Stephens JewelersRing AnatomyEducation Series

Ring Anatomy

Ready to buy the perfect ring? Get to know the parts of a ring and the different types of settings before you shop.

Ring Anatomy

  • The head, or setting, is the top of the ring holding the diamond or gemstone.
  • The band is typically made with a type of precious metal like gold or platinum.
  • The shank is the outer part of the band, which can have channel-set diamonds, pavé diamonds or be polished.
  • The prongs, or claws, keep the stone in place.
  • The shoulder is the part that joins the band to the head.
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