Designing the Perfect Diamond Halo Engagement Ring


When you talk about a "halo" on an engagement ring you're generally talking about a frame of round pavé or micro-pavé diamonds around a center gemstone. You can opt for a single halo, double halo, or even an only-metal halo. The size of the stones in your halo are another consideration to make.

Halo engagement rings

London Blue and Janie

But halos are more than just a design option for your handmade engagement ring. A diamond halo is a feature that can really amp up the sparkle of your ring and make a half-carat center stone look twice as large. Additionally, halos can be metal-only and even feature interesting shapes and design flourishes. Regardless of your budget, a halo can expand the spread of your ring for a truly luxe look bridal look.


Athena and Remi Engagement Rings

Athena and Remi

Here at Dana Walden, we specialize in ultra-thin, micro-pavé settings with an airy look. As veteran designers of handmade jewelry, co-founders and designers Dana Walden Chin and Radika Chin are designing and creating beautiful halos every single day.


Dana believes that designing the perfect halo involves having a light design touch; that is, sculpting metal and paving it with diamonds while making sure the center stone remains the focus. Your diamond halo should never, ever overwhelm or overpower your center stone and Dana Walden is very mindful of that fact.

diamond halo engagement ring composite

Diamond halos are among our most-requested designs because there are so many possibilities to create a truly versatile, custom look. Again, based on the style of halo you select, you can make your center diamond appear much, much larger for a maximalist and luxe look. But in order to create a design that is wearable, your halo has to be seamless and should be designed around the exact metrics of your center stone. There should not be a gap between your halo and center diamond, so beware of poorly-fitted and poorly-designed diamond halos when you are shopping around.

Diamond Halo engagement ring


Don’t underestimate the importance of this detail: selecting the size of your accent diamonds is actually really important and can vary greatly, depending on the look you'd like to achieve. Most prefer a timeless halo with the thinnest micro-pavé diamonds possible, like our PRIMROSE ring.

Primrose engagement ring large


Other folks prefer a vintage cluster feel, and so Dana will select large accent diamonds to create this effect, as he does in the KENDALL ring.

Shivana Diamond Ring


Dana Walden Studio masterfully creates halos around colored sapphires and colored diamonds, too. The extra white flash & sparkle elevates designs and make large rings seem beautifully light and balanced. Our LINZA (currently sold out, but there will be a new one in the studio soon), JANIE, and the brand-new SHIVANA are some examples of this.

Terry diamond halo engagement ring


You can also create a halo with a floral or nature-inspired look. These are romantic, organic, and bit more whimsical. Examples of this kind of design are TERRY, ANASTASIA, and MAIYA. Among Dana Walden’s most popular halo designs are our avant-garde, art deco-style rings like SIENNA and ELENA (1st and 3rd photos above).


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