Post # 1
So, as those of us with clusters know, there’s a fair bit of ‘hate’ for them on this board, and it seems the main reason is that people think they’re ‘cheating’ in some way, either by providing more coverage, or ‘trying to look like a bigger stone’ (personally, I don’t see the issue with either). So I thought it’d be interesting to see how much, if at all, these things factor into it when someone chooses a cluster ring over another style.
For me personally, I had always wanted a cluster, and my reasons were:
1) I think they’re more unusual/unique than other styles, esp solitaires
2) I prefer the way lots of smaller stones sparkle
3) I think some of them look kind of vintage/antique, which was the kind of look I was going for
4) I admit I do love the coverage of my ring; though oddly, when it comes to solitaires, I prefer much less coverage.
It seems that a lot of bees with clusters have similar reasons
So, what were your reasons for choosing that style?
Oh, and please feel free to show off your rings!
Post # 3
@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
@barbie86: im not engaged yet but i am hoping for a cluster ring or multiple halo ring! Heres a few i love!
Post # 5
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
My SIL has a cluster and I drool over it all the time. 🙂
I, however, will always be a classic solitaire gal.
Post # 7
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
@sostobe: do you have a picture?
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 14
SoNLoveWithHim: I love your ring! It looks so white, too! Gorgeous 🙂
Post # 15
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!!!