If you're in search of a unique engagement ring that feels one-of-a-kind but isn't too pricey, then you really can't go wrong with a cluster engagement ring. Made with an assortment of stones in different cuts and sizes, these rings are interesting to look at and often feel unexpected.
"Cluster rings are usually asymmetrical and incorporate different shapes and colors," jeweler Sarah Ortega of Sarah O. Jewelry tells Brides. "There are multiple main stones (no main center stone) creating a multi-focal point."
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Sarah Ortega is a New Mexico-based jeweler who created the brand Sarah O. Jewelry.
There are two types of cluster rings. One kind, which is particularly trendy at the moment, features a few different stones in different cuts and colors (think Emily Ratajkowski's engagement ring). The other kind features a cluster of small stones that are put together to resemble one larger stone.
It's not hard to see why cluster engagement rings are having a moment in the spotlight. "A lot of people are drawn to cluster rings because they want something non-traditional, and it allows them to create something totally unique," Ortega says. "Also, it's a nice way to incorporate sentimental stones, like birthstones or heirloom stones." Cluster rings are perfect for the indecisive bride: If you can't pick between a round diamond or a pear-cut gemstone, you can have both.
Here's a look at some of the most gorgeous cluster engagement rings available that will leave you seriously reconsidering the solitaire ring you had your eyes on.
Laura Preshong Portia Brilliant Cut Cluster Ring
This asymmetrical cluster ring features mixed sizes of round Canadian diamond side stones that surround a brilliant-cut center stone. The shape is so beautiful and the gold band completes the look.
Price at time of publish: $2,520
Ken & Dana Design Lippy Ring
This Art Deco-inspired ring is a true stunner. The horizontally-set oval center stone gives it a bit of a vintage look, while the beaded gold setting and smaller diamonds surrounding it add lots of detail.
Price at time of publish: $3,700
Artemer Flora Cluster Engagement Ring
Instead of featuring a larger center stone surrounded by smaller stones, this ring features a cluster of smaller stones that form a floral shape. All in all, this piece is unique and feminine.
Price at time of publish: $5,269
Capucinne Veronica Baguette Diamond Cluster Ring
The asymmetrical setting of this baguette diamond makes this ring really stand out. It's surrounded by a variety of smaller stones on a thin gold band.
Price at time of publish: $2,890
Bario Neal Eaves Cluster Diamond Ring
This cluster ring features two larger stones in two different shapes: the oval and pear diamonds steal all the attention, but the smaller diamonds clustered around them really add a nice shape. The thin gold band keeps this ring on the simpler side.
Price at time of publish: $3,710
Mejuri Diamonds Cluster Ring
The perfect cluster of small diamonds makes a unique and beautiful shape. This almost looks like two rings stacked together, but it's really just one on a thin gold band. This gives the look of a larger diamond without the price point.
Price at time of publish: $2,200
Harry Winston Pear-Shaped Cluster Engagement Ring
This elegant and sophisticated design features a center pear-cut diamond stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. It creates a unique shape that is signature Harry Winston and manages to be classic but different at the same time.
Price at time of publish: $16,100
Effy Bouquet Diamond Cluster Ring
If you want the look of a larger diamond without the high price point, this cluster bouquet ring is perfect. The center stone is actually several small diamonds clustered together to look like one round stone, and the double band creates a chunkier look.
Price at time of publish: $2,295
Ken & Dana Design Starulla Ring
This cluster of small diamonds around a center-round stone creates a star shape. The band features more small stones and an intricate milgrain design, too.
Price at time of publish: $2,450
Natalie Marie Jewelry Diamond Cluster Ring
The smaller stones on the sides of this round diamond center stone give off a floral look that is really feminine. A thin band just adds to how delicate and dainty this one feels.
Price at time of publish: $2,590
Ecksand Blossom Engagement Ring
A cluster of small diamonds surrounds a center-round diamond for a floral look. These ethical diamonds are untreated and not enhanced, and the band is made of 100 percent sustainable recycled gold.
Price at time of publish: $13,083
Brilliant Earth Stella Diamond Engagement Ring
A collection of small marquise-shaped diamonds surround a center-round stone for a chic and modern look. This is so pretty from the top and the side.
Price at time of publish: $1,450
Ken & Dana Design Gretchen Ring
Uniquely designed gold prongs, tiny leaf details, and a split shank band make this ring really stand out. The cluster of small diamonds creates a round diamond look, and the overall feel is very floral and feminine.
Price at time of publish: $3,605
Melissa Tyson Designs Constellation Ring
A cluster of white and gray diamonds is a nice way to do something unique and modern without straying too far from the classic white diamond. These small stones are arranged in a constellation-like shape.
Price at time of publish: $4,490
Mociun Vega Ring
This ring features an old European cut center ring, with small diamonds on the side that give off an interesting starburst design. It offers tons of sparkle.
Price at time of publish: $19,800
Kobelli Multi Diamond Baguette Cluster Ring
Small round and baguette diamonds make up this interesting cluster ring. From afar, it might appear to be one large diamond, but a closer look shows that it's just a whole bunch of smaller ones making a beautiful shape.
Price at time of publish: $1,599
Lovebright Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring
This is another cluster ring that appears to be one stone when it's actually a collection of smaller ones. It looks like a round diamond and features a delicate, thin band.
Price at time of publish: $4,599
Mociun Super Luna Ring
This dazzling ring is a real showstopper, with an old European center-cut stone and several smaller European-cut stones around it. The delicate gold band just adds to the whole look.
Price at time of publish: $12,250
Blue Nile Marquise and Round Diamond Cluster Ring
A collection of sparkling marquise and round diamonds give this ring a unique look. Instead of your typical center stone, it looks wider and features a lot more stones.
Price at time of publish: $4,990
Kobelli Oval Cluster Split Shank Ring
A large amount of small round diamonds create the shape of a large oval diamond, all surrounding one center oval-cut stone. The split shank band is also covered in diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $2,350
What to Look For When Shopping for a Cluster Engagement Ring
If you want to create your own cluster ring, Ortega strongly recommends working with a talented designer. "They can advise you on choosing stones, settings, and creating the actual design," she says.
Many people say that one of the pros of cluster engagement rings is that they're cheaper. This is usually because they don't have one large center stone, so while they do feature several stones, they're all smaller and less expensive. But Ortega notes that this isn't always true: some cluster engagement rings can be pretty high up there in terms of cost.
Cluster rings that feature multiple kinds of stones definitely have a more modern look to them, so if your goal is to get something that seems classic, this might not be the ring for you.
Do cluster rings require any special care?
Depending on the stones and settings in your cluster ring, Ortega notes that it might require extra care. "Again, this is where a trusted designer can help guide you to choose what works best for your lifestyle and preference," she says. "Plus, they can give you the best cleaning and care tips for your particular ring."
How do you pick a wedding band that matches a cluster ring?
"If your cluster engagement ring has a lot of diamonds or gemstones in the design, you may want a metal wedding band with none or minimal gemstones to further highlight the engagement ring," Ortega says. "If you are going to pair a cluster ring with a band, it might be good to have that in mind when you are choosing/designing. This way, you can make sure both rings complement each other."
What are some of the cons of cluster rings?
How can you make a cluster ring look more classic instead of trendy?
Ortega recommends using white diamonds and sticking to fewer stones instead of mixing a lot of different ones. "The cluster style engagement ring can seem like it needs a lot of stones, but in reality, you can add just a few accent stones to achieve the same cluster look, while maintaining that classic feel."
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