Despite its diminutive size, the sheer amount of jargon associated with an engagement ring can be intimidating to those unfamiliar with it. If you're thinking about purchasing or commissioning an engagement ring, we thought it would be helpful to explain some of the terms that are commonly used in the industry.
So let's start from the very beginning, where all of the action takes place!
The main stone or stones are held in place by the "head" of the engagement ring, which is located at the very top.
A solitaire is a ring with a single stone, but there could be more than one. In the case of a trilogy ring with three stones, it is known as such, or a Halo ring, which has a central stone surrounded by smaller stones, is known as such.
On either side of the main/centre stone, you can add side stones and accent stones to add more detail (or sparkle!) to the design.
The most common settings we use are claws (or prongs, as they are known in the United States) that are carefully pushed over the gemstones to secure them in position.
The shank is a less glamorous component of the ring, but it is critical in ensuring its durability. This is the main part of the ring that wraps around the finger and is made of sterling silver.
A word of caution here: we receive a lot of requests for engagement rings with extremely thin shanks. However, keep in mind that you want this precious ring to last for years before it needs to be repaired or refinished. Therefore, slim is fine, but extremely thin is not.
The shoulders serve as a link between the head and the shank. They can be left plain or set with stones to add another design element to the space.
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