The Perfect Halo Ring Setting - All You Need To Know

Halo rings have gained popularity and are among the most sought-after engagement ring styles. We’ll explore types of halo rings, their history, unique styles, and tips on choosing and caring for your dream halo diamond engagement ring.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the enchanting magic of halo rings and create a unique symbol of your love!

  • Learn how to spot quality and what to avoid in a halo setting.

  • Get to know the different style options. 

  • Take care with regular cleaning, correct storage & professional assistance for lasting beauty & value.

The Magic of Halo Rings: What Is A Halo Ring Setting?

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Halo engagement rings feature a center diamond encircled by a halo of smaller diamonds, providing a striking display of sparkle and shine. Halo diamond engagement rings represent an everlasting commitment. With so many styles, diamond shapes, and customization options, finding the perfect diamond halo engagement ring becomes a delightful experience.

From classic halo settings to unique styles like the double halo and hidden halo, there is a perfect halo ring for every personal style. Whether you prefer a simple and elegant design or a luxurious and vintage-inspired look, halo engagement rings have something to offer everyone.

Understanding Halo Ring Settings

Halo diamond rings typically flaunt a central gemstone encircled by smaller diamonds or gemstones. The most common types of halo engagement rings are:

  1. Classic halo setting: Features a single circle of stones around the center stone.

  2. Double halo setting: Features two circles of stones around the center stone.

Hidden halo setting: Features a single circle of stones hidden beneath the center stone.
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oval diamond solitaire with hidden halo

While selecting a halo ring setting, factors to consider include:

  • The center stone’s diamond shape

  • The metal type

  • The setting style

  • The size and shape of the smaller stones

  • The overall design of the setting

With so many options, you can create a halo ring that reflects your taste and style.

The Pros and Cons of Halo Engagement Rings

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One of the biggest draws of halo diamond rings is their ability to make the center diamond look much larger, enhancing the appearance of the main stone and adding extra sparkle around it. This visually stunning effect creates an eye-catching choice for engagement rings and allows for a wide range of customization options, from unique halo designs to hidden halos and more.

However, halo rings might come with a higher price tag than solitaire rings due to their inlaid diamonds, and they also carry a higher risk of losing stones. But don’t let that discourage you. Using micro pave diamonds, which are smoother and less likely to snag, can significantly reduce the risk of losing stones in a halo ring. You can avoid these design flaws by ensuring your ring is made by a skilled jeweler with extensive experience creating halo and pave ring settings.

The additional cost of the setting can be offset by getting away with a smaller center stone because the halo makes that center stone appear much larger.

With a well-made ring and proper care and maintenance, your halo engagement ring will remain a mesmerizing symbol of your love for years.

How To Spot Quality

Two main quality issues are specific to halo diamond engagement rings that you want to look for:

  • Diminishing the gap between the halo setting and the center stone.

  • The craftsmanship in the way the pavé diamonds are set.

Look For A Seamless Halo Setting

One of the main benefits of a halo setting is how it makes the center stone appear bigger. If constructed poorly, you tend to see a dark gap or seam between the setting and the center diamond. It makes the ring look cheap, which is a shame if you spent a lot of money on that center diamond. This is commonly found in mass-produced rings.

A custom-made halo ring by an experienced and skilled jeweler can help you avoid this issue because the setting matches the exact dimensions of the center stone, regardless of its shape.

Assembly line ring makers attempt to achieve this look by raising the diamond above the halo so it looks seamless looking at it straight on, but when you tilt the ring to the side, the dark gap appears.

An added benefit to constructing a true, seamless halo ring is that the outer ring protects the center diamond. When the ring is well-made, it allows for just enough space for light to come in to give it that sparkle and for the ring to be cleaned under it.

Quality Constructed, Micro-pavé Set Diamonds

The halo ring is constructed with tiny diamonds in a style called pavé. Pavé is an old term used to describe diamonds set like paved stones in a walkway. With this type of setting, it's important that the diamonds are spaced apart closely and equally.

In an effort to lower costs, some ring manufacturers will space them further apart to reduce the amount of diamonds needed. Poor craftsmanship shows up when you see inconsistent spacing within the tiny stones.

A micro-pavé style is ideal for halo diamond rings because the diamonds are set so close together they sparkle and appear seamless. With a well-crafted ring, the eye can't detect when the diamond ends and the halo setting begins. This is what makes diamond halo engagement rings so remarkable. Learn more about micro-pavé settings here.

