ANATOMY (of an engagement ring)

First of all in the spirit of formality and not taking credit for other people’s work, we didn’t take any of the pictures used in this blog. Not a one. But huge thanks to whoever did. They are outstanding and are exactly what we needed!

If you happen to have recently found yourself in the market for an engagement ring CONGRATULATIONS! You have probably quickly discovered that there is basically a whole other language that goes with that endeavor. We were inspired to write this post for those of you starting from scratch, and might be just discovering what sort of style elements are going to suit you and your fiance to be. There are literally INFINITE designs in bridal jewelry, so we wanted to hit some of the basics that may give you more of an idea what you like, or at the very least a decent jewelry vocabulary lesson.

The first thing you will probably want to decide is which shape diamond (or gemstone) you would like. Choose something you really love. The center stone will be the most prominent element in the overall design of your ring. Plus, no matter what else is going on everyone is looking at “the rock”.

When you start to look at stones there going to be some diamond terms to be familiar with other than the diamond grading scales. Here is a little drawing to introduce you to those. Most (have you noticed nothing is definite in this world yet?) stones have these parts regardless of shape.

Now once you have the stone shape decided its time to find the best way to get it on a finger. Here are some basic ring terms you want to be familiar with.

The head is the part of the overall ring structure that will hold your center stone. What you will hear jewelers refer to as the shank is the actual ring that goes around your finger. Of course there are different kinds of heads and shanks, but by their powers combined, you have a ring.

After you have decided what stone shape you might like, the next step will be to figure out what kind of setting you want. Unless, of course, your beloved would just like to carry it around in their pocket… the two most popular choices are prongs and bezels. Prongs are separate pieces of metal that secure the stone,  and a bezel is a solid rim of metal that goes all the way around the girdle of the stone. Sparkle comes from light entering the top of the stone, so you dont have to worry about your setting stealing your shine. (Only a poorly cut stone can do that.)  

After you have chosen how to set the stone you’ll want to decide on other design elements of the ring. The design of the shank will determine the overall style of the ring, be that classic, contemporary, vintage or modern. This is also the feature that dertermines how thin or wide the ring sits on the finger and how tall the ring will sit off the hand.

If you want small diamonds in the shank of the ring you will need to think about how you would like those set. Prong set is the most popular in our store. That is the look where you see the least amount of metal and the most BLING! Channel is great for people who are worried about things catching on the prongs and bead set will give you a more vintage look. (Just a another vocab tip, those small diamonds are called melee. Like belly, but with an M.)

We know we have barely scratched the surface of all the options that are available. Maybe we will do an advanced anatomy blog and go deeper into some other style elements and designs… Engagement ring shopping and buying should be fun and exciting, and that’s why you have us! We are here to answer all of your questions (give you a cold beer or glass of wine),  and make sure the end result will be an amazing ring to symbolize your amazing love.

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