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At David Gardner's, we pride ourselves on expert service, integrity, knowledge, quality and an unbeatable selection. Our gemologists have expert understanding of a long list of topics, including diamond grading, colored stone identification and grading. As a member of the American Gem Society, we go above and beyond to ensure that you are buying from jewelers who have the knowledge and skill to help you make the most informed decisions. When shopping for something as rare and precious as jewelry, you want to feel confident about your purchase.
Ring Anatomy 101
Shank - The shank (also known as the band) is the part of the ring that goes around the finger. There are many different shank styles to choose from.
Prongs - The prongs are the slim metal arms that secure the center stone in place. Most commonly, four or six prongs lift the center stone above the shank, allowing light to enter and exit the stone from all angles for maximum brilliance.
Head - The head (or basket) is the part of the ring that cradles the center stone. There are many different head styles to choose from.
Cathedral - A cathedral set ring has a shank that curves upwards, resembling the tall, graceful buttresses of a cathedral, elevating the center stone. The cathedral setting adds height and elegance to a ring.
Gallery - The gallery is the part of the ring that is visible under the center stone, from the side view. Some rings have simple galleries, while others have ornate and detailed galleries.
Soft Square Shank - A soft square shank acts as a counterweight to the center stone. The design helps keep the ring upright, and prevents it from spinning on the finger.