Help me decide: halo or no halo?!

posted 3 months ago in Engagement
Post # 2
25 posts

I personally chose to go with no halo. I have solitaire with a thin band. I think halos are pretty, but I tend to have a more simple style in general and I also was worried about halos being a fad and wanted something a little more timeless. I love my ring but I know some people think it’s boring. I think it really just depends on your personal style and what you feel most comfortable in! Don’t let other people’s opinions discourage you from choosing what you want!

Post # 3
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

You really have to try them on yourself! I loved the look of oval solitaires, I can’t tell you how many times I told FH I just want a plain simple oval solitaire, my Pinterest was filled. he insisted we look together, when we would walk in to jewelry stores I would tell them no halo,  the joke was on me, on my hand I went with a halo. No doubt about it. 

Go with whatever you like best on your hand! You really can’t know from pictures. 

As far as halos being a fad they had them in 1714… so it looks like it will remain a jewelry style. 

Post # 4
65 posts
Worker bee

Sorry, no photo to show as ring is on order and being made.


I truly thought I wanted a halo ring when we first went into the jeweler, but the moment I tried some on, I realized it wasn’t the right style for me. I fell in love with a single main stone ring that had a pavé band and a “hidden” halo (a small halo around the basket/prongs that you can only see from looking at the ring from the side—it doesn’t surround the main stone at all. I was surprised how I instantly just knew that was the ring for me.


I think this is something where you just need to find some time to go into a jeweler and see how they look on your hand.


If you find a ring (or rings) you love, they can make a “wishlist” with the details of the ring you want (size, metal, ring style(s), stone details, etc) and your boyfriend can use that for reference when getting the ring 😊

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I thought I wanted an intricate/detailed ring with a halo. I ended up with a solitaire.

My band isn’t super thin (it’s tapered  and has a small split shank). I also liked the versatility of a solitaire in terms of pairing it with a band. You’ll be wearing your rings as a set for far longer than you’ll wear your engagement ring alone.

My stone is 2.01 carats, size 5.5 finger for reference 

Post # 8
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

destonhand :  Halos are pretty popular.  I recommend going to mall stores and trying on a few! Even if they’re round halos, you’ll get a sense of whether you like the extra stones or not.

Post # 9
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I think you should definetly go try different shapes and styles on. I wanted a solitaire. It’s timeless and classic. That is exactly what my husband got me and honestly? I hate it on my fingers. I tried on a halo one day while at the mall and loved the way it looked on me. Here we are 3 years later and I’ve never ever said a word. I drool over halos constantly. I’ve been drooling over a double halo setting from Blue Nile. It has one halo of diamonds, the other smaller halo is blue sapphires. It’s beautiful. He recently told me he was looking at gem stone rings for our anniversary coming up in November. Opened up a door for me! I sent him the setting and said, You know what I would love? An upgrade to my setting. He said great choice, it’s going on the list. He mentions often that on either our 5 or 10 year anniversary he will upgrade my diamond but really that is not necessary. I love my diamond, I just want a little extra sparkle around it! Moral of my story, make sure you are 100% with your choice. Try on EVERYTHING. Good luck and can’t wait to see what you choose! 

Post # 10
824 posts
Busy bee

Honestly, you never really know until you try them on. I was adamant that I wanted a solitaire and hated most halos I tried. What did I end up with? A halo. 

Post # 11
379 posts
Helper bee

I love both styles! Halos are beautiful and solitaires are beautiful! I thought for sure I’d end up with a double halo as that’s basically what I was into for years. When it came time to really picking a ring, I started looking at solitaires. I like both looks on my finger so a happy medium for me was a solitaire with a rose gold pave band. 

The determining factor for me was that while I do love both styles, I prefer a stacked set with a solitaire. I love how 2 or 3 bands look with an engagement ring and I think stacks with halos can look a little busy and I’m not super into the chunky look anymore. I still think it looks great, my Future Sister-In-Law has a double halo and wears 3 bands with her ring and while it looks nice, it’s a little too chunky for me. Ive decided on 2 bands for my wedding to wear with my e ring and it’s delicate but also blingy at the same time. 

Post # 12
6441 posts
Bee Keeper

Definitely try both of them. Another bee here posted about how she got a halo and ended up regretting it.  I had a solitaire first with a temporary ring and then moved to a halo.  Two years later I still don’t regret getting a halo.

Post # 13
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Ugh. Self moderated (again)

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