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Choosing Your Ideal Halo Ring: Style Options

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Numerous factors come into play when selecting your dream ring, from the right diamond shape to the best metal options to add your personal touches. To help you make an informed decision, let’s discuss some essential aspects to consider when choosing your ideal ring or creating a custom halo engagement ring.

When searching for your dream ring, it’s important to consider your preferences and style and the practical aspects of wearability and maintenance. By exploring different styles, diamond shapes, and metal options, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect halo engagement ring that truly reflects your unique love story.

Diamond Shapes for Halo Rings

Round, princess, cushion, oval, radiant and emerald are among halo rings' most sought-after diamond shapes. Each shape offers unique charm and appeal, so it’s essential to consider your style and preferences when choosing the perfect diamond shape for your halo ring.

Round and cushion-shaped diamonds are ideal for halo settings due to their symmetrical proportions, providing a balanced and harmonious look. Princess, oval, and emerald-shaped diamonds also work well in halo settings, offering a more modern and contemporary appearance.

Ultimately, the best diamond shape for your halo ring will depend on your style and taste.

Metal Options for Halo Rings

Gold or Platinum are the typical materials for crafting halo rings. Some key features of each material are:

  • Gold is available in various colors, such as white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, each offering its unique look and feel.

  • Platinum is a durable and hypoallergenic metal. It's the most expensive metal on this list. Its color and strength make it ideal for showcasing an expensive, colorless, or near-colorless diamond.

When choosing the metal for your engagement ring setting, consider your style, skin tone, budget, and lifestyle. For example, yellow gold might be your perfect choice if you prefer a more classic and timeless look. On the other hand, if you prefer a more contemporary and modern appearance, platinum or white gold may be a better fit.

Personalizing Your Halo Ring

Consider adding personal touches such as side stones, engraving, or a unique setting to make your halo ring unique. For example, you can customize the number of halos by adding or removing stones from the halo or by changing the size of the halo. Colored gemstones can be added to a halo ring by setting them in the halo or the band, providing a stunning contrast of color and sparkle.

Unique band designs for halo rings include split, twisted, and infinity shank, each offering a distinct and stylish look. Personalizing your halo engagement ring will create a one-of-a-kind symbol of your love that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Unique Halo Ring Styles

Beyond the classic halo ring setting, various unique styles like double halo, hidden halo, and vintage-inspired designs are also available. Each style offers a distinct look and feel, providing even more options for those seeking a truly unique and captivating engagement ring.

By exploring these unique halo ring styles, you can find the perfect design that captures your style and highlights the beauty and brilliance of your chosen center stone. Let’s closely examine some of these exciting and distinctive halo ring styles.

Double Halo Rings

Double halo rings feature:

  • Two rows of accent diamonds

  • Creating an even larger and more dramatic appearance

  • Enhancing the overall brilliance and sparkle of the ring

  • Adding a luxurious and eye-catching touch to your engagement ring.

While the double halo style might not be for everyone, those who appreciate a more opulent and extravagant look will surely be captivated by its stunning beauty. With two rows of dazzling diamonds surrounding the center stone, a double halo ring will make a lasting impression.

Hidden Halo Rings

Hidden halo rings offer a subtle touch of sparkle from the side while maintaining a solitaire look from the top. These rings feature tiny diamonds set on the side of the ring, providing a delicate and understated touch of brilliance.

This versatile design can be added to most diamond shapes, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a more minimalistic and contemporary look. With a hidden halo ring, you can enjoy the best of both worlds - the elegance of a solitaire ring with a touch of hidden sparkle.

Vintage-Inspired Halo Rings

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Vintage-inspired halo rings incorporate elements of antique designs, such as intricate metalwork and milgrain detailing. These rings often feature vibrant colored gemstones, adding a touch of unique charm and nostalgia to the plan. There's a vintage-inspired halo ring for every taste and style, with various styles available, including Art Deco, Victorian, and Retro-inspired designs.

The timeless elegance and intricate details of vintage-inspired halo rings make them perfect for those who appreciate the beauty of bygone eras. By selecting a vintage-inspired halo ring, you’ll wear a piece of history while celebrating your love story.

