Prong settings, cathedral setting, gypsy settings, cluster, and the list goes on! So many setting options are available, and this small detail can make or break an engagement ring’s look.

cathedral ring setting

We’re getting up close and personal with a classic ring style- the Cathedral style setting! A ring’s setting may not seem too important, but it’s actually one of the most vital features to consider.

With decades in the custom engagement ring crafting business, we love to help our customers choose the perfect design.

When it comes to this style of ring settings, here’s what you should know (and what this post will cover).

Check out some examples of a cathedral ring settings:

Cathedral Ring Setting Examples

cathedral setting

What is a Cathedral Setting?

Think tall, raised, with plenty of sparkling light filtering through. Sort of like a classic European cathedral, eh?


A cathedral ring setting displays a central stone flanked by raised arches of precious metal that come up from the shank. This setting type appears as an elegant, basket-like structure under the ring.

As you can see above, many different variations are possible with this setting.

Where Does the Name Come From?

Think of old world, European architecture built during the 12th through 16th century.

The setting gets its namesake from its strikingly similar appearance to Gothic style cathedral doorway and ceiling arches. This style of architecture focused on  height and light.

Per Architectural Digest, this style features pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses, all of which enabled the structures to be built taller and stronger.

Cathedral Ring Setting (Pros and Cons)

When it comes to a ring’s setting, you’ll want to consider these aspects:

  • daily activity level for wear and tear
  • ring maintenance and cleaning schedule
  • ring appearance from different angles
  • traditional vs unconventional design preference
  • how light reflects from center stone

Next, let’s see how the cathedral ring setting stacks up!

Cathedral Setting Pros

First, the pros! Here’s why you SHOULD consider a cathedral setting:

  1. Accentuates the center stone: The raised arches and intricate details below the stone create a perfect display allowing the center stone to shine. A center stone that sits higher on the finger generally appears more prominent than in a lower setting.
  2. Versatile design: A major cathedral setting benefit is the endless design options. Intricate and complicated OR paired down and simplified– both cathedral settings work and give a ring its own unique feel.
  3. Provides a more traditional, classic look: The cathedral setting has been around for ages, and this style is here to stay. The raised effect ensures maximum sparkle and pairs well with round brilliant stones.
    If you’re in the market for a more conventional engagement ring style, consider this setting!
  4. Allows for perfectly tight ring stacking: The raised center stone creates the perfect situation for stacking. Wedding bands will fit perfectly snug against a cathedral setting engagement ring.

Cathedral Style Setting Cons

Alternatively, you may NOT want a cathedral setting for these reasons:

  1. Easier to damage: Because of the raised design, it’s more likely to get banged up, dinged, or snagged. Those with more active lifestyles should consider a more flush design (or wear a substitute silicone ring for heavy activity).
  2. Needs more frequent cleaning: Dirt, debris, lotion, and makeup can easily find its way into the more open crevices. This setting style requires more frequent cleaning.
  3. Not for those with unconventional taste: Not into traditional, classic engagement ring looks? The cathedral ring is not a good fit. Choose a more modern, alternative style instead!

Final Thoughts

Cathedral style settings aren’t going out of style anytime soon. They’re a classy, traditional option for engagement rings, and come in a variety of designs to fit most any preference.

These types of settings have a lot of positive attributes, but want to know our absolute favorite? An engagement ring featuring a cathedral setting will look gorgeous from all angle.

All the intricate details under the main stone gives the ring a little something extra to admire.

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