Halo engagement rings are an excellent option for added sparkle and an enhanced center diamond. But while round and princess are the most popular diamond cuts for rings, an oval halo engagement ring adds a different touch to the look of your ring.
Let’s take a look at why and how to choose an oval halo engagement ring.
Why Choose an Oval Halo Ring?
The halo ring design features a circle of diamonds or gemstones encircling the center stone. This not only makes the center diamond appear larger than it is, but it also adds more sparkle and brilliance to the overall design of the ring. A halo setting is also very versatile as it allows for numerous design options. By choosing different gemstones, diamond shapes and metals, you can have a variety of combinations and make your ring design truly unique.
Classic oval halo engagement ring. See it here.
An oval halo simply refers to an oval-shaped halo surrounding an oval-shaped diamond. Unlike round diamonds, the elongated shape of the oval halo has a classic, traditional look. It’s perfect for elongating your fingers and making them appear slimmer than they are.
The oval halo ring design is also unique in that it has the traditional look of a round diamond with a twist. The elongated shape adds a new dimension to the round diamond style.
Oval Halo Ring Designs
The basic oval halo ring design features a single halo surrounding a solitaire oval. However, as we’ve already mentioned, there are many designs of an oval halo ring.
Here are some of our favorites:
Double Oval Halo
Double halo oval diamond ring. See it here.
Why stop at one when you can have two? A double oval halo ring setting amps up the glamor factor, adding sophistication and extravagance to your ring. This type of setting is for the bride who wants a show-stopping look and a ring with immense sparkle factor.
Change the Orientation
Horizontally set oval halo ring. See it here.
One benefit that the oval diamond has over the round diamond is that it can be set horizontally or vertically, due to its elongated shape. While the vertical orientation is the most popular, a horizontal setting is ideal for wider or larger fingers. It also adds a trendy look to your ring design.
Go with A Gemstone
The oval shape is ideal for gemstones and when paired with a diamond halo, makes for a stunning ring design. The diamonds add sparkle the gemstone and accentuate the gemstone’s color. As there are endless gemstone options available, this is the perfect way to get a unique, non-traditional engagement ring.
Combining different geometric shapes is a perfect way to create visual interest and a stylish ring design. The ring featured above showcases an oval center diamond, surrounded by an octagonal halo of baguette diamonds with an additional halo of small round diamonds. The combination of all these shapes creates an oval halo diamond ring of breathtaking detail and extravagance.
What to Look Out For
When shopping for your oval halo ring, there are a few factors to bear in mind.
Avoid the Bowtie
Severe Bowtie vs. Mild Bowtie
Oval diamonds are prone to displaying what’s known as the bowtie effect in the industry. This refers to a darkened area that lies across the surface of the diamond and is due to misaligned facets and imperfection in cut. Bowties in oval diamonds can range from mild to severe. If it’s the first thing that catches your eye when you look at your diamond, then it’s best to choose a different stone.
The choice of metal for your oval diamond engagement ring is important in that it significantly impacts the overall style of your ring. Rose gold and yellow gold colors tend to give a vintage, classic look to a ring design whereas white gold and platinum adds a modern touch. Because oval diamonds have a classic look to them, pairing them with warm colored metals enhances this effect. However, the metal color you choose comes down to a matter of personal preference and the style you’re aiming for.
One benefit of oval halo rings is that they come in a wide variety of designs to suit all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a minimalist or have a dramatic aesthetic, there’s a style to suit. You can also opt for a classic choice like the single halo ring design or a more unique option, like the hexagonal halo ring we’ve featured above. The point is that there’s an oval halo ring for all tastes.
High vs. Low Setting
Oval halo rings can be set either high or low on the ring band. High settings look more dramatic and stylish but can snag on everyday items and are more prone to damage. Low settings are perfect for active lifestyles, as they tend to be out of the way while still being attractive.
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