Would you like a larger diamond for your ring, but the price tag is holding you back? Then a halo ring might be a great option.

A halo ring optically enlarges your diamond by surrounding it with smaller diamonds. This enables you to stay on budget while benefiting from an impressive ring. So what is a halo engagement ring exactly? We will be happy to explain. In this article, we’ll cover:

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The Meaning And The Name Of The Halo Ring

The meaning of a halo ring - BAUNAT
The term ‘halo’ refers to the phenomenon of light in the atmosphere when coloured or white rings are visible around the sun or moon. This circular light effect is reflected in the setting of a halo ring where a centre diamond is surrounded by smaller, round diamonds. The brilliance from all the stones creates the illusion of a single but impressive big diamond. This setting was created in the 1920s and, as with many other vintage styles, it is now gaining in popularity.

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What Centre Stone Suits a Halo Ring?

In a halo ring, either a colourless or coloured diamond could be used, as both give a sparkling result. But the setting does not require a diamond — does coloured gemstones, such as ruby or sapphire, are also perfectly suitable for a halo ring.

The best cuts for the ring are the round diamond and the square princess cut. More specific shapes, such as the marquise cut, or the teardrop, also work but will make the halo effect less pronounced.

So, which diamonds provide the best combination in a halo ring? That mainly depends on your budget. Optically, a medium diamond surrounded by a row of smaller diamonds, or a small diamond with three rows of smaller diamonds around it, both create great rings. To enhance the look, you can also inset colourless or coloured pavé diamonds in the band.

When Do You Wear a Halo Ring?

Halo ring with diamonds and sapphire - BAUNAT
A halo ring exudes elegance and class. These types of rings are often used as an engagement ring with a few colourless diamonds. If you’re looking for something more suited to daily wear, you may put a different gemstone in the centre. That adds a touch of colour and the halo ring will really sparkle.

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What Types Of Rings and Settings Are There?

Besides the halo ring, we have other types of rings and settings. The halo ring lends itself to a statement ring. If you would rather have something more subtle , take a look at the following options:

If you are stuck when looking for a diamond, then don't hesitate to ask the jewellery experts at BAUNAT for advice.

Read more about diamond rings

Now you know what a halo ring is and how it can create an illusion of a larger diamond, you may want to  learn more about how to find the perfect diamond ring. Read on below.

Frequently asked Questions

What is a halo?

A halo is a diamond setting where a central main stone is surrounded by smaller stones, which creates the illusion that it looks bigger. The term ‘halo’ refers to the phenomenon of light in the atmosphere when coloured or white rings are visible around the sun or moon.

What is a ruby?

A ruby is a pink to blood-red coloured gemstone and a variety of the mineral corundum. A ruby is considered as the gemstone of love, energy, passion and power, and is the birthstone for the month July.

What is a sapphire and is sapphire a gemstone?

Gemstones must meet the definition: durable, rare stones with a certain hardness. That applies for diamonds, rubies, emeralds and therefore sapphires as well. After diamond, sapphire is the hardest material on Earth. Sapphires exist in many colours, but the blue variant is the most valuable. Most weigh more than 4 carat. The most valuable sapphires are found in Sri Lanka.

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