(Closed) halo or solitaire? What are your ring preferences?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which engagement ring style do you prefer?
    solitaire with side diamonds : (258 votes)
    59 %
    halo setting : (181 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 32
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m not sure I’d consider a setting with side stones to be a solitaire.

    I didn’t want side stones at all on my ring. I really tried to like classic solitaires (no side stones), but it always felt like something was missing. I ended up choosing a plain shank halo, and I’m still completely in love with it.

    I guess I’m ok with people calling halos trendy (as in recently very popular) as long as they realize they aren’t some new thing. I just visited my 95 year old great great aunt, and noticed her engagement ring for the first time. She was married in the ’30s and it’s the original ring…. it’s a beautiful halo!

    Post # 33
    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I really think it depends on the halo. And I’ve never thought a halo was intended to make the center stone bigger. That really would only be logical, to me, if we only viewed others’ rings from 30 feet away. I think halos give more sparkle and cover more finger space, and that’s their two main benefits. OP, you should try both sorts on your finger and see which one you prefer! You might find the halo too overwhelming, or the solitaire not quite enough.

    Post # 34
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I like the halo setting the best. Go with what you like now- trends or not, it’s what you like that will be most important in the future. 

    Post # 36
    764 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    OK soooooo … Whenever WEDDING comes to mind … we are almost programmed to envision Solitaire … why? … Well b/c EVERYWHERE we look anything that signifies anything close to a wedding what do you see a big a$$ SOLITAIRE in your face NOT a big A$$ Halo LOL…. So… which one is really “trendy” LOL…

    Either way they both are beautiful chose what you love and what looks best on your finger … sometimes you may like something try it on and realize you don’t like it b/c it doesn’t look as nice on your hand…  I say try your top favorite styles and then chose the best one for you and your budget 🙂

    Good Luck!


    Post # 37
    986 posts
    Busy bee

    Halo. I know it’s not “timeless” and most feel it will look dated, but I’m okay with that. 

    Post # 38
    57 posts
    Worker bee

    I’m definitely a solitaire kind of girl.  I think halos are beautiful and glamourous, but my overall style tends toward simple and classic (I wear a lot of navy blue and white, my closet is mostly filled with button downs/blazers/corduroys/flats, etc.) and I think a halo would look kind of out of place on me.  A simple round solitaire on a plain band really suits me. But still, I swoon over a lot of you guys’ gorgeous halo and three-stones and wish I had the overall style to pull them off!

    @EffieTrinket:  +1 about people knowing you’ve been together so long.  I like that WAY better than seeing something as “dated”.

    Post # 39
    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I don’t prefer one over the other. It definitely depends on who’s finger it’s on and the quality of the setting. I think if you have super dainty fingers then solitaire could be lovely on you and if you have a little bigger fingers (or small fingers w/ bigger bones, like me!) then maybe a halo would be a better choice for you. Hard to say until it’s on your finger

    Post # 40
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Halos have been around for a long time. They are more popular now, but have also been in the past. I am tired of hearing they are “trendy”. They are sophisticated and beautiful, definitely my favorite style. Solitaires are too boring and plain in my opinion, especially round ones.

    Post # 41
    8036 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @NovaRising:  +1

    Halos are trendy now, but they’re also classic.

    I think it really depends on the halo. I don’t love or hate them per se. Some rings with halos I don’t like, and some I just adore.

    I love the Tiffany Soleste and we are considering it for my e-ring. I looove the sparkle factor and it looked so pretty on my hand.

    You just have to try different rings on and see what styles look best. I wanted a Round Brilliant solitaire for a while, but when I tried them on (even 2 carat ones at Tiffany’s) I was hopelessly underwhelmed. I wanted to love it, but I just didn’t. Maybe I just like solitaires on other people’s hands.

    Post # 42
    204 posts
    Helper bee

    i think solitare will never go out of style.

    Althought i love the look of a halo, i am worried they are a fad.


    I am getting a right hand ring – halo style, but engagement is solitare.

    Post # 44
    198 posts
    Blushing bee

    Trying different rings on is an awesome thing to do! Sometimes what you think you LOVE, you will try it on and not like it so much. I happen to love solitaires…let’s just see if I like them when I actually start shopping around 😉

    Halos are very “in” right now and yes, I am very aware it is not new. Just like my mom always said when I wanted to get with some “new” style, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” However, lots of people are getting them. Just like ANY style ring, some are gorgeous, some are not. It’s all about how you see it on your finger.

    Solitaires never really seem to be “in” or “out”. But some people complain that it is boring. (Honestly, I would have to get a paved band b/c I think solitaires can be boring even though I love them). Just like halos, solitaires can be gorgeous, or not. Take your time and look. It’s nice to get a poll going to help make your decision easier, but it all depends on what makes your heart race when you put it on your finger.


    Good luck with your search and let us know how it went.

    Post # 45
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a halo so I picked halo. That said, I have a micropave halo which I think definitely accentuates the diamond. I don’t like the thick, chunky halos (or double halos) that are less delicate and overpower the diamond.

    Post # 46
    3226 posts
    Sugar bee

    @diamondgal23:  I’m definitely a solitaire girl. I prefer no side diamonds though 95% of the time. I do really swoon over peek a boo diamonds though. 

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