It’s time to choose your engagement ring and you might be wondering where to start. So, of course we’ll help you out by suggesting our favourite style of the moment – the halo setting!
A halo ring is any ring that features a row of smaller diamonds that surround the centre stone. They are usually pavé or micro-pavé diamonds which catch the light and draw attention to your ring, giving it a larger than life appearance that works in your favour in terms of design and budget.
Although halo settings first broke onto the scene in the 1920s at the height of the Art Deco period, they have remained a popular style amongst brides, second only to the classic solitaire style. So, if you’re unsure about what ring style to choose, here are some reasons why a halo setting might be perfect for you.
Halos Make Your Ring Look Bigger
Seriously. The row of smaller stones around your centre diamond will give the illusion of a larger ring, all without breaking the budget. But you know what’s even better than a single halo? A double halo. With two rows of sparkly diamonds surrounding your main stone, you’ll have yourself a larger than life ring.
Added Levels Of Sparkle
A diamond ring needs to shine, and if you’re anything like us, you love a bit of sparkle. By using a halo or double halo setting, your ring will have a more brilliant appearance, with the light that the smaller ring of diamonds catches shining alongside the colour that the main stone gives off.
Protects Your Centre Diamond
Although diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, they can still be damaged, and there’s nothing worse than knowing that you’ve just scratched your far-from-cheap engagement ring. Halo settings can work as buffers against damage, with the ring of diamonds stopping any potential bumps against the side of the main stone.
More Bang For Your Buck
You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on just one sparkly diamond. If you’ve set yourself a budget, a halo setting might be the best way to give the appearance of a larger than life ring without having to hurt your wallet (too much). By using a cluster of small diamonds around your main stone, you’ll create the appearance of a celebrity-esque ring without going anyway near the million dollar budget.
Halo Settings Suit Almost Any Shape
Whether you’re tossing up between pear, oval, emerald, marquise, or any other style, rest assured that a halo setting will work with whatever you decide. If you’ve decided to go with a more pointed diamond style, like pear and marquise, you can protect the sharper edges by surrounding them with a halo, giving the shape of ring a softer look in the process.