Post # 1
So I am going through a process with my new engagment ring. Short version – My diamond is .75 and was originally set in a chunky halo but there was space around it whch bugged me (it wasnt an airline it was kind of like the setting was too big for the stone and there was just empty space at the four corners even though it was custom!) Jewller reset it using a much smaller and dantier halo and did a great job but the ring seems so much smaller now. I know there is nothing wrong with smaller but I miss the finger coverage of the original.
So i am now planning on resetting again (third time lucky ha ha!) to get more finger coverage and my options are either:
Go for a chunkier halo but make sure that the dimaond is fitted more snug – Not sure is this is possible though as maybe the size of the chunkier halo just doesnt fit my stone.
Go for a double halo.
What do you ladies think is best – Does anyone have an pics of rings with chunkier halos that dont have space or an airline?
Would love input as this needs to be my last reset!
Post # 2
I don’t like Halos so I’m not going to speak to that aspect of it and what you should choose. However it doesn’t sound like your first ring was custom as you call it in the first place. It sounds like it was a prefab setting where you get to choose your stone and then they’ll set your stone in the setting. Most prefab settings are designed for 1 carat stones and then tell you that you can go smaller where you will then see an airline or bigger where the stone ends up getting the set more above the Halo so that it looks okay from the top down but there is visible space when you view it from the side.
If you want it to be perfectly flush, then you’re either going to have to go actual custom from scratch where they make the ring bespoke to the exact specifications of the Stone or you’re going to need to select a different Center Stone that accommodates the setting you want. Otherwise you’re just going to have the same problems you had before. ( or there is the 3rd choice of making sure that you do the leg work beforehand making sure that you select a setting that works with the exact dimensions of your stone.)
That said it’s obviously going to be easier to control the exact size the smaller the stones in the Halo. The bigger the stones the harder it will be to control the exact size because each individual stone is going to proportionately add or subtract more distance the stone covers than with a smaller Stone.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
I don’t like chunky or double halos. I think the tight fit with your diamond would be the best overall. Send some pics for us to see.
Post # 4
if I had to pick I would go with the most delicate double halo possible …chunky halo will eat up your stone.
Post # 5
annabananabee : I suspect the used a standard halo initally. The reset is much better and I like it a lot it just a lot less finger coverage. I think had i gotten this initally i would have been thrilled but the fact that my first setting had way more coverage which is got used to use so I am absolutley feeling the shrinkage. I have had the reset for about 2 months now and just dont love it as much as i did the original (ignoring the space issue!)
jayrock : I pop up some pics now
ringclique : The halo i have now is dainty but I am looking for more finger coverage.
Post # 6
Ok so here is a pic of my original setting on left and reset on right. Lightening is different but you can get the drift. It’s hard to see the shrinkage in the pic but you can see where the split shank hits in both pictures original it was kind of centered in the reset it’s almost top and bottom
Close up of both halos. You can clearly see the space in the top. Bottom halo is much better
Finally a ring I tried on in a store with a similar size diamond as mine but with a lot more coverage.
So so I suppose the question is not really whether the halo is good or bad at the moment it’s more around how best to get some more finger coverage with what I have at the moment which is top pic right side.
So i chunk up like the last picture or look at a double halo?
Post # 7
lisag103 : Have you thought about maybe adding an enhancer? My husband picked out my whole set. I have my engagement ring, my enhancer (which was my wedding bands) and 2 smaller bands in the inside to fill the gaps. I was not a fan of the spacing because my engagement ring with slide around so much.
Post # 8
For all the money you’re spending on a setting, it might be better just to get a larger stone.
Post # 9
I agree with @sunburn. IMO, chunky halos and double halos generally just detract from the center diamond for the sake of finger coverage rather than compliment it like a delicate, well executed single halo would. If more coverage is what you want, look into a larger center diamond (maybe even an oval or pear, which face up larger?) rather than throwing more money at another setting. GL!
Post # 10
sunburn : vestedbee : If i get a different center, either shape or size I will still need to reset also though wont I? I wont be able to use my existing setting so I will end up paying for an upgraded stone and new setting. I went with a round as I thought these faced up the largest for there weight? I obviouly still have a lot to learn.
I have been lucky so far in that the jeweller did not charge me for this reset as the issue was his to begin with. My original setting was supposed to be custom so he fixed it on his cost. This reset though will be my choice as I want something differnt (although I did specify when i asked to have it reset originally that I did not want to lose finger coverage and asked if he was ging to send me progree pics or a new cad and he said no so i did not see the reset until the ring was done which is why i was a bit shocked with the size, had I know I think i would have left it as is and just saved for a larger diamond as I would have had the spce to do that with the old setting. Hindsight is great though ha ha)
I am just so confused and want to get it right this time, I feel bad saying it but I just dont love it or feel excited about it (totally aware this is a first world problem!) and i really want to! I want more finger coverage, a larger diamond is probably outside budget if i am honest with myself so where do I go?
Post # 11
KHane4216 : What is an enhancer? I do have double bands to go with the ring is that the same thing?
Post # 12
It’s a round stone in a cushion halo; there’s going to be some space no matter how it is done. If you want no gap, you would need a halo in the same shape as the stone.
FWIW, I like dainty double halos over chunky halos.
Post # 13
I like your original setting. I would not do a double halo. I don’t rhink you’re going to like it with your diamond or your bands.
Post # 14
lisag103 : So an enhancer is basically a double ring that is linked at the bottom by metal. I attached a picture of mine so you can see. Mine gives me extra finger covereage and bling (which never hurts LOL)….but basiaclly my Engagement ring and side bands slide into the enhancer to keep it all together. I didnt want to permanently solder my rings together since my husband bought them from different places and we didnt want to have issues with warranty work if ever needed.
Post # 15
I like the last setting the best on your finger. I think part of the feeling of a “gap” is because you have a split shank. That said, sunburn is right, if you get a bigger stone (with a simple setting) you’d probably like the “coverage” a lot better. I would absolutely not do a double halo. That would look a mess with all those bands and diamonds on the shank.