|East-West setting with an Emerald Cut Moissanite from Etsy|
I’ve noticed lots of you searching on this blog for “sideways engagement rings”. My guess is that you’ve caught a glimpse of some of the fabulous new east-west engagement rings styles which orient the center stone from left to right, or “East-West” vs the typical “North-South” arrangement commonly seen in engagement ring settings.
East-West settings work best with long, narrow stones like emerald, oval and marquise cuts. The effect is thoroughly modern and unexpected. Take a look at some examples below.
|A gorgeous east-west split shank setting with an oval diamond available from Etsy|
|East-West Bezel Setting with an Oval Diamond|
|A marquise east-west halo setting has exotic appeal. Find it on Etsy.|
So why are these settings getting so much attention? With the rising popularity of fancy cuts like oval, emerald and marquise, many shoppers are realizing the east-west setting show these stones off to their best advantage. A smaller stone set east-west gives the appearance of MORE finger coverage than the same stone set traditionally.
Want to see how this trend works for a round diamond? Here’s an affordable East-West setting from Blue Nile.