Origins of The Name
The cathedral engagement ring setting got its name because it’s shape mimics the grace and elegance of a cathedral .”A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop”. The name in Italian is Duomo. The Cathedral is a big and impressive building with arches that frame and support the ceiling in a stable way.
Understanding the Cathedral Engagement Ring Setting
The cathedral setting is one of the most elegant, classic and popular engagement ring settings. Similar to the cathedral arches it uses arches of metal to support and securely hold the center diamond or colored gemstone. The center stone can be set with prongs, bezel, tension or basket design and it can sit low or high above the arches. It’s defining characteristic is not how the center stone is held but rather how the mounting is built and how the shank and the arches are relating.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Choosing a Cathedral Engagement Ring Setting
Cathedral setting is elegant and classic.
The arches provide protection to the center stone, especially if the stone sits low and the arches extend to the stone’s girdle. This is especially relevant if the center stone is a softer gemstone such as emerald.The setting is especially fit to support bigger heavier center stones
1. Cleaning may be more difficult
2. This setting works best with a solitaire center stone. It may look disproportional with multi-stones
3. If the ring is set on high arches it may be more prone to damage from external objects, or caught in clothes.
Variations Of Cathedral Setting
- Different arch degrees, from very small arches to dramatic curves that frame a high setting
- The arches may be concave or convex.
- Different arch widths proportional to the size of the center gemstone
- Solid or split band arches