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Why Does Your Ring Have Holes Cut Out Underneath the Diamonds and Stones?

A Lady comes up to me in the Jewelry Store and asks Why her Ring has a Hole in it?

I look at her Seriously and reply “So you can Slip it on your Finger!

I couldn’t help my response…

It was Funny!

(And I’m a Smart Ass!)

But she assured me she wasn’t talking about ‘The Ring Hole‘, she was talking about all the Drilled out Holes on the Underside of her Ring.

She takes her Anniversary Band off and Flips it over. With her Index Finger she points to a Dozen or so Holes on the Underside of her Ring.

These Holes!” She Says

She was talking about those Perfectly Cut-out Circles on the inside of her Band. “Those Holes!” She Repeated.

But I already knew what she meant… ;)

So, let me explain to you what those Holes mean and why it should matter to you.

The Reason for those Holes…

The biggest reason for Holes or Circles in your Rings are to not only show the Jewelers where the Diamonds are to be set into the Mounting, (Sort of like a Bulls-Eye! The Diamonds go here…) But it also allows the Diamond’s or Gemstone’s Point to be Protected.

It keeps them from getting Chipped or Broken!

Without a Hole on the underside of the Shank, chances are good, the Sharp Point of your Stone would Break off during setting.

The Tapered Part of a Diamond is called the Pavilion. The Pavilion comes to a Sharp Point at the end. That Point is Fragile and can Chip Easily. Sometimes the Sharp Point has a Flat Facet on the end of it, called the Culet!

The Culet is only there to keep that Point from Chipping! If you exert any pressure on that Point during Setting, it can Break it right off and Crush it. Setting your Diamond into those Round Open Circles keeps your Diamond or Gemstone Aligned, and keeps the Stones from getting Broken.

More Reasons for those Holes…


Ring Holes makes it Easier to Clean your Diamonds and Stones. It gives you better access to the Base of your Diamond where Dirt and Debris LOVE to Accumulate and Build up. Holes allow you to Steam your Diamonds easily, or Scrub them with a Soft Toothbrush to Clean them. It keeps your Diamonds and Gems Sparkling Clean!

A Ring without Holes would fill up with Dirt (Especially Channel-Settings!) and be almost impossible to Clean. Your Diamonds would always look Dark, Dirty and Lifeless!

Those Holes Give your Diamond Life and Light!

And they still have one more Huge and Important benefit

They allow your Finger to Breathe! (NOT the Diamonds!)

It allows your Sweat to Evaporate through those Holes so your Finger won’t get Irritated. Without them, your finger would probably Break out in a Rash due to Moisture build up. Holes (NOT Ho’s) are good!

But not all Rings have holes underneath the stones.

Not all Rings need them!

Usually the Rings that need the holes are Rings that are Low and Flat and hold lots of Diamonds or Stones. Channel-Set Rings are good for this. So are Mother’s Rings! Anniversary Bands, (See Picture) Wedding Bands, and Eternity Rings are high on the list also. Low Profile Rings and Flat Bands usually have Holes underneath each and every Stone! Take a look and see!

So if you were thinking that your Ring had holes in it to Save on Gold and make it Cheaper

You were wrong!

Holes are for Alignment, Protection, Cleaning and Breathing…

And you thought a Hole was just a Hole!

You know?

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Recommended Jewelry Supplies:

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Jewelry Steam Cleaner
Complete Jewelry Cleaner Kit Diamond Dazzle Stick
Gold Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloths Jewelry Making Supplies Kit
Gold Acid Test Kit Watch Tool Repair Kit
Ring Adjusters EMT Emergency Ring Cutter
10x Jewelers Loupe Jewelers Microscope


  1. Thank you for the answer of the holes in the ring. Mine are not only under the diamonds. But around the the ring it self.

  2. Diamond Ludlow // February 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm // Reply

    I worked for a jewel manufacturing company called Libman & co in Toronto. I purchased a lot of rings and diamond (loose)… I was told by the diamond setter that the holes allowed to diamonds to breath.. being close to your hand or neck builds up a heat the must be eliminated or it would damage the quality of the diamonds over time.

    • Hi Ludlow… No amount of heat that a person’s body could produce would ever change nor damage a diamond. Diamonds have a melting point of 700 degrees Celsius (1,292 degrees Fahrenheit), so unless you’re the Human Torch from Fantastic Four, I’d say the diamonds will be just fine. :) -Richard

  3. Rhonda Stutman // April 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    What about other stones such as emeralds, sapphires, and rubies? Was this a practice in the 1800’s and early 1900’s also?. How would you know real gems?

    • Hi Rhonda, I’m not an expert in antique jewelry. To find out, I would call a local antique dealer and inquire. I would surmise that they didn’t drill holes back then, since most of their diamonds were cut by hand, and had really thick culets (no point). -Richard

  4. Mark konopka // August 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    I was told the holes were for setting and light

  5. does that mean that every ring with a diamond mean its a real?

    • Hi Brittany. No. I’ve seen diamonds set into mountings with no openings. Often it’s just the way the ring is designed, or the jeweler simply drilled holes in the ring to place the diamonds in. :) -Richard

  6. LOL.. Your article is GREAT !!
    Thank You that is all

  7. Daria Fakankun // August 14, 2019 at 11:49 am // Reply

    Very informative…can you tell the worth by picture alone…got some Holly Craft copr 1950, pieces, no signature brooch with stones that have holes behind them. Don’t want to waste anyone’s time, if these are worthless…

  8. Catherine jessup // December 8, 2019 at 4:55 am // Reply

    Love to get somecheap rings and gold chain where can I turn to

  9. Why would a tiny sapphire be placed under the diamond mounting?

    • Probably just for design. No specific reason. Like a logo, trademark, identification… Some jewelers put a diamond in the shank. It’s a quick way to look at a ring, and know who designed it, and where it came from. -Richard

  10. so what do the holes mean in my ring
    but I am trusting riddlers jewelry they told me it was real so here we go I’m going tomorrow to see if it is real or not hopefully it is.

  11. If your ring says 14KP and has a diamond but no breather hole is the diamond still real? Or is it fake

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