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

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Haley_Comet:  

@SoccerBee86:  Interesting because every ring I have seen with a halo has flawless diamonds, because they are smaller, like the celebration and vera wing rings at even Zale’s are all flawless because they are smaller diamonds as well as every Henri Daussi ring I have seen has flawless small diamonds for the halo.  I don’t like when it is a halo ring and has brackets between the diamonds that get dirty a lot.  I like when the in between brackets between the small diamonds on the halo is invisible.  It just looks more sparkly and doesn’t ever look grey or dirty:)

 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You would think that with as long as I was with my now husband, I would have tried on a ton of rings, but he wanted to pick it out and I just told him what stone shape I wanted.  I do love my Radiant soliatire, but from time to time, I really think about changing it to a delicate (not as bulky, if that makes sense) halo setting for that added something.  Although, at the time when he was looking, I didn’t give halos much though.  Also, I have a lot of friends recently engaged who all have halos (or are wanting them for when that time comes!)

 

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Personal preference!  Just go with what you love!  I’ve always been in love with halos, so that is what I ended up with. 

Edit- oops…meant to add that I was careful to pick a very classic style, something that I know I’ll like forever.   I think any style can go out of fashion, but I wasn’t really worried about that I guess. 

 

 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

I prefer solitaires because they are timelessly beautiful – I think that halos will look dated in a few years.  Besides that, I personally feel that halos seem to have been made to “beef up” the look of diamonds – for people who maybe want larger stones but are more cost-sensitive. I’d rather just get a larger stone, especially since we may very likely be going with an Amora Gem or enhanced moissanite. 🙂

Post # 36
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141 posts
Blushing bee

I started looking at halo-style rings about two years ago, after my Fiance and I had been dating for about 3 years. I absolutely loved them. They were unique, vintage, and absolutely stunning, but that was back before they were suddenly popular. It was actually hard to find them at most jewelers. Now I see them everywhere and on everyone.

A part of me was willing to put aside uniqueness and still get a halo, but my Fiance actually told me that he does not care for them. He finds them gaudy and showy (no offense to those with halos!! I still love them! My Fiance is just a traditionalist)) So that was kind of the deciding point. We ended up getting a ring with a center diamond and small pave diamonds down the band. And even though I absolutely adore my ring, if I had gotten a solitaire, I would have been able to have a bigger center stone….just not as much bling on the band.

So, anyway, people might be gravitating back to solitaire’s because they are avoiding the halo trend, because solitaire bands are more affordable (in most cases), or because they opted for a bigger stone that they can dress up with a shnazzy wedding band.

 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You would think that with as long as I was with my now husband, I would have tried on a ton of rings, but he wanted to pick it out and I just told him what stone shape I wanted.  I do love my Radiant soliatire, but from time to time, I really think about changing it to a delicate (not as bulky, if that makes sense) halo setting for that added something.  Although, at the time when he was looking, I didn’t give halos much though.  Also, I have a lot of friends recently engaged who all have halos (or are wanting them for when that time comes!)

 

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I chose solitaire because its more suited to my personality and tastes. I found halos too trendy and I just didn’t like the look of them on my hand. Another reason I picked solitaire was because the size of my diamond, I felt it looked best standing on it’s own.

To each their own though, most people don’t agree with me.

 

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper

I like halos in contrasting colors (e.g. white diamonds around a blue sapphire) but not the look of tone-on-tone-on-tone (white halo on white center in white metal) because I like a sharp, clean look and don’t like visuals that seem to blur into each other. It seems more cluttered and undefined, to me.

I’ve stared to wonder why part of the reason I just can’t seem to find that song “blurred lines” catchy is because I dislike actual blurred lines so much! Or, do I dislike blurred lines visually because of the symbolism of “blurring lines” ethically? I don’t like either, but I think it’s probably not really the due to same reason fundamentally… that seems a little TOO literal!

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Congratulations on your anniversary! Laughing

I’ve been married 14 years and I have been through many ring styles – solitaire, 3 stone, side stones, and halo.

