The Halo Ring: Something Old and Something New

When it comes to engagement rings, taste is everything, and whether your tastes tend toward the classic or the trendy, you can mostly likely find what you are looking for in a halo ring. This lovely and elegant ring is very popular, taking second place only after the solitaire. The reason why this ring is so beloved lies in the secret of its design.

What Is It?

Most basically, halo rings consist of a center stone surrounded by a ring of pave smaller stones. The classic choice for these stones is round, princess-cut or cushion-shaped diamonds, but they can be whatever you like. Customarily, the band, or shank, is narrow and made of white gold or platinum, and if it is paveed, the number of stones on each side of the center arrangement is equal.

Why Is It Popular?

Perhaps one of the most telling reasons for choosing a halo ring is the cost-to-ostentation ratio. You can make a decided impression with a halo ring for relatively little expenditure. The nature of the ring causes the drawing of focus to the center stone in such a way as to make the stone look larger. In this way, a relatively small stone can look half a carat bigger than it is. It is easy to put forth an elaborate display with a halo ring.

Additional Attractions

There may be a traditional style of halo ring, but these days there are dozens of options for altering this design. Halo rings are widely open to customization. For example, you can play around with the cut, the colors, and the metals. Although round, princess-cut and cushion-shaped stones are traditional, it is now popular to use marquise, oval, and pear-cut options, and sometimes, for a less expensive alternative, it is possible to replace the center stone with pave stones arranged in a cluster.

You can choose the classic diamond for your center stone, or you could use a gemstone. You can opt for all the stones to be the same, or you can use some combination. You can also adjust the design of the halo, making it singe, double or even triple, and if you like, it is possible to take this a step further and intertwine the circles of stones rather than juxtaposing them.

Not only can you alter the stones and the halo, but you also have a variety of options for the shank. You can choose a plain shank, a shank that is completely encircled by pave stones, or a partially paveed and partially plain shank. Your shank can be thick or thin, split or single. Whatever you choose, it is easy to make the ring uniquely your own.