Despite the fact that the single stone diamond engagement ring is the most popular, the diamond cluster engagement ring is making a comeback. Cluster rings have been around since the Georgian era beginning in 1747 but have seen variations in their formation according to the trends of the day.

Essentially a diamond cluster is a collection of smaller diamonds that are usually of a similar size. These little diamonds have a low carat weight, although there is sometimes a bigger diamond in the middle. This creates the illusion of one large diamond, and has the added benefit of being less costly than a single stone of larger carat weight. The combination of multiple stones creates a sparkling effect.

There are many variations on a cluster. The classic cluster is simply round or oval in shape featuring a claw set round cut stone in a halo or around a central gemstone. The target setting has two rows of gems instead of one and has channel set gems as the cluster. Georgian settings feature rose and table cut diamonds whereas Victorian clusters feature more delicate claws. Edwardian clusters were more streamlined but delicate, and art deco featured clean lines and geometric motifs.

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However, a solitaire cannot be beaten for brilliance and an added advantage is that there is less chance of it slipping out of its claws, unlike smaller stones.

Given the choice, which is the better option? Ultimately it’s a matter of personal taste and budget. Solitaires retain their value but clusters still contain diamonds and make beautiful looking rings.