There’s only one thing better than a beautiful diamond: a whole cluster of them. The Edwardian era has no lack of dazzling cluster rings with elegant shapes and bold, colored accent gems.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the era’s most stunning pieces – take a look at them below.
What Is an Edwardian Cluster Ring?
Cluster rings are rings that feature multiple diamonds, typically huddled close together, creating the impression of one sizeable gem. These rings may have a larger center stone with smaller accent stones surrounding it, or they may consist of similarly sized gems. Halo rings are technically a type of cluster too.
Edwardian cluster rings come from the Edwardian era, named after the English monarch King Edward VII. The era spans from the end of the 19th century until the appearance of Art Deco, making these rings valuable antique pieces over 100 years old. Let’s see the top 20 Edwardian cluster rings.
1. Lagos Ring
Our first ring is a classic Edwardian piece that was hand-crafted from platinum circa 1910. The lovely, flower-shaped mount features a 1.52-carat old European-cut I color VS2 clarity diamond in its center. An array of beautiful old mine-cut diamonds surround the slightly raised bezel, weighing 0.65 carats altogether. What truly makes this ring representative of its era is its detailed shank. The under-gallery also showcases a lacey openwork design.
2. Lamego Ring
The Lamego Ring is another fine example of the Edwardian love of flower-shaped cluster rings. A G color VS1 clarity bezel-set diamond weighing 0.67 carats adorns its center. The diamond is haloed by multiple additional stones that weigh 0.63 carats combined. All of the diamonds are old European-cut. The mounting is supported by a simple, thin band, which gives the ring an extra feminine look. The ring is 18k yellow gold – which isn’t too common in the decade – making it a unique piece.
3. Holland Ring
Made circa 1905, the Holland Ring has a double-halo design. An old mine-cut diamond sits in its center, with numerous similarly sized old mine-cut and single-cut diamonds surrounding it. The diamonds weigh approximately 2.50 carats combined and are between J-K color and VS2-SI2 clarity. This ring is 15k yellow gold and has simple but elegant shoulders and a textured under-gallery.
4. Lorraine Ring
The next interesting Edwardian piece brings some color into our list. Its most eye-catching feature is certainly its halo of vibrant natural rubies. At the center of this flower-shaped ring you’ll find a 0.20-carat cushion-cut diamond, hugged by eight half-bezel-set old European-cut ones. Two small stones further decorate the shoulders. The Lorraine Ring is also interesting for its two-toned design: it’s made from platinum and gold.
5. Medway Ring
While Art Deco is known for orderly symmetry, it’s not uncommon to find Edwardian rings with unique asymmetrical designs. The Medway Ring is an early piece from circa 1890. It has a circular mount that holds seven similarly sized old mine-cut diamonds in a prong setting. The diamonds range from I-J color and VS1-SI1 clarity and weigh over a carat in total. Besides its charming floral shape and vibrant 18k yellow gold, the most striking feature of this ring is its shoulders. The two sides swirl outwards, with delicate botanical engravings.
6. Verdant Ring
This antique French ring also has a flower shape but with a colorful twist. It showcases an oval-cut natural Colombian emerald in its center. The lovely stone is encircled by eight old European-cut diamonds. Although the ring has a rather simple design when viewed from the top, its shoulders hide some added detail with two single-cuts on each side. In addition, the under-gallery has openwork in a lace pattern that provides the ring with added interest. The Verdant ring is platinum and dates back to circa 1915.
7. Teterboro Ring
It’s all about the details when it comes to Edwardian cluster rings. This intricate platinum ring is a real feast for the eyes. A dome-shaped mounting houses a 1.08-carat I color SI1 clarity diamond in the ring’s center. The cushion-cut stone is held in place by prongs but sits in an octagonal bezel decorated with fine milgrain. Clustered around this stone are additional old mine-cut diamonds. The Teterboro Ring’s mounting features some openwork and stretches down into a beautifully engraved shank.
8. Media Ring
The Media Ring puts a unique twist on clusters. With its large, dome-shaped openwork mounting, it looks almost spherical from above. The entire mounting is covered in diamonds. The center five stones set in hexagonal bezels are old mine-cut and weigh about 0.82 carats together. The rest of the gems are single-cut and reside in various other geometrical shapes. The ring is platinum and features plenty of fine milgrain detailing.
9. Haven Ring
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This navette cluster ring is a truly dazzling piece with a total of 2.30 carats of diamonds embellishing its elongated frame. The antique old mine-cut diamonds are between H-I color and VS1-SI1 clarity. The ring itself has a two-toned design, combining gold and platinum. Its shank is decorated with fine hand engravings, with botanical motifs on top and geometrical patterns on the sides. While the Haven Ring is already sold, we can help you find another stunning navette ring you will love.
10. Norfolk Ring
The next Edwardian cluster ring also sports an elongated shape. The Norfolk Ring, made entirely of platinum, dates back to c. 1910. At its center, three natural sapphires, arranged in a north-south orientation, create an eye-catching focal point. The sapphires are pave-set and weigh a carat in total. Haloing these beautiful gems is a collection of rose-cut, old mine-cut, and antique cushion-cut half-bezel-set diamonds. Underneath, an openwork under-gallery adds a dose of elegance. This large ring measures 2.30 cm x 1.30 cm.
