Need Halo Ring Advice Please!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which one of these is the best Halo (Design, Value, and Quality) for you?
    Vatche Grace Halo : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Ritani French Set Halo : (31 votes)
    49 %
    Simon G Double Halo : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Simon G Pave Halo : (11 votes)
    17 %
    Coast Halo : (2 votes)
    3 %
    RB Halo : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    All of those choices are so pretty! I love halos too but mine is round. Have you tried any of them on? It’s really hard to tell from the pictures as it will look different on your finger. More often then not, a ring looks good in pictures but bad on your finger and vice versa. Anyways, IMO I don’t like the ‘outlined’ halos nor double halos so my top choices are 2 or 4. I hope you find your dream ring and please post it here when you get it!

    Oh regarding the diamond, my FI had to order it online and have it sent to the jeweler to mount. I think that’s how most rings are made unless you can find the perfect diamond in stock at the store. 

    Post # 4
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    9652 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I prefer the look of ring # 2 the best followed by # 1 for my 2nd choice!

    Post # 6
    Member
    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    @vanilla9:  Yes, I agree the cushion looks better on you but the round isn’t bad as well. Have you looked into split shanks if you think the straight band is too simple? I have a split shank ring and it sort of spice up the ring a notch. 

    I don’t think there’s an extra cost for mounting; it’s included when you purchase the ring. Unless you take your setting & diamond and mount at another jeweler, then they might charge you since you didn’t buy the ring there. Mounthing is simple and should take <1 week but depends on the jeweler. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

    Post # 7
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    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

    @vanilla9:  We chose a halo setting from a local jeweler where I was able to see the setting in person and try it on.  We then ordered the center stone from Blue Nile.  We spent over a month researching everything we could learn about diamonds, and in the end, we found Blue Nile to be a GREAT option for the quality & price.

    My suggestion, find a few stones on Blue Nile you are interested in & then call them.  By speaking with someone who was super knowledgeable we were able to narrow it down to a diamond we are both so happy with for a great price.  We ended up choosing a 1.5ct, G, SI2, Ideal Cut.  (Not all inclusions are alike, and some can make a stone look dull or cloudy.  I did not want that.)

    Once we had the diamond, we went back to the jeweler and ordered the setting.  Since the setting came standard built for a 1 carat center stone, he ordered it from the designer to specifically fit the dimensions of our 1.5 carat stone.  We were also able to negotiate price with them.  They set our stone in the ring for us.  They didn’t charge us to set it, since we bought the setting from them.  And by using our local store for the setting, I will also get free rhodium plating, sizing adjustments, repairs, cleanings, etc for life.

    Post # 10
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    7262 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I think they’re all beautiful! The one I like least would be 6. I have a round set in a cushion halo, and of course, I think it’s the best combination out there 🙂

    Post # 11
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    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

    @vanilla9:  

    -Did you have to choose the specific diamond (item number, etc.) before talking to a representative? I’ve seen some diamonds not being available after a few days and I’m guessing someone else bought it.

    Yes, once we felt confident that we knew we wanted my FI & I picked a few diamonds w/in a certain price range.  They ranged from about 1.2 -1.5 carat, all ideal cut, H or better color, and SI2 or better.  I had them on a comparison sheet that I printed from the site.  I then called and asked about a few stones on my list by item number.  The first time I called the person wasn’t all that helpful and I felt rushed.  I’m glad I got the courage to call back about 10 min later, because I got someone else that time & he was SUPER helpful.  We went through them one by one, including a couple that he suggested.  He would tell me if it was eye clean or not and we’d discuss the type of inclusion(s).  Because of this I was able to find a great stone that met all of our wishes for $2000 less than what FI was willing to pay! Also, don’t expect a stone you like to be available for long, cause they move fast.  Wait to call until you are ready to make the purchase, or at least within the day.  He was able to put my stone on a 24 hr hold so that FI could call back and make the purchase.

    -How long did it take for Blue Nile to ship your diamond?

    Ordered it on a Thursday night and it was on our door step before noon on Saturday!

    -How does your warranty and insurance work since you bought the diamond separately from your setting? Do Blue Nile and the local jeweler have separate warranties on each?

    Blue Nile has a great 30 day return policy, so we felt confident that if we didn’t love the stone in person we could return it for another.  As far as insurance, once the stone is in your possession it’s on you.  We kept it in a safe until it was ready to be set since we didn’t see the purpose of insuring it until the ring was complete.

    Some people choose to insure through their homeowners insurance, some go with outside insurance.  Our jewelers recommended an insurance company that we will use.  They will appraise the ring as a whole and then we will process the paperwork.  We are in the process of doing this now, since we are newly engaged.   Since I have a few other pieces of good jewelry that need to be insured, we will get them appraised and they will all go on one policy.

    If something goes wrong with the setting itself, like if any of the pave stones fall out, our store will repair it.  If I lose the ring or something like that, the insurance will cover it.

    I also learned that once you do get it insured, you want to have it reappraised every 5 or so years due to inflation.  A good friend of mine just lost her ring and found out the insurance replacement amount would have been more if they had a more recent appraisal.

    So those are some long answers, but I know how helpful it was for me to learn as much as I could durring this process!  Feel free to ask any other questions you have. 🙂

    Post # 12
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    @vanilla9:  I have a small split shank and from far away, it looks like a single band. The bottom of my halo is narrow so it enables a straight wedding band to flush against my e-ring. Like you, I don’t want any gaps between the bands nor any curved bands. Hope this helps!

    Post # 15
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    @vanilla9:  Thanks! My FI did a great job! I don’t know anything about the diamond other than it’s 2.6cts hehe. But from my understanding, always get a certified diamond esp. GIA. They are most the trusted and stringent.

    I don’t have a w-band yet but I’m sure it’ll flush againt my e-ring.

    Post # 16
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    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

    @vanilla9:  Finally got a pic of my ring w/ the wedding band.  FI ordered it with the setting, so that it would be made to sit flush against the E-ring.  I am not personally a fan of the gap or wedding bands with the cutout/notch that goes around the stone since I’d like to have the option of wearing the band solo if needed.  While the band does have a very slight curve to accomodate the split shank of my ring, I think it’s subtle enough that I can wear it solo.

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