Engagement ring

What Is a Cushion Halo Ring? Is It The Same As a Cushion Cut Ring?

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Considering a halo engagement ring? Good choice: They're beautiful and popular, a classic style that adds sparkle and fire to any setting. And good news: You have more options than you may think. At first glance, the halo setting might seem fairly simple — by definition, it's a set of small accent stones that encircle a center diamond, like a halo — but there is quite a bit of variation to be found. A common assumption is that the halo mimics the exact shape of the center stone, but that isn't always true. For example: The cushion halo ring.

Is the cushion halo ring different from a cushion cut ring?

Yes. A cushion cut ring has a center stone that's cushion cut — meaning, a variation of the square cut with the addition of rounded corners. On a cushion halo ring, the center stone can be round, while only the halo is cushion shaped.

What's the appeal of the cushion halo ring?

The cushion halo ring's combination of a round center diamond with squarish accent stones can be a big aesthetic win, if it's your taste. The variety in shapes creates more visual interest than the same shape repeated twice, while still providing the big benefit of a halo — giving the illusion that the center stone is larger than it actually is.

A cushion cut halo engagement ring can still feel angular, since cushion cuts are similar to princess cut diamonds. (Remember that a princess cut has a square shape with pointed corners and many small facets.) But a cushion halo ring can use a round center stone, which makes the ring feel even softer and more feminine.

cushion halo ring stone comparison

Does With Clarity carry cushion halo rings?

Yes, we carry a number of beautiful and distinctive cushion halo rings. (But we tend to call them "squarish" to avoid confusion.)

The great thing about this style is that you can add a distinctive band, or accent diamonds, to this setting to add even more visual interest and uniqueness — for example, our Swaying Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring has a gently curved band with micro-pavé accent stones that complement the cushion halo beautifully.

Ready to start shopping? Our expert on-staff gemologists are here to help, 24/7. They're highly experienced in working with budgets of any size to help couples find the perfect ring. Why not contact one today?

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