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Halo vs. No Halo Engagement Rings: Which Would You Choose?

How do you decide whether or not you want an engagement ring with a halo setting? Is the diamond halo engagement ring a fleeting trend or it is here to stay? Can adding a halo to my center stone maximize my engagement ring budget?

These questions are bound to surface as you search for the perfect engagement ring. In an effort to help you research every possible style option on your engagement ring search, we will tackle the halo vs. no halo engagement ring topic in this post. 


If you prefer visual learning or are limited on time, you can watch our quick IGTV video.

What is a Halo Engagement Ring?


3.01 ct Cushion Cut Halo Platinum Engagement Ring


The diamond halo engagement ring originated in the Georgian Era of the 1700s whose popularity ebbs and flows through the present day. The diamond halo features a row, or multiple rows, of small, round pave diamonds surrounding the center stone. A diamond halo can be added to any shaped center stone and can add up to a full carat size to the appearance of the diamond, depending on the center stone carat size. This is what makes it a popular styling option to maximize your engagement ring budget


At Lauren B, we feature 4 halo styles in our engagement ring portfolio: the classic halo, the double halo, the double-edge halo, and the triple-edge halo. However you choose to halo your center stone, the results will be stunning.  


The Classic Halo

1.30 ct Round Diamond Classic Halo Engagement Ring

The classic halo features a single row of pave diamonds surrounding the center stone, which creates a halo glow of sparkle and brilliance. A pave diamond band compliments a classic halo center stone creating a seamless transition from the setting to the band.

The Double Halo

1.5 ct Antique Cushion Diamond Double Halo Ring


Some brides feel that a classic halo is simply not enough sparkle or “wow” factor to create a remarkably glamorous engagement ring… so why not add a second halo? We say “yes!” The double halo features two rows of concurrent pave diamonds to add even more surface area to the center stone that will undoubtedly captivate every curious eye.

The Double-Edge Halo

2.01 ct Oval Diamond Double-Edge Halo Cathedral Engagement Ring

The double edge halo design features two rows of pave diamonds; while one row surrounds the center stone facing upward, the other row lines the edge of the halo facing outward. The double edge halo increases the sparkle with an additional row or sparkle alongside your halo.

The Triple-Edge Halo

2.05 carat Round Diamond Platinum Three-Row Band Engagement Ring


The triple-edged halo features tons of diamonds every way you look at it; this design consists of three rows of pave diamonds: one row facing the top, one row facing sideways, and the final row facing the bottom. If you are looking to add unlimited sparkle and dimension to your ring, the triple-edged halo is perfect for you.

What is a No Halo Engagement Ring?

3 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Two-Tone Solitaire Ring

A no-halo engagement ring is exactly what it sounds like: any engagement ring without a halo setting. A no halo engagement ring can include solitaire rings, three-stone rings, bezel-set center stone rings, and more - the most common being solitaire.

How Do Different Diamond Shapes Look with or without a Halo?

Each diamond shape has a unique personality with distinct features that can be transformed by the addition of a diamond halo. 


The halo vs. no halo debate will forever exist in the world of jewelry as a matter of sheer personal preference: some grooms and brides adore the effect of a diamond halo while others prefer a more simple design.


We gathered the most popular diamond shapes and compared each shape with and without a diamond halo to give you a look into the (sometimes) radical transformation it can give the center stone, let alone the ring as a whole.

The Radiant Cut Diamond

The radiant cut diamond is a square or rectangular-shaped diamond with cut corners that looks absolutely magical with or without a halo. A radiant cut diamond with a halo creates a vintage, antique appearance with maximum sparkle whereas a radiant cut solitaire ring is strong and bold while maintaining soft femininity. 

2.32 Carat Radiant Cut Diamond Double Edge Halo Ring

3.00 Radiant Cut Diamond Super Slim Band Solitaire Ring

The Round Diamond

The round cut diamond is the most classic diamond shape and is considered the benchmark for diamond brilliance. The perfectly circular shape of the round-cut diamond bodes well with most settings and looks beautiful with or without a halo.


2.01 Carat Round Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

2.01 Carat Round Diamond Super Slim Band Engagement Ring

The Cushion Cut Diamond

The cushion cut diamond is a square-shaped diamond with rounded edges that gives way to a pillowy, soft aesthetic. The cushion-cut, quite possibly more than the other fancy-shaped diamonds, looks even softer and more delicate with a diamond halo. 

1.50 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Double Edge Halo Ring

1.40 ct Cushion Cut Diamond Super Slim Engagement Ring

The Pear Shaped Diamond

The pear-shaped diamond is a hybrid of a round diamond and the marquise-shaped diamond. With one rounded end and one pointed end, pear-shaped diamonds resemble a teardrop. A pear-shaped ring is artistic and bold on its own. Adding a diamond halo makes the ring even more glamorous and bold. Any way you choose to style your pear center stone, the response will always be “wow!” 

2.01ct Pear Shape Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

2.50 ct Pear Shape Diamond Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring

The Oval Cut Diamond

The oval-shaped diamond is an elongated, rounded cut diamond that effectively lengthens the finger. An oval-cut diamond, with or without a halo, has a creative flair with an equally powerful air of feminine elegance. 

1.50 Carat Oval Diamond Classic Halo Engagement Ring

2.32 Ct Oval Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

The Princess Cut Diamond

The princess cut diamond is a square-shaped diamond with a brilliance only second to a round cut. A princess-cut diamond is stunning and chic on its own, regal in its appearance. 

2.01 Carat Princess Cut Diamond Halo & Split Engagement Ring

3.01 ct Princess Cut Split Band Engagement Ring

The Emerald Cut Diamond

The emerald cut diamond is a rectangular-shaped diamond featuring structured and polished step cuts that create a hall-of-mirrors effect. An emerald-cut diamond with a halo setting adds sparkle to the center stone which boasts clarity over brilliance. Alone, an emerald-cut diamond is a classic symbol of effortless and sophisticated beauty.

1.20 carat Emerald Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

2.01 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Cathedral Engagement Ring

To Halo or Not to Halo?

To halo or not to halo, that is the question. 


At Lauren B, we are here to help guide you towards the perfect engagement ring by asking the right questions, discussing your engagement ring dreams, and getting to know you and your partner (discreetly or indiscreetly) through the engagement ring design process. Whether you are pro-halo or no-halo (or just undecided), our design consultants are prepared to present you with countless ring options until you find the one for your one.


Happy engagement ring shopping!