While this week’s post is coming to you a little late, for the week’s Engagement Ring of the Week, we are featuring two rings that highlight the style of an East-West setting. An East-West setting is when the center stone is set horizontally. Most traditional engagement rings feature the center stone being set in North-South direction, however, an alternative is to wear a stone lying horizontally. This setting has a vintage appeal and was popular during eras when fewer accents were used on the sides of the center stone.
Left: Art Deco Asscher Engagement Ring, 2.02ct, centering an Asscher (Square Emerald Cut), D color, VS2 clarity, additionally set with round diamonds weighing approximately 0.30ct, and sapphires* measuring app. 1.5 x 1 mm, fashioned in platinum. Size 6 3/4. 098895R $34,000 GIA-12563536 Right: Art Deco Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Ring, Old Mine 1.73ct, centering an Old Mine Brilliant weighing approximately 1.72ct (H color, VS1 clarity), flanked by calibre cut sapphires and set with twenty-four single cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.28ctw., fashioned in platinum. Size 6.5. 098810R $22,500 EGL-US63727001D
The East-West setting is a style that is commonly seen in Deco engagement Rings. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ engagement ring from Michael Douglas has an East-West orientation. The ring was inspired by a ring from the 1920s.
Having an East-West setting can give a diamond a whole new appearance and can sometimes even make the diamond look larger. It is also a good option for those who are concerned with the gap that will occur when worn with a wedding band, by minimizing the space between the engagement ring and wedding band.
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