Name Of Each Ring Part
There are many different band styles available. What style to buy really depends on individual preference. Each band style including straight, tapered band or reverse tapered, pinched, flair, bypass, split, and freeform have their own qualities, and each can be beautiful if made correctly.
Two particular styles are worth noting. First, the top shows two different shank styles, traditional and European, with the latter having a more square base. The European shank is heavier and typically does not spin as much or will stay more upright on the finger. However, because it is heavier, it is more expensive. Second, at the bottom of the image is a cathedral mounting. This type of ring holds the center stone slightly higher for more light reflection.
Profile of the shank of a ring
The profile of the shank affects the overall look and as well how the ring feels on. The outside profile affects the look. A ring can have a flat, half-round, knife edge, or half-round edge shank. The inner profile affects feel. A comfort fit ring has a more rounded shank than a traditional style (not shown here) on the inside allowing the ring to slide on and off the finger easier and sit more comfortably. These bands are commonly forgotten once they are on. There are three variations of comfort fit depending on weight. Since comfort fit bands contain more metal, their prices are normal higher than traditional bands.