Halo help!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine’s a half carat in a halo (sz 7 finger).  Mine’s white gold so I don’t know much about palladium or platinum but people seem to really like palladium. Mine’s an SI1 stone… IMO there’s no need for clarity above that as long as it’s eyeclean, so go for a better cut to get more sparkle.  Mine’s G color, but I also don’t mind H.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1.50CT CENTER IN A HALO SIZE 7.5

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My center stone is a round 1.1 ct diamond, size 4.5 finger, set in white gold. I wanted a cushion cut stone with a halo, but when my husband was ring shopping he felt that the round stones did appear much larger than the cushion cut stones in our price range, and he also felt that they sparkled more. Hope this helps!

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a ring in a similar style to what you described, in round.  Here’s the link, so you can see  the profile.  I really like it because it’ll sit flush with another ring; with many lower set halos, you can’t do this.

http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/-Platinum-Pave-Set-Diam-Engagement-Ring.html

And here it is with a 6.5mm stone on a size 6 finger, for some perspective.

If your jeweler’s willing to work with palladium, great!  I wish I’d had that option.  The only bad thing I’ve heard about palladium is that resizing can lead to cracking.  That might not be an issue, though, if the jeweler is used to working with it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a .75 carat cushion halo and a size 7 finger, a halo will make ANY size ring look even larger… but I believe round stones have the biggest surface area… But I love the pillow-y shape of a cushion, especially in a halo. 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have .75 center diamond, round cut, on a 4.22 finger

As for the hight, I wanted smth as flat as possible,

so here it is:

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love cushion cuts too, mostly in large sizes, like my right hand ring in smokey quartz. In a smaller size, I prefer the round cut. It’s just classic and so elegant!

As for height, I thought I would prefer a lower setting but I ended up choosing one that was somewhat tall, and I love the elegance it creates. I really feel like I’m wearing an engagement ring 🙂 Since my flower halo as the center stone set inside the halo, I don’t have the problem of a center stone protruding from the setting and getting caught on things. 

As for the metal, I say definitely invest in platinum or palladium. I have a platinum band that stays white and looks amazing. I don’t know much about palladium but it seems like another great alternative to white gold. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, I had the platinum/palladium debate and decided to go platinum- it seems to hold up the best in the long run. But my FI is getting a palladium band and a rose gold band (because he wanted 2 and platinum was twice the cost of palladium). So I can see the benefits of both. Here’s my halo e-ring- a little bigger than you are looking for though- 1.2 ct G color VS2 excellent cut, so much sparkle, and I LOVE halos- theres just more to sparkle! And I agree with others on the board, in a smaller size diamond- less than 2 carats- a round has more sparkle than a cushion. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Cushion cut diamonds typically do face up smaller than round diamonds.  Also, round brilliant diamonds are more forgiving in terms of color than cushion cut diamonds.  As in, cushion cut diamonds will show any yellow much easier than a round brilliant diamond.

As for palladium, it does offer the same benefits as platinum, but it weighs less and costs slightly less.  Palladium is a pure white metal, so it will not need to be rhodium-plated like white gold, but it show marks after some time.  You can have it re-polished by a professional jewelry every 8 months or so.  Palladium is completely hypo-allergenic like platinum, so it is a popular choice for those that suffer from nickel allergies (gold contains nickel). 

I hope this info helps 🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 1992

I love the look of the round center stone in the cushion halo, as I think the round sparkles a bit more.  Mine is a 1.75 carat round in a cushion halo, set fairly high and I love it.

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Here’s mine on a size 4.5 finger…I think the center stone is just under 0.5 carat:) I love it!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Garden

Scintillante:  I agree with you that getting palladium or titanium will last longer and it doesn’t change colors over the years like white gold does. But the only problem is it’s very difficult to resize something like that. I heard from the internet that titanium can’t get resized. Is that true?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

princessbee1991:  I have no problems resizing platinum and palladium in Toronto, Can. Titanium is very challenging to resize though. Something to consider for sure!

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