Unique East West Engagement Ring Settings

Couples looking for a non-traditional engagement ring option are increasingly drawn to east-west settings. Though they’ve been around for a while, east-west settings are currently trending and becoming more widely available. Read on to learn more about what sets this fashionable yet practical alternative apart.

What is an east west engagement ring?

An east west engagement ring is a setting where the center stone is secured in a horizontal position. Traditionally, center stones with elongated shapes are set vertically, matching the silhouette of the finger. In an east west setting, an elongated center stone is turned to sit perpendicular to the finger. Put another way, the stone sits side-to-side instead of up-and-down. 

Why should I choose an east west ring?

The effect this one simple twist can have on the look and feel of the ring is pretty incredible. Immediately, the ring becomes more unique, modern, and personal compared to a standard vertical setting. At the same time, it’s not too drastic, like some other trendy styles that may run the risk of looking dated in the future.

East west rings have a few other points in their favor. Visually, the horizontal setting can make the center stone seem larger, just by covering more of the width at the base of the finger. Many brides also find that an east-west setting helps protect the center stone from everyday wear and tear because of the way it’s situated along the shank. And after the wedding, an east west ring showcases more of the wedding band that an elongated center stone in a traditional vertical setting would cover up. One potential drawback is that you lose out on the slimming effect elongated center stones typically have on wider fingers.

Which shapes work best in an east west setting?

Since round and princess cut stones have equal proportions all the way around, you won’t find them in east west settings. Emerald, oval, and marquise cut stones, on the other hand, are excellent candidates for east west rings.

Emerald


Solitaires are striking in east-west settings. Free of extraneous embellishments, this engagement ring truly lets your emerald cut center stone shine.

Alternatively, brides looking for a little extra brilliance to enhance the subtle sparkle of their emerald cut stone will appreciate the accent diamonds set along three-quarters of the shank.

Oval

East-west settings are compatible with lots of other popular design elements. This setting features a sparkling halo, split shank, and surprise criss cross gallery tucked beneath. 

The modernity of an east-west center stone pairs beautifully with vintage-inspired touches. Featuring a contoured shank with intricate engraving and milgrain borders, this style is brimming with old-world glamour.

On the other hand, you can lean into the setting’s modern appeal with a bold wide band that is striking in its simplicity.

Marquise

The combination of an east west setting and sparkling diamond halo is not only beautiful but will also help to protect your marquise cut center stone’s delicate corners.

This romantic ring’s twisted shank features intertwining strands of scintillating pavé diamonds, symbolizing the joining of two lives as one.

Knotted embellishments at the shoulders of this dazzling east west setting accent the marquise center stone in a new and unexpected way.

Want more?

Whatever your style or personality, you can find an east west engagement ring setting to match. With their popularity on the rise, there are more options to explore than ever before. Once you try one of these unique settings, we think you’ll be surprised how much one simple switch can create a decidedly fresh perspective. 

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