Our Favorite East West Engagement Rings
All of your friends opted for traditional (and gorgeous) diamond engagement rings. But now it’s time to find your perfect ring and all of the options just seem a little too normal — and safe — for your tastes. Do you have to give up your diamond dreams in order to get a non-traditional ring? Nope! Instead, consider one of the trendy east west engagement rings.
What are East West engagement rings?
Most diamond engagement rings are designed so the diamond is vertically placed in the center of the ring. East west engagement rings turn the classic style – literally — by placing the stone horizontally on the band.
The horizontal placement of east west engagement rings let you show off your non-traditional style — and they also allow for more personalization with the diamond cut and color.
Things to consider when buying an East West engagement ring
Finding the perfect east west engagement for you isn’t as simple as flipping a stone on a traditional diamond engagement ring.
The biggest thing to consider is how the horizontally placed stone sits within the setting. The ratio of your diamond is important: Longer shapes, like oval-, marquise- and emerald-shaped diamonds, have certain ratios that determine how they look. If you go with a very skinny stone, the stone might not pop out from the band as much as if you go with a wider version.
That said, your options aren’t limited when it comes to east west engagement rings — and you don’t have to pick a diamond either. You can get an east west style that takes a classic cushion shaped halo — in any gemstone (like an emerald) — and turns it. Pave is in play, too. Think about whether you want more attention on your ring. If you like a bolder look, you can go with an east west setting as well as accent pave stones for extra sparkle.
Top East West Engagement Rings (Shopping Guide)
OK, so you’re sold on east west engagement rings. Now what? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles to give you some inspiration — and help you start on your search for the perfect east west engagement ring.