When looking to buy a ring, it is important to understand the anatomy of the jewel so you can make an informed purchase that you will be able to enjoy for years to come.
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The Ring Setting
Sometimes referred to as the head of the ring, the setting is located at the top of the band and holds a stone in place. Four of the most common types of settings include:
- Prongs – Prongs are the most common type of setting. There are typically four to six metal prongs that hold a stone in place.
- Bezels – A bezel is a thin metal band that encircles the stone to secure it to the ring.
- Tensions – In this type of setting, the sides of the band grip the gemstone to hold it in place. If any prongs are used, they are not visible.
- Pavé – With this setting, several small gems hold the other small stones all together.
The Ring Band
The band of a ring is the piece of material that circles around your finger. It may not seem as exciting as the precious jewels it carries, but the band is a vital component that can completely change the style of the ring itself. The band can sometimes be called the “shank” of the ring and is often composed of a metal such as gold or silver.
Other Parts of a Ring
Two other parts of a ring are the lesser known “shoulder” and “gallery.” The top two sides of the ring that stretch out from each side of the center gem are called the shoulder. The section that is between the top of the ring and the actual band is referred to as the gallery. Sometimes, especially on vintage style rings, scrollwork is visible on the gallery and can be viewed best from the side.
Why Work With Us?
At A&C Jewelry, we will work to find the ring that suits you best and can be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you are searching for a ring for a special occasion or looking to sell rings you already own, A&C Jewelry is happy to help. If you have any questions about the anatomy of a ring, or about jewelry in general, give us a call.