(Closed) How much would it cost to add a halo?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would think you need a whole new setting.

Post # 4
1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did it and it was a whole new setting, mine was platinum and I also added small diamonds to the band and it was like $3800, I think mine was a little high but it had to be custom made to fit my stone.

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

setting my round loose stone in a cushion halo with diamonds half way around the band cost $3700. 

Post # 6
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I didn’t add a halo, but chose a halo setting from the start. It was about $2000 (has pave diamonds on the shank). It’s 18k white gold.

Post # 7
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This may be a silly question but is the high cost because of the diamonds involved or just the process? For example would using moissanite cut that down a bit?

Post # 8
8390 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would assume you’d need a whole new setting but I could be wrong….have you asked a jeweler about it?

Post # 9
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends on what kind of solitaire you have. 

If you have a very simple solitaire where the head is a peg set head, meaning it is not really integrated in the setting, then the head can be removed and a new head with a halo can be put on.  I know someone that recently had this done.  The jeweler does not add an existing halo to your prongs/head, it is replaced with a whole new one.  Stuller makes these halo heads.  Her diamond was a decent size (over 1 carat) so her whole new halo head was around $700.  The diamonds in the halo are I think 1 pointers, so it’s a pretty dainty halo.

However, if you have a trellis or x-prong solitaire, then you cannot just remove the head and add a halo.  When I had my diamond reset, I had a three stone ring with the trellis setting and a couple of jewelers told me it could not be done.  So I just bought a new setting with the halo on it.  Mine has a plain band however and was around $950 for 14 karat white gold.

Post # 12
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is what I mean by a peg set.  See how the head can just be removed and replaced?

Post # 13
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Tigrrlily04:  Then it sounds like it won’t be hard to do.  Good luck!

Post # 14
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

i agree with pp, i think you will just have to buy a new setting that already has a halo if you want one.

Post # 15
37 posts

I went to Shane Co. and they can add a halo head to your existing setting (depends on how it looks like) for about $450-$650 for a 3/4 diamond, 14k white gold.  Can’t wait to get mine! 

Post # 16
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

@Tigrrlily04:  I am in the process of doing this right now!  I have a 1 ct squarish radiant in a double prong white gold setting, plain shank. I spoke with 4 local jewelers and the answers I got were varied, one said that it can’t be done with my original setting, three others said no problem and quoted me between $900 and $1200.  This included the work, the new halo stones and any extra gold.  It really didn’t include any warranty on their work and had I used them it would’ve voided the ESP warranty I purchased on my solitaire.

I ended up going to Jared’s where I got the solitaire in the first place.  I had purchased the setting alone there and also a loose stone through them. (Highly recommend this process, didn’t even consider it originally and am so happy with the result!) I had an old channel set yellow gold channel set anniv. band I didn’t wear anymore and wanted to use the 1.5 pointers in it for my halo. This saved me about $275 and the quote using my 12 diamonds, plus buying 4 more, the extra gold and custom work/time was $800 and change.  I chose to purchase the ESP for just under $200 as it includes any rhodium plating, cleanings, repairs, sizing, etc. Getting the work done through them also didn’t void my existing solitaire warranty.

Thus far I have met with them to discuss what I wanted and make initial drawings, I came back 2 weeks later to see the CAD drawings and tweak anything, and I go back next week see the wax version. I feel very much in control, comfortable with the proccess and feel like I’m getting a good value. All things that initially held me back from custom designs in the past.  The jeweler and I felt that the 1.5 pointers I had would create too much space between them in the halo and so he upgraded me to 2 pointers at no additional cost as it was an insignificant cost to them. (I’m going to start a thread about 1.5 vs 2 pointers next!)

I hope you have a great experience and please consider getting the ESP on whatever you buy, it has paid for itself in my experience just in the rhodium plating if you use white gold! 🙂

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