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Today we will be looking at the different profiles you can use in your designs to make different style rings. The profile of a ring is literally the cross-section that can vary between designs. There are pros and cons to certain designs, such as concave rings which are difficult to re-size. We will look into the different profiles and why you might not want to pick them for certain designs.
Flat Court – has a rounded inside (known as ‘comfort fit’), but with a flat top to give a contemporary look and when worn on the finger, it appears a lot like a flat profile. We recommend Flat-Court over Flat in most cases as its inside has a curved surface making it a lot more comfortable to wear on the finger. It is a great choice if you are after a chunky, contemporary look but are not used to wearing rings and need something a bit more comfortable.
D-Shaped – as it sounds, is shaped like a D. The profile is flat on the inside with a distinctive, domed outside. A very traditional choice and is popular with both men and women.
Court shape – this is one of the most traditional profiles for a wedding ring and therefore a popular choice. Also known as ‘comfort fit’ as the profile is slightly curved on the inside and outside making it very comfortable to wear.
Flat – rings with flat edges on all sides. The flat profile is more of a contemporary choice for a wedding ring. They sit close to the finger as they normally tend not to be as deep as other profiles.
Bevelled – are rings that feature three faces, unlike traditional wedding rings which have one continuous outer surface. Bevelled edge refers to the fact the edge of a structure is not perpendicular to the faces of the piece. The bevelled feature adds an extra dimension to the ring, and it can be applied to various styles of band. The most distinctive bevelled designs have a flat outer face.
Concave – this profile dips in the middle with the outer edge rolling into the ring. The Classic Concave shape is curved on the inside of the ring, whilst the outside is cambered inwards creating a concave shape. The sides and edges of the ring are also rounded for additional comfort.
Round – these rings are normally worn as wedding ring spacers between a wedding ring and engagement ring.
Knife Edge – a knife edge has a pointed ’knife edge’ profile. It is a very unique design, compared to most of the other ring shanks. Its sharp point makes it immediately more noticeable and a talking point. Perfect for modern couples who want something different. Knife edge shanks are very versatile, suiting a range of engagement and wedding ring styles.
Pyramidic – the pyramidic shape has a thinner section that gradually gets bigger at the bottom making a flat pyramid-like shape. The pros of this style band are it makes a ring look finer & thinner without compromising strength. It is used a lot with eternity-style rings as it looks as if there is less material around the stone.
As we stated at the beginning there is a vast selection of ring profiles to choose from all with pros and cons, however, when it really comes down to it, it is more a matter of personal preference.