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Classic Prong Setting

Prong setting is the simplest and most popular setting style, because it uses the least amount of metal to hold the stone, thus showing it off to its best advantage. Prongs are the little metal claws that bend over the edge of the stone to hold it securely in place.

In a prong set ring, a number of wires called prongs, are arranged to hold the given stone. There are many variations of prong setting, depending on the diamond size and overall ring style, using as few as 2 prongs up to 24 or more . The prongs hold the diamond securely, whilst allowing light to shine up through the diamond. The four prong solitaire setting and the six prong solitaire setting will allow maximum sparkle and brilliance for the diamond.

The prongs can come from a common point on the shank as in the classic solitaire style head, or they can come from a basket. With the basket style, the prongs can be slightly smaller in size because they are supported by a basket framework as opposed to the solitaire style where the individual prongs are only supported at their common base. A basket style also allows the diamond to be set lower since the prongs can come up straight to the diamonds girdle whereas the solitaire style must have the diamond higher to allow enough spread in the head to accommodate the size of the diamond.

The size and shape of the prongs themselves can vary greatly, and prongs can be rounded, flat or square, or even heart shaped.

A co-ordinating prong set wedding band featuring smaller diamonds set in a matching setting creates the perfect bridal set.