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Set the Stone with Four Prongs – Part II

By now you are well versed in why diamond settings are so important and why knowing what to look for is so valuable. In this blog, we are going to review some of the different types of settings so that you can feel confident when making your selection. Above all, just like the shape of a diamond, there is no right or wrong way to choose a setting. The important thing is that you select a setting that you are in love with and can’t live without.

Prong Settings

The most popular type of diamond setting is the prong setting with either four or six prongs. This type of setting when viewed from the side resembles a “V” shape and can either slightly or significantly elevate the diamond above the band. Like many things when it comes to purchasing a diamond, selecting either four or six prongs is strictly a matter of preference as there are opinions on both sides.

The Pros and Cons of Four Prongs

One of the main reasons for choosing a four prong setting is because it allows for the diamond to be showcased a bit more. It is easy to conclude the reason why, but essentially, with four prongs the diamond is not covered as much and is more visible with less prongs. It is thought that six prongs make a stone look smaller because less of the stone is openly exposed. Settings that require many prongs may also block the light therefore not allowing the diamond to sparkle to the extent to which it is able. On the other hand, four prongs are considered to be less safe for the actual diamond. Overtime, the prongs that hold the diamond in place wear down. If you are not checking your diamond setting on a regular basis, your prongs can loosen to the point where you may lose the diamond and not even know it.  As a general rule, round brilliant diamonds tend to look better with six prongs. While six prongs does cover more of the diamond, because the round configuration matches that of the shape of the round brilliant it will not create the optical illusion of a more square shape like a four prong setting.

Stay tuned for our next blog on the pros and cons of six prong settings!

Set the Stone with Four Prongs – Part III