Engagement Rings Tutorial
Basic Engagement Ring AnatomyAn engagement ring is essentially composed of two parts, a head and a shank. The center stone is held in place by prongs or a bezel.
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Engagement Rings – Basic Vocabulary
BezelA piece of metal that completely encircles a diamond or colored gem securing it in place.
GalleryThe undercarriage of the head of a ring, which can be functional or decorative.
HeadThe most prominent part of the ring's mounting, which holds the center stone.
A ring can either have an integrated or a peg head. An integrated head is composed of a head and shank that are constructed from a single piece of metal. A peg head is soldered to the shank, so it is constructed from two separate pieces of metal.
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Prongs/ClawsThe small pieces of metal that cup the center stone, securing it in place.
Ring MountingThe entire ring—without a center stone or side stones.
Semi MountA ring with accent stones already in place, but without a center stone.
ShankThe band that encircles the finger.
SettingThe act of securing diamonds and gemstones into an engagement ring or other jewelry item.
Setting StyleThe specific way that stones are secured, i.e., prongs-set or bezel-set.
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