Share this article

Anatomy of a Ring

There is something very special about the journey to finding the perfect engagement ring. A “perfect” piece looks different for every couple and exploring different styles is the ideal way to ensure you find a piece that will be cherished for a lifetime.  

Before purchasing a ring yourself, you may not have given much thought to the anatomy of an engagement ring. More goes into the creation of our pieces than might be apparent at first glance. From the featured stone through to the ring itself, every part of the design is a testament to both artistry and sentiment, encapsulating the emotions that an engagement ring represents.  

Let’s take a look at all the intricacies that jewellery designers and creators must explore when bringing your ring to life. 

  1. Centre Stone: The most prominent stone or focal point in the setting. From traditional diamonds to sapphires, emeralds and rubies, the featured stone is the most eye-catching element of the ring.  
  1. Head: Sometimes referred to as the setting, the head is a meticulously designed framework that holds the stunning centerpiece.  
  1. Side Stones: Larger or more prominent stones, set on either side, or circling the centre stone. 
  1. Accent Stones: Smaller diamonds or gemstones are often used to decorate the shoulders of the ring. These adornments and add a unique and exquisite style to the final piece. 
  1. Gallery: Visible from a side view, the area below the centre stone, some galleries are highly elaborate while others are minimalistic. 
  1. Shoulders: The uppermost part of the shank holding the head of the ring these are often studded with accent stones. 
  1. Shank: At the heart of every engagement ring lies the shank or band, the part of the ring that wraps around the finger. Crafted from various metals such as platinum, gold, or white gold.  

An engagement ring is more than a piece of jewellery; it is a blend of craftsmanship and artistry. Giving a ring is a tangible representation of a couple's shared journey.  

Browse our stunning collection of engagement rings

You might also enjoy: