What is a Cathedral Ring Setting?

So, you’re thinking about a cathedral engagement ring? There’s no surprise that this trendy ring setting which packs a lot of history and beauty is a popular choice for brides in search of a forever ring. The elegant and elevated arches that support the center diamond have become a favorite for brides who not only want a setting that stuns but a ring that is built to last. 

To help you better navigate this important decision, explore the conception, popularity, and benefits of wearing a cathedral engagement ring. 


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What is a cathedral setting?

Inspired by the structural beauty that is cathedral architecture, cathedral settings have arches of metal that flank and add support for the middle stone. This design style can be traced back to the Middle Ages, where soaring arches and intricate details were a source of inspiration for craftsmen. As the style evolved, the regal essence remained the same as jewelers modernized the design choice into versatile settings that complement a variety of diamond shapes and sizes


Guide to cathedral setting styles

Classic, vintage, modern, no matter the style a bride is desiring for their engagement ring, the cathedral setting can fulfill it. The arches are the star of the show and depending on the designer's vision and the bride's preferences can take many forms from simple and understated to elaborate and ornate. The arches can also be smooth and flowing, creating a sense of continuity or they may be adorned with intricate detailing, such as filigree or engraving, adding an extra layer of interest to the design. The height and angle of the arches can vary, giving brides the flexibility to adorn it with different diamond cuts and sizes. 
While cathedral setting styles remain consistent, variations are available to fit different preferences. Those common variations include: 


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Shown: round cut diamond cathedral ring with diamond band

Classic Cathedral Setting: Smooth, graceful arches that rise to meet the center stone is one of the most traditional versions of the cathedral setting. A look that exudes a timeless and romantic feel. 


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Split Shank Cathedral Setting: Just like its name, the shank splits into two as it approaches the center stone, creating a unique and eye-catching design. It is a stunner once adorned with a diamond or any other gemstone. 


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Vintage Cathedral Setting: For brides in love with intricate detailing, a vintage cathedral setting is the perfect choice. From milgrain to filigree, this antique design style is a romantic choice.
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Shown: radiant cut diamond sleek cathedral ring

Modern Cathedral Setting: Clean lines and a minimalist approach are what this setting style is all about. Brides who embrace contemporary settings will enjoy the simplicity of the arches in this style. 


The Pros and Cons 

Outside of its long-standing history of being one of the most beautiful engagement ring settings, there are other things to consider when considering a cathedral ring setting. Here are some pros and cons to weigh while making your final decision:



  • Durability: The arches of the cathedral setting not only contribute to the aesthetic appeal but also provide structural support to the center stone. This added support can enhance the overall durability and longevity of the ring. 
  • Variety: When it comes to diversity, the cathedral setting delivers many options for brides to choose from including customizable options for couples to explore. 
  • Versatility: From classic round to princess or cushion cut, cathedral settings can accommodate various diamond shapes. 
  • Enhancement: Your diamond of choice is sure to get the shine it deserves while it is elevated above the beautiful arches. 
  • Timeless: No matter the setting style you decide on, cathedral engagement rings won’t be a design choice that’s here today and gone tomorrow. The classic and romantic nature of the setting ensures they remain a coveted choice for years to come.



    • Vulnerability: The elevated arches of a cathedral setting may expose the diamond and prongs, which increases the risk of snagging on clothing or other materials. 
    • Maintenance: The more intricate, the more it may require more meticulous maintenance. Dirt, oils, and other debris can accumulate in intricate areas, making regular cleaning a necessity. 
      While all pieces of jewelry come with a set of pros and cons to consider, it is especially important to feel confident in making the right decision when it comes to such an important token of your love. 



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      If there is one thing to keep in mind when deciding on a cathedral setting - it’s care. Caring for a cathedral setting involves regular maintenance to ensure its longevity and sparkle. You can go the professional route for regular cleanings and inspections or simply clean it with a soft brush and a trusted cleaner to remove debris from the elevated arches. Either way, you want to ensure you’re doing your due diligence with any piece of jewelry to remove risks of damage - that includes cleaning and storage. Being mindful of its care will preserve its beauty for many years to come. 

      A cathedral setting offers a well-rounded combination of aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. Beyond the beauty of the cathedral-inspired arches, we understand that a cathedral setting is more than just a design choice - it’s a symbol of enduring love and support as you embark on a new journey with your partner. When deciding on such an important heirloom, it’s important to weigh your lifestyle with the pros and cons of an engagement ring with this setting design. 

      You can confidently make this meaningful choice with Plum Diamonds, as we have a collection of cathedral engagement rings for you to choose from or customize to make it as unique as the love you share with your partner. From rose gold, platinum, or white gold metals, to sustainably crafted lab grown diamonds in a radiant, cushion, or round cut - your dream cathedral setting is possible. Whether for its symbolism, elegance, or versatility, the cathedral setting easily captures the hearts of brides in search of a ring that transcends time and trends. 

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