Ring Basics


Name of Each Ring Part

Name of different parts of a ring

Name of different parts of a ring


Shank

Styles

This diagram of different band styles.

This diagram of different band styles.

There are many different band styles available. What style to buy really depends on individual preference.  Each band style including straight, tapered band or reverse tapered, pinched, flair, bypass, split, and freeform have their own qualities, and each can be beautiful if made correctly. 

Two particular styles are worth noting. First, the top shows two different shank styles, traditional and European, with the latter having a more square base. The European shank is heavier and typically does not spin as much or will stay more upright on the finger. However, because it is heavier, it is more expensive. Second, at the bottom of the image is a cathedral mounting. This type of ring holds the center stone slightly higher for more light reflection. 

Profile of the shank of a ring

Profile of the shank of a ring

Shank Profile

The profile of the shank affects the overall look and as well how the ring feels on. The outside profile affects the look. A ring can have a flat, half-round, knife edge, or half-round edge shank. The inner profile affects feel. A comfort fit ring has a more rounded shank than a traditional style (not shown here) on the inside allowing the ring to slide on and off the finger easier and sit more comfortably. These bands are commonly forgotten once they are on. There are three variations of comfort fit depending on weight. Since comfort fit bands contain more metal, their prices are normal higher than traditional bands.

Inner and outer profile of a shank

Inner and outer profile of a shank


Types of Bands and Soldering

A wedding ring includes an engagement ring and a wedding band. These can be worn as one ring and soldered together, two rings together and not soldered, or separately. Rings worn together but not soldered will rub against each other wear away the metal and decreasing the longevity of the ring. However, many do prefer to wear just the wedding band separately (at work for example), and, if the rings are soldered, this is not possible. 

Options for the band: 

  • Shadow band is carved especially the engagement ring and customized to accent it. This band is designed to fit plush against the engagement ring and not have a gap between the rings.
  • Straight band with no gap is a band that will fit against the engagement ring plush and not have a gap. Depending on the engagement ring, this band is not always feasible. 
  • Straight band with a gap is a straight band but one where there is a gap between each ring. Normally, the head on a center stone prohibits the band from fitting flush. The advantage to a straight band with a gap versus a shadow band is that a straight band can be worn independently from the engagement ring. 

 


Ring Types

There are many different ring types beyond what is photoed here; these do give an idea. Within each category listed here, there are a significant number of variations. Also, between the categories, there is significant overlap such as solitaire style rings are often used as engagements rings.


Ring Size

Correctly sizing a ring is no easy feat. Our ring sizes constantly change due to many factors including the weather. A ring too large will slip off your finger too easily, and too small will result in discomfort. In addition, the ring needs to fit over the knuckle (I do sell special shanks for arthritis).

Below is a sizing guide with two options. Use with caution as these two charts will just give approximations, and keep in mind I can do half and quarter sizes.  

Size chart of rings with two options.

Size chart of rings with two options.