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Ring Anatomy: Learn Lingo of Our Diamond Designers

Aug 17, 2016 BY Diamond Foundry IN

Diamond designers have a language all their own. It’s not just the “sticky up-y part;” its the prongs. It’s not the “side of the ring,” but the shoulder. Shopping for a ring can be daunting, especially if you intend to customize it. To narrow in on what you want, it helps to know the lingo.

Consider this the legend to your ring’s map, explained!


Ring Anatomy - Head

The head of the ring refers to the parts that are elevated from the shank. This often includes the center stone, side stones, as well as prongs or a bezel.

Side Stone

Ring Anatomy - Side Stone

The side stones are the two diamonds on either side of the center stone in a ‘three-stone style.’ These are not to be confused with the accent stones that run along the shoulder, shank or halo of the ring.


Ring Anatomy - Gallery

The gallery is the space between the diamond and the top of the shank. Designers often style this area with additional metalwork.


Ring Anatomy - Prongs

Prongs are one of the most popular setting styles (apart from bezel). The prongs elevate the diamond from the shank. 


Ring Anatomy - Hallmark

The hallmark is a stamp inside a ring. It can identify features like carat weight, manufacturer, trade marks, jeweler, or designer. The most important information in the hallmark is the ‘metal stamp,’ which identifies the carat weight of the metal – as shown here.

Center Stone

Ring Anatomy - Center Stone

The center stone is the main diamond in the middle of the setting. While commonly a round brilliant, the center stone comes in a wide variety of shapes.


Accent Stones

Ring Anatomy - Accent Stone

Unlike side stones, which frame the center stone, accent stones run along the shoulder of the ring. They are often considerably smaller than the center stone.

Shoulder and Shank

Ring Anatomy - Shoulder and Shank

The shoulder of the ring marks the point between the setting and the shank. It may hold accent diamonds or remain bare. The shank is the area below the shoulder, which is often polished. Its width is determined by the size of the head and center stone.

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