By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Are you familiar with jeweler’s terminology for the all the parts of a ring? Knowing the proper terminology will help you to tell a jeweler exactly what you want repaired. It will also help you ask specific questions about rings with those who sell them.
The good news is there are only a few key terms to remember! The diagram below from Dolgins.com illustrates these terms very well:
As you can clearly see, what the general public commonly calls the band of a ring is known as the shank in jeweler-speak. A split shank is just that: a shank that splits into two separate parts, typically midway up either side of the common shank.
The head is the part of the ring holding the center stone. The center stone is typically secured with prongs. Side stones are any stones on either side of the center stone. Accent stones are any other stones in other areas of the ring.
Bonus term: If the center stone is encircled by accent stones, those stones form a halo. A halo is typically round or square, but can be any shape.
The gallery is the “cradle” (if any) underneath the center stone. It can feature accent stones and elaborate decoration.
The mounting refers to the entire metal area of the ring without stones. If the mounting has areas for stones on either side of the center stone, it is called a semi-mounting.
The setting is type of ring mounting. Settings can be simple solitaire settings where there is only one stone. They can be elaborate cluster settings where there are many stones. They can also be anything in between solitaire and cluster types!
For the different popular types of ring settings, refer to this great diagram I found from Becomegorgeous.com:
There you have it! A quick and easy guide to ring jeweler-speak. Now you can talk like a pro when referring to the parts of your rings.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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