Diamond Education | Prong Diamond Setting

What is a prong diamond setting?

If you’re indecisive about which diamond setting to choose, the prong diamond setting may be your best choice. The prong setting is a good choice for all types of stones with the most popular setting styles being four-prong and six-prong settings. The prong shape can also vary according to the cut of the diamond and design of your overall custom Sylvie Collection engagement ring. 

Some fancy shaped diamonds like princess, heart, marquise, and pear may need extra protective prongs, known as V-prongs, to best protect their pointed corners. If you want more of your diamond to be visible, select a four-prong setting since it leaves more of the girdle area exposed. Six-prong settings provide just as much security as a four-prong setting but may be best for round brilliant cut diamonds as they enhance the beautiful and classic shape of its round cut. 

Although rare, eight and ten-prong settings are a unique alternative to the traditional prong style and provide a more vintage appeal to your ring design. A double claw prong on the other hand enhances shapes like cushion cuts, radiant cuts, emerald cuts, and round brilliants to complement their classic shape and design.

Heart prongs are perfect for a ring romantic in style, where the ends of the prongs are in the shapes of subtle hearts. V-prongs are like picture corners that frame the diamond so they are perfect for princess cuts, marquise cuts, heart cuts and pear cuts that may need extra protection in their pointed corners that are prone to chipping. Lastly, another rare prong style is the fishtail prong that tend to square the shape of round cuts where symmetry is of utmost importance, i.e. round brilliant cuts. They also give the illusion of a larger center stone.

Prongs can change the design of your custom engagement ring so consult one of our trusted Sylvie Collection jewelry experts and make note of these facts:

  • A prong setting is one of the most popular classic setting types.

  • A claw setting is the most commonly used gemstone setting and is popular for solitaire engagement rings.

  • Stones set in prongs are usually easier to clean.

  • V-prongs protect pointed edges of gemstones and diamonds like heart, marquise and pear shapes diamonds.