Halo diamond ring is almost as classic as solitaire, but with a stylish twist. Making its debut in the 1920s, when Art Deco style became popular, halo diamond ring is one of 2018 engagement ring trends. Modern brides-to-be choose halo rings to boost the appearance of the centre diamond with the surrounding stones. Besides, it’s an appealing option for those with a tighter budget.
What is Halo Ring Setting?
Halo settings are designed with a central stone that is surrounded by a circle of smaller stones, usually diamonds. The circle of surrounding diamonds in a halo ring make the centre stone appear larger and more brilliant.
For extra sparkly effect, halos are usually paired with pavé bands, however, a simple band certainly looks amazing too. To pavé or not to pavé? You know it better.
Pros and Cons of Halo Diamond Ring
Being a popular diamond engagement ring setting, halo offers a bold look that can feature any diamond shape, although round, oval, pear and cushion cuts tend to be the favourites.
Like every setting, the halo has its advantages and disadvantages. The following list will help you decide if halo setting is the right choice for you.
- High carat diamond looks enormous in a halo setting
- Quarter, third or half-carat diamonds can look as much as half-carat larger
- Surrounding stones enhance the ring’s sparkle
- Protects the centre stone from side hits
- Compliments all diamond shapes and cuts
- Smaller stones may become loose over time
- If the ring features pavé band, resizing can be difficult
Halo Ring Styles
If the classic halo ring isn’t quite “it” for you, there are many other options to choose from.
The Centre Stone
It may be a white or fancy colour diamond or any other precious gemstone. If you are on a tighter budget, instead of centre stone, you can opt for a cluster of small or pavé diamonds. In this case, you can finish with the same carat weight of a single large stone, but with much lower price.
Number of Halos
There are halo settings that are featuring two or even three concentric circles of gemstones. Each “circle” makes the centre stone look bigger, and bigger, and bigger. But please keep in mind that there is a fine line between “big” and “OMG! That looks silly”.