Cluster rings, featuring large central stones have moved in and out of fashion influenced by the trends of the super rich and aristocracy. But one ring has influenced this trend twice, a single iconic ring, given to two iconic British women.
In February 1981 when Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement they did so with a ring chosen by Diana. It was neither custom-made nor unique and was, at the time of her engagement featured in the Garrard’s jewellery collection which was available for anyone to purchase.
A stunning 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds all set in 18-karat white gold. Diana’s engagement ring set off a major trend for Sapphires.
In November 2010, almost 30 years later, Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton, with the very same ring. Again we have seen a surge in similar style rings, but this time, the diamond clusters have been the dominant feature.
Immediately following the 2010 proposal this became one of the most popular styles of engagement ring for newly engaged couples. Over the last 6 years, trends have softened somewhat. The distinctive claws that are so much a feature of the royal ring, and individually secure each of the 14 solitaire diamonds, have been replaced by modern setting styles.
As with most trends that start with the social and aristocratic elite, halo settings have evolved for the wider market. Modern Halo settings often feature Micro pave diamonds and intricate milgrain details which can make the centre stone look up to half a carat larger which means a bride can choose a smaller stone (and save money) without sacrificing on perceived size or sparkle!
The halo trend has been further explored and look equally fabulous on square and fancy cut stones. Our Bijou range of rings is available in every diamond shape we offer. From Oval to Emerald and Cushion to Pear shape, we have a halo ring to suit your taste and budget.