Halo VS Solitaire

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Don’t mind the horrible quality but my ring is only a little less than .5 carat center stone. I def feel that it looks 10x the size because all the bling around it. My ring size is a 5 I am pretty sure. Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@futuremrsdunc: i would suggest playing with the pricescope site to see what price you should be looking at for a loose diamond.  rounds are one of the more expensive shapes.  with regard to the 4cs, etc, each individual has their preferences as to which are most impt.  to me, i like the color and cut the best.  to me, a great color and cut can hide the barely visible imperfections of an SI2 or SI1.  i got a strong blue flourescnece (lowers price, but they are gaining in popularity – look blueish in bright sunlight)…BUT, 1-2% strong blues have an oily/milky appearance so i’d advise not buying a strong blue without seeing in person.  you also want the diamond to not be “bottom heavy.”  ie. all lot of the weight carried underneath where you can’t see it.  you want to the top to be the biggest it can be for the weight.  also check what the inclusions are.  i find black inclusions (carbon) easier to see than white inclusions. white inclusions can be crystals (diamond within a diamond) that look like tiny air bubbles.  i have these and they are generally not visible unless hitting light perfectly and i look for them.

you might decide the diamond you can get with your money is enough to be on its own.  i have a halo personally, with very tiny micropave in a circle around it so that the center stone still looks like the ‘star.’

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I am trying to decide b/w a halo and a solitaire too!! When I first started looking, I loved the halo style. I even went ring shopping with the bf and showed him what I thought I wanted.

Now, the more I look by myself, the more I want a solitaire. And I never would have considered myself a solitaire girl! They’re just so classic.

Halo rings tend to give the appearance of a bigger diamond for less money. But a decent sized solitaire is great though. One thing I also take into consideration is the band. I figure since he is paying for the engagement ring, I would make sure I get whatever I want for the band…and if we decide on the solitaire, I’ll make sure the band makes up for the halo.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine is a round stone (.95 or something) in a cushion type shape halo, on a size 5.25 ring size.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsSawyer: Love your ring πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My bad.. you said on finger and I totally posted the wrong picture, here’s another…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My center stone isn’t a diamond, but it is a 1 ct. round ruby w/ a halo on a 1mm band.  My ring size is a 5.5.  (Sorry for the poor quality, just snapped it with my phone at my desk!)

 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My center stone is 1 carat ideal cut, and my ring size 4.5, round halo, micropave.  Sounds similar to what you want, so hope this helps!!

Also, try to stay away from really deep diamonds… it’s hard to explain but those won’t look as large because the diamond weight is in the bottom, not on the surface.  I wouldn’t go too shallow either because that will affect the sparkle, but ideal cut is the best.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@futuremrsdunc: I’ve seen someone on here with a pear halo and almost died, I LOVEEE it. I think no matter what you decide you’ll love it. 

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