In the past, obtaining an engagement ring usually meant you had the ring for at least a few months to even years before the wedding. After that, a woman would normally receive either a wedding band or a second, separate ring.
That tradition hasn’t completely ended, but many engagement rings now also serve as wedding rings.
Engagement rings can be quite expensive, but anyone will tell you that once it’s been purchased, the ring becomes priceless. Many women want to wear the same ring for the rest of their lives; others choose to replace it to make sure the original ring never breaks, gets lost, or becomes worn down.
However, even when you feel the desire to get a second ring quickly, life can get in the way. Simply being able to save up enough to afford it may take some time.
Recently, halo rings have become a trend among celebrities. Social media posts have shown them off at a rate that has never been seen with any other style of ring in the past.
But is the halo ring a good choice? The answer may vary, depending on your situation, but here are a few considerations that might be worth looking at.
Trendy or Here to Stay?
The style of halo rings is not extreme, but it is very different from a traditional band with a small diamond rock. The halo ring features an extremely thin band with a large diamond display.
Most of the time, the display consists of either a large diamond with smaller diamonds around it, or one large diamond that makes the band look even more thin. Though it is entirely possible this style could become a staple that won’t fade over the next few decades, it might also turn out to be a fad that lasts only a few more years–similar to when rose gold was the hot item in the 1920s. Though it’s still favored for other types of jewelry, a rose gold wedding ring is not common anymore.
Another concern is that halo rings were the first style ever to take off during the social media era. If this design ever goes out of style, or even subsides to a fourth or fifth option, anyone with a halo ring will instantly find themselves dated to the 2010s or early 2020s. Some may regard that as a point of pride; others not so much.
Almost all jewelry today is being designed to last, but when we speak of a piece that you hope will never leave your finger for the rest of your life, durability needs to be treated realistically.
Certain parts of a ring are or should be highly durable, particularly the head that holds the diamonds and other stones together. With today’s technology and the precision used to place the rocks, this part of most rings is pretty safe.
Given that so many halo rings use small diamonds, the cost to get one replaced or fixed is relatively low compared to that of other rings. The band is not as durable.
The material that composes a band is typically strong, but the weight of the stones compared to the thin width of the band has been known to result in broken bands or even the stones falling out.
If the goal is to wear your ring for only a few years, most halo rings should hold up. If your goal is 60+ years, a more equal weight and width ratio between the band and stones is probably going to be closer to what you would want.
Getting drawn into a hot trend or new style can be tempting and all too easy. Taking a step back and looking at everything apart from the trend can be a challenge.
The question needs to be asked: Do you actually like a larger stone on your finger? For many, the answer is a resounding yes.
Others may recognize that in no other scenario outside of a wedding would a large ring be desirable, let alone practical. If this is the case, other options may be a good idea.
The style of ring has to be a personal decision. Trends, friends, and styles will come and go, but an engagement/wedding ring will endure with you. For that reason alone, a ring must be your personal choice.
If that happens to be a halo ring, then it is a solid choice.
I’m a single mother of 2 living in Utah writing about startups, business, marketing, entrepreneurship, and health. I also write for Inc, Score, Manta, and Newsblaze