Halo Engagement Rings have become quite popular in recent years and one must only browse the internet or social media to see how true that is. The halo we are familiar with today has been around since the early 20th century with many fiancées often placing them on the top of their wish lists.
What exactly is a Halo Engagement ring?
The halo ring is a setting that refers to the circle of diamonds (or other gemstones) around a larger central stone. The pavé stones sparkle with light and focus attention on the central stone.
- The centre stone can range from a diamond to other precious gemstones.
- The cut can range from ovals, emerald, pear or marquise.
- The number of halo’s vary from the classic single halo to the triple halo with each circle enhancing the size of the main stone.
- The shank (the band that encircles the finger) can be clean and simple or adorned in pave.
- White gold or platinum is the classic choice. However yellow gold is often chosen for diamonds with yellow in them. Rose gold can also enhance assorted coloured gemstones.
Micropavé and pavé (French-set) diamonds are stunningly beautiful, and a very popular choice for engagement rings. However, they do require a lot of TLC through the years. If bling is not your style and you prefer to be on the go, a solitaire diamond may be more ideal. The word pavé comes from the word “paved”, thus the ring looks as if the surfaces have been paved in diamonds.
A Pavé setting closely resembles small diamonds/gems together with little or no visibility of the tiny beads or prongs holding the stone in place.
Micropavé is the technique of setting small diamonds / gems in multiple rows over a surface of jewellery with a precision using high magnification.
A brief history on Halo Engagement Rings
1920’s: The Art Deco period saw the appearance of the halo engagement ring as we know it today. With emphasis on the pavé being equal on both sides on the shank, creating an elegant symmetry.
1950’s: The diamond halo merged as opulent and luxurious.
1960-70’s: Continued popularity
1980 – 90’s: Decline in fashionable popularity
Present day: Popularity has increased, thus making it a favourable choice in engagement rings.
- Enhances the size and appearance of the centre stone, as if it adds an extra carat to the look of the stone.
- The smaller pave stones enrich the ring’s sparkle, creating a magnificent focal attention grabber.
- Complimentary to various centre stone shapes. The sharp edges of marquise and pear shapes are softened by the halo, in addition to protecting the stone.
- Smaller stones can chip or become loose over time.
- Resizing may be difficult