Engagement Ring Shopping: Terms You Should Know

Before all those crazy wedding planning and wedding dress terms start getting thrown around, there are plenty of, sometimes confusing, words involved in the ring shopping process. Need to check on some lingo? Check out this list.

4 Cs
Stands for cut, color, clarity, and carat, important factors to remember when shopping for the perfect stone.

Accent diamonds
Typically smaller diamonds that surround/enhance the main stone

Credit: Global Rings

Credit: Global Rings

Crown
Top half of a diamond

Halo
Ring of stones surrounding the featured/center stone

Marquise
Cut style; long and narrow (think, football shaped)

Credit: Brilliant Earth

Credit: Brilliant Earth

Multi-stone
Space for 2 or more feature stones for each mounting

Oval
Cut style; round/oval shape, variety of widths available, slim to wide

Pave
Semi-mount featuring tiny stones set very close together so little to no metal from the band shows (think paved pathway, no space between stones so you don’t trip!)

Credit: Brilliant Earth

Credit: Brilliant Earth

Pavilion
Lower half of diamond

Pear
Cut style; combination of round and marquise shaped

Princess
Cut style; lower price per carat because of minimal waste produced when cutting from a rough diamond

Credit: The Jewelry Exchange

Credit: The Jewelry Exchange

Radiant
Cut style; square or rectangular

Round
Circular

Scintillation
Sparkles seen as the diamond moves under the light

Semi-mount
Ring already decorated with diamonds or stones, with space for featured/center stone

Credit: Her Engagement Rings

Credit: Her Engagement Rings

Setting(also called mount/blanks)
Where stone sits

Solitaire
Space for 1 stone, plain band

Stone
Diamond or gemstone

Trillion
Cut style; triangular

 

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