In our last couple of blogs, we have been discussing the types of settings that are available when mounting a center diamond stone. If you have been keeping up with our blogs, then you probably now know and understand more about diamond settings than what you ever thought possible. In our last blog, we reviewed the controversial topic of the pros and cons of a four prong setting. In this blog, we are going to review the benefits of six prong settings and why that might be a better fit for your diamond. As we mentioned before, there is no right or wrong setting that can be chosen, it is strictly a matter of choice and it is most important that you choose a prong setting that suits your particular needs and taste.
It might seem logical, but six prong diamond settings provide much more security for your diamond than a four prong diamond setting. Engagement rings are an item of jewelry that is often worn everyday – this means lots of wear and tear on not only the setting, but the prongs as well. Overtime, no matter what type of metal you select, the prongs will wear down. –Thus resulting in needing to have the prongs tightened or even replaced. This is where the benefit of a six prong setting comes in, it is highly unlikely that even with the test of time that you will ever lose your diamond before your notice that at least one of the prongs are bent.
On the other hand, while six prong settings provide an extra element of safety for your diamond, they are more difficult to clean. While this may not be an issue for most people – it certainly is something to consider.
How to decide?
Essentially, it all boils down to a couple of main preferences. If you are concerned about having part of your diamond get lost with a six prong setting – then you should choose a four prong setting. However, if you do decide to do a four prong setting, make sure that you get it inspected on a regular basis. If you are hard on jewelry or are concerned that you may lose your diamond before you notice a damaged prong – then we recommend opting for the six prong setting.
However, if you are looking for the best of both worlds, then we would recommend getting a four prong setting in platinum. Platinum is incredibly durable and doesn’t wear down nearly as quickly as gold or silver.