Halo Diamond Engagement ring

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White gold diamond engagement ring with halo and millgraine pattern

The history of the Halo ring

The halo diamond wedding ring has exploded in popularity in recent years. Its origins can actually be traced as far back as the early Georgian era (1714-1837) in Europe, where round diamonds or pearls only slightly smaller than the center stone were used. 

If you like the halo ring, you might also like three stone engagement rings.

Halo engagement rings saw an increase in popularity in the Victorian era (1837-1901), which often had a coloured gem center stones to imitate flowers.

The classic halo setting that is so well known today originated in the Deco art era of the 1920’s. This era placed emphasis on symmetry  and the use of geometry and geometric patterns. The beautiful symmetrical circle that surrounds the centre stone of the ring was a perfect fit for this symmetrical minded era. Even Though the halo setting has not completely died out of popularity, it is safe to say that it is considerably much less popular than when it was first introduced to the world of jewelry.

Much like any fashion trend, different styles of engagement rings gain and lose popularity as resources are more abundant or scarce. During the Great Depression the Halo fell out of fashion. The halo made a comeback during the Hollywood Glamour period but lost popularity quickly because of the scarcity of resources during WWII. The halo style made another appearance in the 1960s but soon disappeared. More recently it has made a stand once more. Much like a circle has no end, the beauty of a halo ring may fall out of fashion but will never truly die.

Halo Diamond Wedding Rings Today

As a custom jewellery design company, Your Diamonds, have never seen a design paralleled in popularity such as the halo ring.

Today, halos with smaller diamonds surrounding one large center stone have surged in popularity and can accommodate any diamond or gem shape a couple wants, still reminiscent of the original architectural designs of the Art Deco movement but with modern flair. We use round brilliant cut, princess cut, asscher cut, marquise cut, oval cut, emerald cut and cushion cut in halo settings.

The metal choices are also open to personal taste from platinum to white gold, rose gold, yellow gold and even sterling silver. 

Halos continue to evolve into bold shapes and asymmetrical patterns, including double halos and the vintage inspired engagement rings.

Your Diamonds halo rings are our most popular setting choice, and with good reason:

  • The halo is an easy way to make any center stone appear larger
  • They add more sparkle with the addition of pave set stones
  • They can add to any diamond shape and even distort their shape.
  • They offer a modern and timeless twist on a popular vintage engagement ring style

How to Select the Perfect Halo Engagement Ring

There are many things to consider when looking for a Halo design. Firstly, the shape of the halo can make a diamond look much bigger if designed correctly. A round diamond can be made to look much larger when encircled with a cushion shaped halo.

A halo with sharp angles can bring a more vintage feel to the ring as well as distort the shape of the center stone. A hexagonal halo can make a round diamond look like a hexagon, so be smart and use a halo to its full potential.

If you have long slender fingers, we suggest an oval cut or marquise cut diamond setting. These two longer cut stones are eternally elegant and are enhanced to a statement piece with the halo setting.

The princess cut diamond is ideal for a halo setting. The stone shape lends itself to balance and the brilliance of the stone becomes even more sparkling nestled into a halo.

An emerald cut diamond is the ultimate in halo settings, the distinct step cuts of the stone is balanced with the brilliant cut of the surrounding diamonds. It sets the cut of the emerald apart and makes the stone much more prominent.

The ever popular cushion shaped halo does look natural with its namesake: the cushion cut diamond. The soft corners personify a vintage look further enhanced with a slim border of milgrain finish (tiny beads raised on the edge of the metal).

For an even brilliant shine we will always suggest the white metals like platinum or white gold. Both of these metals act as a mirror for the stones.

Your yellow gold and rose gold metals make for a good contrast when it comes to detail on the ring. If you fell in love with the total vintage look, consider these metals as the sculpturing and depth of layers comes to life in the colour of these metals.

Silver has in recent years become popular with young brides. Nothing pops colour better than contrasting your halo ring with a precious or semi precious gemstone in a silver setting enhanced by a halo of diamonds.