The Evolution of Halo Rings

The history of halo engagement rings can be traced back to the Georgian Era. This is a rich and fascinating era with many hidden stories and jewels. Originally called cluster rings, these captivating designs have evolved, incorporating various styles and elements while retaining their classic allure.

Let’s delve into the roots of halo rings and why they remain popular today.

Victorian Influence on Halo Rings

Halo ring designs were significantly shaped by the Victorian Era, prominently featuring vibrant colored gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Additionally, intricate metalwork, such as filigree, engravings, and carvings, was often used in Victorian halo rings, adding to their timeless charm.

Halo rings became incredibly popular during the Victorian era and have remained a favorite choice in modern times. The use of colored gemstones and intricate metalwork in these designs adds a unique and nostalgic touch, making them a perfect choice for those who appreciate the beauty of vintage-inspired jewelry.

Modern-Day Halo Designs

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Caring for Your Halo Engagement Ring

While halo engagement rings are undeniably enchanting, they require proper care and maintenance to retain their beauty and durability. From cleaning your ring regularly to storing it correctly and seeking professional assistance when needed, it’s essential to prioritize the care of your halo engagement ring.

Following the recommended care and maintenance tips, you can ensure that your halo engagement ring remains a beautiful and valuable symbol of your love for years. Let’s explore some essential care tips for your Halo engagement ring.

Cleaning Your Halo Ring

Regular cleaning with a gentle solution is recommended to maintain the best look of your halo ring. Here’s how to clean your halo ring.

  1. Prepare a simple solution of warm water and dishwashing soap.

  2. Soak your ring in the solution for about 20 to 40 minutes.

  3. After soaking, gently scrub the ring with a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris.

  4. Rinse the ring with warm water.

  5. Pat dry the ring.

It’s essential to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning your halo ring, as they can damage the metal and stones. By cleaning your ring regularly and gently, you’ll keep it looking as brilliant and captivating as the day you first laid eyes on it.

Storage and Protection

Maintaining the integrity of your halo engagement ring requires proper storage and protection. Store your ring in a soft pouch or jewelry box to prevent damage from other jewelry pieces. This will ensure it remains scratch-free. Take extra caution when wearing your ring. Avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals and remove it during activities that may cause impact, corrosion, or rough surfaces.

Having your halo engagement ring professionally inspected and cleaned regularly is an excellent way to ensure that any potential issues are quickly resolved and that your ring remains in top-notch condition. By caring for your halo engagement ring properly, you can ensure its lasting beauty and value for years to come.

Professional Assistance

radiant cut diamond in halo setting

Maintaining the integrity of your halo engagement ring necessitates regular check-ups and repairs from professionals. A professional jeweler can offer their expertise and guidance, helping you keep your ring looking beautiful and valuable. Regular check-ups and repairs will ensure that potential issues are quickly addressed and your halo ring remains in perfect condition.

In addition to regular check-ups, consider seeking professional assistance for customizations, modifications, or insuring your halo engagement ring. An appraisal by a professional is usually required to estimate the worth of your halo ring to insure it. By trusting a professional with these critical aspects of your halo engagement ring’s care, you can ensure that your ring remains a cherished symbol of your love for a lifetime.


You can find the perfect halo ring that reflects your remarkable love story by understanding the various halo settings, diamond shapes, metal options, and personal touches. With proper care and maintenance, your breathtaking halo engagement ring will remain a cherished symbol of your commitment for years. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Halo ring setting?

The Halo Setting is a stunning ring of small accent stones, usually pavé diamonds, encircling the larger center stone. It can be the same shape or different, like a cushion-cut halo around a round diamond - making for stunning jewelry!

What are the pros and cons of a halo setting?

Halo settings can create the illusion of a larger center stone, providing texture and dimension to the overall look.

Finding wedding bands that sit flush with this style of setting require designing it in advance to be suitable for a wedding band. It NEEDS to be made well, ideally with a Seamless Halo to ensure the halo doesn’t have a gap between the diamond and halo. 

Does a halo setting make a diamond look bigger?

A halo setting can absolutely make your diamond appear larger, sparkling even more, and increase its diameter. It’s a great way to get the most out of your stone!

Halo settings are a great way to make your diamond look more oversized and sparkly without buying a larger stone. They can also help increase the diamond's diameter, making it look more attractive.

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