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

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
7866 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that it is mostly simply personal preference. A classic solitaire setting is usually lower maintenance than a pave band or halo, although a well made ring ought to stand up pretty well regardless. The main reason I prefer a solitaire is because it gives me the option to change up the bands I wear with it (wedding band, anniversary band, stacking rings). I can wear it with my plain wedding band for a traditional and understated look, or I can wear it with diamond bands to increase the sparkle factor. Or I can stack different bands in different combinations because I enjoy changing things up sometimes. 

Post # 48
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

I aways wanted a solitaire because they’re simpler and classic and they’re just my style. I’m not a fan of halo rings for myself. I don’t want finger coverage like that and I don’t wear much jewellery. I never told DH that I always pictured a simple solitaire and he got me a 3 stone ring with 6 chanel set diamonds (3 on either side). It took me some time to get used to it and I never even considered that he might think of getting something more elaborate than a solitaire. I absolutely love my ring though. It may not be what I had pictured, but it really is perfect.

Post # 49
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have an oval solitaire and I love the timeless elegance and the simplicity of it. My diamond is gorgeous and my trellis setting really showcases that. I am not a fan of busy rings. My wedding band is channel set diamonds but very small, both rings are set in platinum. If you can put your money in the main stone, it’s a better investment if you ever plan to “trade up”, etc.

Post # 50
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Haley_Comet:  We chose a solitaire because it is classic and will never go out of style. I do think halos are beautiful, but I have doubts about whether they will still seem as stylish in 15 or 20 years. Also, I can dress up my solitaire with a blingy band, but you can’t really dress down a halo. 


Post # 51
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have a 2 ct. total solitare (1.5 ct) and pave band (.5 ct) ring. Which is a nice size on my hand, I wear a 6.25. I like that the slightly larger stones in the pave add some bling to an otherwise simple ring. The lighting in the pic is alittle poor because I was actually taking a pic of my manicure. lol The ring in person is blindingly sparkly and very classic. I felt that the halo was a little too trendy for me, but it is a personal opinion. Who knows? Halos may be here to stay!

Post # 52
1960 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I feel like I see a ton of halo’s on the bee but not so much in real life. I love the classic solitaire It’s all about that sparkler. Some dainty halos are okay, but I really dislike the the halo part is bigger than the center stone- it just looks like they are compensating for a small center stone or it’s just too… blingy for my taste. I’m a simple kind of girl




Post # 53
5136 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013


When Fiance asked me what I was looking for in a ring, I said a solitair cushion cut. I chose solitaire simply bc halos are not my style

Post # 54
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


I have a solitaire and I love that its simple and elegant. Halos are lovely too but this is what’s right for me. 

Post # 55
238 posts
Helper bee

 I love my plain shank halo. It is extremely dainty IRL, and think it is going to look awesome paired with a blingy band! I picked the setting because it is a lower profile.



Post # 56
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

Well, mine is neither a solitaire or a halo, it’s a three stone.   However, I dislike halo rings, and big stones, so it wasn’t really an option for me.   That’s not to say that those rings aren’t pretty, but they’re not for me.

Post # 57
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Haley_Comet:  solitare are favored alot b4 in a few religions i know jewish for sure its really thought to be in poor taste to give emblished rings (even carivings) … how it was explained to me was 2 fold 

1. emblishments take away form the women, the women shouldnt need to be embished so its insulting to give her something with extra stones or carvings 

2. it is also deminishing one’s love apperntly to have more then one stone or carvings shows that somehow one is not enough and the guy needs to buy you 

i dont really get it my self but my friends mother in law explained to me why my friend her new daughter in laws ring was bad lol … anyways long and short of it at least for jewish tradition and as far as i know a few other religions and more traditional people if your going traditional its in poor taste to do anything but a plain ring for the wedding band and a solitare for the engament 

god when the woman told me that  she was soooo rude … (she thought i was jewish  and someones kid cause i look like a family friend of theirs lol) but she went on to trash my friends ring saying if she had been a jewish girl she wouldn’t have let her son give her that 🙁 it was really intense she didn’t know i was the moh yet she must have been very unconfy after mixing me up like that in her defence i did look a lot like the girl she thought i was

but thats the whole draw of a solitar fussy uptight ppl judge you on it lol that being said … you should get what ever you love if you lovethe halo (i love the halo) get one 

My so said i could only have a solitar (saying it was a family tradition so i guess more then just religions have rules like that, he was very firm on that lol i always liked halo’s and carvings and stuff like that its just more me but i have since come to love my solitar and the ring should refect the man giving it to you as  well) 

Post # 58
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have more unique halo. The setting is very delicate. I was looking for a cushion cut center w/ square a halo setting but I ended up deciding on my round stone & setting. I am really glad bc everyone I know who has gotten engaged since me with a halo has a square setting. I picked my stone and setting out at a jeweler and picked out the setting bc I couldn’t decide and didn’t want him to get something I hated. Before we went to the jeweler, I wanted a vera Wang from zales. He ended up getting a way better deal than would have at a chain with better quality. I was checking out a site called Debebians based in California as well when I was looking. They have great halos.

There are some real cool inserts to create a halo w/ a solitare so you can change your mind about it, if you get sick of the halo. I personally love it.


Post # 59
3073 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@NicoleLyn1218:  wow, that’s such a lovely setting for that stone shape.

Post # 60
1699 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

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

As pp have said, solitaires are timeless and classic, they really showcase the diamond itself as there is limited detail (other than the setting) to distract the eye. Sometimes that is wonderful, sometimes not so wonderful if the diamond is of lesser quality or very small (although I actually like small diamonds)

Halo settings are beautiful as well. They make a smaller diamond have greater presence due to the surrounding stones. The additional stones/details can also distract from a lesser quality center diamond.

I think in your case, you can’t go wrong either way since I think you said you are getting a Moissanite/cz.  At 1.5+ cts, it will be large &, sparkly so either setting type-solitaire or halo will be flattering!  Congrats on your anniversary. Plz post a pic when you choose. Smile


Post # 61
618 posts
Busy bee

Ok, I have a halo and I love it. I have never seen one in real life except for mine and my grandmothers, which is a sapphire with a halo. So to me, halos are also a classic choice. there’s a bit of halo hate on the bee. I have a centre stone with very good specs, so to say a halo hides a worse diamond is kind of a rude thing to assume. 

I’m not going to say I dislike solitaires, I like both. OP, I think you should try different rings on 🙂

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