A halo engagement ring has a center stone surrounded by smaller diamonds (can be other gemstones too). It is a popular type of setting. Celebrities often prefer it because glamorous gemstones and designs can be easily incorporated. But you can get a halo ring on a budget and have more sparkle.
The center stone is the main focus—the sparkle of the outer stones draw attention to it. A halo ring can make a diamond look bigger. Depending on the design, a 1-carat diamond can look as big as a 2-carat stone, or a quarter-, third-, or half-carat diamond can appear a half carat larger.
What Is the Origin of the Halo Engagement Ring?
The origin of halo rings dates back to early 18th century Europe. Diamonds or pearls just slightly smaller than the center stone were used then. During the Victorian era (1837-1901), colored gemstones would be used in the center. These rings often referenced flowers in their design. But the halo setting known today originated in the 1920s, during the Art Deco Era, when symmetry and geometric patterns such as concentric circles were emphasized.
The same design has remained in style. However, the fashionability of the classic halo setting has waxed and waned over time. It was less popular during the Great Depression, but re-emerged during the 1930s and 1940s. The next resurgence would be in the 1960s. Halo rings have surged in popularity in the present day, with an emphasis on Art Deco concepts and modern shapes and patterns. A variety of styles have emerged as well.
What Are the Types of Halo Rings?
A few popular types of halos exist; you can therefore choose from:
• Classic halo rings: A single loop of diamonds surround the center stone.
• Gemstone halo rings: The halo can feature colored gemstones, such as sapphires, emeralds, or any other.
• Double halo rings: Feature two loops of gemstones, instead of one, around the center diamond. Some even have three halos.
• Vintage halo rings: An antique feel is created by design elements that reference, for example, the flowery aesthetics of rings past.
• Floral halo rings: Take the idea further by arranging the ring head and stones to resemble a flower.
• Hidden halo rings: Rather than surrounding the center diamond, the loop of stones is arranged below it.
Halo rings can also be categorized by diamond shape, such as round cut, cushion cut, oval, or pear-shaped. Classic metal choices are white gold or platinum. Some wearers choose yellow gold or rose gold depending on the diamond color or use of color gemstones.
Other options include plain shank rings for a more classic style. Split shank halo rings add more space for glamorous accent diamonds. The band splits near the center stone so it is supported by two thin bands. A pavé halo ring adds accent diamonds partway down the shank for even more sparkle.
What Do Halo Engagement Rings Cost?
The cost of the ring varies based on how many stones are used, the metal, and style. It is calculated once a center diamond is chosen. On average, halo rings can range from as low as $500 to up to $15,000 or more.
Where Can I Get a Halo Engagement Ring?
The best place to get your halo engagement ring is from a jeweler who can work with your preferred style and taste. At Jeweler’s Touch, we offer a large assortment of engagement rings, and you can create your own ring online. We are custom jewelry design experts and use the latest technologies to bring your vision to life. To get started, schedule an in-store, curbside, or virtual appointment, or call us at 714-579-1616.