Birthstone Rings Glossary

No matter what you call them, Birthstone Rings carry an awful lot of meaning with them. And that is why they have become such a popular gift for children to give mothers, siblings to give each other and even grandchildren to give grandmothers. If you are not too familiar with the concept of these rings, please take a moment to review some of the phrases that you will often hear around this category of fine jewelry. As you become more comfortable with the terminology surrounding Birthstone Rings, browse our catalog to find the perfect Mothers Ring for the special people in your life.

Birthstones – The gems, or stones, that correspond to a month in the calendar year. Each month has its own stone, and an individual’s birthstone corresponds to that person's birth month.

Birthstone Ring – A ring that displays birthstones. Typically a Birthstone Ring is worn by a mother and houses the birthstones of her children. But more recently this type of ring is used to symbolize any type of special relationship.

Birthstone Pendant – A pendant that displays birthstones. Typically a Birthstone Pendant is worn by a mother and houses the birthstones of her children. But more recently this type of pendant is used to symbolize any type of special relationship.

Mothers Ring – A specific type of Birthstone Ring worn by a mother and showcasing the birthstones of her children.

Mothers Pendant - A specific type of Birthstone Pendant worn by a mother and showcasing the birthstones of her children.

Sibling Ring – A specific type of Birthstone Ring worn by siblings and showcasing the birthstones of all the siblings.

Grandmother's Ring – A specific type of Birthstone Ring worn by a grandmother and showcasing the birthstones of her children and her grandchildren, or just her grandchildren.

Mother's Day Ring – A specific type of Birthstone Ring given to a mother on Mother's Day. Usually it contains the birthstones of the mother's children, and is given to her by her children or spouse.

10k Gold – Type of gold that contains 41.7% gold and 58.3% alloy (by mass). It is more durable than 14k gold and can handle wear and tear better.

14k Gold - Type of gold that contains 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy (by mass). Because of the higher gold content it is typically more expensive than 10k gold.

Sterling Silver - Type of silver that contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloy (by mass). It is usually copper that the silver is mixed with, to preserve its beauty while adding to the metals strength.

Family Ring – A specific type of Birthstone Ring worn by any family member containing birthstones of the father, mother, children, other family members or any combination of them.

White Gold – The color of the gold is determined by which alloys are mixed with it. For White Gold, popular alloys are silver and palladium.

Yellow Gold – The color of the gold is determined by which alloys are mixed with it. For Yellow Gold, popular alloys are copper and zinc.

Prong Setting – When the birthstones on a ring are held in place by metal tines, or projections from the base of the ring, it is said to have a 'prong setting.' The prong setting is the most widely used setting for rings with birthstones. (also known as the 'claw setting')

Channel Setting – When the birthstones on a ring are placed in a groove designed into the ring, it is said to have a 'channel setting.'

Bar Setting – When the birthstones on a ring are placed in a channel setting that allow light into the channel on two sides, it is said to have a 'bar setting.'

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Genuine Birthstones – The naturally occurring version of a birthstone that is mined from the ground before being used in jewelry.

Simulated Birthstones – Man made stones used to represent the color of the birthstone month. Because they are man made, they are typically available at a lower price than genuine birthstones.

Now that you are familiar with the terms used to describe Birthstone Rings you can start building the perfect Mothers Birthstone Ring for the special people in your life. And with Mother's Day around the corner, this may also be the perfect time to give this very special gift.