east west | ˈēst west
A stone that is set with its elongated sides parallel to the band
East-west settings are used for gemstone cuts with elongated shapes. These include gemstone cuts like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald. An east-west set ring is one where the stone is set horizontally across the band. This is most often applies to elongated cuts as something unique from the more traditional sets of most engagement rings. East-west settings are sometimes simply called unconventional settings and and allows the ring to cover more of the finger than it would traditionally. There are several formats of east-west settings, depending on how much one wants to change the typical symmetry of the ring they are wearing. These ring settings are selected often because they are unique, can be more comfortable depending on finger type, and can highlight the band more than a traditional setting.