Halo Rings: Now & Then

This month, we're focusing on rings. YAY! And today's topic is halo rings. Some of you may wonder what halo rings are. Basically, the ring has a big center gemstone surrounded by smaller stones, encircling it like a halo. A lot of times, the stones making up the halo are diamonds, but that’s not always the case.

Assortment of modern halo rings
An assortment of modern halo rings

Halo rings have been super popular for a while now, but like a lot of jewelry, they go in and out of fashion. Halos right now are especially popular as engagement rings. There are several celebrities who have some pretty amazing rocks!

Celebrity halo rings

Lady Gaga, recently engaged to Christian Carino, has an absolutely stunning pink sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Never heard of this guy before, but I like him already if he picked out that ring!

Lady Gaga’s halo engagement ring
Lady Gaga’s halo engagement ring

A lot of times, halo rings are engagement rings. It’s pretty common to have a center diamond surrounded by little diamonds. It has the added bonus of creating an optical illusion, making your center stone look bigger. What could be wrong with that?!

The most famous engagement ring of all is probably Duchess Kate’s. And it’s a halo. As I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, the ring was originally Princess Diana’s. It’s a 12-carat oval sapphire, with 14 diamonds surrounding it, and set in 18-karat white gold. I guess at the time, it was somewhat controversial – not because it was a sapphire, but because anyone could buy it out of the company’s catalog (from Garrard, the crown jeweler at the time). You know royalty! They like their things to be custom-made, otherwise any commoner could buy what they have! And then what’s really separating them from regular folks?

Kate with her exquisite ring in 2015 (image courtesy of Max Mumby, Getty Images)
Kate with her exquisite ring

Besides Kate and Lady Gaga, there are some other awesome halos out there! Penelope Cruz sports one with a center sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Olivia Wilde has a unique one. Her center stone is a diamond, but the halo is made up of (I’m guessing) emeralds. Carrie Underwood has a stunning canary yellow diamond. And then we have Princess Eugenie. She has a beautiful sapphire too, but that pinky-orange color makes it a padparadscha, one of the rarest colors in the world. Ah, to be royal…..