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Anatomy Of A Ring, Settings Types, Shank Designs

Understanding the anatomy of a ring is important while discussing your ring with your jeweler. Using the right terminology only helps both parties (jeweler & their client) to be on the same page. On this weeks blog we are going to help you guys understand different styles of a rings, shanks and diamond setting types.

A) Head: This refers to where the center stone sits.

B) Center Stone: This is typically the largest stone placed on highest point of a ring.

C) Gallery: Area directly underneath the center that adds more integrity to the structure of a ring.

D) Bridge: Piece that adds structure to hold the center and the side together.

E) Prongs: Tips of the ring that holds the diamond(s) securely in place.

F) Shoulder: Sides of a ring.

G) Shank: Opposite part of the center where it meets all the way up tp the shoulder

H) Accent Stone: Stones set on the shoulder.

I) Hallmark: In reference to any engraving inside the shank such as logoor name for branding or most common the purity content of the metal.

J) Sizing Area: This is the area where a jeweler cuts the shank to either size the ring up or down.

There are many different styles of shank designs that complement the look of a ring. Traditional straight shank, tapered shank, split shank, knife-edged shank, bypass shank and euro shank.

There are also many diamond setting types that truly help identify the design of the ring such as channel, beaded milgrain, scallop pave, fishtail prong, micro-pave, surface prong, shared prong, bar setting, bezel & flush as shown below.

Please contact us if you have any questions about any jewelry related questions. We are happy to help you in any way.

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