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Wedding Bands For Halo Engagement Rings: Buying Guide

By Mike Fried,

At its core, a halo ring features a central gemstone encircled by a loop of smaller stones, typically diamonds. This design not only highlights the center stone but often makes it appear larger and brighter. When light hits the surface of these gemstones, they reflect it in a way that draws attention to the centerpiece.

Several factors come into play when selecting the perfect halo ring. The center stone can be a diamond or another gemstone like sapphire or tanzanite, depending on one’s budget. The cut of the center stone can vary, with classic designs often showcasing round shapes with princess cuts, while contemporary versions might feature emerald, oval, or marquise diamonds. The pavé color, which refers to the smaller stones encircling the main gem, can be chosen to contrast or complement the center stone.

The shank, or the band of the ring, can also be customized in terms of shape, thickness, and whether it’s pavéed for added sparkle. Lastly, the choice of metal ranges from rose gold to yellow gold, with two-tone settings offering a blend of vintage and modern aesthetics.

Budget-wise, halo rings can vary significantly. The setting alone can range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the number of stones, style, and the chosen metal.

Halo engagement rings can look truly stunning. Not only do they have a unique, elegant style of their own, but they can also make the center diamond of your engagement ring look larger and more dramatic.

A halo engagement ring can look even more impressive when it’s paired with a wedding band that complements its shape and design.

To help you with the diamond buying process we lean on our expertise and experience. The author of this article, our CEO, Mike Fried has over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. Mike started from the bottom, sorting and evaluating hundreds of thousands of diamonds to learn every facet (pun intended) of diamond quality and value. Mike followed that up by spending years buying and selling diamonds on the wholesale market as well as selling tens of millions of dollars worth of diamonds to diamond retailers.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:

What wedding band to choose for a halo setting?
Our top 11 picks of wedding bands for a halo engagement ring
5 design elements to consider before buying

“When a ring of smaller diamonds is artfully placed around a center stone, the center stone can appear to be the size of the halo.” Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

What kind of wedding band goes with a halo ring?

Five kinds of wedding bands pair well with halo rings: contoured, notched, guarded, straight, and custom-designed. Based on your halo ring, select the type of band that works best and matches your style. Most people prefer a wedding band that sits flush with their engagement ring, so the rings fit closely together and don’t rub against each other. If the rings move and cause friction, certain spots can get worn over time, requiring repair. It’s also important to find a wedding band style that compliments your engagement ring — the two should act as a duet.

Depending on your halo ring and personal style, you’ll want to review a few options to determine the best wedding band for your engagement ring. You may also want to check with your engagement ring vendor to see if they offer a matching wedding band.

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Contoured Wedding Bands

Contoured wedding bands, also called curved wedding bands, mirror the curve of your engagement ring and halo. A contoured band can help your two rings rest flush, so they’re snug and parallel when worn together. If your halo is supported by metal on more than two sides, a contoured wedding band is the best match, because it allows your band to wrap around the halo. A straight wedding band won’t sit flush with a halo that has metal supports on more than two sides. The supports prevent the straight wedding band from resting closely beside the engagement ring.

Milgrain Curved Diamond Wedding Ring
Milgrain Curved Diamond Wedding Ring

Notched Wedding Bands

Notched wedding bands feature a notch for the halo to rest in, while the remainder of the band is straight. A notched wedding band has a small nook that looks like a half circle for the halo to rest in. When a notched wedding band is paired with the right halo, the two rings fit together like a puzzle. Notched wedding bands are best for halos with multiple metal supports, because the notch fits around them and allows the rings to sit flush.

Curved Pavé Diamond Wedding Ring
Curved Pavé Diamond Wedding Ring

Straight Wedding Bands

Straight wedding bands don’t have curves or notches — they are even circles all the way around. Straight wedding bands work well if your halo is suspended with two metal supports. Because the halo and center diamond are lifted off of the finger on two supports, a straight wedding band can slide underneath and be flush with the engagement ring. Before buying a straight wedding band, test to see if this type of ring will slide underneath your halo and sit snug against your engagement ring.

Single Row Diamond Wedding Ring
Single Row Diamond Wedding Ring

Guarded Wedding Bands

A guarded wedding band is all one piece but features two bands, one that fits above the halo and one that fits below. In most cases, guarded bands are custom-made for an engagement ring, but not always. With a guarded band and your engagement ring, you’ll have three rows of metal or pavé diamonds.

Curved Diamond Guard
Curved Diamond Guard

Custom-Designed Wedding Bands

Custom-designed wedding bands are crafted specifically for your halo engagement ring. They might feature a curve, notch, guard, or be straight. With custom-made rings, the band fits perfectly against your engagement ring, reducing any rubbing or friction. Custom wedding bands can also feature specific design requests, such as pavé bands, unique milgrain detailing, or different shaped diamonds. Be sure to order a custom-made wedding band at least two months prior to your wedding to ensure it arrives in time.

