The halo engagement ring has exploded in popularity in recent years. Its origins can actually be traced as far back as the early Georgian era (1714-1837) in Europe, where round diamonds or pearls only slightly smaller than the centre stone were used. Halo engagement rings saw an increase in popularity in the Victorian era (1837-1901), which often had a coloured gem centre stones to imitate flowers.
What we consider to be the classic halo setting off today has its origins in the Art Deco Era of the 1920s. The Art Deco movement included an emphasis on symmetry and geometric patterns. The concentric circles surrounding a centre stone were perfect for Art Deco aesthetics. Although the practice of surrounding a centre stone with other stones has never gone out of style, the classic halo setting has gone in and out of fashion since its initial emergence in the 1920s.
Like many fashion trends, engagement ring popularity ebbs and flows with the socio-economic tides. Opulence fell out of fashion during the Great Depression, and so too did the halo. The halo emerged during the Hollywood Glamour (1930s-1940s) period, but again dwindled in popularity as WWII began and resources grew scarce. Then, once again, the halo had a small resurgence in the 1960s when art deco engagement ring styles came back into popularity. Once more, the halo fell out of style: few halo styles existed throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Halo engagement rings are a signature of style
For that reason they are adored by brides all over the world.
Halo rings feature a central round stone surrounded by a “halo” of smaller diamonds or gemstones. This setting not only looks gorgeous, but it also offers benefits that many couples desire. For example, halo settings can make a centre stone look up to half a carat larger, which means you can choose a smaller stone without sacrificing perceived size. Beyond its good looks, the halo engagement ring was inspired by architecture and art movements.
These days halo rings with smaller diamonds surrounding one large centre stone have surged in popularity and can accommodate any diamond ring a couple wants, still reminiscent of the original architectural designs of the Art Deco movement but with modern flair. Halos continue to evolve into bold shapes and asymmetrical patterns, including double-halos and our vintage-inspired engagement rings. Halo rings are our most popular setting choice, and with good reason.
The halo is an easy way to make a centre stone look larger.
They offer bold and dramatic sparkle with the addition of pave diamonds.
They complement a variety of diamond shapes.
They offer a modern and timeless twist on a popular vintage engagement ring.