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This design makes even the most expensive stones appear more impressive and creates an "sparkling volume". This is the halo-style ring, the most popular type of engagement ring after the solitaire. Learn about the characteristics of the Halo ring, which variations are available, and why they are so popular.

Origin and popularity The halo ring's popularity and origins!

The term "halo" is of Greek origin. It is a reference to "halo of light" the word halo (alos/alon - halos/halon) describes different phenomena that surround a main object or are arranged around it in reflections. This is the reason why the halo-ring got its name.

What is a Halo Ring?

Halo rings first made an appearance in the 1920s, in the heyday of Art Deco.

The original halo rings include a round-cut or brilliant diamond in the center, and a frame of smaller round diamonds. The reflection makes the central stone look larger and more sparkling. The white gold ring is polished to a high shine, or set with clear diamonds. Even a quarter-carat ring looks more impressive, while multicarat rings are pure luxury. It's no wonder that this kind of ring has become so sought-after as an engagement ring. But there's a second reason.

In the vibrant light halo

Even in the Art Deco era, numerous variations of the halo rings were developed. It could begin with the "halo" itself, i.e. the frame. In addition to rubies, diamonds, sapphires or emeralds were utilized and not only round stones, but also artistically placed square-cut stones were popular. And what about the central stone? This was sometimes replaced with a masterfully crafted pave, i.e. an interlocking of stone-to-stone set of many small diamonds in the same cut.

Vintage engagement rings inspire couples and jewelers to this day. Halo rings are popular as engagement rings because they offer endless options for customization.

Halo rings today

The halo designs of today can be a replica of the Art Deco period, creations inspired by it or completely distinctive variations. There are many options for anyone wanting to create their own halo engagement ring.

The main stone

Clear or colored, how would you like your diamond? There are a myriad of options as colored stones look stunning in halo designs, whether it's a sapphire or tanzanite or ruby, or emerald. A cluster of diamonds with a pave-cut centre is also possible. You can obtain a greater carat count for a lesser cost by choosing pave as an option.

The cut

The circular cut and the brilliant cut are the most recognizable elements of the halo style, which is based on perfect harmony.

The princess cut is also an excellent option for design halo. Halo engagement rings are made with a central gem cut in emerald or oval.

The color of the halo... a matter of individual preference. Halos can be created using tone-on-tone, or by using subtle or strong contrasts.

High-contrast - colorless diamond, halo of rubies

Royal - central sapphire halo of white diamonds

Tone-on-tone pink diamond halo of pink sapphires

You can choose to cut the halo stones square or round, based on the desired result.

The number of halos

The VIPs, royals and stars demonstrate how A single halo isn't an end in itself. Triple and double halos made of diamonds or colored gemstones and diamonds are technically feasible, so long as it fits within the budget and is compatible with the desired appearance and ring size.

The Ring band

Should the halo band be made from platinum or gold? You can also play around with the ring band.

The choice of precious metal, as well as the style of the ring band (high gloss matte, matte, with or sans gemstones) is crucial. The colour of the metal can be chosen for practical reasons. A white ring band for instance, emphasizes the clarity (or high transparency) of the principal stone, whereas yellow gold hides this flaw even though not all diamonds are pure.

A Halo engagement should, naturally, be a perfect match for the wedding ring or wedding bands.

Is a halo-style ring the same as an engagement ring? "Halo engagement ring" is not a strict formula. Halo rings can be used for many different occasions but not only as an engagement ring. The halo ring is highly customizable, and it can also be made vibrant and fun. Semi-precious gemstones such as topazes and peridots, or even zirconia are a few alternatives.


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