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

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Haley_Comet:  I love the heirloom look of a halo – even the modern types (which I have) and opted for it. Even though they are supposedly super “trendy” at the moment I only know 3 other ladies who have one – Compare that to the hundreds of women I know in person who are engaged or married who have a Soliataire, lol.

Only you can decide which you prefere. I would choose whichever look appeals mostly to you. If you base your selection off that you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

To me, the solitaire is the embodiment of an engagement ring. While I fully realize that this is not for everyone, it was right for me.

I guess the way I felt about a halo (aside from just not really liking them for myself) was that I would rather have a larger center stone, than to spread out the total carat weight among the smaller stones surrounding. What I mean by that is, that if the total carat weight was 1.5 with a halo, I would rather have a 1.25 solitaire, or something like that than to spread the carat weight out (if that makes a lick of sense).

I also tend to see that in halos, or in any bands where there are very small diamonds used as accent diamonds (I work part time in fine jewelry, so I guess I’m mostly talking from my own experience with our stock) the diamonds are not very good quality, and they don’t necessarily have to be, but it would bother me to take the solitaire that I have (which is very clear, and near colorless…I don’t have specifics since my Fiance didn’t give them to me, but it has been tested…it’s real!) and place a halo with what I would consider to be “lesser” quality diamonds around it to make it look bigger/have more finger coverage. Again, not that I think that it’s bad for everyone, I just know I’m OCD like that, and I would want everything to look as uniform as possible.

At the end of the day, it is what you want, and whatever style you like. I know that my tastes change a lot, and I wanted a ring that I knew I would be happy with 10, 20, 30 years down the road. To me, the solitaire is so timeless that I knew that was the right fit!

Post # 19
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906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

It’s definitely a taste/style preference thing. Every lady is different. I, personally, chose a solitaire for my engagement ring because that’s what I’ve always wanted. I’m not a fan of white diamond centers with white halos. I do, however, love halos around colored stones, and I’m looking forward to acquiring a ring with a morganite center and a white stone (maybe not diamond) halo as a RHR once my job starts this fall.

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@musician32992:  This. I knew that I wanted lots of detail–a solitaire was just too plain for me (though I love the look of them). I really would have been happy with whatever, but we found the perfect ring and that’s what I got. Same reason some people like three stone rings or have a stone cut preference.

Post # 21
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2684 posts
Sugar bee

@Haley_Comet:  I have seen a million and one halo rings instead of solitaires. I personally don’t like halos that much, but that is because it is not my style at all. No hit towards those that love them, they’re just not for me.

 

My beauty!

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

@vorpalette:  Precisely! My SO has even blingier taste than I do, he wants to go for a larger center stone and a double halo! Tone it down, buddy. We’re doing a 6 or 6.5 mm cushion moissy with ethically mined diamond sidestones and matching wedding band. 

I ADORE your ring, By The Way.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

They are both beautiful, and to each their own! Now to tell you about both, Solitare’s are more “classic” while Halo’s are very trendy right now. Also, when you add a Halo the ring looks bigger. So you can “cheat” by not getting a very large center stone, but adding the Halo makes it look much bigger than it is. This keeps them cost effective, whereas to get the same effect with a Solitare you would need to be a larger center stone, which would then cost more money. It’s more expensive to get one larger stone, then numerous small stones.

Hope that helps!

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just always knew I wanted a ring with side stones. So I guess I don’t exactly have a solitare. Halos seem trendy to me whereas like others mentioned, solitaries are the traditional e-ring. I feel halos also make the ring in general look larger. So if you are going for a smaller stone, get a halo around it. 

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@NicoleLyn1218:  your ring is beautiful!

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think the classic solitaires can be a bit too plain for my taste, but I often find halos to be busy, and I don’t like how the center stone is often lost in the halo which is why I got an engraved solitaire.

Post # 27
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Honey bee

@Haley_Comet:  I don’t think there’s a benefit to any piece of jewelry, its just whatever is in style. I think halos are kind of making their way out, and more people are getting solitaires, but they’re all pretty and at the end of the day, it’s whatever you like that matters! I have a solitaire, but only because I was proposed to with it with the idea of picking out the setting on my own. I ended up keeping the solitaire, and the only benefit I see with it is that I was able to do whatever the heck I wanted with the wedding band since my e-ring was so simple.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I only wanted a solitaire because I loved the look of it. I like the idea of the center stone standing out and being accented by diamonds on the band. I personally am not a fan of halos, but a lot of people love them. It is a personal preference. 

Post # 29
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2777 posts
Sugar bee

@Haley_Comet:  I like solitaires just because they are so classic. I also like the versatility of stacking rings with it. 

Post # 30
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Haley_Comet:  I told myself I was never going to get a halo, because I thought it was a trend and would fad out and wanted my ring to be classic.  However went I went ring shopping, I tried on rings without halo’s and rings with halo’s and I just liked how much bigger and sparkly the ring looked with a halo.  If I could get a 2.5 carat or higher I would do no halo.   If I got a ring under 2 carats I would want a halo, but that is just my personal opinion.:)  My bff thought she didn’t want a halo.  She has a 1 carat brillant diamond, no halo, and now she wants to get her setting changed to have a halo because she wishes it would cover more of her finger.  It’s all personal preference:)

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@SophieB3:  very pretty!  I’ve toyed with the idea off and on of resetting my solitaire into a halo but having a plain band with it (as I have a plain band now)

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