(Closed) Solitaire or Halo? Which one would you pick?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Halo all the way!!!!!!!! I’ve never had problems with losing diamonds and had my ring for over 2 years here. It’s the way to go!!!!! I wouldn’t have it any other way!!! 

Post # 32
473 posts
Helper bee

I was dead set on having a halo but I ended up getting a solitaire set on a pave’ band with 5 side stones on either side. I work with my hands so that was the primary reason for my choice. I figured it would be less worry, seeing as there are fewer stones that can possibly fall out from being banged around. I also liked halos because it would be more finger coverage for my big hands, but I was lucky enough to find a bigger stone with the specs we wanted that was still in our price range! I still do love halos though! It just wasn’t the practical choice for me.

Post # 33
1711 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have both- problem solved! 

Post # 34
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Halo is not going to go out of style in my opinion, like people used to say.  It has been around long enough now that I think it’s here to stay.

That said, I see a LOT of bad halos.  Just shop carefully if you decide you want one and find either a jewler that can do them well or a brand that is known for making nice halos and stick to that.  

A good halo will make your diamond look larger and cover more of your finger.  So if you like a larger appearing stone and extra sparkle…go for it!  

Keep in mind that you can ALWAYS re-set your diamond into a different setting down the road if you change your mind.  

Post # 35
4529 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

summerrose33 : I love a halo but a solitaire can be beautiful too. I second another bee…. Go try some on to see how they look on your hand. I would also look into a wedding band at the same time. Some rings although beautiful can be a pain in butt to find a band that goes/fits well.

Post # 36
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

summerrose33 :  Have you thought about a plain shank halo? To me, it’s the perfect in between but I might be biased as that’s what my ring is 😉 

About halo diamonds falling out; as long as you work with a jeweller that knows his craft, this shouldn’t be an issue at all. 

Post # 37
593 posts
Busy bee

I think halos are beautiful, but I’m very picky on the profile of a setting and I don’t even have an engagement ring (which will be a solitaire)! The basket of the halo has to be just right for me, I love beatiful details and great craftsmanship, but I’m not a fan of vintage style, so there are only a few I would wear myself. I think I will upgrade to a halo for some future anniversary, when I will be able to work with a jeweller to make the perfect halo, but for now – solitaire!

Post # 38
1910 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

duchessgummybunns :  Personally, a halo wasn’t “needed” and had nothing to do with the size of my diamond. I just prefer the look of halo settings, as solitaires are too plain for my tastes. But I don’t like halos that have larger sized diamonds, or where the halo is the main portion of the ring. The diamonds in the halo surrounding my center diamond are very small, I just love the look and added sparkle around the diamond.

Post # 39
1945 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Solitaire with pave band and pave prongs would be my vote, or a solitaire with small baguettes on either side (so really a 3 stone I suppose). 

Post # 40
3611 posts
Sugar bee

summerrose33 :  Love solitaires but don’t like halos for the most part, so this would be an easy choice for me. I love the timeless, classic look of a solitaire.

Post # 41
1303 posts
Bumble bee

summerrose33 :  You’ll see a lot of halo hate on these boards.  A lot of Bees think they’re too trendy or that you get one in order to make your diamond look bigger.  It really just boils down to personal taste and no one should put down other people’s choices.

My ex gave me an oval in a thin halo on a pave band.  I loved that ring!  The diamonds in the halo and band were small enough to give the ring some extra sparkle.  The more vintage looking halos have bigger stones around the center and while some are lovely, they’re not really my style.

If your first love was always a solitaire, then I would probably go with that.  It gives you more choices with a wedding band and I’ve had friends and co-workers tell me it’s much more practical than the intricate settings that have been popular the last few years.

Post # 44
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Both 🙂 solitaire ering, halo RHR

I opted for solitaire  ering for the simplicity and band options. Lower maintenance, less susceptible damage/issues. Timeless.

 But halos and pave do sparkle like crazy, so yeah both haha. 

Post # 45
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I absolutely love my halo ring and think it is the most beautiful and sparklie thing ever. That being said my ring is only a year old and I have had to send it in a couple times to fix the loose halo stones before they got lost…. If I could go back in time I would suggest a solitaire. 

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