Clear Cut Classroom: Prongs
Want to learn more about prongs? Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q and A’s on Instagram, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’re talking all about how to keep your diamond secure!
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We get asked all the time, “Can I have a ring with no prongs?” At The Clear Cut, this is something we really don’t recommend if you want your diamond to stay on the ring. We get asked this question because many times we show our clients a stone on a ring, kept together with wax -- but for the ring to be safely worn, we will always set it with prongs.
You can choose between claw, double claw, ball and compass prongs. It is important to choose which kind of prong you like because it sets the tone of the ring. The most common position for prongs are around the four corners of your ring. If you have a square ring, it can enhance the square shape. For round diamonds, some people choose to go with 6 prongs because it also enhances the circular shape. If you’re choosing between having 4 or 6 prongs -- it is just stylistic! Your diamond will be secure either way. My personal favorite prongs are claw prongs. To me, they are the most delicate and blend seamlessly into the stone. Many people also like ball prongs because they look smooth. Double claws look great on rectangular rings -- again, the difference between a claw and double claw prong is just stylistic! If you want to emphasize your stone, compass prongs may be a great choice for you because they don’t accentuate edges of your diamond. If you absolutely hate prongs, then you can bezel set your diamond -- this is a frame of metal around the stone to secure it into the ring. If you are looking to set your diamond in a yellow gold or rose gold ring, we always recommend going for white gold or platinum prongs (and basket). This helps the stone face up extra white and bright. If you set it directly in a colored metal it can make the diamond look like a lower color quality.
All in all, here is what you need to remember:
1. Choose what style of prongs you like most
2. Choose how many prongs you want
3. Choose what orientation you want
4. Choose the metal
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