Gallery, shank, head...all are important parts of an engagement ring, but what do these words *actually* mean? We're breaking down the jewelry terms you might not know—keep reading to learn some new, interesting information and see some gorgeous rings!

anatomy of an engagement ring

ArtCarved "Adrienne" Style # 31-V746ERW

Center Stone
This is an easy one: the center stone is the diamond or gemstone that resides in the center of the ring. A solitaire engagement ring has just one stone, whereas other rings may include side stones.
A.Jaffe solitaire, Style ME1689:
Prongs
Prongs are the small pieces of metal that hold a stone in place. Stones can be set with four, six (as shown in the above), or more prongs. Prongs can be rounded or pointed ("claw" style) as well as split or “double” prongs. Each type adds a different look to the ring. This A. Jaffe ring features an emerald cut diamond with double prongs. Style MES861-180:

a jaffe emerald cut ring with double prongsHead or Basket
The head of a ring is the part that holds the center stone/side stones. Some people also refer to this as the basket, as it might look as if the stone is sitting in a basket-like frame. The head design may include prongs, a diamond halo, or a even bezel. This solitaire ring from Ever & Ever Bridal features a head with six prongs in a crown design with textured details. Style 122004:
ever and ever solitaire 122004Shank or Band
The shank of a ring is what most people refer to as its band. The shank can be smooth, plain metal, or adorned with diamonds or gemstones (accent stones), engraving, or milgrain details. Milgrain is the delicate, textured dot detail on the edges of a ring used in antique and vintage-inspired jewelry.

This Scott Kay engagement ring has a unique shank featuring a chain link design, which represents the bond between soulmates. Style 31-SK5609:
scott kay embrace ringGallery
The gallery is the part of the ring under the center stone(s). Some rings have a simple gallery that just shows the baskets that the stones are set in, but many have ornate details that add so much to the look of the ring.

Designer Gabriel & Co. pays a lot of attention to the gallery of a ring during the design process. This ring features a pop of stunning rose gold accented with diamonds, and a bezel set round diamond. Style ER10519R4T83JJ-2:

Gabriel & Co. engagement ringWe hope that this guide was helpful and that you can use it to find your perfect style engagement ring! When you’re ready to shop for this important purchase, allow Becker’s engagement ring experts to help you each step of the way, from choosing the setting and center diamond or gem, to adding custom details and personalized engraving.

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