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

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 62
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Haley_Comet:  I agree with other PPs, it’s personal choice.  I am not a fan of halos, unless the center stone is colored (i.e. sapphire, black diamond, etc), but I think that they can look nice on other people.

Post # 63
3101 posts
Sugar bee

@Haley_Comet:  I got a solitaire with side stones for both my original ring and my 5 year anniversary ring.  To me, a solitaire says “wedding ring” and a halo says “RHR.”  Here are my two sets, a 1/2c Moissy and a 1.25c Moissy.

Post # 64
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, I didn’t know I’d end up with a halo. I think that it is a matter of preference, but before mine, I never was reallydrawn to halos… Never disliked them either though. Fiance and I looked at a few different rings before engagement, and most (like 99%) of what I liked were solitaire with diamonds on the band. But what he proposed with was a halo, and I love it to bits, was completely suprised, and now I am a fan of Halos!!! It is very delicate, and at least as of now, the only one I’ve seen is mine– Im sure someone else has one, I just havent come across it.


Post # 65
2684 posts
Sugar bee

@FauxPas2012:  Thank you! It’s a princess cut in a kite setting….hence why the diamond is set that way. I love it! 🙂

Post # 66
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I like solitaire clear stones, but I think darker stones can look really good in halos. 

Post # 67
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think halos are pretty and I did consider one, but ultimately decided I wanted a solitaire because I gravitated towards one more, and because I wanted to be able to wear the ring all the time without worrying about melee stones falling out. I’d say that’s the only real advantage to a solitaire, not having to worry about replacing sidestones. You may have more wedding band options with a solitaire also. But definitely go for a halo if that’s what you want! You’ll probably get bored with a solitaire if halos are what you tend to lean towards.


Post # 69
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Haley_Comet:  If you really, really like halos, just know going in that they are a more high maintence type of setting than other types.

The jeweler that I use dislikes halos and pave in general.  He said they always having people coming back because of lose or missing diamonds, even in their designer lines.  When the diamonds are that tiny, as in halo or pave setting, there’s very little metal holding them in place.  I think it may be worse if you go to a place like Kay’s or Zales who is not known for their quality.

Also, you know your lifestyle.  Are you one to wear your ring 24/7 or do you baby your rings more?  If you are harder on your jewelry, maybe a delicate halo setting isn’t a practical choice.  I baby my rings and I still had problems with my halo, thus for me, it was best to go with a simpler setting.  Because the halo sits up, it is much easier to get caught on things than other settings.

If I had my heart set on a particular setting, I don’t think the maintence would deter me. I think you’re doing the right thing and educating yourself and as you can see, there are women that love their halos and women that love their solitaires.

Post # 70
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a solitaire on a plain band. What I love about is that from a distance, the stone pops very brightly and seems to almost be floating on my hand. So it looks like a sparkly, circular disco ball. Super simple, with nothing to draw attention away from the center. Halos are pretty jaw dropping too. It’s really just personal preference. 


Post # 71
1877 posts
Buzzing bee

@Haley_Comet:  I adore my Henri Daussi cushion cut diamond halo! If you love the look, I highly recommend getting a halo.  You will love it.


Post # 72
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i LOVE LOVE my halo!!

Post # 73
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Well, I’ve had both so I can speak from experience! For me, solitaires are elegant, simple and timeless. Halos are beautiful and vintage.

My first engagement ring was a halo. I’d done loads of research online and seen all these beautiful halos (mainly on weddingbee), so when my Fiance said I could choose a ring I went for a gorgeous cushion halo. When it arrived I fell in love with the ring, but not quite so much with how it felt on my finger. It felt a little too large and busy for every day. The centre stone and halo merge into one from the distance that most people see it, and with the stones on the band as well, it looked too much for me. I ummed and ahhed for a while over it, discussed it with my Fiance and he said it would be fine for me to get another one as I’m the one who’s wearing the ring!

So the second time round, I chose a simple round solitaire. You know, the classic “I’M ENGAGED!!” ring that I never thought I wanted. And it’s perfect. It’s so comfortable to wear and it goes with every outfit, from the most casual to the most formal. As another poster mentioned, I love the fact that it looks like a disco ball floating on my finger! For me, a piece of jewellery I’ll be wearing forever needed to become a part of me, and the solitaire has done that. OP, if you’re unsure I’d go with the solitaire. As others have mentioned, you can always bling up a solitaire but you can’t tone down a halo.

I love wearing my halo as a right hand ring, and busting it out when I feel in need of a bit more bling! Both of mine are moissanite. The halo has a 5.5mm centre stone and the solitaire is 6mm (0.75ct).

And obligatory ring shots:

Post # 74
3423 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sarals24:  I’m in love with your ring! stunning!!

Post # 75
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@DarlingClementine:  Having said that, I love halos with larger stones around the outside like FLBlonde93‘s and those with a gemstone centre. I guess for me it’s the distinction between the centre stone and the stones around it that makes a halo special. I inherited an emerald halo that encompasses both those qualities, and I love it.

Post # 76
9833 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I love halos so much I got 2 😀





1.4 ct (6.5×6.5mm) FB cushion ~2.17 ctw

Here’s two of my favorite videos: sunlight (indoors) and flash on (indoors)

When moissanite is in direct lighting it actually appears to get darker and can take on hues of grey. I really enjoy this!

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