Jewelry Jargon: Engagement Ring Terms Everyone Should Know

An introduction to the world of engagement rings is an exciting—and often intimidating—process. And like anything new, the fine jewelry industry has its own set of unique terminology to describe all the beautiful components that make your engagement ring possible. 

Congratulations on your upcoming proposal. Here’s a first-timer’s guide to jewelry jargon to help build a foundation for your engagement ring experience. 





Setting: The metal portion of the ring that secures the diamond.

Band: The metal portion of the ring that wraps around your finger.

Crown/Head: The portion of the ring that extends up from the band, including the center stone and setting. 

Shank: The metal portion of the ring that rests underneath the finger.

Shoulder: The metal portion of the ring between the shank and the center stone.

Prong: The little strips of metal that extend upward from the band and hold the stone in place. There are many types of prongs, but a few of the most common shapes are claw, v-shape, ball, or flat.

Bezel: A type of setting that includes an arc of metal encasing the center stone.





Center Stone: The central, dominant stone on the ring’s design.

Side Stone: Any stone that isn’t a center stone (traditionally frames the center stone).

Accent Stones: Small stones that complement the ring’s main stone. 

Halo: A type of setting that includes a center stone surrounded by a ring of accent stones. 

Pavé: (pronounced “pa-vay”) Small stones held in place by tiny metal beads or prongs, designed to create a continuous sparkle. 

Two tone: The presence of two different gold colors on one ring. 

Flush: When the stone is the same height as the metal around it. 

Split Shank: When the band splits before reaching the center stone, creating an open space.

Cathedral: A type of setting that includes a slope of metal extending from the band toward the center stone.

Channel: A type of setting that includes two walls of metal encasing the accent stones on the ring’s shank/band.

Solitaire: A ring with a single center stone and no side stones.





This list might only scratch the surface, but it’s a great starting point to reference as you enter the engagement ring process. A basic understanding of ring terminology will help you communicate efficiently with your jeweler and secure the perfect ring for your “I do” moment. And as always, if you have any additional questions—just ask.


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