14 Need-To-Know Engagement Ring Terms


If you’re getting ready to begin the hunt for an engagement ring, this is the post you need to read. Below, we go through some definitions that go hand in hand with the anatomy of a ring.

The Definitions You Need to Know

  1. Setting

The setting is the mounting, or the part that holds the centre diamond in place and secures it to your hand. The term usually includes the metal and any stones on the ring, other than the centre stone.

    2. Halo

This is a frame of diamonds that encases the top view of your diamond. The halo setting increases surface area of the stone when looking at it from the top. Halo settings are often a popular choice for stunning custom made engagement rings.

    3. Prongs

Prongs are the tips that hold your diamond in place. Traditionally, the setting has either 4 or 6 prongs and this depends on the shape or cut of the diamond.

   4. Pave Wrap

This is a halo type of setting. The pave diamonds wrap fully around the band and over the prongs and make for a great way to detail an engagement ring.

    5. Shank

This is the actual band of the engagement ring. The shank is the part that holds the ring on the finger. The band can be solid metal or have diamonds.

     6. Stems

This is the part of the ring that connects the part holding the diamond to the shank.

     7. Bright Cut

This is a kind of pave where you’ll find a thin wall of metal along the edge. It’s a pretty traditional pave style that gives a ring a clean and classic look.

     8. Fish Tail

Ever noticed the small V’s etched next to pave diamonds to give each stone a distinct appearance? Those are fish tails.

   9. Bezel Setting

This is a small circle of metal that capsules your diamond. A bezel, usually circular in shape, is similar to a halo but doesn’t have diamonds. You can choose to have your bezel ring detailed or plain.

   10. Two-tone

When a ring is said to be two-tone, it means it has two different colours of metal. The most common combination is white and rose gold or white and yellow gold.

11. Milgrain

This is a beading effect that is used to make the ring look vintage. Milgrain looks like a rough border on the metal and it helps to increase the surface area appearance of the diamonds as it blends with the faceting of diamonds.

12. Appearance

This refers to when the centre stone or halo look as though they’re suspended in the air, usually done by having a four-prong attachment and delicate, thin band.

 13. Flush Fit

This is when your wedding ring and engagement ring sit together on your hand perfectly, with no gap between them. Many custom ring designs can be made for a seamless fit.

  14. Low Profile

This is about the overall height of the ring in relation to the wearer’s finger.

These 14 important terms should give you greater insight into the anatomy of an engagement ring and help you choose the perfect design.

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