Jewellery Jargon, What are We Talking About?

Jewellery Jargon, What are We Talking About?

Imagine you are going into a jeweller to shop for the perfect engagement ring. As you are describing what you like, you start to use words like: thing, part, bit, etc., . Jewellery terminology can be confusing, we get it. Our staff can read between the lines and piece together what you’re saying. But we want to help use the proper terms. So we are here to help! Let’s go through the anatomy of an engagement ring so that you can know what you are talking about when you go to purchase one.

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Parts of a Ring

A Prong or Claw is a tapering metal projection, raised from the base of the ring and is used to hold a stone. Tips are the tip of the prong that is seen from the aerial view of the ring. A Head or Crown is the primary object that holds the center stone, including the prongs and the base that attaches to the ring. The Shank or Foundation of a ring is the band or the part that actually encircles your finger. The Shoulder or Ceiling marks the point between the foundation of the ring and the setting which holds the stone. A Mounting or Setting is the part of the ring that includes the center stone and how it is held in place. Some types of settings are: bezel, prong, halo, and three-stone.

Your Center Stone is the stone that the ring is based around. Side Stones are any stone that is set adjacent to the center stone of a ring. Used to complement or enhance the center stone.


Are you ready to buy that engagement ring now? We thought so! Now that you know what all the terminology is, you can do some pre-shopping online to get a better idea of what you want before you head to the store. Our website has a wide variety of styles and designs that will be a great starting point in your shopping journey!

If you want to prepare for engagement ring shopping even more, check out our blog on the 4 Cs of a diamond.

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