First, we explored the details of stone cut, then explained how to choose your stone shape. Next up in our Design Guide series: The ring anatomy. When explaining your custom design, it is helpful to know some terminology to communicate exactly what you’re imagining.

  Your Guide to Ring Anatomy

Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Center Stone

Center stone: Just what it sounds like! This is the main stone in your design. It is the focal point that sets the tone for the look and feel of the ring. It’s the first thing that people will notice.


Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Prongs

Prongs: These are the metal pieces that hold the stones in place. In all our rings, they are structurally integrated into the design, making them very sturdy and durable. Other jewelry stores solder prongs onto the band, which is not up to our structural standards.

Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Head

Head: The head is the name for the combination of the center stone and prongs. This is where you’ll decide how you want your center stone to be set.


Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Side Stones

Side Stones: Another easy one! The side stones are just what the sound like—stones that are on the sides of the center stone. These are sometimes referred to as accent stones, and generally are set the same way as the center stone.

Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Gallery Rail

Gallery rail: This is a structural piece that supports the prongs and ensures structural integrity in some stone settings.


Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Bridge

Bridge: This is the part of the band that runs beneath the stones and sits against the finger. It can be simple or decorative.

Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Shoulder

Shoulder: The shoulder is the part of the ring that transitions from the stone settings to the rest of the band, or shank. It can be simple and plain, or accented and ornate.


Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Shank

Shank: The shank is the formal name for the band.

Your Guide to Ring Anatomy: Shank Base

Shank Base: This is the name of the part of the shank that is worn on the palm side of your hand. It can be rounded or squared off, depending on your preference.


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