Post # 46
I like it when it’s part of the design, like a daisy cluster or double halo with a small center but I don’t prefer illusion settings. Your friend should ask his gf directly- it’s just a matter of personal taste.
Post # 47
- Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion
sexymama118 : I second this and love tolkenbee : ‘s ring. I do agree with PP’s in saying that invisible clusters and quads try to achieve the look of a larger stone and I’m personally not into that.
If cost is an issue, I would recommend OP’s friend look into diamond alterantive or lab created gem stones. You can more stone for your dollar that way if she would like something larger.
ETA: I think these are gorgeous (I would post the pics but weddingbee is being goofy)
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/an-edwardian-diamond-cluster-ring-5147831-details.aspx (my favorite out of all of these)
Post # 48
Well, I consider my ring more of a halo, but I’ve been told (on here) that it’s an illusion cluster. I picked it out, so I obviously love it. I’ve had no problem with stones falling out and it sparkles like crazy. The total carat weight is a little over a carat. The center is .5
I feel like like we got the look I wanted without having to spend a fortune and I see absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Post # 49
I love clusters that aren’t pretending to be larger stones. I intend on having a “cluster” engagement ring, but it’ll consist of a 3/8 center stone and 6 1/5 solitars around it, then with a halo and a pave band
The prongs have a thicker side to them and am not trying to play anything off as “bigger” or “fake”.
The ring will cost approximately $4,000.
Dont let people influence you too much. Everyone has their own taste!
I love clusters for the beauty they obtain in a unique way that isn’t “faking it” or full of hundreds of diamond chips.
You do you! 😊
Post # 50
I had A LOT of feelings about clusters before I picked my e-ring. I hated them. Then Fiance took me to try on rings and the sales lady asked me to give one a try (originally I wanted a morganite) and I fell in love with it and that’s the ring Fiance ended up getting.
I know a lot of people think they are “cheap” but I don’t really care about that. I’ve never been interested in a status symbol and would prefer something that reflects my personality which I feel my ring does. I also like that it’s not something I’ve seen many people with which if I had a solitaire or something similar I feel like I would just be another in a sea of solitaires that mostly look the same.
The only caution I would have would be to make sure she can wear a band with it. My basket on my ring is so low there is a huge gap between my band and e-ring.
Post # 51
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
I personally prefer more simplistic designs, it’s just personal preference.
What I don’t get is being horrified at the idea that someone is trying to “pass off” a cluster as a larger stone. Really? How insecure are you that you are concerned someone else’s ring might pass for something they supposedly can’t afford. Everyone has different tastes, different budgets, some people prefer the style or maybe they don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ring. Instead all y’all are over here like “ew poor people pretending they have money”.
Post # 52
Clusters done well can be very pretty epically the vintage type clusters some bees have posted and some of the daisy one but I dislike quad type settings because they can be very unsecure and I dislike princes cuts in general so it’s just too many right angles for me
Post # 53
smartsimple : edwardian/deco/1950s illusion heads and clusters I like because they are from eras that I love. The designs are often intricate.
Clusters that are more recently made, I don’t like. They are made to maximize size and sparkle and give a wealthier impression, IMO, rather than focus on design. And the metals tend to look thick (not sure what an appropriate descriptor would be), but I like intricate and delicate designs and thin metal.
This wasn’t meant to offend, it’s what I like. I know people get in an uproar and argue about clusters around here, saying they are tacky or trying to show off wealth a person doesn’t have. I think these arguments are pretty unneccessary–I’m not wearing the ring so it doesn’t matter if I like it.
OP, I think this is one of those things that’s a highly personal preference. My Fiance knew I either wanted an old intricate ring, or a more simple, modern solitaire. He got me a solitaire. Those are the two styles I like, to each his/her own.
Post # 54
Mrs.Fay : I think your ring is pretty, but it’s not considered a halo because the center stone and surrounding stones are encased in one round setting. So it’s like all of the stones are set to look like it’s one round solitaire. If your center stone was in its own 4 or 6 prong setting and then the surrounding diamonds were inside of a separate metal encasement, then that’s a halo setting.
Cluster/illusion setting similar to yours
Post # 55
gretna0808 : that’s what I consider a “cluster with class” I was admiring it yesterday
Post # 56
To answer the OP’s question, I think it’s personal taste. I’ve seen pretty cluster rings, and if people want more finger coverage for a lesser price and a cluster fits the bill, go for it!
Post # 57
I like clusters, solitares, halo,etc. however, I wanted a solitare b/c of versatility, tradition, culture, region, old-fashioned, etc if he finds out she wants a solitare and has a modest budget he may wanna try jewelry/pawn shops that place emphasis on jewelry( make sure they have a jeweler on staff or take it to one to make sure the stone and setting are stable & the store has a decent return/refund/exchange policy) or try online sites like James Allen, Blue Nile or Whiteflash that I have heard only good things about…with them you can have a customized ring by picking out the srone and setting within whatever budget
Post # 58
My grandmother was an antique dealer and I always just loved the Georgian and Victorian ‘daisy’ rose cut cluster rings. Especially the two memento mori pieces she had. So when it was time for me to get my ring I found a jeweler that makes this type of rings only high end. There is nothing cheap about my ring at all. The center diamond is .5 D color VS1 clarity surrounded by 1.5 mm diamonds and then 1.3 mm down the shank of the both the engagement ring and band. Cluster rings and rose gold were all the rage for about 150 year period. I have had no issues with my ring getting snagged or with cleaning. I love my ring 😀
Post # 59
icinia : I just want to pop in and say how much I drool every time I see this side view of your ring! I LOOOOOVE sugar skulls so the little skulls on your ring are to die for!!!! LOVE IT!
As for clusters I don’t care for them too much, but love the vintage/antique style clusters
Post # 60
While I don’t have one, there are some clusters I love and some I dislike. But what I like or dislike is really beside the point because it is all about the wearer. The only way to know what someone would like or prefer is to ask them. I wouldn’t choose a cluster without knowing someone liked them, just like I wouldn’t choose a solitaire without knowing someone liked them.