40 East-West Set Engagement Rings for the Modern Bride

You’ll love this fresh perspective.

Updated 11/24/19

Courtesy of Alexis Russell

The classics are undeniable as far as engagement rings go. Sometimes, however, a subtle shift in perspective will modernize a timeless look, bringing nuance and directional appeal to an otherwise traditional ring. That look du jour is east-west set engagement rings.

Classic stone shapes like ovals and pears as well as emerald, marquise, and cushion cuts are being given the horizontal treatment for a decidedly fresh aesthetic. Likewise for modern shapes like hexagons and portrait cut stones. Whether in the form of diamonds or gemstones, east-west set engagement rings are unique and rather unexpected, but not so alternative that those who covet tradition can’t appreciate the trend.

Solitaire stones are breathtaking in a side-to-side setting—the most modern of brides will appreciate a sleek metal band or one with delicate pavé. If you prefer a little added sparkle, go for a halo or side stones to up the ante. Thicker bands and signet styles resonate well for a contemporary bride who doesn’t necessarily want a ring that’s overly precious.

East-West set engagement rings don’t exclusively appeal to a super modern aesthetic. Raw diamonds and vintage-style rings are available to charm those who want a bit more character. For the bride-to-be interested in dimension, mixed-metal variations or a style with gemstones will do the trick.

One of the best aspects of an east-west set engagement ring is that you can always change it down the line should your tastes change. If it’s a style you’re feeling drawn to now, you should go for it. Don’t let the fact that it’s a trendy look discourage you. If ten years down the line you’re no longer into it, it’s a simple tweak.

If you think an east-west set engagement ring is right for you, we’ve pulled together 40 styles from dainty and delicate to dramatic and ornate. You’ll love this fresh perspective .

01 of 40

Monica Vinader "Baja Skinny" Diamond Ring

Baja Deco Ring

Courtesy of Monica Vinader 

Horizontally set, pavé diamond ring in 18k gold vermeil on sterling silver.

SHOP NOW: Monica Vinader, $495

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Diamond Nexus East-West "Classic Trellis" Pear Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Diamond Nexus

Pear shaped solitaire ring in 14k gold

SHOP NOW: Diamond Nexus, $960.40 from $1,372

03 of 40

Selin Kent "Razia" Mini Ring

Courtesy fo Selin Kent

Offset baguette and row of diamonds in 14k gold.

SHOP NOW: Selin Kent, $900

04 of 40

Bario Neal "Nikko" Pear White Sapphire Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

Pear shaped white sapphire set in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $1,360

05 of 40

Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Vintage Pear Cut Solitaire

Courtesy of Lori McLean

Bezel set diamond in 14k white and rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Lori McLean, $1,498

06 of 40

Danhov "Per Lei" Single Shank Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Danhov

Diamond center stone in 14k gold.

SHOP NOW: Danhov, from $1,270

07 of 40

Azlee E/W Small Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Azlee

Enamel and diamond ring set in 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Azlee, from $1,900

08 of 40

Jennie Kwon Diamond "YS" Ring

Courtesy of Jennie Kwon

Diamond ring with milgrain detailing in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Catbird, $2,195

09 of 40

Tacori "Simply Tacori" Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Tacori

Diamond center stone in diamond tipped frame, set in 14k rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Tacori, from $2,590

10 of 40

Après Jewelry "The Elodie" Ring

Courtesy of Après Jewelry

Marquise shaped stone with halo and double pavé band.

SHOP NOW: Après Jewelry, from $1,900

11 of 40

Ritani East To West Halo Diamond "V Band" Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Ritani

Pavé setting in platinum.

SHOP NOW: Ritani, from $2,970

12 of 40

Nora Kogan "Calliope" Ring

Courtesy of Nora Kogan

Horizontally set emerald cut diamond, in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Nora Kogan, $2,980

13 of 40

Cartier "Etincelle De Cartier" Ring

Courtesy of Cartier

Diamond center stone on pavè band, set in 18k rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Cartier, $2,990

14 of 40

Digby & Iona "Marquis Ninian" Ring

Courtesy of Digby & Iona

Medieval inspired, salt and pepper diamond ring set in recycled 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Digby & Iona, (price upon request)

15 of 40

Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pave Ring

Courtesy of Anita Ko

Pear-shaped diamond pavé ring in 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $4,200

16 of 40

Rebecca Overmann Inverted Oval Diamond Hidden Halo Ring

Inverted oval hidden halo

Courtesy of Rebecca Overmann 

Bezel set brown diamond in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Overmann, $5,445

17 of 40

Tate Union White Diamond Band

Courtesy of Tate Union

Two diamonds set in satin-finished 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Barneys, $3,816 from $5,300

18 of 40

Adel Chefridi Crown Set Ring

Courtesy of Adel Chefridi

Diamond center stone with diamond accents, set in satin-finished 18k yellow gold and platinum.

