The Tiffany setting is one of the most popular and famous. It is a take on the prong setting and it was created in the 1880s by Charles Tiffany. Due to the pedigree and beautiful look of this diamond, it is one of the most sought after.
Tiffany & Co have trademarked the design and term 'Tiffany Setting'. Because of this, the same setting will be marketed as a multi-prong solitaire ring. Before this style came about, bezel settings were the option to go for; they were secure but limiting because they obscured the stone's depth.
The main reason behind the creation of this setting is to ensure as much light as possible gets to the surface of the diamond by raising the gemstone higher in the setting. This results in optimum sparkle. The diamond is still secure thanks to the construction of a raised claw. The bigger and more brilliant the diamond will appear the less metal used to create the claws.
Most Tiffany setting rings have three, four or six individual prongs, which are soldered or welded into the band so that the diamond can be mounted to the metal. It is all about getting the right balance between diamond exposure and security; the fewer the prongs, the more light that enters the stone, however, the more prongs, the more security.