Once considered more of a vintage style, the halo engagement ring has now become a modern classic. There’s a lot to love about halo rings, so it’s easy to see why they’ve become a mainstay among today’s brides. Halo engagement rings are gorgeous, glamorous, and beautifully brilliant. Then, through the power of optical illusion, they can also help your center stone look larger than it actually is. On top of all that, there’s also quite a bit of versatility within the halo category. Halo engagement rings can come with a wonderful variety of design features. For example, there are floral-inspired halo engagement rings, double halo designs, unique modern halo rings, and much more.
Whatever style or feel you want for your engagement ring, there’s a halo design that’s perfect for you. But if you’re not sure which type of halo engagement ring would be right for your dream ring, we’re here to help! Below, we’re featuring our favorite halo engagement rings in six of the most popular style variations. Read on, see which ring calls to you, and you may just discover your new favorite halo style.
Floral-Inspired Halo Engagement Ring
First popularized in the Victorian era (1837 to 1931), floral-inspired halo engagement rings are a romantic option with vintage roots. In this lovely halo variation, the diamonds that make up the ring’s halo are arranged to look like glittering petals around the ring’s center stone. This creates a whimsical, yet still highly glamorous, effect.
Our top pick within this romantic category is the beautifully detailed floral-inspired halo engagement ring pictured above. In this design, a round cut diamond rests in raised prongs within a floral diamond halo setting. Delicate milgrain and diamond melee accents add detail along the ring’s halo setting, its slim 14k white gold band, and the ornate white gold petals that decorate the ring’s gallery.
Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Featuring not just one, but two halo accents, double halo engagement rings offer twice as much glamour. Our top pick in this category shows just how much impact a double halo can provide. This ring features a round cut center diamond that is enclosed within double prongs at the center of a cushion shaped double halo setting. Adding to this ring’s visually pleasing duality is its split shank pavé diamond band, which helps it look cohesive, chic, and even more brilliant.
Vintage-Inspired Halo Engagement Ring
Halo engagement rings have been gracing the hands of brides-to-be for hundreds of years, so many vintage eras have their own take on halo rings. Our top pick in the vintage-inspired halo engagement ring category combines elements from two different eras: the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
In this design, a round cut diamond rests within an exquisitely beautiful diamond halo setting. This halo features an elegant navette shape, which was one of the most popular design motifs of the Victorian era. This ring’s dazzling halo centerpiece rests atop a stunning diamond set band that features hidden detailing. From the side, you can see that this ring is adorned with intricate filigree, an essential part of every Edwardian era halo ring.
Modern Halo Engagement Ring
Modern-style halo engagement rings often feature unexpected shapes that put a fresh spin on the classic halo ring design. And our featured modern style halo engagement ring shows off just how beautiful and eye-catching a distinctive halo can be. This ring features a modified semi-halo made up of the asymmetric curves of the ring’s split pavé diamond band. These highly unique elements add an artistic air to this gorgeous halo design.
Fancy Shaped Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Round gemstones may be more popular for halo engagement rings, but fancy shaped halo ring styles are just as stunning. Take, for example, our top pick in this category: this exquisite princess cut diamond halo engagement ring. In this design, a princess cut center diamond rests with a square-shaped halo setting adorned with round diamonds. This halo setting echoes the graphic square shape of the ring’s center diamond, while also having scalloped edges that add lovely softness and femininity.
Classic Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Last up, we have the classic diamond halo category. The classic diamond halo rings of today can vary slightly in their design elements. However, they’ll generally always feature a round center diamond, a single flush halo adorned with smaller diamonds, and a diamond set band. This classic design actually isn’t the oldest halo design-- halo rings first debuted in the Georgian era, when halos usually featured diamonds or pearls that were almost the same size as a ring’s center stone. However, this style (which first became popular in the Art Deco era of the 1920s) has been so enduringly popular over the years that it’s now what most people think of when they picture a classic halo ring.
Our top pick in this category is a true classic that has just the right amount of subtle detail to help it stand out from the crowd. In this design, a round brilliant cut diamond rests within a cushion shaped diamond halo atop a diamond set band. It’s this ring’s use of a round center diamond and a cushion shaped halo that gives it a distinctive, special element. This combination is also a slight nod to the Art Deco era, when today’s classic halo design was born. In the Art Deco era, experimenting with geometric shapes was all the rage, so pairing a round diamond with a cushion cut diamond halo would have been right on trend in the 1920s.
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