Comparing The 2 most popular types of Engagement Rings

If you are not sure about her style and want to propose with a ring which is classic, but at the same time very stylish, Solitaire and halo engagement rings are two of the most popular and stylish ring settings. 

They are both classic styles, but each has its own pros and cons.

What is a solitaire ring?

Solitaire diamond engagement ring

A solitaire ring is what probably comes to mind when you first picture an engagement ring. It features a single stone (usually a diamond) which is secured using prongs and is mounted in such a way that it is very much the star of the show. The shape and size of the stone is down to individual choice.

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Pros of Solitaire Setting

  • The solitaire ring setting highlights the center stone and makes sure it is the main focus of the ring
  • It’s a classic, elegant style that will always be in fashion and offers a variety options when it comes to matching it with a wedding ring
  • Cleaning and maintenance is straightforward and requires no specialist knowledge or equipment
  • It boasts extraordinary sparkle which enhances its clarity
  • You only need to buy one diamond so can spend your budget on a single, stunning stone
  • Making modifications or upgrades in the future is easy


Cons of Solitaire Setting

  • High-set solitaire rings can catch on clothing and everyday objects causing damage to the ring or to delicate fabrics
  • It is often more expensive as it requires a single large diamond with good clarity which usually costs more than a series of smaller stones
  • If you’re shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, you might find the stone looks insignificant

What is a halo ring setting?

A halo ring setting features a center around which is a circle of smaller stones. You can choose to have a large diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds or use different colored gemstones. The ring of smaller stones helps to make the center stone appear bigger so this is a great choice if you’re buying a wedding ring on a budget.

A gold or platinum ring using just diamonds is the most popular design as it gives sparkle and helps enhance the center stone to make it appear bigger.

Halo rings were at the peak of their popularity in the 1920s. Art Deco in design, they have never been far from engagement ring fashion and are both nostalgic and decadent in design. Recent years have seen a surge in popularity though, and they are now very much in vogue.

So, let’s dive and see how they fare against each other.

Pros of Halo Setting

  • With the halo setting, you can choose a smaller diamond which is less expensive and enhance it using smaller stones 
  • If you choose diamonds, the smaller ring of stones add sparkle and the illusion of size to the overall setting
  • The halo offers an additional layer of protection to the center stone by reducing the risk of exposure and of coming not contact with fabrics and surfaces
  • It offers numerous options for personalization so you can have a unique ring 
  • It works well with almost all diamond shapes or with gemstones.

Cons of Halo Setting

  • The smaller gemstones can get lost and need replacing. 
  • Halo settings can be harder to clean as they have lots of tiny surfaces and areas for dirt to gather 
  • Due to its shape and size, it can be difficult finding a wedding ring to pair with it
  • Some Halo ring styles go in and out of fashion so there may be times that your ring looks ‘of its time’


Whether you choose a halo ring, solitaire ring, or any other setting, choosing an engagement ring is a big decision but one that should always feel special and be fun.

If you’re in the market for an engagement ring and want to talk through your options, pop in and see one of our expert jewelers at Arctic Fame. We’d love to help you find the perfect ring.


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