This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. [read more]   OK

Anatomy of a Solitaire Engagement Ring

Explore designs

What names are applied to the parts of an engagement ring?


The following diagram provides useful guidance to basic diamond engagement ring anatomy. We have noted below, the main components of a single stone or solitaire diamond engagement ring as it is more frequently referred to. Anyone interested in more

The diamond is the most popular round brilliant cut, held within six claws or prongs. This part is the setting, positioned above the shoulders of the ring. Both shoulders are part of the band or shank of the ring. 

Basic Ring Anatomy


Most diamond rings have common parts, identified in the above image. The following parts make up a typical engagement rings.

The diamond or gemstone. This forms the heart of the ring. The greatest part of the ring cost (usually) goes into the diamond. 

The setting. The setting holds the gemstone. Sometimes referred to as the 'Head'.

The shoulders. The shoulders of the ring connect the shank (below) to the setting. These can be one part, or adjoined components.

The shank. The shank is the part of the ring that goes around the finger. Usually solid metal with a court profile.