If you are looking to purchase a diamond engagement ring for your fiancee, you may be trying to decide between a solitaire ring which contains a single diamond and one that includes a cluster of diamonds. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about cluster diamonds and how they differ from solitaire diamonds:

The Carat

When you are shopping for diamonds, you may come across the term carat. The carat refers to the weight of the diamond. The higher the carat of a diamond the greater the cost. This is due to the fact that it is quite rare to find large diamonds and the process of polishing and preparing them can be costly. For this reason, solitaire diamonds are much more expensive than cluster diamond rings.

Cluster diamond rings are many very small diamonds which have been grouped together. Because these pieces of diamond are normally created when a larger diamond is being cut of shaped, they are a much cheaper option. 

The Aesthetics

Aside from the price, the next thing you will want to consider is the aesthetics of the different designs of the rings. Solitaire diamond engagement rings have a large surface area, which refracts and reflects the light which enters it, creating an ethereal quality. While this effect isn't achieved with cluster diamonds, the close grouping of many small diamonds will make an engagement ring sparkle and shine every time the light catches it. It is often down to a matter of taste as to which form of light a person prefers. You should consider if your fiancee would prefer to have a single 'rock' of a ring which features a solitaire diamond or a cluster of diamonds which is more subtle but yet still eye-catching.

The Quality

One benefit of investing in a solitaire jewel is that you can be certain of the grade and the cut of the stone. This is because the diamond will have come from the same rock. However, if you opt for a cluster diamond ring, there isn't any way of establishing the origin of each rock which makes up the cluster. Also, when you purchase a cluster diamond ring, you typically buy it with the stones pre-set and mounted onto the metal ring. However, if you opt for a solitaire diamond, you should be able to choose the type of ring you would like the jewel to be mounted on.

If you would like further advice, you should contact a jewellery business today.