Article on antique cluster diamond engagement rings
Antique diamond engagement rings always have that “something special” that many modern diamond engagement rings just don’t have.
This is not to say that many modern diamond engagement rings aren’t beautiful, attractive or romantic, rather this article on antique diamond cluster rings is just to highlight a wonderful design of yesteryear that looks as good today as it did all those years ago.
The diamond cluster engagement ring is one that has a central diamond (or coloured gemstone such as a ruby or sapphire) surrounded by diamonds in a cluster or “daisy” style.
There are two main ways that the stones are set -claw setting, where the stones are held in place by claws, and the second is bezel setting where the stones are enveloped by the metal such as gold or platinum.
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Usually (but of course not always) the diamond cluster engagement rings that were claw set were made in the Victorian times of the 1800’s with this style being most popular towards the end of the 19th Century, while bezel set diamond daisy rings increased in popularity in the Edwardian era of the early 1900’s and the Art Deco era of the 1920’s.
The diamond cluster rings of the Art Deco era were usually more geometric or off-set as is typical of Art Deco jewellery.
A wonderful feature with many of these engagement rings of these eras were the variations of such a wonderful and romantic style such as the examples below.
One thing that needs to be considered when selecting a cluster diamond engagement ring is the wedding band that you may be wanting to wear alongside it. Only in very few exceptions will a wedding band fit next to the cluster ring without any sort of a gap. One way around this is to get a fitted wedding band to sit next to the ring, however you need to make sure that it will still look aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
The other two options is to wear a wedding ring on the opposite hand on the wedding finger, or simply have the daisy ring as both the engagement and wedding ring as one.