When you hear the words ‘cathedral setting,’ you’d think about something used by a priest and not something that’s used to perfectly symbolize a romantic relationship. But it is one of the loveliest settings for an engagement ring. It’s a classic, and it’s one of the favorites for couples who’ve gotten engaged over the years.
But how is it different from the prong and other classic settings for engagement rings? Why would you choose it among other types of elegant ring designs?
What Makes It a Cathedral?
The setting got its name from the arches that frame the ceilings, windows, alcoves and other parts of a cathedral, which is the venue for many romantic weddings in various parts of the world. The ring setting has the same arches that grace the main mounting of the centre stone.
The arches in this ring setting seem to lift the centre stone in a smooth and gentle manner, offering the ring more beauty and regal appeal.
The Fundamentals of a Cathedral Setting
The cathedral setting is often compared to the classic prong setting, especially when it comes to diamond rings, since it also allows a great amount of light into the centre stone. But it does subtly add a more graceful character to the ring with the arches.
A cathedral setting usually uses prongs to hold the centre stone, but the band splits as it reaches the centre stone. In a classic prong setting, the band meets at the base of the prongs.
Another distinctive feature of this setting is having the thinner part of the band encircling the finger, while the thicker part points to the featured stone.
The ‘Architectural Variations’ of a Cathedral Setting
Perhaps, jewellery designers did take more inspirational ideas for cathedral ring settings from the different types of cathedral architecture in different countries. You’ll find that there are different versions of this setting today. These variations are, indeed, convenient, especially as you think of the ring design that will fit your fiancée perfectly.
- Varying degrees of arches, which give you designs ranging from slight arches to really dramatic curves to further accentuate the centre stone
- Varying widths of arches, usually according to the width of the band and the size of the stone
- Edges can be tapered, rounded or square, depending on which would best match the stone cut and the overall design
Why Build a Ring with a Cathedral Setting?
As mentioned earlier, you might find that the cathedral setting is very much similar to the classic prong setting. This is why one major advantage of a cathedral engagement ring is similar to that of a classic prong: mounting the stone using as little metal as possible and raising it from the band show much of its fire and brilliance.
But the arches of the cathedral setting provide a little extra for the ring:
- Better protection and stability for the centre stone
- More romantic and regal character without having to add any side stones or other details
- The illusion of more height to the whole ring
- The illusion of having a centre stone that’s larger than it really is
If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s not elaborate, but is distinctively elegant, see the rings with cathedral setting in jewellery shops. You won’t even need to add accents or side stones to make it look regal and heavenly to fit your queen-to-be.
About the author: Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.