A group of gemstones arranged around a feature stone is called a “Cluster”. Clusters can have gemstones that are equal in size in some cases, but it is more usual to have the central gemstone in the engagement ring larger than the surrounding gemstones. Traditionally, cluster designs were claw set wire basket type settings or claws carved from the outer wall of the setting. Clusters can be grain set, claw, channel, rub over, bezel, micro claw or any combination the ring designer and the client thinks looks good.
A “halo” of diamonds around the main gemstone will have smaller detailing in the way the diamonds are held in place, giving a more antique look to the ring design. The simple traditional claw set basket will generally have fewer but larger diamonds around the main gemstone, giving the engagement ring a more flower- like look. The smaller diamonds used can be all the same size and shape, they can be graduated and also be a mix of differing cut shapes, sizes and setting styles for holding them in place. Having a varied style in the diamond shapes and setting styles can give rise to some very unique ring designs.
The size and range of diamond and sapphire options is pretty limitless for a Cluster ring – there is no cut shape that cannot be used in this way. If the central gemstone is significantly larger than the surrounding diamonds, it will often be referred to as a “Halo cluster”. This engagement ring style has been popular for some time and never seems to go out of fashion. It is one of those ring layouts that just works, time and time again. A halo cluster ring gives the client the chance to have a larger looking ring than might otherwise be possible with just a big single diamond, mainly because smaller diamonds are generally less costly than the larger, so you can often have a higher diamond content for any given budget.
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