11. Bohemia Ring
Made circa 1900, the Bohemia Ring is another antique French piece that deserves attention. The ring is hand-crafted from platinum and has a dome-shaped design. An impressive, 1.48-carat K color VS2 clarity diamond sits in its center. The old European-cut stone is surrounded by numerous little pave-set single-cut diamonds. The openwork mounting is decorated with milgrain. The intricate mounting is balanced out by a simple under-gallery and an even simpler shank.
12. Harkness Ring
Marking a bridge between the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, the Harkness Ring has a similar design as the previously mentioned Bohemia Ring with a slightly more geometric air. At the center, a brilliant H color VS1 clarity old European-cut diamond grabs the attention. The rest of the ring’s dome-shaped mounting is covered by pave-set old mine-cut diamonds. Similar to rings made in this style, fine milgrain borders the geometric shapes. The ring is platinum and weighs 4.0 grams.
13. Wolcott Ring
Rubies were popular accent stones in the Edwardian era. The Wolcott Ring also features these colorful gems with a double-halo design. At the center of its elongated frame you’ll find three old European-cut diamonds in a north-south orientation. Natural calibre-cut rubies border their bezels. Another layer of halo surrounds these rubies with half-bezel-set old European-cut diamonds. The center diamond weighs 0.15 carats and is of I color and SI2 clarity.
14. Brantford Ring
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The Brantford Ring is another flower-shaped platinum ring that is simple but dazzling. It features a set of prong-set diamonds. The center stone is I color and SI2 clarity and weighs 0.17 carats. Its halo of old European-cut diamonds weighs an additional 0.90 carats. The shoulders and the shank remain without decoration. Although this particular ring is no longer available, one of our Jewelers would be happy to assist in creating a replica or finding something similar. Fill out the form below to get started.
15. Eura Ring
The Eura Ring is a stunning iteration of the feminine cluster design popular during the Edwardian era. Crafted from platinum, this ring houses a 1.21-carat old mine-cut K color VS2 clarity diamond. The diamond is an original antique and was cut circa 1920. A halo of smaller stones and fine milgrain detailing hugs the center gem. The ring’s shoulders sport additional detailing and two more stones. The Eura Ring also has a lace-pattern under-gallery we see on so many rings from the Edwardian era.
16. Neston Ring
The Neston Ring, crafted c. 1900, represents true royal extravagance. Its navette design is a coveted feature in itself. At the very center, an incredible cushion-cut natural sapphire sparkles in gold prongs. A cluster of diamonds ranging between G-H color and VS1-VS2 clarity fills the rest of the frame. The sapphire weighs 0.68 carats, and the diamonds are 0.45 carats in total. The bezel is platinum, while the rest of the ring is 18k yellow gold.
17. Lyndhurst Ring
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A simple approach to cluster rings, the Lyndhurst Ring creates the impression of a solitaire design when viewed from above. However, the ring holds 11 diamonds in total. The center stone is a 0.55-carat old European-cut diamond in J color and VS2 clarity. The halo of smaller diamonds weighs 0.50 carats altogether. The most charming feature of the Lyndhurst ring is perhaps its under-gallery. It’s decorated with intricate openwork lace patterns.
18. Russellville Ring
The Russellville Ring from c. 1915 is a valuable example of flower-shaped Edwardian clusters. Its central diamond is an exquisite VS1 clarity stone in an old European cut. The diamond weighs 1.32 carats and is haloed by old mine-cut prong-set diamonds. This platinum ring keeps its shoulders and shank simple. Its band is also minimalistic but delicate.
19. Deptford Ring
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If you like opulent colored gems, the Deptford Ring will sweep you off your feet. This antique platinum and yellow gold piece from c. 1900 showcases a cluster of stunning VS2-SI1 diamonds in its middle. An orderly halo of channel-set natural emeralds hugs the cluster. Fine milgrain decorates the borders, while the shoulders have a simplistic design. While the Deptford Ring is no longer available, we offer numerous other antique halo rings you can choose from.
20. Wentworth Ring
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Finally, the Wentworth Ring is a unique example of Edwardian clusters with its wide, triple-wire shank. At its center, you can see a 0.25-carat H color SI2 clarity old European-cut diamond. Surrounding it are additional gems with the same cut. The diamonds are bead-set. The ring has a beautiful gold rim to give it extra flair.
Different Types of Edwardian Clusters
The Edwardian era saw the appearance of many new techniques and is generally characterized by exquisite craftsmanship. Some of the popular cluster ring trends at the time included the following.
- Flower-shaped diamond clusters with lacey under-galleries
- Dome-shaped mountings with openwork patterns and milgrain
- Clusters featuring colored gems as either center or accent stones
- Elongated or navette frames
- Asymmetrical designs
Talk to an Expert
Antique pieces possess an air of royalty that contemporary jewelry can hardly compete with. These Edwardian clusters are fantastic examples of a bygone era’s opulence. If you’d like to learn more about any of the beautiful cluster rings from the list above, contact our diamond experts using the form below.