Solitaire vs emerald cut halo

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Do a bezel halo! I had this one before and loved it.  Prongs on a solitaire or a halo would be equally as scratchy – I much prefer bezels because I do find prongs scratch my little ones. 


Post # 18
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

alicebee123 :  The height of a setting or placing the stone in a bezel or not will have zero impact on the sparkle of a modern excellent cut diamonds. Modern diamonds are cut to only accept light and return light reflections through the table. So, provided the diamond is well-cut, it requires no light from any other angle, so covering the girdle has no impact. But, there are a lot of diamonds on the market that are not well-cut. Round diamonds, btw, are much easier to select based simply on their angles — all other shapes require a good eye. 

If you are looking an antique diamonds, then there could be a impact on the light return by covering the girdle with a bezel. Vendors of antique stones should be able to help you with determining if a particular antique diamond has this concern. 

Also, ECs will not have the kind of fire and light return of a round or oval. ECs have more flashes due to the larger, flatter facets. So, you should spend some time looking at them and see which one you like for the ‘look’ and the ‘look on your hand’. 

You can easily source Moissanite and settings online – and many folks outside the US do just that. If you want a moissy, get a moissy. If you want a diamond, go that route. Round and cushion moissy are probably the most like a diamond in cut and performance. Keep in mind that setting of any gemstone is a time of some risk, having the vendor who sells you the stone also set the stone is a good choice unless you are looking for a highly customized setting. In that case, many custom jewellers won’t set stones they don’t source, so ask. 




Post # 19
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

amandajane4949 :  I love yours. Baguettes are a classy companion to ECs. I love that setting you noted as well, but I have to say the sapphire halo takes my breath away. There is something about caliber cut stones that make my vintage loving heart sing.

Post # 20
2314 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

glitterysala :  Thanks, that means a lot, coming from you!

Post # 22
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

alicebee123 :  You guys in the UK really get hit with the VAT and taxes. Such a bummer. Like I said, if you like a moissy for the size, the question of worth is more complex right? If you by a 1 carat top performing round, you are looking at $8-10k (likely closer to $10k in the  UK). If you buy a 1 carat moissy for $2k and pay VAT and import on top of that, you sill pay quite a bit less. Both stones take a serious 20-40% value hit if you need to re-sell in the future. But, sounds like you are a diamond gal, so that’s cool.


For modern rounds, here’s a cheat sheet that you can tell them to stick to. 

    <li dir=”ltr”>table – 54-58%
    <li dir=”ltr”>depth 59-62.3%
    <li dir=”ltr”>crown 34-35 degrees
    <li dir=”ltr”>pavilion 40.6 – 41 degrees

Lower crown pairs better with higher pavilion and vice versa (34 w/41 pav and 35 w/40.6 pav) 

Anything that meets thee criteria, run through the HCA tool. Eliminate from consideration anything > 2.0. This tool has some assumptions and will eliminate some creative combos that might be ok (especially for 60/60 diamonds). But, it arms you with some screening to keep you within the range for good performance. GIAXXX is less strict on cut than AGS0, with no diamond experience, I would not consider any lab but GIA, AGS or HRD. 

If there is a “Hearts on Fire” ( or “Crafted by Infiniity” ( showroom in your area, they both are more small-table fire type super-ideals. You might find it helpful to go have a look and see how you eyes feel about the balance. Wallets on Fire, I mean Hearts on Fire, are very pricey – I advise leaving your wallet in the car :lol:.

Emerald Cuts

Really takes studying to select good ones. But, you want to look for steps that are not always off or on…and the twinkle off and on as the stone turns. “There should be a balance of narrow light and dark lines in the center with tiny sparkles like crushed ice at the two ends. When moving the EC from side to side, a rainbow moves from one end of the long steps to the other end (the long steps should light up with fire). The smaller corners should look like icy crushed ice (tiny sparkles).” Quoting Chrono on PS.

{forgive the gem nerd rambling on….embarassed}


Post # 23
8629 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

alicebee123 :  I have an emerald cut halo and a baby – I still wear my ring the same as I always have. I never slept in it and only put it on to leave the house so some days I don’t end up wearing it but that is laziness not because I scratch my daughter. 

Post # 24
31 posts

alicebee123 :  I had the same dilemma.  I love emeralds cuts.  In the end I decided I wanted the best of both worlds.  The flash of an emerald cut and glittery shine of a halo.  I got a tiny halo and got the best of both worlds.  

Post # 25
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

glitterysala :  I have no real opinion on this matter (though I prefer solitaires and simple settings) but HOLY MOLY those rings!! That oval in the emerald halo is to die for. *Swoon*

Post # 26
128 posts
Blushing bee

I think there is much less chance of a halo scratching things like a baby than a solitaire….I have a princess cut halo  and there is nothing sharp on it anywhere….you will know which one is for you once you try both on, Im definitely on team halo….

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