White diamond halos on white diamonds don’t appeal to me, because it blurs their edges and makes it look more indistinct, which looks cluttery and broken up to my eye. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to tell a halo from a cluster.
One of the things that appeals to me about diamonds is their very very sharp edges/distinctions, like inside, when a facet lights up, that whole facet lights, and around it, are other facets, each behaving wholly and seperately, one perhaps in a gorgeous steely gray at this moment, and the next one cooly giving a lovely white, the borders between all 3 being such sharp divisions. And when fire and brilliance break out of the diamond, it is in lovely big fat chunks of light, exploding like a big firework.
With melee (about less than 20 points) diamonds, this is all occuring on a smaller scale, and because our eyes cannot resolve it, it looks very different… more blurred, more “glittering” than “explosive.” That’s just the way they are and that’s fine, but what I don’t understand is why one would surround a larger diamond with those, because it makes the whole thing blend and look and act more like it’s all melee. Especially if the metal is white too, because that’s very low-contrast. It feels blurry and dizzying.
It is maybe my “intense” and “definition-seeking” nature that makes me love the big, fat, flashes and highly defined boundaries, but that’s what I love, visually.
Another factor is that sometimes, halos can give the impression that the wearer thought there was something wrong with the diamond…that is, that it wasn’t big enough on its own. It doesn’t matter what size it actually is, the halo suggests a sense of disappointment and lack of confidence to me. I just don’t like that feeling. I know others might not think that way about halos, but that’s where my head goes, and since I’m of the “stand tall and be proud of the real you, whatever it might be, just be you and show you know that’s awesome, don’t try to be something else” school, it doesn’t fit with it.