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Anatomy Of A Ring

Simplistically, the ‘anatomy’ of a ring refers to its many different and variable characteristics. Not all will be applicable to your design, but by giving you the knowledge, you will then be able to critically analyse ring components. In doing so, you will be able to discuss your dream vision with more confidence and understanding.




Centre Stone: The centre stone of your ring is the focal point of the design, it’s where your chosen gemstone will rest in all of its glory.

Head: The head of the ring is what holds your chosen centre stone safely and securely into place whether it is a prong/claw setting or a bezel setting.

Prong/Claw: The prong/claw of a ring is part of the setting that is pushed over the gemstone to hold it into place securely. The amount of claws that are pushed over is designated by the design of the setting.

Side Stone:  With a ring design that has more than one gemstone within it, for example a trilogy style ring. The gems that rest either side of the centre gem in the trilogy are known as the side stones.

Gallery Rail: Adding structure to the ring and strength to the setting of the gemstone, a gallery rail always recommended to secure your gemstones safety and security.

Bridge: The bridge in a ring follows the finger rail underneath the head of the ring to provide strength and structure to the piece, also allow the ring to sit comfortably on your finger.

Shoulder: The shoulder of the ring is the point at which the shank of the ring meets the head of the ring.

Accent Stones: Gemstones set down the shoulder of the ring shank are known as accent stones. Allowing you to add your personal style the the shank of the ring.

Shank: The shank is the band of the ring, available in many profiles to match your personal style

Sizing Area: It’s always recommended to have at the base of the ring shank, an area where in the future, if necessary, the ring can be sized. In the case of a design that follows the whole circumference of the band, for example a fully diamond set eternity ring, it’s not possible and other methods to size will be required.



Why Is It Important?

We at Durham Rose want to increase your education on ring knowledge. In doing so, when you are ready to design your forever piece, you can do so feeling empowered and ready to let your creative vision take centre stage. 



“Anatomy Of A Ring: If you have ever wondered what the head, or the shoulder of a ring is, let our jewellery experts share their knowledge with you on the ‘Anatomy of a Ring’.”

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