The East-West Engagement Ring Trend Explained | Uneek Jewelry
While classic jewelry options will never go out of style, people continue to look for new trends that can help them express their love like never before. The east-west design is one of the most popular trends, adding a subtle yet powerful change to the traditional engagement ring look. This style takes classic elegance up a notch, presenting a new way to wear hand-cut stones.
While east-west engagement rings are not a novel invention, they have recently captured the hearts of women and men alike. East-west rings are made special for modern lovers who have a deep appreciation for timeless appeal. Many popular stones act as the perfect settings for a sideways ring.
What is an East-West Ring?
East-west engagement rings look similar to traditional engagement rings, with one big difference: the main stone is turned to the side. Rather than being placed vertically in the center of the band, the setting and stone are placed horizontally across the ring for an elongated, rare look.
By changing the orientation of the main stone, an engagement ring can capture a wholly new look. If you are interested in browsing a collection of unexpected but still classically elegant rings, you may look at the trend of east-west rings in a favorable light. Many styles and stones pair well with this horizontally oriented ring style; solitaire stones, for example, are dazzling when turned to the side. Those wanting more pizzazz can find east-west diamond rings with studded bands, adding personal flair from every angle.
Our Favorite Cuts for East-West Settings
It is easy to change a single element of a traditional ring to make a bold statement, and there are many different options that can help you express your unique sense of style. At Uneek Jewelry, we offer a variety of different cuts and shapes that look stunning in an east-west setting. East-west rings are gaining popularity due to their versatility, flexibility, and androgynous appeal. It is thrilling for both men and women to boast an engagement ring that is difficult to find anywhere else.
Some of the best shapes that work in an east-west diamond ring setting include:
Cushion cuts are designed around the idea that the edges of the gem can be “softened” by surrounding it with a lifted setting. When situated horizontally, this enhances the sharpness of the edges while still creating an overall softer look. To make a powerful statement, consider a rectangular cushion cut east-west ring with a single large stone, like this Uneek Precious Collection Split Cushion Cut Engagement Ring. This will surely draw attention and start many conversations before, during, and long after your engagement.
Emerald cuts can be a breath of fresh air when oriented horizontally on an east-west ring, one of the most traditional and straight-edged styles. Emerald settings are long or square, so turning them on their side can make them look incredibly bold. Emerald cuts are an excellent option for solitaire rings to add flair to a stunning ring.
The marquise diamond makes for a beautiful, oval-shaped ring. Turned on its side, it dramatically enhances the appearance of the main stone. In many cases, a marquise diamond east-west ring is more popular than the traditional type of marquise setting, as the pointed edges go from side to side rather than being positioned vertically. That way, whoever wears the ring can enjoy the breathtaking marquise shape fully without worrying about edges getting caught on clothes, skin, or other rings, as seen in the Uneek East-West Marquise Diamond Bypass Engagement Ring with Halo.
You may not think that a pear cut is a wise choice when designing an east-west engagement ring, but this is the perfect piece of jewelry for those who find elevated beauty in asymmetry. The pear ring is a modern, almost new-aged style that strays from the norm without abandoning the elements that make it a timeless beauty.
Find Beautiful East-West Styles and Impress Your Beloved with a Uneek Jewelry Ring
You can browse our sensational collection of east-west rings using our comprehensive store locator, where you will find your nearest store carrying Uneek Jewelry pieces. If you have spent a lot of time looking for the perfect ring to express your love with, perhaps you are looking for a subtle deviation from the norm. Still exemplifying classic elegance, east-west rings offer a way to reorient your main stone beautifully. Browse our east-west engagement rings, and you will surely find a unique piece that speaks to you.