A Glossary for Engagement Rings

Glossary to engagement rings

Whether its intricate detail, sleek minimalism or simply as much shine as possible – we all have a fairly good idea of what features our ideal engagement ring should have. But do you know the current technical terms for all these beautiful elements?

Here’s a handy glossary to share with your partner and sound like professional jewellers while you choose the perfect engagement ring.

The Anatomy of the Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring anatomy


The method by which a stone is secured in the ring.


The rise which elegantly connects a ring’s shank to its main setting.

Shank (or Band)

The part of a ring that extends around your finger. This inner circumference of the shank is what determines finger size.


A crown of gems set around a lager centre stone.

Centre Stone

The main (usually largest) gem which acts as the ring’s focal feature.


Popular Setting Styles

claw set solitaire ring

Claw Setting

When the gemstone is held in place with a series of metal prongs.

Modern solitaire tensions setting

Tension Setting

Securing the gemstone between two overlapping sides of the ring.

bezel set ring

Bezel Setting

Securing the gemstone from all sides inside a solid collet or metal frame. Also referred to as tube setting.

Channel set rings

Channel Setting

Setting a series of gemstones in a continuous groove.

pave set engagement ring


A technique where small beads of metal are raised and pushed down on a series of gemstones to create a glittering surface.


Useful Design Terms

Tapered engagement ring

Tapered Shank

When a ring’s shank becomes narrower or wider as it meets the centre setting.

Knife edge ring

Knife-Edge Shank

A popular style of shank that is carefully shaped to form a sharp edge at the top of a ring’s shoulder.

Split band ring

Split Shank

A shank consisting of two bands, joint at the bottom.

Ring with gallery


The open area beneath gemstone settings which allows light and space into the design of a ring.


Important Gold Terms

9-Carat gold

The durable and luxurious alloy of gold used in creating Tru-Diamonds Engagement Rings.

As the purity of gold is measured as parts out of 24, 9-carat gold consists of 37.5% pure gold mixed with other precious metals to ensure it is both beautiful and strong enough for everyday wear.


The engraved certification Tru-Diamonds Engagement Rings receive when they are independently quality tested to be 9-carat gold by the Birmingham Assay Office.


At Tru-Diamonds we believe having your dream engagement ring should not come with a massive financial burden, or the guilt associated with environmental damage caused by diamond mining. That’s why Eternally-Tru Engagement Rings are set with genuine, ethical, laboratory created, Tru-Diamonds you can enjoy wearing for a lifetime at a fraction of what you would pay for a traditional mined diamond ring.