What Is A Halo?

A halo engagement ring has a center stone that is surrounded by a ring or halo of diamonds or gemstones. The most common halo rings feature a full, symmetrical halo with round stones that are smaller than the center stone, however, there are many different types of modified halos including half halo rings, asymmetrical halo rings, floating halos and more. Halos were first created in the 18th century in Europe, saw a resurgence in popularity in the Victorian Era and Art Deco Era, and again in the last decade.

Is A Halo Ring The Right Style For You?

Second only to solitaires as the most popular engagement ring style, halos can be designed around any center stone shape but the most classic look is a round brilliant cut diamond surrounded by smaller round diamonds. For a more extravagant look, double and triple halos create more sparkle. Using a shape other than round stones in the halo, variance in stone size or having an incomplete halo all make for an alternative look. Your halo options are endless, so watch the video to learn more about designing with halos.

Browse Halo Engagement Rings

See some of the rings we’ve designed using halos to get inspired.

Halo Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Makes the center stone appear larger
  • Adds more sparkle and places for light to bounce off of the ring
  • A halo of small stones is typically less expensive than a single stone of the same weight

Cons

  • Very small stones have a high chance of getting loose and falling out over time 
  • Not a good choice for active lifestyles as small stones and small prongs are vulnerable to damage

Who Are Halo Engagement Rings Right For?

A diamond halo engagement ring is a good choice if you want maximum sparkle, or if you want your center stone to appear larger. Halos are a very popular style, but it comes down to a personal preference and some people strongly like or dislike them. Because halos are so versatile, an asymmetrical halo, partial halo, or halo made with stones of varying cuts and sizes can be a great choice if you want an alternative engagement rings. Halos with very small stones held but very delicate prongs may not be a good choice for active lifestyles, those that work with their hands or are rough on their jewelry.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

Become an expert with our free guide.

Why Halo Engagement Rings Are Trending

Full halos, half halos and more, halo rings are back in style for good reason.

Unique and Unconventional Wedding Rings

The right wedding ring can add the look of a halo or tiara to your engagement ring.

Ready to Start Designing?

We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.