Post # 1
I’m in the process of deciding what I want to get to upgrade my wedding set. I can’t decide if I want a channel-set wedding band or a shared-prong wedding band. I think shared-prong bands are prettier, but I’m nervous that the stones will fall out. My current band is a channel-set, by the way.
Can you please post pictures of your channel-set or shared-prong wedding bands and/or give me your input on which one I should get and why? Has any of you had a problem with shared-prong stones falling out? Thanks!! 🙂
Post # 3
I have a prong set so each diamond has their own setting and I havent had any problems and I am super rough on my rings…I liked it better then channel set because when we were looking the channel didnt sparkle near as much
Post # 4
I have a channel set and have not had a problem with losing stones in the 3 years I have had it. I have seen a ton of posts on here about people losing pave stones but I don’t think prong ones are horrible. My engagement ring has lasted 6 years so far with no injury.
Post # 5
@GelaMac That’s a neat idea! I’ve been shopping around and I haven’t seen that kind of band. I know that the place that we’re probably going to buy from doesnt have that kind of band, though =/
Post # 6
Both are beautiful. It would help to see a pic of your ering to decide which would look better.
It’s a tough choice, both are beautiful. I’d take your lifestyle into consideration. Are you more sporty, active, and rough on things? Is comfort really important to you? Do you value practicality more? Is it important that the ring be low-maintenance? In that case, channel’s the way to go, as it will hold up better over time. Are you gentle on your jewelry, and do you work little with your hands? Do you value beauty more? Are you ok with doing maintenance on it? Then shared prong is a good choice.
Post # 7
Are you going to wear the band with your e-ring? I’ve already voted (shared-prong) but wondered if you had tried both bands with your e-ring if you plan to wear it that way. You’ll probably get more sparkle from a shared-prong or prong ring; channel-sets get body oils and dirt behind the diamonds, and short of the fancy steamer at the jeweler, may be hard to keep clean.
Post # 8
I voted shared prong because I just prefer the look over channel set. More bling, less metal. lol. I have a shared prong and I’ve worn it for about 18 mo with no problems whatsoever with diamonds loosening or falling out:
Post # 9
@Mrs Canuck Interesting! I’ve never thought about the possibility of channel-set bands getting dirt and oil stuck behind the stones. That’s definitely something that I’m going to have to consider. And yes, I’m going to wear the wedding band with my e-ring 🙂 I’m getting a 2.5 ct cushion cut solitaire 😀
Post # 10
I’ve wrestled with the same dilemna myself.
I have a shared prong half eternity band that I got for my 10th anniversary, so I’ve had it 3 years or so. I don’t wear it all the time and I pretty much baby my rings. The diamonds in the band are 3 points each.
If I go to the jeweler to get it cleaned I always ask them to check the prongs because the end diamonds get lose all the time. I haven’t lost a diamond yet, but it’s annoying as heck to know that it’s not the most secure setting. It’s not as comfortable as a channel set band, but I wouldn’t say it was uncomfortable. Just had to get used to it, that’s all.
I bought a channel set band recently. I loved how it felt – it didn’t even feel like I was wearing a ring. I liked the sleekness of it; even though they’ve been around for a long time, it looked modern to me. I did not like, however, how the channels made the diamonds look smaller. I wound up returning that band.
It’s a tough decision and I think the only way you’ll really know is to try them on.
Post # 11
i like the prong set. the diamionds stand out more in my opinion and looks more feminine.
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I like the look of shared prong much better, just my opinion 🙂 It’s what I”m looking at for myself! Let us know what you decide 🙂
Post # 14
Shared prong! I think its prettier too and easier to clean under it cause it’s usually open on the sides. And maybe sparkles more since it lets light in the side. No problems with stones falling out for me. Usually shard prong has pretty big prongs, compared to micropave, which is notorious for stones falling out.
Post # 15
i guess it depends on how they look with your ering. it sounds like the shared prong would be a better choice but then again, i’d want to see what they looked like with your ering.
i like the combo of those 2 settings. the semi-bezel setting.
Post # 16
You really can’t go wrong either way. Shared prong is beautiful and the light does pass through it very nicely. Channel set is equally as gorgeous, and more comfortable (IMO). I have a channel set eternity band and I love it. It is super comfy and sooo sparkly. I probably will get a prong set band in the future too because I really like the look of both. I would suggest trying them on with your ring and seeing which one is more visually appealing to you.
here is my channel set band: