(Closed) Thoughts on Cluster Rings

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 76
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I never would have guessed that a cluster ring was meant to “simulate a larger stone”. IMO, a cluster of small diamonds has a totally different effect than a larger stone. To me, a cluster is a heck of a lot more sparkly. I love clusters and hope to get one in the future. They remind me of my grandmother’s wedding ring which was a ruby center stone with diamond sunburst clusters going around it. (Wish I had a pic!)

Post # 77
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Bridey77 :  Yep. I was going to say earlier that they are probably the same people spending their paychecks on LV bags so everyone knows how “fancy” they are when they are out at Applebee’s, yet they have nothing in the bank or any assets to their name. I thought I might get flamed for it, but whoop there it is. 

Post # 78
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Sugar bee

There waas one cluster on here I used to love. It as very Victorian with a round stone in the middle and marquis {which I usually hate} surrounding it like petals.  It was jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Post # 79
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

smartsimple :  I would prefer a smaller single stone to a cluster ring of any kind, no question. I would also be happier with a single gemstone or halo gemstone ring vs. A diamond cluster ring.

If your friend does go the cluster route, definitely make sure the diamonds are good quality. Many chain stores that commonly offer clusters are notorious for using a lot of I1 stones which is very poor clarity. 

Post # 80
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think cluster rings are beautiful but for an engagement ring I prefer the look of a defined singular stone.

Post # 81
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

peegee :  Oh yes we definitely blow all our money on purses and have nothing in the bank. You’ve nailed it.

The OP asked for opinions. We gave them. Some of us feel like cluster rings look like they are trying to be passed off as one big stone and it’s not to our taste. Not sure why people having an opinion gets your back up.

Post # 82
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

panilipiec :  haha… So that explains it. My mum had a women tell her in Italy that her wedding ring should be  yellow gold. Her ring is platinum.

 

mpie79 :  thanks

Post # 83
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I personally dont care for them. I actually own one, from a previous engagement which was broken off so maybe thats why i have a bias toward them? Even so, when i was wearing it, it wasnt what i truly wanted. I have very simple taste and i prefer a single stone over anything. 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Depends on the kind of cluster.

Clusters I DO NOT like: several diamonds smooshed up together to give the illusion of one stone. It does not work! I would much rather have a single tiny diamond.

Clusters I DO like: ones with a design-y shape to them, like in the shape of a flower. They’re artsy and not meant to look like a single stone.

Post # 85
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

maritimebride2016 :  You sound like a really great friend.

I like clusters, but I also like most ring settings.  Though I don’t judge a person’s worth as a human being by the ring on their hand, so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask.

Post # 86
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

courtneysokal :  Maybe it would help if you didn’t lump all clusters together in one group. There’s a big difference between clusters that have some kind of artistic design like the flower vs the microscopic stones crowded together to look like a princess cut diamond. Because the latter does often look cheap and does not at all accomplish the look of one stone anyway IMO, like the one I posted earlier. 

Regarless, I think people should be allowed to like what they like without being put down about the very special ring they or their Fiance picked out is them trying to pass it off as something better. Rude. 

Post # 87
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The worst offenders aren’t even always the tiny diamonds all squeezed together trying to look like one stone either. Take this one for example:

 

Its not trying to look like one single stone and is more of the artistic version yet it just looks like a cluster fuck (intended) and it’s simply horrendous IMO. Point being, it really is all just a matter of preference.

Post # 88
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

mpie79 :  reminds me of the one we married with four yrs ago….wasn’t my style but hubby loved it. I now wear on my right hand.

Post # 89
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

This is my cluster ring. I love it. It sparkles so much! It’s actually my second ring, I first had a 1cttw ring (not a cluster, .25 center) which I loved, but I went in for a cleaning with it and fell in love with this! I’ve never had problems with any of the “invisible set” stones, just one small diamond fell out once on the sides. No biggie to me! 

Clusters aren’t for anyone and everyone and there are many different types. I suggest your friend seeing if she has any interest in cluster rings before going for one! 

Post # 90
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Bumble bee

smartsimple :  I would have your friend ask his girlfriend her ring styles.  Buying a ring for someone else is very hard.  I probably would not have been happy if I received a cluster, but that’s because I’m incredibly picky with jewelry.  But, there’s also halos and solitaires I don’t like as well.

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