Ruby Rings Buying Guide
- Bands: Bands are the simplest form of rings. A flat band consists of a strip of metal that is created into a circle, symbolizing the unity of two lives.
- Solitaire Rings: Solitaire rings are set with a large gemstone as the centerpiece. These are named according to the shape of the studded gemstone and shank design. A few examples include round, marquise, oval, cushion or square and split shank, curved shank or crossover shank.
- Eternity Rings: Eternity rings are rings with continuous gemstones of identical cut, carat weight and diameter set in one row covering the entire ring. The most common stone shapes are round or princess cut (or square) and the most common settings are claw or channel. When the stones are studded in a semi-circular fashion, the ring design is referred to as a half-eternity ring.
- Cluster Rings: Cluster rings are rings with a group of stones in a cluster setting, forming the focal point of the ring. Aesthetically, when seen from a short distance, the ring appears to have one large gemstone. The cluster setting usually consists of one large stone (popularly oval or round) in the center surrounded by several smaller stones.
- Three Stone Rings: Three stone rings are set with three gemstones in the center; a larger one in the very center and two smaller ones on each side. Often referred to as the “Classic”, the three gemstones are combinations of sapphire, ruby, emerald, diamond, tanzanite with diamonds on each side.
- Five Stone Rings: Similarly, five stone rings include five gemstones set in a row. In the five stone setting, you can have all one gemstone type (I.e. Five sapphires in a row) or a combination of your favorite gemstones.
- Bar Setting: Bar is a piece of metal set between gemstones, which hold them securely in place.
- Bezel Setting: A bezel setting has a metal rim that fits around the gemstone perimeter and securely holds in place.
- Half Bezel Setting: Similarly, this setting has the bezel border, but in a semi-circle fashion.
- Channel Setting: The channel setting is a groove in the metal band that holds a row of stones between two parallel bars. The stones are held next to each other without any metal bars between them.
- Invisible Setting: The invisible setting showcases several rows of stones without any metal around them, which interrupts it’s pattern. The gemstones are set with special pre-made grooves into the band. The gemstones rest securely in the band and the metal underneath them appears invisible.
- Pave Setting: This setting has little beads (14K Gold, 18K Gold or Platinum) to secure many gemstones in a pattern. Pave settings create the look of a path or field of gemstones. It’s popular because of a high sparkle factor.
- Prong Setting: A prong is a metal claw that protrudes from the band to clasp the gemstone and hold it secure. It is the most widely used setting. Prongs are best suited for showcasing large gemstones. For solitaire rings, usually 4 to 6 prongs are used. The number of prongs depends on the ring style, gemstone security and design. There is also a special prong called a "V" prong, often used for princess-cut gemstones.