The halo ring dates back as early as the Georgian era in Europe, at that time stone diameters were nearly the same size. The design, made to enhance the size and appearance of the center stone. During the Victorian era, halo engagement rings became even more popular but colored stones were often used as the center piece, as a nod to nature and flowers. The influences of the “first modern” Art Deco era styles with it’s sharp angles and geometric layouts is what has inspired the classic halo trend you see today. In this week’s blog we have a list of 27 varieties of the halo engagement ring, so scroll through and learn about the subtle differences of this classic design between various time periods!
First on the list we have a wonderful Victorian halo with a fabulous 1 carat Old European cut diamond at its center. The metal work on the basket has lovely character resulting from the handmade craftsmanship. Overall this is a very bright look with high quality, clear stones in a yellow gold setting.
This sapphire engagement ring has the older style of halo with very large diamond accents. The two-toned look works very well with the sapphire that is set with yellow gold prongs above a yellow gold basket. The rose gold band finishes the look with a bit of warm contrast.
Now here we have a ring with a very creative take by making use of baguette cuts in the diamond halo. Aside from the variation in the cut of accent stones, this ring has a very stylish setting for the center stone by placing the prongs in line with each of the six bezel set accents.
This Victorian halo again uses fewer and larger accents which are all Old Mine cut diamonds. There is a real charm to antique rings like this where you can obviously tell they were hand set and handmade from the metalwork.
This sapphire ring features a more modern looking halo, yet with smaller Old Mine cut diamonds surrounding the prong set sapphire. Those prongs have a very handmade appearance to them, with a flat hammered look and no uniform shape. This is a great ring because at a glance it appears rather modern, yet upon closer inspection it is clearly antique.
Here we have a modern diamond halo, with small round brilliant cuts surrounding a unique brown diamond. Set in yellow gold, which is lovely against the chocolate brown center stone, this is a beautiful modern look that hints at history with the rose cut style.
Another two-toned Victorian diamond halo, only this time the setting is platinum above a yellow gold basket and shank. The outer bezel of the halo has lovely little thorny bends to it which show just a little more white metal than usual and enhance the whiteness of the diamonds. The simple yellow gold band finishes the classic look with a warmth that looks great against your skin.
As we’ve mentioned previously, the original style of the halo ring was with accent stones that were only slightly smaller than the center stone. With platinum prongs holding the diamonds and a lovely split shank widening toward the basket, this is a perfect example of that regal European diamond look.
Here we have another Victorian sapphire ring with a diamond halo. This particular ring has a relatively dainty band and that telltale basket style. The Old Mine cut diamonds in this halo have a very white color which allows them to be set in yellow gold with a nice contrast.
Alright, here we’re gonna take a hard left turn and show a halo that is channel set with french cut sapphires. A ring like this is for someone who appreciates a neat and clean design, but still wants that vintage Old European diamond look. Aside from all of that, the milgrain detail on the edges and around the bezel is something that hasn’t been included on the prior Victorian halos.
Let’s be honest, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a halo. The chaotic layout of the accent diamonds and with a gorgeous marquise diamond as it’s center stone, it is a twist on the classic halo. The three baguettes on top of the shoulders really tie the design altogether.
This is a very regal example of a Victorian sapphire ring with a delicate and intricate diamond halo. The twisting and overlapping bezel that connects the wreath-like halo is a unique take on this classic ring style. A pointed section on the shoulders holds 3 more accent diamonds to completes this fabulous antique.
At this point in the list you have probably started to gather that folks in the Victorian era really loved diamond halos. This one has a very lovely shared prong setting that splits on the outer side of the halo and becomes a nice element in the overall design. The yellow gold band is simple and has a nice thickness.
True to the Victorian style, this special halo engagement ring has eight large old mine cut diamonds surrounding a small but dramatically prong set center stone. The shoulders of this ring has an interesting taper that thins out just before the crown basket.
This is a dainty modern oval cut diamond that is bezel set inside a halo of calibre cut rubies, which are channel set. This ring is light and has a nice pinkish ruby color to offset the white diamonds and platinum. A fabulous choice for if you’re looking for a little color!
This Modern Art Deco inspired halo features a 2.99 carat cushion cut diamond. The channel set halo consists of custom french cut sapphires surrounding the large center stone. The platinum mounting is finished with very fine milgrain detail.
Here we have another delightful two-toned Victorian halo with Old Mine cut diamonds. The basket is rose gold, while the split shank and the bezel are yellow gold. This creates a subtle contrast that is hard to notice, but adds a special depth to the color palette.
This modern engagement ring has a wonderful emerald halo made of square cuts. The overall design is very classic and makes use of the channel set colored stones and a generous portion of milgrain detail.
Our first Edwardian halo in the group! The Edwardian period is known for its ornamental wire work, which this ring has, as well as preferring platinum for settings. This ring features a wonderful Old European cut diamond that is bezel set with a floating halo surrounding it.
What a lovely modern halo ring we have here with a fancy yellow diamond! The yellow diamond is set in a beautiful yellow gold bezel to enhance the yellow color. The rest of the ring is set in platinum and has a bright white sparkle to contrast the warm yellow center.
This Van Cleef & Arpels halo ring makes clever use of angles in order to present a slight variation on a classic design. The halo itself is set outward at almost a 45° angle and it sits above an interesting construction in the basket.
Next we have a two-toned Victorian ring that really shows why the earliest halo style was actually called a “cluster”. Each of the stones are Old Mine cut diamonds, and you can tell especially from the uniquely shaped diamonds in the halo. The design finishes with a delightfully simple yellow gold band.
When it comes to calibre cut halo accents, sapphires do an amazing job. These sapphires are made to fit perfectly in the shape around the emerald cut diamond at the center. Everything about this ring is meant to celebrate that gorgeous emerald cut diamond in fact!
Here we have a modern setting with a vintage Old European cut diamond set in the center. The diamonds in the halo are held by a shared bead setting and a curved outer halo complete with milgrain detail. This ring has a very bright floral appearance!
This Victorian halo is different from all of the others for two reasons. First, the entire ring is done in rose gold, which has been given a high polish look. Second, the primary stone is a gorgeous emerald cut diamond that is set a fair distance above the halo. This ring has a regal feel to it, and if you love rose gold it might be the perfect vintage look for you!
Here we have another fabulous variation on the Victorian halo ring with a sapphire as the center stone. The diamonds in the halo are again larger than most modern accent stones and the entire basket of the ring is done in yellow gold. The simple shank is rose gold and like usual this combination of colors between metals and gemstones is mesmerizing.
This ring is brand new to the store and it has an interesting double halo and a gorgeous center stone. The inner halo floats on little beads that leave plenty of open space outside the borders. The shape and geometry of this ring make a very special piece.
The end of our lists is chalk full of modern diamonds with floating halos! Here we have another special one with a gorgeous bezel set center stone and milgrain on the inner and outer edges of the halo as well as the bezel. The open spaces really set this one apart even from other halo rings!