Choosing an engagement ring is such an exciting time! Whether you’re shopping with your partner, or just getting ideas before he pops the question, it’s important to do your research! It’s a big investment, and something you’ll hopefully wear for the rest of your life, so you want to be happy with your choice! There are so many different diamond cuts, metals, and options for design when it comes to engagement rings, so it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. We have a full guide on how to prepare for engagement ring shopping, but here we’re going to focus on halo-setting engagement rings! Halo engagement rings have become an increasingly popular choice over the years, and for good reason. They’re absolutely stunning! Below we’ll cover what exactly a halo setting is, how to pair it with a wedding band, and beyond.
What is a Halo Setting?
A halo setting features a large center stone or diamond with smaller accent stones, typically pavé diamonds, that encircle the primary stone. The halo setting stones can be the same shape or different as the center diamond. This setting creates a stunning ring that shimmers and shines beautifully in any lighting!
When did Halo Settings Become Popular?
Halo settings have always been around, but they didn’t become popular until Kate Middleton showed off her sparkly new halo setting engagement ring in 2010. Middleton’s ring featured a sapphire center stone sitting in a diamond halo setting. It’s no surprise that halo settings grew in popularity after her ring’s debut! They’re absolutely gorgeous, and even fit for royalty! Who wouldn’t want to sport the glitz and glam of a halo diamond ring?
Do Certain Cuts of Diamonds Work Best for a Halo Setting?
Although any cut of diamond can be used for a halo, round diamonds typically work best, as it creates perfect symmetry! However, if you prefer square, emerald cut, oval, or a different cut, these can be just as gorgeous! Work with your jeweler to find just the right cut for your dream ring.
What Style Wedding Bands Pair Best With Halo Engagement Rings?
When choosing an engagement ring, it’s important to keep in mind what you’ll want for a wedding band. Because of the edge that the halo setting creates, it can be a little more challenging to find just the right wedding band to pair it with. Oftentimes, a curved wedding band will be the best choice! Either a wrap around or slip-under band will work perfectly with a halo setting. It’s up to you whether you want a diamond band or something a little more simple! We say you can never have too many diamonds!