Guide To Halo Engagement Rings
In this guide to Halo engagement rings, learn what defines this unique setting and how it can be customized to match your personal style.
Halo engagement rings have been sought after for generations; the setting itself was perfected during the Art Deco era. But this vintage-inspired design has been updated over the years for a look that is now both modern and classic at the same time.
Is a Halo engagement ring right for you? Which timeless style will you choose?
What is a Halo Engagement Ring?
A Halo engagement ring is a ring whose center stone is surrounded by a circle — or “halo”— of smaller diamonds. Although variations can occur, particularly with custom-designed rings, most Halo engagement rings are solitaire rings. This means the halo surrounds a single diamond or gemstone.
The diamonds in a halo are between 0.01-0.02 carats or smaller and are often referred to as melee diamonds. They are cut and polished from either small diamonds or the remnants of a very large diamond.
The melee diamonds in a Halo engagement ring are placed in a platinum or solid gold pavé setting surrounding the center stone. Once in place, the metal should all but disappear and the solitaire diamond should appear to be aglow in the center of its very own halo.
What is a Hidden Halo Engagement Ring?
A Hidden Halo engagement ring is a modern update of the classic Halo setting. The same principle applies — small diamonds circle around a solitaire diamond. But for the Hidden Halo, these diamonds are placed inside an elevated prong setting. The halo they form is best seen from the side, instead of looking straight down, which is what gives this ring its “hidden” name.
What is the best Halo Engagement Ring for my style?
There are Halo engagement rings for any and every taste. Discover classic and traditional styles, vintage-inspired and romantic looks, or clean and contemporary takes on this well-known setting.
Classic Halo Engagement Rings
For those looking for classic and timeless Halo engagement rings, there are a few tips to consider.
First is the diamond shape; Oval Halo engagement rings, Round Brilliant Halo engagement rings, and Emerald cut Halo engagement rings will all create a more traditional overall look.
Secondly, the choice of metal color and band details play a role. A plain 18k solid yellow gold band creates a look of effortless sophistication, while platinum and 18k solid white gold emulate pristine elegance.
Vintage-Inspired Halo Engagement Rings
The Halo setting itself is already vintage-inspired. But for individuals wanting to create a look similar to an heirloom, it’s all about the details.
Marquise and Pear-shaped diamonds are often sought after for their romantic, antique style. Asscher cut diamonds are perfect for vintage-inspired Halo engagement rings, as both grew in popularity alongside one another during the Art Deco era. Choosing a 14k rose gold band or any band with a pavé setting will also give the ring a vintage twist.
Modern Halo Engagement Rings
Just because Halo engagement rings grew in popularity at the turn of the twentieth century doesn’t mean they aren’t perfect for twenty-first century style.
For those with more contemporary taste, there are many Halo settings to consider. The best modern take on this style is the Hidden Halo engagement ring. The elevated prong setting and hidden array of diamonds give this ring a more current look. Prioritizing more “modern” diamond shapes is helpful, too. The clean lines and edges of a Trillion or Princess cut Halo engagement ring give this style a more contemporary spin.
Custom Halo Engagement Rings
Creating a custom Halo engagement ring is growing in popularity as many couples want a one-of-a-kind look to celebrate their love. As mentioned before, most Halos are solitaire rings that feature one center diamond or gemstone.
But the same idea of surrounding larger diamonds with small melee diamonds could technically be applied to a Three Stone setting, for example. Other customization options might involve selecting a different style of band.
Are you looking for a Curator, Duet, or Knife-Edge band with added Halo? The best way to find out if your design ideas can be brought to life is to book an appointment with our diamond experts and begin the custom process with an initial consultation.
Speak with our Diamond Experts
Speaking in-person or virtually with our diamond experts is the ideal way to discover which Halo engagement ring is right for you. You’ll receive in-depth diamond education, guidance through the many customization options available, and an overview of our Lifetime Care Package so you can choose your ring with confidence. Book an appointment today to discover the ring you’ll say yes to.