The diamond ring prong setting is probably the most popular of all for those choosing a diamond ring. Four or six prong settings are often used although you can go to eight prong where four sets of two prongs grouped together provide extra security for the diamond.
However, there are certain considerations to keep in mind depending on the wearer and that individual’s lifestyle. This article first examines what the prong setting is, and then two advantages and two disadvantages which should be kept in mind.
First off, lets just get a simple description and explanation of a diamond ring prong setting.
WHAT IS A PRONG SETTING?
Thin metal prongs protrude from the base of the ring and hold the diamond in place. They rest on the top edge of the diamond and keep the gem securely in place.
ADVANTAGE 1: APPEARANCE
This setting gives the gem a high profile as it lifts it above the rest of the ring, thus exposing a maximum area to the light. This perhaps is the reason why it is so popular. No other setting directs as much light to the center of the stone, thus adding to its eye-catching appeal.
ADVANTAGE 2: COST
Prong settings are more economical than other settings. This allows the buyer to spend more on the stone. Also, raising the gem above the rest of the ring can make it look a little larger than it actually is.
DISADVANTAGE 1: COMFORT
As the ring has a higher profile, it more easily catches in other materials. For a mother with small children this could be a nuisance as the ring might easilyi snag fabrics or get caught easily on clothing.
DISADVANTAGE 2: DAMAGE
This setting can make the ring more liable to damage if the wearer often engages in outdoor activities or highly energetic activities.
This second consideration should be put in perspective. Most wearers of the prong setting find the ring goes on for years without any problem. It is important to check the ring regularly to make sure the prongs are not damaged and that they continue to do their job.
If the wearer occasionally gets involved in activities that could damage the ring then of course the obvious thing is to take it off for that period of time.
One word of caution, it is advisable to go for four or six prongs. Three prongs are also available but many find they do not provide the level of security for the stone they need.
The purchase of a diamond ring is generally a major event and is the result of much research and advice. Although the diamond ring prong setting is the most popular and seems to suit the majority, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons and ensure you make the right purchase for you.