What Is a Hidden Halo Engagement Ring?

Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring, 14K Yellow Gold With Pave and Hidden Halo Ring

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The halo engagement ring is a famous engagement ring design that features a series of small pave diamonds framing the center stone like a halo. It has since been a popular choice, especially after Princess Diana picked her legendary diamond-halo sapphire engagement ring from a catalog, cementing this design’s legendary reputation as an exquisite pattern.

You may be familiar with the halo engagement ring, but how about the hidden halo ring? A spin-off from the iconic halo design, the hidden halo is basically the same as the traditional version except for where the circular form is placed: at the base or basket of the center stone, hidden from sight when the ring is viewed face up.

This modern take on the halo design has gained a large following, including celebrities like Paris Hilton, Hailey Bieber, and Kim Kardashian. This comes as no surprise, as this design is unique, avant-garde, and adds another dimension to the typical engagement ring. Our May ring falls perfectly under the category of a halo engagement ring.

oval ring with halo Ring

What Is a Hidden Halo Engagement Ring and Should You Get One?

If you’re curious if the hidden halo engagement ring is the right one for you or your beloved, it’s time to get to know this design more.

Let’s uncover the hidden halo’s features and answer the curious questions surrounding it like, ‘What is a hidden halo ring?’, ‘How many carats is a hidden halo?’, ‘Does a hidden halo make a diamond look bigger?’, ‘Do hidden halo rings cost more than traditional halo rings?’

In terms of weight, the hidden halo’s carat depends on the size of the center stone. The larger the center stone is, the more pave diamonds it will take to frame it, resulting in a higher carat weight for the whole setting.

Meanwhile, when it comes to size, a hidden halo does not magnify the center stone’s real estate as much as the traditional halo does when viewed from above. However, when viewed from other angles, the hidden halo has a volumizing effect on the center stone, enhancing the sparkle intensity that results in a size-up illusion.

Cost-wise, the traditional halo and the hidden halo design do not significantly differ. Sometimes, though, it requires fewer pave diamonds to make a hidden halo ring because the pave diamonds circle the structural part of the ring’s base, which is not necessarily the same size as the center stone. 

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Brielle Ring – 4.80 Carat Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring


Advantages of the Hidden Halo Engagement Ring

Here are more reasons to consider this design as an option if you want your engagement ring to be less traditional without scaling back on the sparkle factor.

It Works With Any Diamond Shape

The hidden halo setting, unlike other settings, can seamlessly accommodate any diamond cut or shape, be it round, oval, pear, cushion, radiant, or heart.

This setting is able to bring the rest of the ring’s stone settings harmoniously together, giving the center stone an effortless way of shining brightly on its own. Its flexibility allows you to bring out the best in any diamond cut you want. There’s almost no limit to its center stone framing ability.

It Adds an Element of Surprise

Because it is practically hidden from an elevated view, it provides an unexpected sparkle when viewed from other angles. When it comes to adding glitz and glamor, the hidden halo setting does its job with aplomb.

That extra element instantly brings your engagement ring to another level of grandeur, making it even more unpredictably stunning.

It’s Best for Mixing in Metals

If you’ve been wanting to mix white and yellow gold in your engagement ring, a hidden halo setting offers the best way to do that. Since the pave diamonds are set around the center stone’s basket structure, you can use a different metal for the basket without making it look out of place. For instance, you can opt to have a yellow gold basket, providing a nice contrast against the rest of the ring’s white gold or silver, without the design looking kitsch.

It Doesn’t Distract From the Center Stone

The classic engagement rings center stone is the main rock in the whole assembly. Everything else must simply provide added brilliance without diverting the focus from the center stone. The hidden halo setting does a good job at this by accentuating the center stone when viewed from every angle.

It’s a Cost-Efficient Option

If you want that extra sparkle but don’t want to break the bank, then the hidden halo setting will fit the bill. By allowing the addition of pave stones at the base, it can make the center stone look up to 15% bigger and shinier. Additionally, it lets you include smaller gems that will give your ring an extra visual value without adding in a lot of dollars for more diamonds.

Bring Out Your Unique Style

If the hidden halo engagement ring appeals to you, you can have a look at’s selection of well-crafted hidden halo engagement rings designed by expert diamond crafters. You can rest assured that each GIA-certified diamond is fashioned to create only the highest-quality engagement rings for your milestone event.

Othergems is a globally trusted maker, distributor, and custom designer of diamond jewelry. Each piece from our collection is designed with careful attention, skill, and creativity, making the brand one of the most reputable in diamond jewelry making. From vintage elegance to modern chic, there’s a unique hidden halo piece that perfectly matches and fulfills your diamond dream.

Annabelle Ring – GIA 1.92 Carat Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring with Pear Shaped Side Diamonds


Clara Ring- GIA 1.22 Carat Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring


Paris Ring- 1.04 Carat Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring with Pear Shaped Side Diamonds


Sarena Ring – GIA 0.72 Carat Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring


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Color is one of the four important factors that determine the value and quality of a diamond (carat, color, clarity and cut grade). The colors range from D which is colorless, all the way through Z which is a light yellow or brown. The more colorless a diamond is, the more it is rare and expensive.

D, E, F


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Diamond Clarity Chart

Clarity is one of the four important factors that determine the value and quality of a diamond (carat, color, clarity and cut grade). Almost every diamond has inclusions in it, and that’s what makes it unique. The shape, placement and amount of inclusions determine the clarity of a diamond. The highest level of clarity is FL and the lowest is I3.








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