32 East-West Set Engagement Rings for the Modern Bride

You’ll love this fresh perspective.

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Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler / Design by Bailey Mariner

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.

What Is an East-West Set Engagement Ring?

An East-West set engagement ring is a type of ring setting where the stone is oriented horizontally on the band. 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.

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.

One of the best aspects of an east-west set engagement ring is that you can always alter 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 10 years down the road 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 32 styles from dainty and delicate to dramatic and ornate. You’ll love this fresh perspective .

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Diamond Nexus East-West Classic Trellis Pear Engagement Ring

East-West Classic Trellis Pear Cut Engagement Ring

Diamond Nexus

This pear shaped solitaire ring held in a four prong setting radiates simple elegance.

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Lori McLean Vintage Pear Cut Solitaire

Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Vintage Pear Cut Solitaire

Lori McLean

Looking for an alternative twist on a traditional ring? Try mixing metals with this Bezel set diamond in 14k white and rose gold.

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Bario Neal Nikko Pear White Sapphire Ring

Bario Neal Nikko Pear White Sapphire Ring

Bario Neal

This pear-shaped white sapphire comes from Sri Lanka and is set on a 14k yellow gold band with a polish finish.

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Azlee E/W Small Diamond Ring

Azlee E/W Small Diamond Ring

Azlee

This enamel and diamond ring from Azlee Jewelry is set in 18k yellow gold. For a personal touch, it can be custom engraved.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond YS Ring

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Jennie Kwon

Milgrain detailing surrounds this emerald cut diamond flanked by smaller diamonds. The stones are set on a 14k yellow gold band.

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Tacori Simply Tacori Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

Tacori Simply Tacori Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

Tacori

For a simple east-west design, consider this diamond center stone with a unique diamond tipped frame, set in 14k rose gold.

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Après Jewelry The Elodie Ring

Après Jewelry The Elodie Ring

Après Jewelry 

You are sure to sparkle with this marquise-shaped stone in a halo setting. It is complete with a double pavé band.

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

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

Ritani

This east-west split shank engagement ring features a halo set, emerald cut diamond on a pavé band. The diamonds are french set on the ring.

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Nora Kogan Calliope Ring

Nora Kogan Calliope Ring

Nora Kogan

For a sleek look, consider this horizontally set emerald cut diamond engagement ring.

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Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring

Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring

Cartier

Simple and dainty, this east-west ring features a diamond center stone on pavè band, set in 18k rose gold.

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Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pavé Ring

Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pavé Ring

Anita Ko

We love this pear-shaped diamond pavé ring in 18k yellow gold.

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Adel Chefridi Crown Set Ring

Adel Chefridi Crown Set Ring

Adel Chefridi

This east-west ring is the perfect blend of modern and vintage with a diamond center stone and diamond accents. The stones are set in satin-finished on an 18k yellow gold and platinum band.

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Gillian Conroy Oval Solitaire White Diamond Ring

Gillian Conroy Oval Solitaire White Diamond Ring

Gillian Conroy

Oval diamonds are a classic look for engagement rings, but the east-west design on this ring adds an unexpected twist.

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Single Stone Leah Ring

Single Stone Leah Ring

Single Stone

Handcrafted in Los Angeles, this east-west ring holds an emerald cut diamond on an 18K yellow gold mounting.

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KatKim Emerald Sunset Pavé Ring

KatKim Emerald Sunset Pavé Ring

KatKim

KatKim's website describes this ring as 'a contemporary take on a classic solitaire.' While it may give off the illusion of two rings, it is really a split band that comes together in the back of the ring.

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David Yurman DY Delaunay Engagement Ring

DY Delauney

David Yurman 

The diamond center stone of this ring is flanked by baguette-cut diamond side stones and is bezel set in brushed 18k yellow gold. It was actually modeled after the engagement ring that David Yurman designed for his wife, Sybil.

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Brilliant Earth Frosted Semi-Bezel Ring

Brilliant Earth Frosted Semi-Bezel Ring

Brilliant Earth

This sand-blasted platinum band give a masculine touch to an elegant ring.

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Eli Halili Domed Moonstone Ring

Domed Moonstone

Eli Halili 

Go against the grain with this oval 8.72 carat moonstone set in 22k yellow gold.

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Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler

A satin-finish is a unique way to set your band apart from others. This one holds an emerald-cut diamond in a four-prong setting. 

