Lesson 3: Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Rings

Step 1: Introduction to Gemology

Lesson 19


Men and women of all ages wear rings. Some rings symbolize significant events, such as engagements or graduations. Other rings are worn purely as ornamentation. Designs range from simple to ornate, and there is surely a style for every taste. Typically, jewelers create rings from precious metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum. However, you can also find rings made of nickel, stainless steel, and other less expensive metals.

Basic Terminology

Some rings are made only of metal, such as a simple gold wedding band. Others feature gemstones or other decorations. Traditionally, rings are worn on the ring finger, which is the digit adjacent to your pinky. Now, people may wear rings on every finger, including the thumb.


The basic component of a ring, the shank wraps around the finger. Ring shanks come in many styles, sizes, and …

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