Jewelry Education

Anatomy of a Ring

Ring Styles

Solitaire settings are great if you have a stunning singular stone that has been passed down through the generations as an heirloom; many choose to display it in a classic Solitaire setting. This setting generally allows for the maximum amount of sparkle by allowing light to pass in through the bottom sections of the ring.


Channel settings are perfect for those people who are a little bit rougher with their jewelry because there are no prongs holding in the diamonds. The gold walls that make up the channel hold the diamonds in place, so this is one of the more secure styles of setting diamonds.


Because the bezel is usually above the girdle of the diamond, the stone is firmly held in place all the time. A bezel setting is very sleek and modern looking. In addition, the bezel itself is less prone to damage due to its enclosed circular nature


Three Stone settings have grown in popularity recently and contain a gem on either side of the main stone. A differentiating factor from side-stone is that the three stone tends to be made up of three similarly cut and sized stones


Pave settings are on the rise in popularity. The pave setting contains inlaid stones either partially or entirely along the band of the ring itself. Pairing the metal type of your band with a magnificent collection of stones really completes a ring and helps it sparkle from all angles!


Antique settings are a tribute to the days of yore, when the bands of rings were “antiqued” with small grooves on the side. Traditionally these bands were more utilitarian and really allowed the stone to be the centerpiece, which is why they remain popular even today. “Everything old is new again”

Vintage Inspired

Traditional prong settings are classically designed, with the accenting stones being held by four, three, two or even one prong.


Halo settings are extremely eye catching and fashionable collections of stones surrounding the center stone. The surrounding stones tend to be between .05 and .25c which is a more affordable way to accomplish that eye catching couture look you’ve always wanted!


Split Shank also known as multi-row settings are an innovative and unique band form that takes the traditional ring and turns it on its head by forking off and encapsulating the stone it is accompanied by. These settings can be formed to be less raised than other traditional settings, which can be a huge benefit if you find having a raised stone on a band distracting.

Split Shank

Ring Settings

Understanding Gold

Pure Gold:

Let’s start by understanding what we mean when we speak about “Pure Gold”. Pure Gold is 100% gold, unmixed with any other element. Pure Gold is also commonly referred to as 24 karat gold (or 24K gold). Pure Gold is beautiful and rare. It is also relatively soft. In order to make jewelry that is hard and durable it must be mixed with other metals such as silver and copper. Higher karat means greater percentage of gold. The “Karat” is the unit that is used to measure how much gold is in a piece of jewelry relative to the other metals that are present. A higher karat means more gold in your jewelry. You can see from the image below that 18K Gold contains 75% gold, while 9K gold contains half that amount. The karat of gold primarily used in the North America is 14K and 18K, but in other places around the world you’ll find different.  Typically in Asian countries you will find primarily 22K, whereas European countries tend to us 18K, although England and Germany have been known to utilize 9K gold.

White Gold:

  1. To make “white gold” jewelry, pure gold is mixed with white metals such as silver and palladium. The karat of white gold follows the same pattern as yellow gold, with 18K white gold containing 75% gold, 14K white gold containing 58%, and 10K contains 42%.
  2. The key to White Gold is Rhodium-plating. Remember, pure gold is a deep yellow color, and even when it is mixed with white metals it’s natural color has a yellow hue and needs an extra kick to make it a bright white color. To give white gold a real shine, the jewelry is coated with a very white precious metal called Rhodium.
  3. Caring for your White Gold jewelry. It is important to note that Rhodium-plating will wear off over time, allowing the true color of the white gold to be seen. How long will this process take? That depends on how often you wear the jewelry, and how hard you wear it! The good news is that Rhodium-plating can be done easily, and it is relatively inexpensive. To keep your white gold jewelry shining bright, we recommend that you have your piece Rodium-plated periodically.

What is Rose Gold?

Rose gold is very similar to yellow gold, with the exception that a greater proportion of copper is used in the alloy to bring out a red or “rosy” color. Again, 18K rose gold contains 75% gold, 14K contains 58%, and 10K contains 42%.

Platinum – How to determine quality.

The purity of platinum is not expressed in Karats, but in parts of thousands. Pure platinum is 1000 of 1000 parts pure, whereas the most common alloy used in India is 950/1000 parts pure. Expressed in percentage, this equals a purity of 95%..