You are thinking of buying a particular engagement ring or having it tailor made, but are unsure of the various terms used for each part of the ring? Please read below as we outline the anatomy of engagement rings, comprising mainly the head and the band.
- The head of a ring
- The band of a ring
The head of a ring
The head is the top part of the ring and probably the most important one. It can vary in design, but is always mainly composed of the centre stone, side stones if there are any, and all the parts that hold the stone in place.
The centre stone is the centre piece of any engagement ring. Whether it is a diamond or a coloured gemstone, it can be set in the metal in many different ways. The two most popular settings today are the claw or the bezel setting. The traditional claw setting offers the greatest visibility of the stone as it is held in place through 4 to 6 metals claws positioned over the edge or girdle of the stone. The bezel setting is often used for larger stones. It is composed of a thin band of metal that surrounds the stone completely along the girdle, holding it firmly into place and protecting it all around.
If the centre stone is flanked by side stones, these would still be considered part of the head of the engagement ring. The side stones are usually smaller than the centre stone as they act as accents adding extra sparkle to the overall design.
The band of a ring
The band is the lower part of the ring. It is the part that can be sized to suit your finger but also the place where you can add engravings on the outside or inscriptions inside of the ring. The band may come in different profiles. There is the popular comfort fit, where the band has a rounded outer profile and a slightly rounded inside. It is comfortable and soft for both the ring finger as well as the fingers on the sides regardless of the width of the engagement ring.
There is also a more modern take on this ring with the flat court profile. This band profile has the same rounded edges for comfort, but it has a flat outer surface giving the ring an overall more contemporary feel.
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