Trend Lines: North South vs. East West

Who knew those basic compass skills could also be applied to fine jewelry. East West (or sometimes called horizontal) rings simply means that the stone runs across rather than up and down the finger. Most commonly found in solitaire designs using oval, marquise or emerald cuts, this is one trend we don’t mind.

One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from jewelers we’ve spoken with since starting this site is that for big investments the most important part is the stone itself – settings can always be changed.

So if you’re worried that an East-West setting might be too trendy or you might not like it in five years, you can always change the setting. But by that time, who knows, you might love it so much you won’t consider changing it.

Plus you’ll be in some pretty classy company:

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Portia De Rossi East West Diamond Ring

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Emily Weiss East West Diamond Engagement Ring

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Catherine Zeta Jones East West Diamond Engagement Ring

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Natalie Portman East West Diamond Engagement Ring (more details here)

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5d51637dce257b83b9e76e8914dd9c3fKate Beckinsale East West Diamond Engagement Ring (more info here)

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