Prong Setting & Solitaire Setting

Out all settings, the prong setting is the most traditional and common. It gets its name because of the small metal claws that are welded or soldered to the gemstone so that the stone is set into the band. Per gem, there are usually three, four or six individual prongs. One of the great benefits of this setting 


Prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat or V-shaped. When it comes to rectangular or square shaped diamonds, V-shaped prongs tend to be the preferred choices, as they wrap the pointed corners. If the stone is quite small, you may want to consider going for a fewer number of prongs for more visibility. This also makes the stone easier to clean. However, this does come at a trade-off of less security, 

 


The prongs can be set low or high. The stone will be more visible if you for a high setting, however, this does make snagging on hair and clothes more likely. There is also the risk of scratching people. Thus, it is probably better to go for a lower-set prong if you have small children or an active lifestyle.


Another decision to make is what metal you are going to have the prongs made from. A lot of people like platinum because of the silver color and the fact it will not tint the diamond. Yellow gold is not recommended because it can color the stone and it is too soft, meaning regular replacements and repairs are likely. If you are struggling to decide, your jeweler will help.


Finally, 'solitaire' is the term used to describe an engagement ring where the prong setting holds a single gemstone. This setting is great for creating an eye-catching appearance, ensuring the band does not distract from the stone.