(Closed) Solitare or Halo? What's the deal?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Haley_Comet:  I got a halo because I fell in love with the ring as a whole. I think the halo adds a little extra “bling” without taking away from the center stone. 



Post # 4
3423 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Haley_Comet:  It’s a personal preference. have you tried on both styles to see what stands out to you? I’ve had both styles and loved each one. Tough choice to make but I would suggest you get to a jewelry store and try on each style.

Post # 6
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Haley_Comet:  first and foremost, I see you are relatively new to WBee, so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

You’ll see a lot more Solitaires, because they are the “traditional” Engagement Ring.  That is the ONLY reason they are so numerous

But they aren’t for everyone… and THANK GOODNESS is all I can say, that there are choices

As an Encore Bride, I was most certain that I didn’t want a Solitaire this time round… I wanted something completely different but still with a “feature stone”

CONGRATULATIONS on your 10th Wedding Anniversary… I advise you to get whatever style / type of ring you LOVE

Hang around WBee for awhile and you’ll see there are literally 1000s and 1000s of different and BEAUTIFUL rings to fall in love with

The tough job might be finding the one you want to call your own

(Lol, we wanted Unique… it took us 6 weekends of ring shopping before we found THE ONE)

Here is a pic of my ERing and my Sparkly WBand (I also have a Plain WBand)

Hope this helps,


Post # 8
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Haley_Comet:  I really like the plain shank on my halo because I get some of the appeal of both a solitaire and a halo.  I think the halo setting adds a little something extra without taking away from my stone.  

Post # 9
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I like both but I know myself well enough to know that I wouldn’t be happy with a solitaire unless it was rather large (like 2.5 to 3cts). Sounds shallow, but at least I can admit it.

I find halos to be beautiful and they also give the “finger coverage” I love while still allowing for a smaller center stone (our budget could not buy a 2.5-3ct diamond and we didn’t know about moissys at the time).

Here is my halo (1.01ct center):

And here is my stand-in ring that’s a solitaire (2ct CZ and I still don’t find it to be enough finger coverage. Crazy, I know)

Post # 10
1452 posts
Bumble bee

I have a Round Brilliant solitaire and it’s the only style I wanted.  For me, I love love love the simple elegance of a solitaire with a great quality diamond.  I’m not trying to sound snobby, but quality makes a HUGE difference in how solitaires look.  If you get a diamond where the cc’s weren’t great than the solitaire will look more dull & doesn’t have a lot of sparkle/brilliance, and as a result the solitaire setting will make the overall ring look more on the dull/bland side.  For me, I find halos pretty but I don’t like how “busy” and cluttered it looks and personally, unless you have a different colored center, the added small diamonds is too much clutter & takes away from the center stone.  But if I had to go with a lower quality diamond where the clarity & cut wasn’t that great, than I’d definitely get a halo to help “amp up” my diamond and help give my e-ring more sparkle than what my center stone can give on its own.

Post # 11
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

Congrats on your anniversary!  We also upgraded (at 8 yrs), now married 11 years.  When we upgraded, halos were very much the latest trend.  I think they are very pretty, but I prefer the diamond be more prevalent.  The benefit of a solitaire is that it’s a classic.  Also, you can change your look so easily with a solitaire by adding stacking rings. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@Shina:  I totally agree!  The secret to a great solitaire is quality in the stone.  It’s not about the size, but the quality. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
2597 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Haley_Comet:  I have a halo around an elongated cushion cut diamond and it love it – it’s gorgeous.  I, personally, am not a big fan of solitares – I feel they’re plain. Not to offend anyone who has one – this is just my opinion for me.

Post # 14
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I just love the look of halos. I wear a lot of blingy jewelry and the “simple, classic solitaire” just wasn’t me. 

Post # 16
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It’s a style preference. I knew I wanted a halo since the mid 2000s, way before I was close to getting married. The special details and the vintage look is what appealed to me.

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