Setting Your Diamond
The most popular prong setting styles are four-prong and six-prong, though eight-prong and ten-prong styles can be found. Prong shape can vary according to design. Some interesting prong shapes include heart shape prongs and “fishtail” prongs. Another style is the split claw prong aka double claw prong. Certain fancy shape diamonds like princess, marquise, hearts, and pear cuts may need extra protective prongs (V-Prongs), because of their pointed corners.
Click on the links below for examples of prong settings shared by Pricescope community members.
Four Prong settings allow more of the diamond to be visible, but these settings leave more of the girdle area exposed. Secure 4-Prong settings are generally safe, and some prefer the extra visibility.
1.4ct GIA Excellent Cut in D’Vatché X-Prong Ring
Posted by Ellen
1.63ct GOG H&A Diamond in Four Prong Solitaire by Leon Megé
Posted by diamondseeker2006
2ct GIA EX Diamond Engagement Ring – Four Prong Solitaire
Posted by loverock
.72 James Allen Diamond Engagement Ring – Four Prong Solitaire
Posted by loki
Six Prong settings are very secure and enhance the shape of round brilliant cut diamonds. The Tiffany classic 6-prong has been popular since its creation in 1886. There are many interpretations of this design, and the majority of vendors carry a version of this classic.
2.13ct Whiteflash H&A Diamond Solitaire Ring – Six Prong
Posted by jcrow
1.21ct Diamond Engagement Ring – Six Prong Solitaire
Posted by boredstiff
.83ct H&A Diamond Engagement Ring
Six Prong Solitaire
Posted by shimmer
.73 Tiffany Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring – Six Prong
Posted by moogle
2.01ct Diamond in Mark Morrell Fancy Torchiere – Six Prong
Posted by Rob32
While not as common, Eight Prong and Ten Prong settings provide a secure and unique alternative to the traditional prong setting style. They enhance the look of antique style mountings and can also be found in true antique and vintage engagement rings.
1.01ct in Tacori Eight Prong Mounting
Posted by happy in love
.78ct Diamond Engagement Ring – Eight Prong Solitaire
Posted by bling addict
1.3ct Old European Cut Engagement Ring
Ten Prong Solitaire
Posted by noelwr
Double Claw Prongs have an elegant look that enhances shapes like cushion cuts, round brilliants, radiant cuts, and emerald cuts.
1.9ct Ideal Cut Diamond Engagement Ring – Double Claw Prongs
Posted by october2008bride
2.15ct Cushion Cut Spinel in Van Craeynest Ring
Posted by Love in Bloom
2.57ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Posted by CalBearsFan
4.25ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Leon Megé
Posted by bebe
Heart prongs have a romantic look that works well with many different ring designs. They have a soft fluid quality that enhances many diamond shapes.
1.06ct Diamond Engagement Ring from Whiteflash
Posted by Isabelle
2.65ct Diamond in Mark Morrell Ring
Posted by JadeLeaves
1.22ct Center Diamond with .50ctw Side Stones
Posted by Belle
Fancy shapes like princess cuts, pear cuts, marquise cuts, and heart cuts need extra protection because of pointed corners, which are prone to chipping. V-Prongs protect these vulnerable corners.
.77 Whiteflash ACA Princess Cut Solitaire Ring
Posted by tap02150
Cartier Deco Ring with 1.57ct Center Square Step Cut
and .33ctw Baguette Side Stones
Posted by starburst
1.53ct Pear Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
from Good Old Gold
Posted by Marjan12
2.02ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Posted by ArcticDuk
Fishtail shaped prongs are often found in vintage and antique jewelry and reproductions. Fishtail prongs tend to square the shape of round brilliant cut diamonds, while giving the illusion of a larger center stone.
.81 Superbcert Diamond from Excel Diamonds
Posted by Nicki
.80ct Old European Cut Antique Engagement Ring
Posted by Reenie
1.46ct Round Brilliant Diamond
in Vintage Fishtail Setting
Posted by Circe