UPDATE: The anatomy of a ring

UPDATE: The anatomy of a ring

UPDATE: The anatomy of a ring

There are lots of details that come into play when creating an engagement ring. It can help to know a bit about each part of the ring when searching for the perfect one. If you’re ready to find engagement rings Nebraska, we’d love to be a part of it. Here’s the anatomy of a ring!

Center Stone

The center stone is arguably the most important part of any ring. It’s the part of the ring that catches your eye first. Many will choose a beautiful diamond for their engagement ring, while some will opt for a gorgeous sapphire, emerald, aquamarine or amethyst. You want a bright gemstone to set the mood for the entire ring.

Side Stones

Side stones are accents to the center stone. They are smaller stones in either the same gemstone as the center stone or a completely different gemstone. For example, you could have a diamond as the center stone with smaller, diamond side stones, or a diamond in the center with emerald side stones. They usually have their own set of prongs, and help finalize the design of the ring. Not every ring has side stones.


The setting is every other part of the ring, minus the center and side stones. It also refers to how the stone is mounted on the ring. Certain settings can affect how the center stone is shown off. You want the setting to positively highlight the center stone. Settings include solitaire, halo, three stone, hidden accent, bezel, pavé, cathedral, basket, tension, bar, gypsy, channel, and Tiffany.

Head (Prongs & Gallery)

The head of the ring includes the prongs and gallery. It’s located at the top of the ring and holds up the center stone. The prongs are the small metal tips that hold the center stone in place. They can be either claw, bead, or V-shaped. Claw prongs have pointed ends, and bead prongs are rounded. Most rings have four to six, but some may have an odd number depending on the stone.

The gallery is the details of the ring that you can see on the underside and side profile of the ring. Oftentimes the galley features an intricate design or hidden accent stones. Some brides choose a simple gallery and let the stones speak for themselves, while others want it to be more elaborate.


The bridge is the part of the ring directly under the gallery. It rests on top of your finger. Details can also be added to this part of the ring.


The shoulder is the top part of the engagement ring that forms the beginning of the shank. It may be twisted, flat, curved, or another unique design.


The shank, also known as the band, is the metal part of the ring that surrounds your finger. This is where the size of the ring comes into play. It’s usually all metal, but some rings feature diamonds or other accent stones around part or all of the ring; an eternity band is when the ring has diamonds all around it. The shank affects both the design and how comfortable the ring feels to the wearer.


The sizing area is at the very bottom of the ring. It’s where the ring can be cut to your correct size. Metal can either be added or removed to make the ring bigger or smaller.

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If you’re looking for engagement rings in Nebraska, come visit us! Whether you know your preferences or need help narrowing down what you want your ring to look like, we can help you find the perfect ring. Contact us today to learn about creating your own ring or stop in our store to view our collection.