Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings

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Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings

There are two major types of engagement ring styles to choose from when choosing an engagement ring. They are arching cathedral design versus what we like to call the Tiffany style.  Both styles have their own unique aspects that make them desirable for certain people’s tastes.  We are pretty sure you know what a Tiffany style setting is, so we will leave that for another post.

Asymmetrical Cathedral Engagement Ring
Asymmetrical Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings

This Modern Cathedral Engagement Ring is a new spin on the cathedral engagement ring.  There are 2 rows of diamonds on the opposite sides of the band, which is a little cool.  But then those rows are interrupted by swooping lines of stones that go up the sides of the cathedral. It is a very dramatic effect.  The accents are 1mm in diameter, but they could be made larger.  

What Are Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings?

The cathedral setting is one of the most elegant, classic, and consequently, popular engagement ring settings. Similar to the graceful arches of a cathedral, this setting uses arches of metal to hold or frame the diamond or other gemstone.  Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings can be be set with prongs, bezel or tension settings since the determining feature of this ring is not how the center stone is set, but rather how it is elevated with arches above the rest of the ring.  The arches can add extra height and make the center stone appear larger; they can also add cost-saving style for less money than adding additional diamonds.

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings have typically been in white gold, although there are plenty of yellow and rose gold rings as well. The cathedral setting is most popular with the Round Brilliant Cut, but other shapes can be supported by this design as well.

Why Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings Are Popular

Cathedral engagement ring settings are popular for several reasons. Firstly, they offer a stunning and elegant look that many couples desire for their engagement ring. The raised setting of the cathedral design allows more light to enter the diamond, enhancing its brilliance and sparkle. This makes the ring truly eye-catching and ensures that it stands out on the finger.

Secondly, cathedral settings provide excellent protection for the center stone. The arches on either side of the diamond act as a secure foundation, holding it firmly in place. This reduces the risk of the diamond becoming loose or falling out, giving couples peace of mind that their precious stone is well-protected.

Lastly, cathedral engagement ring settings can be customized to suit individual preferences. Whether you prefer a classic, vintage, or modern style, there are countless variations of the cathedral design to choose from. This allows couples to create a unique and personalized ring that reflects their own taste and style.

In a nutshell, the popularity of cathedral engagement ring settings can be attributed to their stunning appearance, excellent protection for the center stone, and the ability to customize the design. If you’re looking for a ring that combines elegance, security, and personalization, a cathedral setting may be the perfect choice for you.

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings – 2 Tone

Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings
2 Tone Infinity Engagement Ring

This 2 Tone ring is one of our Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings because you have an elegant split shank heart-infinity design in white gold and then you have this yellow gold head jumping out at you with the center stone.  If you click on the link, you will see the hearts tucked beneath the center stone.

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings – Pave

Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring
Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

The second of our Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings has three rows of pave set stones going halfway around the ring that arch up towards the center stone.  If you click the image, you will be able to see the profile view.

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings – Peekaboo

Cathedral Engagement Ring
Engraved Cathedral Engagement Ring

With its sweeping arches, this Scrolled Cathedral Solitaire Ring is whimsical and ornate, making the list of Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings. Small diamonds take refuge in the bridge of this striking cathedral setting, giving it some extra sparkle.

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings – Filigree

Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring
Scrolled Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring

This beautifully sculpted V Halo Heart Scrolled Cathedral Ring is adorned with half hearts creeping on the sides of the band.  This allows for some light to come through and gives it a gorgeous look. The V shaped halo hides underneath the center stone, letting it occupy center stage by itself.  Click to see the side view!

Favorite Split Shank Engagement Rings – Faux Solitaire

Accented Cathedral Engagement Ring
Modern Cathedral Engagement Ring

This elegant Cathedral Engagement Ring boasts more than meets the eye with the accents on the sides of the ring. From the top, it looks like a plain solitaire with a thicker band, but if you look from the side, you see almost as carat of sparkly diamonds.  This deception add this one to our list of Favorite Split Shank Engagement Rings, besides the fact that it is just a stunning ring!

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings – Knife Edge

Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings
Knife Edge Cathedral Engagement Ring

This Vintage Engagement Ring features a knife edge shank with 2 rows of 1.3mm stones in it.  The 5mm center stone sits above 2 bezel set diamonds as well., giving it a peekaboo style as well.  But this makes it as one of Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings for the double rows of stones at different angles, giving this ring some bling from every vantage point!

Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings – Engraved

Engraved Cathedral Engagement Ring
Engraved Cathedral Engagement Ring

This cathedral ring is accented on the top of the shank.  However, the star of the ring is the carved elements on the sides of the band.  A beautiful, and less expensive than diamonds, option to accent your ring, this easily made Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings.

The Bottom Line On Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings

For brides looking for a versatile, yet still traditional diamond engagement ring, cathedral rings make an excellent choice. The cathedral settings feature a band that slopes up to around the same level as the girdle or edge of the center diamond.  Please note that this only refers to the the sloping of the band.  As you can see from the images in this post. The arches can be incorporated in an array of different custom engagement ring designs.  In this manner, the cathedral design places the focal point on the center stone.

Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring
Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

This Vintage Solitaire Engagement Ring has an interesting milgrain and vine pattern going up the cathedral shanks.  It was inspired by a script in Lord of the Rings, so we can’t really say what is it.  But we like it!  There is also milgrain on the edges of the ring.

Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings – Not your Mother’s Engagement Ring Anymore

The cathedral engagement ring is one of the more traditional styles.  Yet, it is still a versatile engagement ring style that can be combined with other style and design aspects.  This can create stunning, modern rings you won’t find anywhere else.   If you want to create a ring that is truly yours, these give you one of the best chances to achieve that goal.



This elegant Custom Cathedral Engagement Ring boasts more than meets the eye with the accents on the sides of the ring.  It is shown with a 1 carat round diamonds.  However, almost any shape, size, or type of stone can be used.  The band is 2.5mm wide. But it could be made thinner or thicker depending on the size of the stone as well as your person taste.

Just because something is considered traditional, does not make it old fashioned.  Many of these rings are very modern and not something your mother would like! Truthfully, the a certain style becomes traditional only after being very popular for a long time.  Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings have withstood the  test of time.  They will not go out of style like many engagement rings fads that have come and gone.

Celebrities Who Wear Cathedral Engagement Rings

Cathedral engagement rings have become increasingly popular among celebrities in recent years. These rings are known for their elegant and timeless design, making them a perfect choice for those in the spotlight. One celebrity who has been spotted wearing a cathedral engagement ring is Blake Lively. Known for her impeccable style, Lively’s ring features a stunning diamond set in a cathedral setting, adding a touch of sophistication to her look.

Another celebrity who has embraced the cathedral trend is Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, previously worn by Princess Diana, also showcases a beautiful sapphire in a cathedral setting. This classic choice perfectly complements Middleton’s refined and regal style. Lastly, actress Natalie Portman is another celebrity who has chosen a cathedral engagement ring. Her ring features a unique twist with a halo of diamonds surrounding the center stone, creating a dazzling and eye-catching effect.

These celebrities have all chosen cathedral engagement rings for their timeless beauty and elegance, making them a popular choice among those in the public eye. Whether you’re a fan of Blake Lively’s glamorous style, Kate Middleton’s royal elegance, or Natalie Portman’s unique flair, a cathedral engagement ring is sure to make a statement.

Let Us Show You What We Can Do For You!

Would you like to have a Cathedral Engagement Ring made? Contact us with your idea today. It can cost less than you think to have your very own ring created just for you.  We know there are a ton of places selling wedding rings.  There are also quite a few offerings to create custom engagement rings.  Valeria Custom Jewelry stands a few notches above most of these places.  If given the chance, our expertise, service, and value will be immediately evident once we begin working on your Custom Engagement Ring.

Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings

This Celtic Cathedral Engagement Ring has a lot happening on it.  There is almost no place on this ring that isn’t adorned with some sort of design element.  That is what makes it so stunning.  Beautiful scrollwork, milgrain, and Celtic symbols are on the top and sides of this stunning Ring.  The center stone is a 6.5mm round and is accented with 8 stones.  However, this design would work well with a cushion or princess cut stone as well.  If you like the idea of this Celtic Cathedral Engagement Ring, but don’t like the patterns.  We could make it with whatever pattern you wanted as long as it fit.


Let Us Create Cathedral Engagement Ring Settings For You

Click here to see all of our custom engagement rings.  If you don’t see anything you like or can modify to your taste, send us your idea.  We will see what we can do for you.  It can cost less than you think to have your very own custom engagement ring made just for you. Why hassle with the retail stores for boring and overpriced engagement rings?  Valeria Custom Jewelry can create the perfect perfect custom engagement ring for you if you just give us the chance!



Our Favorite Cathedral Engagement Rings

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