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