Post # 1
my fiance proposed to me with a .5 carat round solitaire. It was a total surprise which I did not see coming. prior to the proposal I had been inclined towards cushion cut halo rings but never really thought carefully about it nor hinted to him.
im now thinking if I should change the solitaire setting to a halo. My considerations:
solitaire: sentimental value as it was the actual ring he picked out for me and proposed with. When he first proposed I was disappointed that it looked too ordinary/simple. However, the elegance and timeless look is growing on me. i do find the diamond on the small side and I’m not sure if this will continue to bug me. also I think I will match it with a shared prong half eternity like in the 1st picture for wedding band n I like the look.
halo: im considering changing to a cushion halo for my round solitaire like in the second picture. reasons include, my diamond will look bigger, and it’s a design I like. It’s also less common/ordinary: However, will have to find a delicate way to deal with telling my fiancé about it and pay more for the change. I’m also not sure if it will this design will be timeless. Also thinking a wedding band will be more difficult to find to match this elaborate design.
appreciate all your opinions N suggestions!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I actually did the opposite switch, from a cushion halo to a solitaire setting. For me, I too had to find a way to express my concern with FI. In the end I discovered it was the stone not the setting he was so invested in. So I can resent the stone as many times as I want as long as I continue to use ” our stone” as he calls it. Price out settings you’d be interested in and then explain to him why it’s your dream setting. In the end FI was totally understanding and said he’s just glad I tLked to him about it first rather than just quietly resetting it.
Post # 3
Strawberryshmoo: Oh! thanks for sharing your experience (: Did you pick out the original halo setting or was it a surprise? What were your reasons for doing the opposite switch?
Post # 4
Chicpeas: I personally prefer the solitaire esp if you are pairing it with that kind of band in the picture. your center stone shines in the solitaire against that style band.
Post # 5
mckey430: yes will definitely prefer the solitaire with the eternity band design.. if i take the halo, i am not too sure what wedding band i will choose.. it will look too much with an eternity band!
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Chicpeas: can we see a photo of your actual solitaire on your hand? it would be much easier to make a comparison if its not just an example photo.
personally I would keep the solitaire, classic design can never get boring, but if you’re dead set on a halo you need to bring this up with your OH.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
Chicpeas: I did pick out the original halo setting but it wasn’t the right choice for me. I was won over by bling and didnt take into account how uncomfortable pave can be on sensitive skin and how impossible it was to find a wedding band to match up. Since I traded settings no more raw skin on my finger from the pave and wedding band options were so much easier. Plus my stone looks bigger by itself – weird right!
Post # 8
A friend of mine got to pick out her ering and was debating between a solitaire and a halo.
She too debated between the classic look and something that overall was more blingy.
In the end she went with the Halo because even though the center diamond was smaller than she would have gotten if she chose a solitaire she preferred the overall look of the Halo and the blinginess.
It’s a very personal preference and I like the look of halos over ditaires. I would bring it up with your Fi first. My FI wouldn’t care if I changed my setting as long as I kept the original diamond.
Post # 9
Solitaires are always beautiful and classic, but it sounds like halo is what you have your heart set on so my vote is halo!
Post # 10
i don’t like the halo style so i voted stay solitaire. but this is your ring that you will wear so you need to make the choice that will make you happiest.
Post # 11
Halos have been around for ages – they were particularly popular during the ’20s and ’30s with the Art Deco movement. Every style goes in and out of favor. I am particularly biased in that I have a .5 carat round diamond in a thin round halo with pave band, but I adore how it looks. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about looking “timeless”…it’s a diamond, it’s going to be timeless no matter what you do.
Post # 12
Chicpeas: I think the halo is gorgeous! I will say this though, I think you should try on some blingy bands with your ring before you decide. You might also want to try on some wraps and enhancers. One of the benefits of having a soitaire is that you can change the look up as frequently as you like.
These are enhancers that add a halo look:
I love this one:
Post # 13
If you want the halo get the halo! You’re clearly unhappy so get what will make you love your ring, you’ll still be just as “engaged” as you were with the first setting but now with a ring you adore!
Post # 14
I think halos detract from the look of the diamond, but if size is your priority (nothing wrong with that, IMO), halos to make stones appear larger….I prefer the classic look of a solitaire myself.
Post # 15
Chicpeas: I have a round diamond in cushion halo and I love it, that being said it has pave diamonds in the band. I think IMO it’s looks really strange (no offense to anyone) when there is a Bligy halo and a plain band. But that’s just my taste. I think since you have a plain band you should stick with what you have, esp if that’s the wedding band you want to pair it with.