I have very little experience with rings and am always flying by
the seat of my pants
Here is a micro primer on rings. Any ring, regardless of it’s
appearance and design must have certain functional parts. These
functional parts are always present. These construction elements
take various forms and that is what separates one type of ring from
another. The problem with the ring which started this discussion and
similar experiences is that construction principles of ring design
Whether we are talking about single stone, multi-stone, or cluster
rings ( a small subset of ring types ), the differentiation is based
on visual appearance. The visual part a.k.a. upper bezel, is only
one element of construction. The second element is called a gallery.
The function of the gallery is raise visual part above the finger
carrying ring. It has the purpose of keeping stones away from skin
excretions like sweat, which can deposit on stone pavilions and make
them look less attractive. The gallery also allows for light to
reach the fore-mentioned pavilions.
By it’s nature ( allowing light through) gallery is flimsy and must
be strengthened with lower bezel, whose function is to support
gallery and provide for safe and secure attachment of the shank.
Sometimes there also elements called shoulders, which strengthen
connection between shank and lower bezel/gallery/upper bezel
assembly. Whatever direction your creative muse may pull you, these
constructions elements must always be present.
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