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How Much Size Does a Halo Add to a Ring?

If you’re looking for an engagement ring for yourself or your fiancé, chances are that you have a hundred questions floating in your head, and a thousand butterflies in your belly. Well, first of all, congratulations! And secondly, we’re here to take at least this one question off your head.



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We compared some similar halo rings together. This picture is an example to show you how much a halo adds to a ring. In this case we used some 3 carat rings. The top one is a cushion cut with halo. The other two are round cut with the same carat weight.


Can you guess how many mm or carat does the halo add to the bottom halo ring? 


Halo engagement ring vs Solitaire


You can see the round halo at the bottom looks around two carat bigger than the middle ring with the same size stone. Two carat bigger stone size is the equivalent of approximately 2 mm.  


How big are the stones of a halo engagement ring?

A halo ring features a concentric circle of smaller diamonds around a big center diamond. Most commonly, the center diamond is 0.5-ct or bigger. The pave-set small diamonds in a traditional halo are in the 1.1-1.3mm range. 1mm halo stone corresponds to 0.005-carat weight. It is ideal to keep that halo looking light and fine so that it accentuates the center stone without being bulky.


The small stones on the Halo itself are usually round cut. I listed the most common stone sizes that people would like to have on their Halo. You can see the equivalent of their size in millimeters to carat weight. 


Round MM Size Round Carat Weight
0.8 mm. 0.0025 ct.
1 mm. 0.005 ct.
1.1 mm. 0.0067 ct.
1.2 mm. 0.009 ct.
1.25 mm. 0.01 ct.
1.3 mm. 0.01 ct.
1.5 mm. 0.015 ct.
1.75 mm. 0.02 ct.
1.8 mm. 0.025 ct.
2 mm. 0.03 ct.
2.2 mm. 0.04 ct.
2.5 mm. 0.06 ct.


Now you know the size of the stones placed on the halo of your ring can be as small or as big as you want. You've probably seen many haloes with small stones. So let's take a look at some other types of haloes with different carats or millimeters. Then I'll show you a few of the most popular halo designs.


Here's a super cute halo with big round cut stones enhancing the oval cut center stone.




 This one has smaller stones but still very big compare to the 1mm norm.



Starburst Halo my favorite. But you should know that some haloes of this type may snag. So I mostly recommend Starburst Halo to the ones that are very careful and don't do heavy work. If you work from home or an office then this might be your type of halo.



Let's take a look at a rose gold halo. This type of halo comes with heart prongs to grab the most attention. With the cute details you even forget to notice that it's a halo with bigger stones than usual. 



I added a second picture of the same halo to show you how fat this 1 carat center stone looks like. With this size stone you could guess the center stone to be up to around 1.75 carat.




The size of the stones set on a halo is a customizable feature. Whether you wanna go with the tradition or you wanna stand alone, the size of the stones can make a huge difference in the overall look of your halo engagement ring.

How Much Size Does a Halo Add to a Ring?

Types of Halo Engagement Ring Settings and Designs

The design of your engagement ring is a very important factor when it comes to making the center stone appear larger than usual. Here I broke down some of the most loved halo designs for you. 

1 - Double Halo



Roughly, a halo setting can make a 0.50-ct center stone look close to a 0.70-ct stone. If it's 1 carat, with halo it would look like 1.5-ct. If it's 2-you may think it's a 2.5-ct. Or if you see a 3 carat you'll guess it's much bigger, something like 4 carat or more.

It depends on how close the halo is to the main stone. It also depends on how big the stones are set.


Bigger halos can enhance the size of the center diamond by half a carat size. If you want, you can get a double or even a triple halo, but make sure it doesn’t overpower the center stone. When it comes to halo designs, the sky is the limit.


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 2 - Halo



The traditional pave diamond is the most common and the most popular kind of diamond halo you will find. It adds a bit of sparkle and enhances the perceived size of the ring. Without distracting much from the center diamond. If you are a woman with classic taste, this is a great choice for you.


3 - Hidden Halo



For making things a little different hidden halo would bring some of the effects of halo to a solitaire looking ring. However you would still get some more size and sparkle out of it. It's just simple but badd-ass. Are you simple but badd-ass?


