Engagement Ring Settings, Shanks and Shoulders

What are the parts of an engagement ring?

As jewellers, we frequently utilize terms that purchasers battle to comprehend. For this factor, we chose to use a little assistance on the parts of an engagement ring

Despite all of the various ring designs offered, a lot of diamond rings have the exact same parts. Helpful jewellers help purchasers by describing the distinctions. At the exact same time, a lot of jewellers reveal examples from their own display room to discuss in more information.

parts of an engagement ring

Parts of an engagement ring– standard anatomy of a solitaire ring

Keeping things basic, there are 3 primary parts to an engagement ring: The shank, shoulders and setting.

EngagementRing Settings

Basic anatomy of an engagement ring - the setting

The setting of a diamond engagement ring holds the diamond, or diamonds in location. When it pertains to a diamond ring, the majority of the expense enters into the diamond. This is specifically real when it pertains to solitaire engagement rings over half a carat in weight.

Engagement ring setting with four prongs and no diamond

Some purchasers source their own diamond or gems, deciding to purchase just an install or setting from a jeweller

Engagement ring settings differ considerably in design. The most popular, traditional styles take motivation from the styles of Tiffany engagement rings World- popular jeweller Tiffany & &Co produced the renowned Tiffany setting which stays popular today.

Types of Engagement Ring Settings

Jewellers produce ring settings to hold diamonds or coloured gems Different setting designs produce varying appearances. As an outcome, styles accommodate alternative tastes. Furthermore, some are more useful than others. Here are simply a few of the various setting designs offered.


Claw settings hold gems within raised prongs. A setter cuts a little nick into the inner surface area of each claw. The diamond rests on this ‘shelf’– kept in by the stress of the claws. We produce 3 claw settings, 4 claw settings and 6 claw settings. In truth, some are directly, whilst other settings include an unique swirl or twist

Adeline 4 claw engagement ring

Adeline 4 claw engagement ring


Tension settings make a popular option for a very little setting design. Their appeal emerges from their uncluttered and basic look. This kind of setting holds the diamond under terrific stress within the setting. For example, the Unity engagement ring includes very little stress setting with a brilliant-cut diamond.

Tension set engagement ring Unity

Tension set engagement ring Unity style

Bezel settings

Bezel settings include in 2 designs. Full bezel settings and part-bezel settings. Both surround the diamond with an edge of metal. Furthermore, this edge of metal follows the overview of the diamond or gems.

bezel set engagement ring in a rose design

The rosebud engagement ring including a bezel setting

EngagementRing Shoulders

Anatomy of an engagement ring - diamond shoulders

The shoulders of an engagement ring sign up with the shank to the setting. In truth, shoulders stream effortlessly from the shank to the setting. Most differ fit by contrast to the band. To discuss, here are some traditional shoulder designs.

Tapered ring shoulders

Tapered shoulders include a progressive constricting of band width. In truth, tapering shoulders assist to increase the look of the setting. For example, a little diamond appears bigger beside narrow shoulders.

Lila includes tapered shoulders listed below a 4 claw setting. Shown here set with anAquamarine Available with a natural diamond, gems, lab-grown diamond or Moissanite.

Parallel ring shoulders

Parallel or straight shoulders provide a modern-day want to an engagement ring. They appear similar to the design and width of the whole band.

Large Aquamarine ring with straight shoulders

BespokeAquamarine ring with straight shoulders

Split or forked ring shoulders

Split or forked shoulders divide listed below the ring setting. Comparable to a snake’s tongue, they fork and sign up with to the setting as if held within thumb and finger.

Double halo ring with forked shoulders

Diamond shoulders

Engagement rings with diamond shoulders make a popular option. Interestingly, some rings consist of diamonds and gems set into each side of the band.

Pink fliss engagement ring shown with diamond shoulders and pink sapphire

PinkFliss engagement ring set with a pink Sapphire and diamond shoulders

Interwoven shoulders

Interwoven shoulders include beauty to any ring style. Plain, or diamond set, 2 hairs overlap in a roped or plaited impact. Many of our rings originate from or bespoke style service. An example appears in our video listed below.

Interwoven diamond shoulder ring, produced through our bespoke style service.
Tapering diamond shoulders frequently consist of finished sizes of diamonds. As an outcome, each diamond matches the width of the ring as it narrows towards the setting.

TheEngagement Ring Shank or Band

engagement rings anatomy - the shank

The band or shank of an engagement ring twists around the engagement ring finger In truth, a lot of shanks have a particular cross-section. We call this the profile of the ring Ring profiles consist of the following shapes.

Ring shanks differ in width. For example, the majority of our engagement rings determine 2.5 mm in width.

Court Sometimes called comfort-fit. Curved on the external and inner surface area.

D-shaped Curved on the external surface area, flat within.

Flat Flat on the within and outdoors surface area.

In addition, the density, or depth of the band might differ. Most engagement rings include 1.5 mm deep bands. Thinner bands compromise with wear. Furthermore, they are less tolerant to resize work. As an outcome, they might snap, split or flex out of shape after the ring has actually been resized. Moreover, narrow, shallow bands hardly ever last a life time.

Mark Johnson


Mark went to Liverpool University and went on to pursue a profession in the diamond market. After more than a years operating in refined diamonds, Mark transferred to the Isle of Wight where he introduced SerendipityDiamonds He works most days from their hectic Ryde display room, photographing jewellery and composing for the Serendipity Diamonds site.