This month, the House of Harry Winston unveils the Ultimate Bridal Collection, an exclusive service allowing clients to custom create a one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring, as rare and unique as their own individual love story. To introduce the Ultimate Bridal Collection, the team at Harry Winston broke down the buzz words you'll need to know when ordering a custom engagement ring.
Center Stone: The focal gemstone in an engagement ring setting. Usually a diamond but other gemstones, such as sapphires, are occasionally used.
Shank: The part of the ring which encircles the finger. Most commonly done in Platinum or 18k white, yellow or rose gold. The shank is sometimes set with micropave diamonds.
Solitaire: An engagement ring with a prominent center stone.
Setting: The style and technique used to mount gemstones. Popular ring settings include:
- Prong: Metal “claws” that securely hold the gemstone in place.
- Pave: Small diamonds that are set very closely together using delicate beads of metal to create a seamless appearance.
- Bar Set: Gemstones are set between parallel bars.
- Channel: Gemstones of approximately the same size are set within a metal wall.
- Bezel: Setting where metal encircles the gemstone.
Side Stones: Side stones are smaller diamonds or gemstones that compliment the center stone. Popular side stone cuts include tapered baguettes, trillions, shields, pear-shaped, and half moons.
Halo: Small row or rows of teeny diamonds or gemstones that encircle the center stone.
Three Stone: Ring with three gemstones of the same shape usually with a large center stone.
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