Size of small diamonds for halo setting?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What size halo stones would you recommend?
    0.01 : (22 votes)
    54 %
    0.02 : (11 votes)
    27 %
    0.03 : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Chicpeas:  Totally depends what look you’re going for TBH; I have teeny-tiny melee in mine (0.0035ct) as I wanted a more delicate/vintage look (I have a cluster centre), and graduated half-single pointers on the shoulders (0.005-0.01).

    I’d probably ask them to draw up a couple of designs so that you can compare. Single-pointers are pretty small and might not give the depth/effect/size that you want, or, you may prefer that look. 0.03 is still pretty small though and I don’t think thatwould overpower a 0.5ct centre stone personally.

    Post # 4
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    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    Chicpeas:  I actual prefer .005. I love dainty halos!

    Post # 5
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Chicpeas:  Of course, no problem!

    Centre stones are 0.07ct each; TCW of the ring is 0.66. My wedding band has 16 single-pointers (0.01ct) with a TCW of 0.16ct:

    Post # 6
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    6865 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    Chicpeas:  I’m another that prefers 0.005 (half pointers) for halos. They look so delicate and pretty. I think 0.03 is going to WAY overwhelm your .5ct center stone and it will end up looking more like a cluster than a halo.

    Here’s my double halo that has half pointers in both halos. The band has 3/4 pointers (.075). The center stone is a 1ct equivalent OEC moissanite (6.5 mm diameter).

    Post # 7
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

    FutureDrAtkins:  Your ring is one of my absolute favorites! I love the basket underneath, too. it doesn’t sit up super high and is so delicate.

     

    Post # 8
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    6865 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    engagedsagebrush:  Thank you!! Such a nice compliment 🙂 We designed it to be low profile since I have to wear nitrile gloves a lot at work.

    Post # 10
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    6865 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    Chicpeas:  That sounds like a lie to me… but I’m no jeweler. I’d be kind of weary working with someone that isn’t confident in doing small melee… to my knowledge mine was hand made, but I honestly don’t know very much at all about the process so I can’t say for sure. Maybe the ladies on pricescope would know better? 

    Post # 11
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

    FutureDrAtkins:  Smart! I didn’t know the first thing about jewelry when I designed my ring. It sits up HIGH. I am used to it now, though. But I take it off to do just about anything. Which is a bummer.

    Post # 12
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    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    When it comes to diamonds in a halo, the smaller the better in my opinion (mine are .005). I think that dainty halos complement centre stones and kind of finish off a ring. Halos with larger diamonds (.03 is WAY to big in my opinion) often take away from the centre stone, giving the impression that you’re just trying to make things looks bigger from afar (before I get attacked for this, I know this is not always the case or the motivation!). If your jeweler is saying this is not possible, I would find someone else. My ring was handmade and I think that the pave looks spectacular. 

    Post # 13
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Chicpeas:  Yeah that’s nonsense. As I said, mine are 0.0035 and they were set by hand (this was one reason the ring cost a fair bit despite being a cluster). I would suggest contacting other jewellers, as 0.01ct should really not be an issue, and as another poster said, you really need someone experienced in melee/micro pave as otherwise you risk shoddy workmanship which will probably result in losing stones etc. 

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee

    Chicpeas:  Hi! I think this might help provide some perspective in terms of size. I also struggled at the beginning choosing the size for the halo. In the end, this is the final product (although prongs will be remade) 

    That is a 2.17 carat cushion and the halo has .015 diamonds on it. Keep in mind this is a close up. But that’s pretty much how it looks. For the band we used .01 diamonds on a different type of shared prongs than the ones use in the halo. One thing I was clear on was that I did not want gaps between the little stones on the halo because they tend to create “dark spaces” if that makes sense? So we used shared prongs for the halo. 

    Anyway, I honestly think if you want a delicate halo that does not take from the center stone, I would say .03 is really too big. 

    Also, check how the way the halo is set can make a difference in how those diamonds look in term of size. The jeweler misunderstood me at the beginning and did this… which looked awesome at certain angles but really wonky from the top And the setting was too big for the stones

    Oh, about your jeweler saying .01 stones can’t be set by hand… Those .015 diamonds? All set by hand in a setting that was 100% hand made! So it definitely can be done

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