Post # 1
I have just recently been reading everyone’s comments about cluster rings and there seems to be a lot of people who don’t think they look good as engagement rings or prefer solitaires. I just sent my bf’s 200 year old gold broach with a cluster of diamonds in to be custom made into my Engagement Ring like the picture below. The center will be 1 carat surrounded by ten 0.12 carat diamonds with a 2mm micro pave’ band. I wanted opinions on whether I should go through with it or change the design into a solitare. I love both!
Post # 3
I would call that a halo, not a cluster. Looks very pretty!
Post # 4
I don’t have a clue about diamonds, clusters, halosss or whaaatevs… I just wanted to say it looks very nice!
Post # 6
@adbritton: That’s more of a halo, but I think if you love it, do it. I love floral clusters, and own two myself. Not because they look like a bsingle bigger stone, but because they are delicate and feminine and very very retro. You do you!!!
Post # 7
Looks amazing! and that would be a halo; it has a diamond with small diamonds but around. a cluster is many small diamonds put together.
Post # 8
@adbritton: If you like clusters, then get a cluster. The only opinion about your ring that matters is your own and your fiancees. If you get a ring trying to please everyone else, especially in the cyberworld, you will never find one good enough.
I think its really neat your ring will be 200 years old! That is really neat 🙂
Post # 3
I’m the exact same way as you and this is the only thing that’s been stressing me out! I hate the “end of the day” crap! Most businesses close by 5 so I voted 5 🙂
Post # 9
Yea, I agree with the other posters…It looks more like a halo to me. Very pretty regardless.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I like the halo. Go with what you love!
Post # 11
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Agreed. I wouldn’t dismantle a piece so old to take the stones.
Post # 12
@adbritton: That’s very pretty! I understand your soliciting opinions because on several. occasions I’ve also seeked opinions from the beehive, but the most important decision you could ever make as it relates to your ering is to get what you love…if it speaks to your heart don’t ever allow anyone’s opinion to ever get into your head. I personally love halos and clusters which would explain why my Fiance purchased a halo cluster as my ering. I think either one would be a beautiful choice.
Post # 13
Thank you all for your opinions! I do love it! I guess I figured it was a cluster since the surrounding stones are so large. The broach has been in my bfs moms jewelry box for 20 years gathering dust, so we wanted to do something special with the stones that I will cherish forever.
I am glad I made the decision. Thanks!
Post # 14
@howsweetitis: +1. I would call that a halo ring as well. It’s gorgeous!
Post # 15
@adbritton: Yet another vote for that’s a halo, not a cluster, and also don’t break up that heirloom piece for stones!
I know my own negative reaction to clusters and illusion settings is just because… generally a cluster looks like an attempt at creating an impression of a much larger stone. It isn’t usually a particularly convincing illusion, and to me that has sort of a sadness to it. Also people who are asking about it are usually doing so because they have or are contemplating one, but don’t feel great about the way it looks, and I don’t think it’s a great idea to buy something you’re not confident and proud of wearing. I think people should embrace what they like and can afford, and choose something that is genuinely beautiful to them, rather than something that aims to impressive to an invisible audience, even if it’s smaller or a different stone than the size of the cluster or illusion setting.
I’m far from a diamond snob- I have a moissanite and I will talk the ear off anyone who will listen about it- but I do think that it’s important to feel confidence and pride in whatever you wear- especially something as emotionally and socially loaded as an engagement ring. And my impression from reading these boards is that cluster rings sometimes fail their owners in that sense. At least those less-than-confident owners are the ones we hear from, anyway.
If someone really loves the way a cluster or an illusion setting looks on its own, hey, more power to them. Everybody should rock what they love.
Post # 16
Here’s the broach! I wasn’t even sure if the jeweler could make it look like the photo