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Hidden halo engagement rings are becoming more popular, and it’s not hard to see why. The tiny band of diamonds that sit beneath the center stone and can typically only be seen in profile is a fun way to add a little extra sparkle to your ring. It’s also a great way to give your center stone a bit of a lift, and it’s more subtle than a traditional halo setting.
“If you want to customize your ring but not distract from the center stone, a hidden halo is a lovely way to achieve just that,” private jeweler Hannah Florman tells Brides. “And if you want to elevate the look without a massive bump in cost, these small diamonds can do the trick.”
Meet the Expert
Hannah Florman is a private jeweler in Boston who specializes in one-of-a-kind diamond engagement rings and fine jewelry.
While there are plenty of great things about hidden halo rings, there are also some things to keep in mind before purchasing one. Some engagement rings featuring a hidden halo require a higher and bulkier setting, which can make finding a matching wedding band a little difficult—although, of course, not every hidden halo ring is like that. Because of the small diamonds and the possible higher setting, these can be a bit more fragile than other types of rings. Still, for many, it’s worth it for that unexpected sparkle coming from underneath the stone.
Read on for some of the best hidden halo engagement rings you can buy now.
What to Look For When Shopping for a Hidden Halo Engagement Ring
Florman suggests being aware of how it will sit on top of a wedding band. “The band of your ring should sit flush with your wedding band, otherwise you’ll risk chipping a diamond with everyday wear,” she notes.
Some hidden halos are simple and more subtle, while others are part of a more elaborate basket setting. What you choose depends on the look you’re going for.
Cleaning a hidden halo can be a small extra step. “Use a soft-tipped toothbrush and some dish soap,” Florman says. “Be gentle around the prongs but be sure to get underneath the halo for proper cleaning. Let your ring air dry and voila! Sparkly clean.”
As Florman notes, hidden halos typically elevate the look of your ring without increasing the cost, so this is usually a budget-friendly way to add extra sparkle.
If your ring isn’t part of a set, Florman recommends working with a private jeweler who can help you find the best pair.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Jessica Booth is a journalist of over 10 years and a freelance writer whose work has appeared on sites such as Bustle, Insider, and Refinery29.