring shopping, I fell in love with the halos and the clusters.  I loved how the diamonds were in the shape of a daisy flower and the sparkle was mesmerizing.  FI chose my ering by himself and I was thrilled that he found an ering with both the halo and the cluster style because that’s exactly what I wanted. The split shank was a bonus and the fact that Daisy is 1/2 in diameter has me over the moon…love that finger coverage! I really don’t understand why some people have such disdain for the cluster and I really don’t care!  Individuality is such a beautiful thing; especially,  when it’s given its due respect!   This is Daisy:  

    Post # 9
    2813 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didn’t even realize clusters were a “thing” until the Bee… when I got this ring, I thought it would be considered more of a halo. Regardless, I love it and I think it was the perfect ring for me. I have big fingers, and we couldn’t have afforded a two carat ring for better “coverage” – and the solitaires we looked at in our price range looked teeny tiny on my giant fingers. I also fell in love with the extra sparkle – more diamonds = more facets = more sparkle! (Even my mom, who rocks a 2 carat solitaire, was like “whoa, I think I like your ring better than mine!” I offered to switch but no dice… lol.) 

    Post # 10
    1891 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    My original e-ring was a cluster. I always wanted a ring with a center stone. The ring was so lovely, it changed my mind. It looks similar to SoNLoveWithHim’s ring. The sparkle was amazing! I just fell in love with it. I turned down a lovely ring that was along the lines of a three stone ring for the cluster… I have seen some really cloudy and boring e-ring solitaires, so a solitaire or any other kind of ring is not automatically better. They are all different, and it just depends on what you want. I realized that I loved halos, a thicker band, lots of accent/side diamonds, etc. I am not interested in having a ring that looks exactly like what I see others with all the time. I also wanted 2 carats total weight. That ring met all of those requirements at the time…

    Post # 11
    534 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I honestly didn’t even know what my e-ring was called a “cluster” ring when I picked it out.  It was just the only ring that grabbed my attention.  My FI and I had been looking for awhile and nothing was really sitting right with me.  I was honestly at a point where I was about to say, “Okay, I’m just going to have to settle for something I like but don’t love” when I saw this gorgeous flower cluster I just KNEW it was THE ring.  I actually started tearing up when I was in the store!

    Mine looks a lot like SoNLoveWithHim‘s ring except mine doesn’t have a halo or split shank.  It’s just on a plain white gold band.

    Anyway, I think my ring is perfect.  After a year of wearing it, I still smile when I see it!

    Post # 12
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    barbie86:  I have never in my life understood the ‘trying to pass it off as a larger stone’ issue.  People have eyes and those eyes can obviously tell what’s a single stone and what’s a cluster.  No one in their right mind would go ‘ooh, I can trick people!’  

    I’ve just always assumed women with cluster rings like a bigger more intricate look to their rings and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I don’t love that look for me but not because they’re clusters. I have a super minimalist no-stone ring so i don’t dig any of the more intricate rings like halos, vintage settings and Tacori/Veraggio style rings.   

    Post # 13
    929 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think it is sad that people can’t just like what they like.  While I don’t have a cluster ring I think they are very beautiful, I have a solitaire but it is mainly because that is because my hubby picked out the ring and he wanted me to have a solitare… Not to mention I am like a bull in china closet sometimes because I am animated with my hands and I was always afraid I might knock out a stone.


    None the less I think cluster rings are beautiful as I do solitiares, I think diamonds are pretty as i do sapphires, morganits and Moissys.  or large diamonds and small diamonds.

    Hope we can get to a point where people are not made to feel bad about their rings….

    Post # 15
    2738 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I was totally attracted to cluster-types but I wanted a single center stone. The ring that won me over had a vintage style and looked unique. I loooooooooooove it!!!

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