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 .
Monica Vinader "Baja Skinny" Diamond Ring
Horizontally set, pavé diamond ring in 18k gold vermeil on sterling silver.
SHOP NOW: Monica Vinader, $495
Diamond Nexus East-West "Classic Trellis" Pear Engagement Ring
Pear shaped solitaire ring in 14k gold
SHOP NOW: Diamond Nexus, $960.40 from $1,372
Selin Kent "Razia" Mini Ring
Offset baguette and row of diamonds in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Selin Kent, $900
Bario Neal "Nikko" Pear White Sapphire Ring
Pear shaped white sapphire set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $1,360
Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Vintage Pear Cut Solitaire
Bezel set diamond in 14k white and rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Lori McLean, $1,498
Danhov "Per Lei" Single Shank Engagement Ring
Diamond center stone in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Danhov, from $1,270
Azlee E/W Small Diamond Ring
Enamel and diamond ring set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Azlee, from $1,900
Jennie Kwon Diamond "YS" Ring
Diamond ring with milgrain detailing in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $2,195
Tacori "Simply Tacori" Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring
Diamond center stone in diamond tipped frame, set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Tacori, from $2,590
Après Jewelry "The Elodie" Ring
Marquise shaped stone with halo and double pavé band.
SHOP NOW: Après Jewelry, from $1,900
Ritani East To West Halo Diamond "V Band" Engagement Ring
Pavé setting in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Ritani, from $2,970
Nora Kogan "Calliope" Ring
Horizontally set emerald cut diamond, in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Nora Kogan, $2,980
Cartier "Etincelle De Cartier" Ring
Diamond center stone on pavè band, set in 18k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Cartier, $2,990
Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pave Ring
Pear-shaped diamond pavé ring in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $4,200
Rebecca Overmann Inverted Oval Diamond Hidden Halo Ring
Bezel set brown diamond in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Rebecca Overmann, $5,445
Tate Union White Diamond Band
Two diamonds set in satin-finished 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Barneys, $3,816 from $5,300
Adel Chefridi Crown Set Ring
Diamond center stone with diamond accents, set in satin-finished 18k yellow gold and platinum.
SHOP NOW: Adel Chefridi, (price upon request)
LexLuxe "All-Seeing Eye" Sunstone Ring
Sunstone center stone with salt and pepper baguette diamonds, set in 14k recycled yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,465
Gillian Conroy Oval Solitaire White Diamond Ring
Solitaire diamond set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Gillian Conroy, from $6,850
Jemma Wynne "Toujours" Emerald and Diamond Ring
Emerald center stone flanked by diamonds, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Jemma Wynne, $8,715
Anna Sheffield Oval Rosette Fancy Grey Diamond Ring
Grey diamond with halo setting, in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $8,700
Single Stone "Leah" Ring
Emerald cut diamond set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Single Stone, $9,500
Kathryn Bentley Rose Cut Diamond Ring
White diamond center bezel set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Kathryn Bentley, $12,000
KatKim "Emerald Sunset" Pavé Ring
Diamond center with pavé band accent, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: KatKim, $14,000
David Yurman DY Delaunay Engagement Ring
Diamond center stone flanked by diamond side stones, bezel set in brushed 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: David Yurman, (price upon request)
J. Birnbach East West Diamond Pave Engagement Ring
Elongated 2.28 carat diamond center stone on pavé band, set in platinum
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $37,000
Brilliant Earth Frosted Semi-Bezel Ring
Oval diamond set on sand-blasted platinum band.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, (price upon request)
Eli Halili Domed Moonstone Ring
Oval 8.72 carat moonstone set in 22k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Eli Halili, $8,000
Lizzie Mandler East West Ring
Emerald cut diamond center stone.
SHOP NOW: Lizzie Mandler, (price upon request)
Eva Fehren "The Pont Ouest" Ring
Cushion cut 3 carat diamond set in 18k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren, (price upon request)
Kwiat Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring
Ashoka cut diamond center stone on sapphire band, set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Kwiat, (price upon request)
Martin Katz Moval Diamond Ring
Moval diamond accented with pavé diamonds, set in 18k white gold.
SHOP NOW: Martin Katz, (price upon request)
Malcolm Betts Platinum Oval Diamond Ring
Oval diamond set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Malcolm Betts, (price upon request)
Nikos Koulis Oui Collection White Diamond and Black Enamel Ring
Diamond center stone framed by black enamel halo, set in white gold.
SHOP NOW: Nikos Koulis, (price upon request)
TAP By Todd Pownell Ring
Prong set diamond center stone.
SHOP NOW: TAP by Todd Pownell, (price upon request)
Luna Skye Single Band Free-Form Rose Cut Diamond Ring
Rose cut diamond framed by pavé halo and band, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Luna Skye, $5,200
Lola Brooks Teardrop Diamond Ring
Gray diamond set in 18k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Love Adorned, $3,175
Blanca Monrós Gómez Victoria Solitaire Ring
White diamond flanked by diamonds and pavé band, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Blanca Monrós Gómez, $7,800