I know that for something so small it can feel daunting how much terminology there is associated with a ring. So we thought we'd walk through of the most used terms to give you extra knowledge and confidence if you’re buying or commissioning a ring.
Ok, let’s start at the top where the exciting stuff happens!
The top of the ring is called the head and it holds the main stone or stones
In a solitaire
there’s a single stone but there could be more. For example if it has three stones (it’s a trilogy
ring) or a Halo
if the central stone has a rim of smaller stones around it.
You can add side stones and accent stones for more detail (or sparkle!) on either side of the main/centre stone.
The most popular settings we use involve claws (or prongs as they’re know in America) carefully pushed over the gemstones to hold them in place.
Not quite so glamorous, but vital to the making sure the ring is robust, is the shank. This is the main part of the ring which goes around the finger.
A word to the wise here; we get lots of requests for very skinny shanks on engagement rings, but remember you want this precious ring to withstand years of wear before it needs some TLC, so slim is fine but skinny isn’t great.
The shoulders connect the head to the shank. They can be plain or set with stones to bring in another design element.
I hope that helps to better understand these little beauties - and of course if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask, we’d love to hear from you.