What You Need to Know About Halo Engagement Rings

Halo styles offer a unique spin on engagement rings, creating a larger appearance and a more personalized, custom style.

Halo rings make a big impression

Do you want to make an impression with your engagement ring? Are you drawn to the glitz and glamour of engagement rings worn by celebrities and royalty? Or maybe you're trying to make a big statement with a small budget?

A halo ring is the style for you.

Halo rings can make small diamonds appear as much as half a carat larger than they are, and they can make high-carat diamonds look even larger. With round pavé or micro-pavé diamonds encircling the center gemstone, halo rings draw the eye and emphasize the sparkle of the center diamond, giving the wearer the illusion of a larger, more costly ring.

The history of the halo

Halo rings made their entrance onto the jewelry scene during the Art Deco period of the 1920s. Since then, they've become almost as popular as the classic solitaire ring, but with a bit more glamour.

"White on white on white" is the most classic style of halo ring, generally created by pairing a white gold or platinum band with colorless pavé stones surrounded by a colorless center diamond that's princess, round, or cushion-cut.

For an engagement ring that's truly Art Deco inspired, consider a design with pavé diamonds set along the shank as well (the part that wraps around your finger). To get an idea of what you like, spend some time researching modern halo styles online. Just getting a feel for what's out there will help you figure out your own personal preference.

The center stone

There are many options when it comes to choosing the center stone. You can go with a more unique look by using a colorful precious gemstone such as tanzanite and sapphire or you can go classic with a colorless diamond. For a less expensive option, consider using a cluster or composite of smaller diamonds set closely together, giving the appearance of a larger stone at a lower price.

You can also vary the cut of halo engagement rings. Besides classic round styles, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, and radiant diamonds also work beautifully and the sharper shapes actually appear softer when surrounded by a pavé design.

The pavé style

If a colorful engagement ring is something you've been dreaming about, look into a more vibrant gemstone pavé. Whether it's a colorless stone surrounded by sapphire or vice versa, your engagement ring is sure to stand out.

The number of halos

These days, it's not unusual to see engagement rings that have not one, not two, but three halos surrounding the center stone. If your motto is "the bigger the better," this might be a style for you. But don't forget that there's a fine line between stylish and silly.

The shank (aka the band)

Looking for a more sleek and simple look? A plain band is your best option. But, if you're looking for layers and layers of bling, go ahead and add a little extra glitz to your band. This look can be achieved through a full or partial pavé shank or through a split shank which divides the band into two or more paths.

When deciding which style is right for you, make sure you take your band thickness into account. If you can't choose between the two, remember that a partial pavé band is a safer bet should you need to resize your ring down the road.

The metal

White gold and platinum are the two most common metals for halo bands, but the possibilities are endless. Rose gold, which is becoming more and more popular, can give rings a vintage feel and it can be used to enhance complimentary gemstones such as a pink morganite. Yellow gold is a great option for diamonds that are a little more yellow in color to help deemphasize the center diamond's tint.

Don't forget

This is something that you'll be wearing for a lifetime and it's important to make it feel completely your own. Don't be afraid to customize your look to create a halo ring that you'll be happy to wear now until forever.

The selection of halo engagement rings at Zales quite extensive. Our collection features stunning gemstone styles including colorful morganite, tanzanite, sapphire and emerald, along with traditional diamond designs. Shop the entire collection of halo engagement rings online at Zales.com or visit your local Zales store and speak with a jewelry consultant.