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Kwiat Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

E-W Ring

Kwiat

For a splash of color, consider this ashoka cut diamond center stone on sapphire band, set in platinum.

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Martin Katz Moval Diamond Ring

Moval Diamond Ring

Martin Katz 

This east-west set moval diamond is accented with pavé diamonds and is set in 18k white gold.

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Nikos Koulis Oui Collection White Diamond and Black Enamel Ring

Nikos Koulis

Nikos Koulis

Truly a modern-style, this Diamond center stone is framed by black enamel halo and is set in white gold. The contrast of light and dark make for a one-of-a-kind design.

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TAP by Todd Pownell Ring

TAP by Todd Pownell

TAP by Todd Pownell

The hammered band on this ring gives off an antique and avant-garde feel.

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Blanca Monrós Gómez Victoria Solitaire Ring

Victoria Solitaire

Catbird

Flanked between a trio of smaller diamonds on each side, this white diamond shines. The diamonds are held on an 18k rose or yellow gold pavé band.

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Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler

Wide bands are becoming more popular because of their durability, and this one features a horizontally set marquise diamond center stone.

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Martin Katz Danielle Diamond Ring

Martin Katz Danielle Diamond Ring

Martin Katz

All eyes will be on this emerald cut diamond accented ring with pavé diamonds and set in 18k white gold.

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Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler East West Ring

Lizzie Mandler

Art-deco lovers will fall for this diamond center stone with diamond side stones and set on a knife-edge 18k yellow gold ring.

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Love Audrey Rose Starry East West Morganite Sapphire Ring

Love Audrey Rose Starry East West Morganite Sapphire Ring

COURTESY OF LOVE AUDREY ROSE

Colored gemstones are becoming a more common choice for brides who want to steer away from tradition. This east-west ring features a morganite emerald cut center stone flanked by sapphires.

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Anna Sheffield Solid Gold Bea Five Stone Ring

Anna Sheffield Solid Gold Bea Five Stone Ring

COURTESY OF ANNA SHEFFIELD

No center stone here! Instead, this engagement ring is donned with a sold gold center and flanked by four diamonds.

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Melissa Tyson Designs Kristin Ring

Melissa Tyson Designs Kristin Ring

COURTESY OF MELISSA TYSON DESIGNS

This east-west ring features a marquise cut champagne diamond on a hammered 14k recycled yellow gold band.

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1st Dibs East West Diamond Engagement Ring

1st Dibs East West Diamond Engagement Ring

COURTESY OF 1ST DIBS

This modern yet vintage ring is perfect for the bride looking to mix things up. The emerald cut center diamond is flanked by alternating white diamonds and sapphires.

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Blue Nile East-West Emerald Cut Solitaire Plus Diamond Engagement Ring

Blue Nile East-West Emerald Cut Solitaire Plus Diamond Engagement Ring

COURTESY OF BLUE NILE

An emerald cut diamond sits in a basket of pavé set diamonds adding a hidden hint of sparkle to this classic ring.

What to Look for When Choosing an East-West Set Engagement Ring

Durability

When searching for your east-west engagement ring, consider that the horizontal setting is durable enough to hold the center stone of your choice. While prongs are a popular choice for this style of setting, bezel set and double pronged stones may be sturdier options.

Stone Cut

The cut of your stone is also important to consider when choosing your east-west setting since the two go hand in hand. You can choose just about any stone cut for your east-west ring, but the most popular options for this style include emerald, pear, and oval.

Style

East-West set engagement rings don’t exclusively appeal to a super modern aesthetic, so don't worry if that's not your style. 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.

FAQs

  • Will the east-west setting remain a timeless option? East-west settings is currently becoming a trendy option for brides, they have been around for a long time. If you are worried that your ring will go out of style, consider opting for a solitaire diamond with your east-west setting. You can never go wrong with a simple design.
  • Does any stone work with an east-west setting? Yes, the east-west setting can hold any stone of your choosing! Whether you want to stick to a traditional diamond or make a statement with a colored gemstone, this setting works for all of it.
  • Where can I shop for an east-west set engagement ring? Since this style is becoming increasingly more popular, most jewelers will likely have several east-west style rings to choose from. If you are looking to buy your engagement ring online but are not sure where to start, make sure to check out this guide

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