SHOP NOW: Adel Chefridi, (price upon request)

19 of 40

LexLuxe "All-Seeing Eye" Sunstone Ring

All-Seeing Eye Ring

Courtesy of LexLuxe

Sunstone center stone with salt and pepper baguette diamonds, set in 14k recycled yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,465

20 of 40

Gillian Conroy Oval Solitaire White Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Gillian Conroy

Solitaire diamond set in platinum.

SHOP NOW: Gillian Conroy, from $6,850

21 of 40

Jemma Wynne "Toujours" Emerald and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Jemma Wynne

Emerald center stone flanked by diamonds, set in 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Jemma Wynne, $8,715

22 of 40

Anna Sheffield Oval Rosette Fancy Grey Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

Grey diamond with halo setting, in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $8,700

23 of 40

Single Stone "Leah" Ring

Courtesy of Single Stone

Emerald cut diamond set in 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Single Stone, $9,500

24 of 40

Kathryn Bentley Rose Cut Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Of A Kind

White diamond center bezel set in 14k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Kathryn Bentley, $12,000

25 of 40

KatKim "Emerald Sunset" Pavé Ring

Courtesy of KatKim

Diamond center with pavé band accent, set in 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: KatKim, $14,000

26 of 40

David Yurman DY Delaunay Engagement Ring

DY Delauney

Courtesy of David Yurman 

Diamond center stone flanked by diamond side stones, bezel set in brushed 18k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: David Yurman, (price upon request)

27 of 40

J. Birnbach East West Diamond Pave Engagement Ring

Courtesy of J. Birnbach

Elongated 2.28 carat diamond center stone on pavé band, set in platinum

SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $37,000

28 of 40

Brilliant Earth Frosted Semi-Bezel Ring

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

Oval diamond set on sand-blasted platinum band.

SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, (price upon request)

29 of 40

Eli Halili Domed Moonstone Ring

Domed Moonstone

Courtesy of Eli Halili 

Oval 8.72 carat moonstone set in 22k yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Eli Halili, $8,000

30 of 40

Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

Emerald cut diamond center stone.

SHOP NOW: Lizzie Mandler, (price upon request)

31 of 40

Eva Fehren "The Pont Ouest" Ring

East west ring

Courtesy of Eva Fehren

Cushion cut 3 carat diamond set in 18k rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren, (price upon request)

32 of 40

Kwiat Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

E-W Ring

Courtesy of Kwiat

Ashoka cut diamond center stone on sapphire band, set in platinum.

SHOP NOW: Kwiat, (price upon request)

33 of 40

Martin Katz Moval Diamond Ring

Moval Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Martin Katz 

Moval diamond accented with pavé diamonds, set in 18k white gold.

SHOP NOW: Martin Katz, (price upon request)

34 of 40

Malcolm Betts Platinum Oval Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Malcolm Betts

Oval diamond set in platinum.

SHOP NOW: Malcolm Betts, (price upon request)

35 of 40

Monique Péan Pink Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Monique Péan

Fancy pink diamond center stone with diamond halo and pavé band, set in recycled rhodium.

SHOP NOW: Monique Péan, (price upon request)

36 of 40

Nikos Koulis Oui Collection White Diamond and Black Enamel Ring

Courtesy of Nikos Koulis

Diamond center stone framed by black enamel halo, set in white gold.

SHOP NOW: Nikos Koulis, (price upon request)

37 of 40

TAP By Todd Pownell Ring

Courtesy of TAP by Todd Pownell

Prong set diamond center stone.

SHOP NOW: TAP by Todd Pownell, (price upon request)

38 of 40

Luna Skye Single Band Free-Form Rose Cut Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Luna Skye

Rose cut diamond framed by pavé halo and band, set in 14k gold.

SHOP NOW: Luna Skye, $5,200

39 of 40

Lola Brooks Teardrop Diamond Ring

Grey Teardrop Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Love Adorned 

Gray diamond set in 18k rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Love Adorned, $3,175

40 of 40

Blanca Monrós Gómez Victoria Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Catbird

White diamond flanked by diamonds and pavé band, set in 18k gold.

SHOP NOW: Blanca Monrós Gómez, $7,800

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