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4 - Vintage Halo



If you've got good memories of your relatives or family members loving their vintage style ring, but you love halo, this would hit two birds with one stone. Not only do they add the most size to your ring, they look the cutest from distance on your finger. Some of them even look like a sparkly flower ring when you see them first. All this good stuff comes with additional costs and puts the Vintage Halo on a different level.



What to Know Before Buying Halo Engagement Rings?

🛑Only purchase your halo ring from experienced and high end stores...

  • Cheap brands and jewelry stores may use very poor quality stones. So you won't get much sparkle out of them.
  • They may use fake or refined petite stones.
  • They might place the stones poorly, so they fall out one after another over time. 
  • They might use bad cut stones so they look like fake stones.

We only use the highest quality stones in our jewelry but nothing less. Doesn't matter how small or big the stone is, we're famous for the quality of the stones we use in our jewelry. 


After all you want the halo to make your ring look larger and more sparkly right?

Unfortunately it's common that some jewelers might offer you very cheap rings, but you don't know that when it comes to the quality of the stones, they use the lowest quality and the cheapest stones. It's especially common when it comes to smaller stones like the one that we set for the halo rings. This massively reduces the amount of sparkle of your halo ring which is supposed to be super sparkly. It's very noticeable when some bad cut, cloudy or fake stones are set on your ring. For example cloud in the stones prevent the light from traveling through them. So less light means less reflection. And less reflection means less sparkle. Which is so sad.


This stuff is not kidding. Just going after buying a small stone on your own and finding a jeweler to set it for you may take a long time or be frustrating. So what to do to prevent any of the above issues when buying a halo engagement ring?

You must make sure you buy your halo from a brand that guarantees the replacement of the petite stones to some extent. For example here at Leyloon we have extraordinary guarantees on the halo petite stones. Any stone up to 0.21 carat will get replaced for any reason for free. Even if it falls out(we place them in a way that they never fall out).

Leyloon's 0.21 carat stone replacement offer is "the most amount of stone replacement offered" in the jewelry industry. We're behind our product and customers like a mountain. 

Basically if you don't damage it, we got your back. If you damage it, we can still fix it, but you're in charge. But the upside is that you always know that we help you keep your halo engagement ring in the same shape forever. 

Another important factor about halo engagement rings is that if you don't take care of it, they may get dirty(depending on your lifestyle) and lose its sparkle. Usually people have to pay anywhere from $30 to $100 to clean and polish their halo ring. But you don't have to worry at all. Because we clean, polish and renew your engagement ring every 12 months or more for FREE. How great is that?


Conclusion - Should You Buy A Halo Engagement Ring?

Haloes really add a lot of size and sparkle to a ring. It depends on the size of the stones used in the halo and the area of the halo placement. Some haloes' stones face upward and some other stones of the haloes face sideways. 

First you have to know why you wanna go with halo? Or why do you love it more than other designs?


Cushion cut halo


If you care about the size and sparkle more than anything, go with moissanite rings. Why would you try to make a small stone look bigger while you can actually get a big stone? You can get much bigger rings with your budget if you opt for lab diamonds or moissanite.

But if you only and only wanna go with diamonds you better focus more on the cutest design halo you can get...


We have both of them in any color with the highest quality possible. But I have to tell you what actually makes more sense in my point of view as a designer.

If you like to have halo design in your ring, you have to decide which halo style would suit you the best. Or maybe you're artistic and wanna go with the vintage halo.

Go through our Halo or Hidden Halo collections and find yours. We can help you to customize it to what you'd love the most.

What size of halo engagement ring would be the greatest for you? Let me know in the comments below...


Halo Ring
1. What Is a Halo Engagement Ring?
2. Are Halo Settings Trendy?
3. Do Halo Engagement Rings Look Bigger?
4. How Much Size Does a Halo Add to a Ring? (U're 👋)
5. Are Halo Engagement Rings Tacky?
6. Are Halo Engagement Rings Popular?
7. Are Halo Rings Going out of Style?
8. Are Halo Rings More Expensive?
9. Do Halo Rings Look Cheap?



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