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A halo setting is a ring of small accent stones, usually pavé diamonds, that surrounds a larger center stone. Halo settings can be the same or different shape as the center stone, such as a cushion-cut halo encircling a round diamond.
Halos add glitz and glimmer to any ring, and they are clearly fit for a princess. Not only are they versatile and simple to customize, but this setting can make a diamond appear up to half a carat larger than it is.
The most appealing aspect of a halo setting is that it enhances the center stone and makes your ring appear larger. The halo setting is intended to enhance the beauty of the center stone by adding size and brilliance at a low cost. If the center and accent stones are different colors, the halo setting will draw attention to the center stone. Its visual appeal is enhanced by the contrast of colors and brilliance.
While a halo setting makes a center diamond appear larger (saving money on the actual stone), it is not always the more cost-effective option. More metal and more gems imply a higher price tag when compared to simpler designs, such as solitaire or three stones." Halo settings require special care because the smaller diamonds that surround the larger stone can easily fall out. Furthermore, because of the shape of a halo and the way it creates an edge around the center stone, the setting makes matching an engagement ring and a wedding band more difficult.
While any cut can work with a halo, the most popular is a round diamond. It results in perfect symmetry. Agrawal also appreciates the visual impact of an emerald-cut center stone. The emerald-linear cut's faceting contrasts nicely with the round-shaped accent stones.
Yes, halo rings are ideal for incorporating colored stones into your setting. Many halo rings feature beautiful emeralds, pearls, or rubies as the center stone, which adds interest to the design.
Agrawal recommends choosing a halo setting with diamonds of the same quality (color, cut, and clarity) as the center stone if you want to make your center stone appear larger. A contrast would overpower the effect by emphasizing the differences between the center and accent stones.
Any dust, particles, or cosmetics that have accumulated on your ring can be removed with a solution of dishwashing soap and warm water. Allow your ring to air dry or dry it with a soft cotton cloth. While cleaning the ring yourself once a week is acceptable, it is recommended that you take your halo engagement ring to a jeweler once or twice a year for a more thorough cleaning and to discuss any problems with your ring.
Because of the number of smaller diamonds surrounding the main stone, halo rings are more intricate. With this type of ring, you should have a wedding band made to fit around or under the engagement ring. If you don't, the two will inevitably rub against each other, eventually wearing away the gallery beneath. It's an extra consideration because you'll need to repair or replace the wedding band at some point if you don't have one made.
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