The Halo Ring
Rings come in many designs, and we would like to tell you something about the history of some designs that we have in our collection.
One very classic and popular vintage design, is the Halo: a large crystal as centerpiece, surrounded by little crystals from the same type or another crystal. The smaller the surrounding crystals, the bigger the central crystal appears and therefore steals the show!
The Halo design originates in the Georgian era (1714-1837) with mainly round shapes in the design. Diamonds were mostly used in the design, and it became a typical engagement ring as a sign of wealth.
The popularity endured to the Victorian era (1837-1901), but now oval shapes became more fashionable. Also the use of (soft) colors was upcoming, which made the Halo rings very romantic.
Later on in the Art Deco era (1910-1940), the colors became stronger to create more contrast. The oval shape slowly got more angular, resulting in a cushion cut main crystal in the Halo ring.
The most famous Halo ring is without a doubt the engagement ring of Lady Di, married to Prince Charles in 1981. When she picked her engagement ring, she instantly fell in love with this beauty: a large glistening deep blue oval sapphire, surrounded by the most wonderful shimmering clear diamonds.
It was inspired by a brooch that Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria in 1840 for their wedding, which she wore as ‘something blue’.
When Diana showed her engagement ring in public, everyone wanted to have a similar ring like hers. It is no surprise that jewelers in the UK did by far the best business in sapphire and diamond halo rings in years!