Post # 1
This is my very first post here. I’m very excited to hear your replies!
So I got engaged a couple weeks ago and I love my e-ring a lot. But recently I started to look at halo settings and loving them!
I went to try on a couple today and find two different halo settings. The picture below – the very bottom one is my e-ring, solitaire with thin pave band. The center diamond is smaller than the other two. The middle one is the halo setting that doesn’t have a gap between the diamond and halo. The top one is the halo setting that has a very small gap between the diamond and halo. Both center stones in the halo settings are bigger than my center stone.
Personally I like the one with a small gap between the diamond and halo, because I think the diamond stands out. But does the setting with no gap makes the diamond look bigger than the one with gap? Because the top two center stones are both same size, but the middle one looks bigger.
What do you think?? Thanks so much!! 🙂
Post # 2
Vivien88: When there is a gap like that in a halo it is usually because the center diamond sits up a little higher. When that is the case your center stone is going to look smaller. The farther it is from your hand the smaller it will look. The closer it is to your hand the bigger it is going to look. That is why solitaires that are in really low settings appear bigger than those ones that sit up really high. Hopes this helps! Good luck!
Post # 3
Benjeweler: Thank you for your help!! I was thinking about the opposite. I thought the diamond looks bigger if it’s higher because it’s closer to the eye? Hmm maybe you are right!! Thank you. Very interesting!!! 🙂
Post # 4
Vivien88: Are you wanting opinions on which one to go for as well or just which looks bigger?
I have a halo with no gap (cushion cut though not round) and I LOVE it, so if you were wondering, i’d vote go with no gap 😉
I pondered the gap halo before I got my ring, but my FI didn’t like it as much and i’m really glad I went with no gap!
Yours is a stunning ring by the way, even without a halo!
Post # 5
Miss_E_xx: Aww thank you! I love my ring too, it seems small compare to all the rings I’ve seen here! But it’s a really good quality diamond and I’m also loving the halo setting so I think it’ll love it even more. 🙂
I’m looking for opinions on both! I want it to look bigger, but also I want the center diamond to stand out.
I just went to check out a pic of your diamond you posted but it looks like a huge beautiful solitaire diamond without a halo? Looks stunning!!!! Do you mind posting a picture of it to me? And a side view? I’m wondering if I should get a raised diamond with halo?
Thank you for helping!!:)
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Vivien88: Mine has a gap and I love it. The centre stone is 0.85 carats and I think the gap makes it stand out from the halo even more. 🙂
Post # 7
I think the second looks bigger (or they’re at least equally sized to my eyes). I strongly prefer the second, lower setting more, I think it looks more classic and more cohesive.
Post # 8
Vivien88: Oh how strange i’m not quite sure where weddingbee led you but maybe there was a little glitch somewhere haha!
Mine is a 1.31 cushion center stone with halo and diamond band – 2 total cw
This is the only pic I have on me put hopefully this helps as it’s a sort of semi front on semi side view! (sorry its a little blurry – iphone camera!) the diamond is slightly raised above the halo but it still sits flush so there is no obvious gap.
Oh and don’t worry, yours definitely isn’t small even without the halo but yes, it does add a little extra!
Post # 9
Vivien88: I actually prefer the gap because it highlights the center diamond and I do think it makes the diamond itself look bigger. For the second halo setting, the center diamond is indistinguishable from the halo and kind of blends in with the halo diamonds. But the overall diamond area and finger coverage appears larger, if that’s what you want. I dunno, I think the diamond looks better when it’s raised up a little from the halo, regardless of a gap.
Post # 10
I believe the higher the diamond sits the bigger it looks (because its closer to you)… I cant say I like “gap” or “no gap” but I like the middle/second/no gap ring the most just from the look.
Post # 11
I just wanted to say you have the most gorgeous solitaire I have ever seen! Just curious why you want to change it?
Post # 12
I really don’t see to much of a difference. Go with the one you like the best and don’t worry about how big the stone looks. All your choices are gorgeous!!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I voted against the gap because i have a round stone in a cushion halo and the gap in mind bugs me. Everytime I look at it all I can see is gap. So I love clean halos that havo no gap. less transition between stone and halo makes it look like one larger stone. IMO. But I love your solitaire setting and if it were me I don’t think I’d switch it out. The pave is so delicate it really accentuates your center stone and draws your eye to it. I’d rock that ering just the way it is!
Post # 14
I have a halo without a gap, and the stone is slightly raised. I agree with an above poster that the absence of a gap looks more cohesive, and since there is no “break” between the stone and the halo you get the illusion of more bling!! I think this applies more to smaller sized center stones though. I’ve think a gap actually makes a smaller center stone look smaller instead of the other way around!! Since you have a nice sized stone, they are both beautiful options so it’s truly just a matter of your preference. The difference isn’t drastic, I personally just prefer a more seamless look 🙂
I also think that raises stones appear larger because they are closer! Here is mine, it appears flat from above, but it actually is higher than the setting 🙂
Post # 15
I think it’s irrelavant which one makes the diamond look bigger since they look completely different. It should be about the look that you prefer, not how big it makes your stone look. Personally I prefer the solitare, but if I had to choose a halo, I like the no gap, but I don’t really see a difference.