Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings feature a centre stone with melee diamonds or gemstones surrounding the circumference of the stone. Usually featuring rounds diamonds, halo engagement rings are classic and timeless. Using fancy shape stones allows for a unique and unusual engagement ring.
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What are halo engagement rings?
Traditionally, engagement rings feature one solitaire diamond. Throughout time, however, ‘halos’ have been used to add decorative detailing around the central diamond or gemstone of rings, pendants and earrings. Typically, a halo features melee diamonds or gemstones simply set around the circumference of the centre stone, but can also involve intricate metal work and bold design features. Adding a halo to a diamond ring can be a great way to increase the size of your ring without facing the steep cost of increasing the carat weight of the centre diamond, as well as adding further sparkle and intricacy to the engagement ring.
What is the history of halo engagement rings?
Halos are a common design feature in Victorian jewellery, often set to emulate the shape of flowers - the halo acting like petals around the centre stone. Influenced by the natural forms of flower heads, Victorian rings were often crafted with coloured gemstones, such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies.
Similarly, the Art Nouveau period saw halo engagement rings inspired by natural forms - only this time, in a slightly more abstract fashion. Halos featured soft swirls and patterns, emulating floral forms and motifs. By the 1920s, Art Deco engagement rings had taken centre stage, designs heavily influenced now by geometry, sharp lines and symmetry. Pavé set halo engagement rings became all the rage in the first half of the 20th century, featuring round melee diamonds or calibre cut sapphires and rubies. Octagonal halos became a design staple, often finished with milgrain detailing.
In recent years, the most popular style of halo engagement ring is a simple scallop set halo, typically set with melee diamonds. Most commonly, the halo is set around popular diamond shapes such as round, oval and pear diamonds, although we’ve seen a demand for halo engagement rings with slightly more unusual designs. For example, many clients choose a round brilliant centre diamond, for its incomparable sparkle and brilliance, and opt to have a halo crafted in the shape of a cushion cut diamond. It’s a great design feature, almost working as an optical illusion to make the most of the soft cushion cut shape alongside the unrivalled sparkle of a round diamond.
Why people choose halo engagement rings
Whilst halo engagement rings most commonly follow a simple, traditional style, there is plenty of scope to get creative with your halo engagement ring design. From vintage engagement rings to contemporary designs, the style has an answer for all tastes - so it’s definitely worth doing your research on the plentiful ways you can style a halo engagement ring.
Diamonds are closely associated with engagement rings, but many prefer the colourful appeal of gemstones. If you choose a precious gemstone for your engagement ring, such as a sapphire, ruby or emerald, you may wish to add diamonds for a meaningful statement. A diamond halo is the perfect way to achieve this. Alternatively, you may wish to decorate a centre diamond with a gemstone halo - there’s lots to think about.
Halo engagement rings are a cost effective way to increase the size of your engagement ring without having to spend more on the centre diamond. Diamond price increases exponentially with weight, so the sum of a smaller centre stone with a melee diamond halo is far less than one diamond of the same total carat weight. Not to mention, the more diamonds, the more sparkle - a diamond surrounded by more diamonds will sparkle far more, due to the sheer amount of light bouncing around within and between the diamonds.
Celebrities with halo engagement rings
Nicole Richie’s engagement ring is the perfect example of an octagonal halo emulating vintage, Art Deco ring design. The halo engagement ring design is pretty unique, the rub-over set round diamond is edged by a pavé set halo, but a gap is kept between the halo and centre stone. This makes for an unusual engagement ring setting that suits Nicole’s love for all things vintage & bohemian.
Alison Brie’s yellow gold engagement ring is a classic halo design, elevated with the addition of an extra halo. The double halo engagement ring maximises the style and size of the ring, ensuring a great deal of light enters the centre stone and produces a vivid sparkle.
The perfect example of a timeless design, Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, inherited from Princess Diana, features a large oval sapphire, with a halo of diamonds. The diamonds used are larger than the typical diamonds used for a halo, but balance the sizeable oval sapphire perfectly.