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Feb 11, 2014

You may think that an engagement ring is a simple thing, but from a jeweler’s perspective, nothing could be further from the truth. Engagement rings have so many variations and possibilities. Knowing your options will help you to know what fits you best.

I like to compare engagement rings to a mountain.

Top of the Mountain: Diamond and Setting

The top of the mountain is the head of the ring, where the diamond is held. The head is the prongs and setting for the diamond.

Something important to remember about the head is that depending on the setting, it can be removed and a new one can be put on. So for example, if you decided to upgrade your diamond from a .5 carat to a full carat, you could keep the ring, remove the head, and put a new setting and diamond on it.

The head can have a very different look depending on the cut of the diamond you choose. 

The top of the mountain is also dependent on the type of setting. There are several different options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular:




The Middle of the Mountain: Decor

The middle of the mountain is where you see additional designs and decoration on the ring. Sometimes the engagement ring is a solitaire, so this might be part of the wedding band portion of the ring set.

Baguettes are a popular style for this portion of a ring.

The three stone style is very popular as well and symbolizes the past, present, and future of your love.

The Bottom of the Mountain: Shank

The shank is the part of the ring that slides onto your finger. It used to be typically circular and rounded, but now the styles are changing. Sometimes a squared style is preferred by a client for look and especially for comfort.

No matter what kind of ring you decide to purchase, be sure that it reflects you and your unique style. And if you don’t see what you want, make it yourself! I love custom rings and I can create just about anything your imagination can dream up.

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