Why We're Obsessing Over This SO Chic Horizontal Engagement Ring Trend

This unconventional design is a celeb fave — with good reason!

Updated 02/01/17
Product Disclosure

Photo: Matoli Keely Photography; Ring: Suz Somersall

If you're the kind of woman who dreams of a non-white wedding gown, puppies as bouquets, or dessert stations in lieu of a wedding cake, then your ring needs to be equally unique. That said, an engagement ring with a horizontally-placed stone might be right up your alley.

This unconventional design is a celeb fave, seen on the fingers of Portia de Rossi, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Beckinsale and the like. Not to mention, it's been the choice of two former Bachelors, à la Jason Mesnick's proposal to Melissa Rycroft and Chris Soules' proposal to Whitney Bischoff.

Needless to say, it's no surprise the style is growing in popularity. The uniqueness of this design is subtle enough for a timeless, classic look but different enough to create something special. Not to mention that the stone options are endless, whether you want an emerald or marquise cut, a diamond or colored gemstone.

In our directional tizzy, we've rounded up a few favorites. Engaged brides-to-be, take note.

01 of 07

Suzanne Kalan

Courtesy of Twist

Chic and sophisticated, this emerald-cut beauty is all about a subtle dazzle. A halo of diamonds frames a white topaz stone set on a white gold band. (White topaz baguette ring with diamonds, $580, Suzanne Kalan available at Twist)

02 of 07

Gillian Conroy

Courtesy of Catbird

Whimsy is written all over this delicate piece, with an 18K gold pavéd band featuring a rose cut teardrop diamond for a light and minimal look. (Teardrop diamond pavé ring, $4,950, Gillian Conroy available at Catbird)

03 of 07


Courtesy of Kwiat

A marquise diamond framed by a pavé diamond halo set in platinum lends an air of aristocracy. (Marquise diamond and platinum engagement ring, price upon request, Kwiat)

04 of 07

Charles & Colvard

Courtesy of Charles & Colvard

Moissanite and rose gold combine for a classically romantic combination. Simple, but elegant, this oval-cut rock makes a statement. ("Forever One" oval moissanite east-west solitaire engagement ring, $1,549, Charles & Colvard)

05 of 07

Brilliant Earth

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

This 18K white gold Edwardian-era ring is rife in vintage beauty, complete with a French-cut diamond complemented by sparkling diamond accents and an intricate framework for a truly unique look. ("The Tangier Ring" 18K white gold Edwardian-era engagement ring, $2,175, Brilliant Earth)

06 of 07


Courtesy of Kwiat

A cushion solitaire diamond really pops against a simple rose gold band, creating a weightless appearance. (Cushion solitaire diamond ring in 18K rose gold, price upon request, Kwiat)

07 of 07

Diamond Nexus

Courtesy of Diamond Nexus

An emerald-cut diamond laying in this direction immediately makes the stone look larger than life. Double claw prongs add a modern vibe in this white gold ring. (East-west classic emerald engagement ring, $993.65, Diamond Nexus)

Related Stories