11 Best Wedding Bands for Halo Engagement Rings

The best wedding bands for halo engagement rings complement the design and allow the rings to sit flush together. Here are the best wedding bands for halo rings, including a range of styles from antique to modern.

Petite Twist Curved Diamond Wedding Ring

Petite Twist Curved Diamond Wedding Ring

This pavé wedding band curves around the Twisted Halo Diamond Engagement Ring from Blue Nile allowing for the rings to fit securely together. With 25 diamonds, this band offers both brilliance and style.

Curved Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Curved Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Line your diamond engagement ring with a deep blue hue with this sapphire and diamond ring. Not only will you have extra brilliance with this wedding band, but extra color as well.

Petite Micropavé Diamond Wedding Ring

Petite Micropave Diamond Wedding Ring

This rose gold micropavé wedding band matches the stunning micropavé engagement ring from Blue Nile. The petite prong setting offers sophistication without being overpowering.

Round and Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Round and Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

With varying diamond shapes along the band, this round and marquise wedding ring offers character to the one-of-a-kind halo from James Allen. The two fit together to offer charming detail and unmatched personality.

Curved Diamond Guard

Curved Diamond Guard

Hugging your engagement ring on both sides, this guarded wedding band offers security while providing extra brilliance. Paired next to the classic halo engagement ring from Blue Nile your pair will have three rows of diamonds.

Slightly Rounded Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Slightly Rounded Wedding Ring

This sleek modern wedding band offers elegance and versatility. It can be paired with halos such as this princess cut halo or this engagement ring with a pear shaped center diamond from James Allen.

Sapphire and Diamond Wedding Band

Luna Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Add color and character to your engagement ring with a sapphire and diamond band. Pair this wedding band with a diamond halo for a set that’s bound to garner attention.

Art Deco Wedding Band

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Wedding Ring

Even the most unique antique rings like this flower halo from James Allen can have wedding bands that match perfectly, as showcased in this art deco pair. As the American Gem Society notes, vintage jewelry “has made a huge comeback in recent years,” and few styles are more eye-catching and impressive than Art Deco. The striking design of this wedding band is both beautiful and original.

Channel Set Wedding Band

14K White Gold Channel Set Diamond Wedding Band

This channel set band securely holds 28 round diamonds, offering brilliance and flair to any modern halo engagement ring. Pair this band with a suspended halo that’s held up by two metal supports to ensure that it sits flush with the engagement ring.

Cabled Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Cabled Wedding Ring

The cabled style of this wedding ring pairs perfectly with a cabled halo, like this diamond halo in 14K white gold from James Allen. As a custom pair, the two rings are a dynamic duo that offers character and texture.

Navette Leaf Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Navette Leaf Diamond Ring

Looking for a unique wedding band and engagement ring pair? Consider this nature-inspired motif wedding band that compliments this vintage style halo engagement ring from James Allen.

5 Design Elements to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Band for Your Halo Ring

Because your wedding band will be worn alongside your halo ring for many years, there are important factors to consider, such as the color of your metal and gemstones. Review these five elements before making a final decision on your wedding band.

1. Band thickness

Most people prefer their engagement ring and wedding band to be the same width, such as both being 1.7mm or 2.3mm like this ring from Blue Nile. With the same band thickness, the pair looks cohesive, like the two rings belong together. Some, however, choose a different width for their wedding band, such as a ring that’s slightly thicker. The choice on width and symmetry is purely personal preference.

2. Style

Do you want your band to feature pavé diamonds or be purely metal? Do you prefer vintage flair or a more classic style? Some choose a wedding band that’s simple, while others want their wedding band to add extra character and brilliance to their set. Check out various styles such as multi-row pavé rings to fishtail wedding rings to see what you like best.

3. Metal color

In most cases, people match the metal color of their wedding band to their engagement ring, such as both being made of yellow gold. Some, though, choose to have differing metal colors, such as this rose gold wedding band from Blue Nile paired with a platinum halo engagement ring.

4. Gemstones

Though the most popular choice for an engagement ring is a white diamond, there are alternatives. For instance, with a diamond engagement ring, you could choose to pair it with a diamond pavé band for consistency. You could also choose to add color to your wedding band, such as this ring from Blue Nile that features diamonds and rubies. You might also choose a colored gemstone for the center stone of your halo, such as an emerald, and pair it with a diamond pavé wedding band. If you’re wanting some color in your rings, look at various gemstone options to create a winning combination that matches your personal style.

5. Soldering

No matter the wedding band you choose, you’ll want to decide if you’ll solder your engagement ring and wedding band together. Soldering them prevents movement and wear and tear because the two rings won’t spin and rub against each other. Still, some people prefer to keep their rings separate so they have the option of wearing either ring by itself.

For help with selecting the perfect wedding band for your halo engagement ring, reach out to our experts.

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