Halo Setting Engagement Ring (Pros and Cons)

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What Is A Halo Engagement Ring Setting?

The halo setting is a very popular style of diamond ring that's been around for decades and it is still popular today. The halo looks like a ring-within-a-ring with a simple band around it. The halo is typically placed above the center diamond. But you can attach it from both sides of the center diamond to get a double halo.

It's not a new style and there are many variations of it. But the halo setting is popular because it creates a very modern look. The halo ring's style is pleasing to the eye and it lends a very vintage yet modern feel to your wedding ring.

Each of the arches around the band are usually attached by a single prong. But you can also go for a split shank and have each prong appear on a different arched segment of the band.

The halo band on your ring can be an identical size all around or it can be thinner on the top and wider on the bottom of the band for a more balanced look. You can also opt for a double halo, in which case the double halo will have two concentric bands around the center.

Should You Choose A Halo Setting For Your Engagement Ring?

A halo setting is a modified ring setting used to hold a gemstone in place. It’s a classic style engagement ring, popular with couples who favor the timeless look and feel of a solitaire diamond. But the halo-style ring can also be set with additional stones, like diamonds or colored gems (blue sapphires) on the sides. The style can be customized to fit just about any design you prefer and creative elements can be added in to create a special design that’s completely your own.

Considering the halo setting is already a popular style choice for wedding bands, it’s no wonder couples love this setting for an engagement ring too. It’s a good choice if you like the simplicity of a solitaire diamond but want to add a little something extra. It’s a bit of an off-the-beaten-path option that puts a fresh twist on a classic design. It’s a classic choice for fans of diamond engagement rings, but if you love colored gemstones, don’t count this setting out just yet. It’s a style that is popular with both traditional and trendy brides.

When choosing an engagement setting, it is easy to get lost in the details of the side stones and which diamond cut goes with what color. However, one important detail that many potential brides don’t consider is the setting that holds their center stone.

Below are some comparison points between popular ring settings, and the halo setting.

Understand what you want and need from an engagement ring, and how different center stones are going to look in each setting. Even if you are buying a diamond with a certain carat weight and color, you might be able to maximize the stone's beauty and personal style with a different setting.

Remember, the setting is your assurance that the stone you buy will be protected, and that the diamond will give you a lifetime of enjoyment.

Halo Setting Vs Solitaire

Halo Setting Vs Bezel Setting

The halo engagement ring setting is one of my favorites – I think it’s very elegant and classic! Halo setting is very popular with three-stone engagement rings and fashion rings. The finishing touches they make with these rings are a large portion of the total cost.

In short, a bezel setting has a raised border that holds the gemstones on the inside of the setting in place. They are often much more simple and cost effective than a halo.

The gems in a bezel setting are held in by their own size or by tension, with the bezel providing just the rim to lock the gem in place for protection and enhancement purposes. Halo settings are based in a variation of the bezel setting. Instead of having the bezel be the border to the setting, the halo setting uses the halo as the border.

The halo itself is a row of little prongs that hold the gems in place. One problem with this kind of setting is that sometimes, if the ring is dropped, the gems could fall out. If the setting is not sturdy, the gems could get lost underneath the halo.

Halo Setting Vs Tension Setting

Most engagement ring settings are made up of two or more pieces of metal because friction between the pieces holds the diamond in place. Halo, or open setting, is the most common engagement ring setting and is used to secure the diamond to the band. Its popularity is due to all of its facets including the fact that it is a simple, affordable style that is versatile and eye-catching. It allows light to pass through the center stone which gives it more sparkle and maximizes the fire of the diamonds.

There is tension setting style, which is a variation of the halo setting. It has two or more pieces of metal; in fact, it has more than halo setting. Both halo setting and tension setting have an open center. These styles differ in the way the metal is attached to the diamond.

Where To Buy Halo Diamond Engagement Rings?

When choosing an engagement ring, you are presented with a wide variety of choices. One option you may have is a halo setting wedding ring.

A halo setting is when there is a single piece of of a diamond or gemstone encircling the center stone. In a wedding ring situation, the halo setting surrounds a diamond or gemstone on all sides. It can contain multiple rows of diamonds or gemstones, but in most cases, a halo setting contains one row of smaller stones.

Both men and women can choose halo settings, but not all settings are available in every style. For example, while it is common to have halo settings, you may have trouble finding a halo setting with rose gold or yellow gold.

One reason women may choose halo rings over other settings is that they generally make the center diamond pop, which can be especially useful if the center diamond size is small.

When considering your halo setting engagement ring purchase, you should also know that you can place it in a solitaire setting if you decide to go with another setting later on, which is not the case with other settings like the princess/round cut or asscher cut.

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Vs. Blue Nile

If you take a close look at the diamonds in retail jewelry stores, you’ll notice various flaws. Most diamonds will have flaws of some sort, reflecting their cost to value. But these tend to be partial or small in nature.

High-end diamonds will usually possess very few flaws, but they are far more expensive than mass-market diamonds and may not be worth the difference. Of course, this depends on how much you value the look and feel of your ring (as well as the other diamond properties).

A good example of an enhanced diamond is the halos found on engagement rings. Some opt for a standard halo, which is a thin band at the top of the diamond to help protect and accentuate the stone. But if you’re looking to step up the wow factor, consider a wider halo, kite halo, in which the ring has two thin side bands and one thicker top band. These look great and add more security to your diamond.

Halos are set on the girdle of the diamond, leaving a visible area of the diamond visible when the ring is viewed from the top. Halos are typically placed on the top of the diamond and then the girdle.

Blue Nile

Halo settings are a beautiful and popular way to set a central gemstone in an engagement ring. A halo setting is essentially a band of gems that surround the main stone.

The halo setting can be used on its own, or with other small accent stones. When used on its own, the central stone is usually a carat or larger. Some brides prefer a halo engagement ring because the setting allows the centre stone to stand out without having to choose a carat size that is too big. Other brides get a halo engagement ring with smaller stones with an AGL certified diamond.

When choosing a halo engagement ring, a bride needs to be aware of certain issues. When buying a halo engagement ring, consider these pros and cons:

PROS Allows centre gem to stand out as the focal point without having to choose a carat size that is bigger than the bride wants.

Allows centre gem to stand out as the focal point without having to choose a carat size that is bigger than the bride wants. The halo setting allows the bride to show off larger side diamonds in the band, if she chooses.


But if you ask me, I feel that the white diamond ring setting definitely looks more like a halo ring than a princess cut ring. The prongs of a square diamond can create a halo around the center diamond similar to what you'd see in a princess cut ring. This is why you'll often hear people call it a princess cut halo or princess halo ring. Cool, huh?

So what are the pros and cons of halo setting engagement rings? To be honest, I couldn’t find any studys, reviews, articles or discussions about halo setting rings. But here’s my take on it.

Learn More About Jewelry

No matter what kind of bling you’re looking for, you have a lot to choose from when it comes to engagement rings. One of the top places to start is the setting.

A jeweler will cut a diamond to fit into a particular setting or ring mount. While traditional mountings have come and gone, some have stood the test of time. So ask yourself, do you want a halo setting, or a three stone ring set in a vintage halo? If you’re intrigued by interesting engagement or wedding rings but aren’t sure which setting fits your style and budget, then familiarizing yourself with the most popular options is the perfect place to start your shopping experience.

While the diamond is the star of the show, deciding the best place to set your stone is equally important to the overall look of your ring. One of the most popular places your jeweler will choose to set your stone will be a halo setting. So here’s a quick guide to halo settings and a few pros and cons of the favorite choice among diamond ring lovers.