It’s said that halo jewelry first started popping up alongside the Art Deco style, around 1920, but if you look around, you’ll see it’s pretty popular today. Found in rings, pendants, earrings, broaches, the halo setting—which, despite the name, doesn’t have to be circular—features precious gems surrounding a larger, center stone.

platinum emerald and diamond ring

platinum emerald and diamond ring

That center stone can be anything—diamond, precious gem, pearl—but is usually round so that it can create a traditional circular halo. As previously mentioned, however, halos don’t have to be round, and have a beautiful softening effect on less traditional cuts like ovals, squares, marquise, and radiant cuts.

Diamond—most often in pave or micropave—are probably the most popular choice for the halos themselves, as they coordinate well with any center showpiece stone, and they also, by virtue of the light they attract, do the best job of drawing attention to that center stone, which is what any halo is intended to do. But contrasting gemstones allow for more flexibility in color choice, and create stunning looks that aren’t as mainstream. Which is more appealing to you—an emerald surrounded by diamonds, or the reverse?


White Gold and Blue Star Sapphire Diamond Ring

Whatever you choose when you visit pawn shops in Fort Lauderdale, remember that one of the best things about halo jewelry is that it makes the center stone look bigger. Compare items at National Jewelry and Pawn that have the same size stones with and without halo. We think you’ll agree that the optical illusion makes for both beauty and value.