My original e-ring was picked out by Darling Husband.  We didn’t discuss rings or styles; he thought he was supposed to pick it out.  Anyway, the center diamond was quite small and it had channel set side stones.  Not really my style but I wore it proudly.

A few years after we were married we were given a family diamond that wasn’t available previously.  In order to save money I had it set in a solitaire setting.  While I liked it I didn’t love it.

A few years after that I had it set in a 3 stone ring, back when they were the rage.  Again, liked it but not loved it.

Last year Darling Husband said I could reset it into a halo.  Unfortunately, because of budget, I couldn’t get the setting I really wanted, so I had to settle for a halo with a plain shank, like SophieB3’s ring.  While I loved the pictures of them on the internet and on other ladies’ hands, it just didn’t look right to me.  Plus, I had nothing but problems with it.  I broke the prongs twice because the darn thing sat up so high (in order to allow a wedding band to sit flush) and the center diamond just popped out the second time I broke the prong.  Fortunately, I found the diamond.  What I also didn’t like about my halo was that the center stone was lesser quality than the diamonds in the halo and I could tell the difference right away.

So, for my last reset, it is back in a solitaire, a different kind than the first one I had.  (the jeweler let me trade in the halo for the solitaire setting).  I am really happy with it, finally Smile

So what’s my point?….I guess it’s that it really is a personal choice.  I still drool at the halo settings on this site, but it just wasn’t right for me.  Yes, solitaires are kind of plain, but I also think that’s what makes them so beautiful.  I think if there is a benefit to a solitaire it’s that it’s less maintenance than a halo, as you never have to worry about the little stones coming lose.  You can spend more on the center stone as generally solitaire settings are less expensive than halo settings.  But there is no right or wrong here.  You really should try on some settings as most look different on your hand than they do in pictures.

Good luck!

Post # 41
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@musician32992:  Awww, thank you! My Darling Husband likes solitaires more, but wanted a MUCH bigger stone than I was comfortable with. The biggest I would have ever gone for is .5, and even that makes me uncomfortable. My whole ring is .5, and I feel like it’s a good balance for the delicate details of the band.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Congrats on your anniversary! 

there is no “deal” with either setting, it is completely up to the look u like.  My advice – go with your gut and what you love! No point in sticking w/a solitaire because it’s the “safe” thing to do. Then again, don’t go with the halo because everyone is doing it.

 

I actually see mostly solitaires in my area, despite the popularity of halos.  Where are all the halos I keep hearing about?! Even if I had a 10ct ring, I’d still put it in a halo, I just love the look lol

 

Anyway, here’s my diamond engagement ring – I don’t think it distracts from the center stone at all:

 

 

 

 

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, DR

Congrats on your 10 year anniversary 🙂 Solitaire is just a classic and can be paired with anything basically. Initially I really wanted a halo but I was told they would quickly go out of style and that a classic solitaire is timeless. 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love my solitare. I am a simple and traditional and I don’t typically wear jewelry. I also like that the fact that for me, that the plainness of the band helps highlight the one stone. And also for me, my 1.5 carat diamond is big enough to really stand out and not get distracted. 

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

“Is there a benefit to a solitare that I am missing?  A benefit to a solitare that I am not aware of?”

I’d say there are a few advantages to a solitaire: it’s classic, doesn’t go out of style, and is generally lower maintenance. 
 
I have a halo, and I love the look of it.  I like the overall effect more than if I’d gotten a solitaire.  But it’s very tall and micropave’s not meant to be worn every day, so I don’t wear the ring all the time for those reasons.

Post # 46
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Some women prefer solitaire because it’s a classic, timeless piece. It never goes out of style. However for some women, myself included, solitaire is sort of boring and plane. I’m getting a halo setting. I think it’s beautiful with a little extra bling. The bands are thin making it very elegant but also makes the center stone appear bigger. I like the halo setting. My center stone is .75. I didn’t want it to be too big because my fingers are small, size 4.75 and because the halo setting will make the stone appear bigger anyway. No need to over do it.

The key is to have elegance, beautiful ring with a little bling but not too much bling. You never want it to be overwhelming. Oh, and please don’t do cluster. 

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