(Closed) Difference between cluster and halo

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1393 posts
Bumble bee

A halo is a larger center stone surrounded by much smaller stones. A cluster is a group of same-sized small stones, or the center stone is only slightly bigger than the surrounding stones. 

the first picture is a cluster, the second is a halo.

Post # 4
8919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

To me, a halo is on a different plane than the center. I would consider the first ring a cluster with a halo, and the second just a cluster because even though it has one bigger diamond, all the smaller diamonds are clustered around it, not pulled out into a separate halo.

Post # 5
4258 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

The first is a cluster with a halo to me, and the second is a cluster too, *to me*.  I think of anything with larger stones as more of a cluster, and a halo as something with pave.

Post # 6
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

This is my ring…a princess cut halo. It sits above the surronding smaller stones.

Post # 8
60 posts
Worker bee

I feel like, if the ring has fake prongs.. It’s probably a cluster. The second picture is a cluster as is the first one.

Post # 9
10577 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Those are both clusters in my opinion. I consider a halo a ring that has one larger stone in the center being held by prongs and much smaller stones outlining the center.

Post # 10
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t really know either. I’d definitely consider the first a cluster with the cluster of smaller tones everywhere, but I’d consider the latter a halo. 

Post # 12
2002 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

In the pics you posted think the first is a cluster, the second I would consider a halo except for the illusion type prongs. A true halo ring is supposed to show case the center stone.

This is a cluster;

This is a halo:

This is a cluster WITH a halo design around it.

Post # 13
6540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Personally, I consider illusion rings, like your second example, to be clusters (and the first ring is, too). In that case, the ring is made to look like one larger diamond with four larger illusion prongs. When the halo is defined and clearly different from the center (with no illusion prongs), I consider it a halo. But ultimately, it doesn’t bother me what other people choose to call their rings; that’s up to them.

Post # 14
1321 posts
Bumble bee

My engagment ring has a half carat center surronded by ten diamonds. I always call it an invisible halo. The jeweler we use calls it a halo too. I guess everyone is different. I always assumed if there was a larger center it was a halo. 

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