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The not so Humble Halo Engagement Ring

The not so Humble Halo Engagement Ring

January 25 2023

Halo engagement rings, featuring large central stones have moved in and out of fashion influenced by the trends of the super-rich and aristocracy. But one ring has influenced this trend twice, a single iconic ring, given to two iconic British women.

In February 1981 when Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer announced the engagement they did so with a ring chosen by Diana. It was neither custom-made nor unique and was, at the time of her engagement featured in Garrard’s jewellery collection which was available for anyone to purchase.

A stunning 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds all set in 18-karat white gold.  Diana’s engagement ring set off a major trend for Sapphires.

In November 2010, almost 30 years later, Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton, with the very same ring. Again we have seen a surge in similar-style rings, but this time, the halo of diamonds surrounding a natural or lab-grown central diamond has been the dominant feature.

Immediately following the 2010 proposal the halo became one of the most popular styles of engagement ring for newly engaged couples. Over the ensuing years, trends have softened somewhat. The distinctive claws that are so much a feature of the royal ring, and individually secure each of the 14 solitaire diamonds, have been replaced by modern setting styles.

As with most trends that start with the social and aristocratic elite, halo engagement rings have evolved for the wider market. Modern Halo settings often feature Micro-pave diamonds and intricate milgrain details which can make the centre stone look up to half a carat larger which means a bride can choose a smaller stone (and save money) without sacrificing perceived size or sparkle!

The halo trend has been further explored and looks equally fabulous on the square and fancy-cut stones. Our Bijou range of rings is available in every diamond shape we offer. From Oval to Emerald and Cushion to Pear shape, we have a halo engagement ring to suit your taste and budget.

Here are the most common questions we are asked about halo engagement rings:


What is a halo engagement ring?

A halo engagement ring is a popular style of ring that features a central diamond or gemstone surrounded by smaller diamonds or gemstones. The smaller stones, or "halos," create a dazzling effect that makes the centre stone appear larger and more sparkly.


How popular are halo engagement rings?

Halo engagement rings have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Not only do they add a touch of elegance and glamour to the traditional solitaire engagement ring, but they also offer several practical benefits.


What are the benefits of a halo engagement ring?

One of the main benefits of a halo engagement ring is that it can make a smaller centre stone appear much larger. This is because the halos of smaller diamonds or gemstones draw the eye to the centre stone, making it appear more prominent. This can be especially beneficial for those who have a budget constraint and looking for a more affordable option, but still want a ring that makes a statement.

Another advantage of a halo engagement ring is that it provides extra protection for the centre stone. The smaller stones that make up the halo surround and encase the centre stone, helping to keep it safe from scratches, chips, and other types of damage. This can be especially important for those who lead an active lifestyle and want to ensure that their engagement ring can withstand the rigours of everyday wear.


What design options are available?

Halo engagement rings also offer a wide range of design options. They come in different shapes, such as round, cushion, princess, and oval. The halo can also be made of different types of metals, such as platinum, palladium, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold. The centre stone can be a diamond or other precious gemstone. And there are also many different styles of halo, from the classic circular halo to the more modern and unique double halo.


What should I consider when buying a halo engagement ring?

When it comes to choosing the perfect halo engagement ring, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll want to consider the size and quality of the centre stone. A larger, higher-quality centre stone will naturally be more expensive, but it will also make a bigger impact and be more visually striking. You'll also want to consider the size and quality of the halos. Larger, higher-quality halos will add more sparkle and shine to the ring, but they will also be more expensive.

Finally, it's also important to consider the overall design of the ring. Halo engagement rings come in a wide range of styles, from classic and traditional to modern and unique. Think about your personal style, and what type of ring you feel most comfortable wearing.

In conclusion

A halo engagement ring is a modern, popular and elegant style of ring that features a central diamond or gemstone surrounded by smaller diamonds or gemstones. When choosing a halo engagement ring, it's important to consider the size and quality of the centre stone, the size and quality of the halos, the metal, and the overall design of the ring. With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect halo engagement ring at Quality Diamonds.

If you can't find what you're looking for, we have plenty more options available that aren't on the website, so feel free to contact us and we'll help you choose your perfect halo engagement ring.


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