What type of settings don’t lose stones – what type do? Post yours and tell me!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have prong set princess cut stones and they haven’t budged in 5 years!

Post # 4
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2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think micro pave with shared prong is the worst culprit.  I have a simon g ring, and they were careful to point out that each tiny diamond is held in by four of ir’s own prongs.  Apparently the shared ones can open a little during sizing too, so that’s something to watch out for.  I found this link that seems pretty helpful:

 

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Jewelry-Gems-Minerals-689/2008/4/Micro-pave-ring-durable.htm

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with MissNoodles–micro pave’s can be dangerous. Mine has tiny side stones, but they’re held in place by prongs too. I’ve had it for about a year with no problems (I know that’s not that long, but it’s all I’ve got! :))

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a shared prong pave set band.  I’ve had it for a year now with no problems too.  It has not been sized and I can see that the prongs are holding the stones in pretty well.  Micro pave will definitely be in more danger of loosing stones since the stones in the setting are so much smaller that the prongs have to be small enough to barely hold them down and still be able to see the diamond.  If you have to have micro pave though, try to have it custom made to your size and then let it be.  I knew someone who had her ring resized, and within 24 hrs, had two stones lost.

 

Post # 7
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As said before, pave set stones are the most likely to fall out of a setting. The are not very securely set into the band. 

Channel set stones are very snugly set. This works well for side stones, so you dont have to worry about the little ones falling out. 

Post # 8
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

bezel set and channel set are two of the most secure kinds of settings possible.

they are both really modern looking too, but I’ve seen some channel and bezel set rings that had enough added details (like millgrain) which helped make them look a little more classic.

Post # 9
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5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have a 6 prong setting for a round solitaire…. What sold me on the 6 over the 4 was if I loose a prong I still have 5 left so I don’t loose my stone. lol

Sorry for the huge pic… it was easier to see with it larger

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Here’s a link that gives lots of information about setting:

Choosing a setting

Post # 11
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1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is my halo ring.  One of the diamonds fell out in the halo, but to my ring’s defense, I smacked it against the cupboard by accident.

But recently one of the side stones also fell out for no reason πŸ™  I dont wear it to bed or when doing chores.  I’m going to wait until closer to the wedding to get it fixed.  The jeweler fixed it for free the first time, but said they would charge me if it happened again.  Now I wish I went with a simple band, but still kept the halo.

And this is a Hearts on Fire ring!!!  πŸ™ 

EDIT:  This is a micro pave band… now I will probably have twice the issues since my wedding band is the same thing.

Post # 12
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

 OK twice my post was eaten and only the pic shows up. I think mine is a pave band. And my wedding band is the smae pave band half way around. I wear mine all the time and have not had any problems at all. Sorry I am at work and this is the only pic i have access to.

Post # 13
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My engagement ring is made of platinum, and I hear that it is a very durable and strong metal that holds stones better than other metals (it also gives diamonds more brilliance). I have a prong setting with three diamons on each side in a bezel settings (see my ring below for visual details):

I’m not a jewelry expert, but I’ve had my e-ring for over 7 months now with all seven diamonds in it and everything is still in place. I’m always checking to see if all my diamonds are still there. I feel like a mother duck making sure my baby chicks are with me, lol! I would suggest to ask a jeweler, they would know what to look for if you are concerned with losing diamonds. 

My fiance and I chose Robbins Brothers because they have a great option for an insurance policy that is like a plan called the “Peace of Mind Promise.” Our’s cost only $100 or so. It is a policy that lasts a lifetime. They truly have the whole package when it comes to maintaining and protecting your ring–and from my experience, this company strives to help you find the ring you want and make you feel unpressured and as comfortable as possible. The insurance is very reasonable and it comes with diamond insurance, cleaning and polishing, engraving, re-sizing etc. at no cost. We feel VERY SAFE and secure about having purchased my e-ring and wedding band there. It is personal preference on where you want to go, but if you are afraid see if the jeweler has an insurance plan. That is our experience and we are incredibly happy and worry-free when it comes to the diamond-loss thing. Also, you must get your ring inspected once a year if you have this insurance plan just to make sure the prongs are not suscpetible to losing your stone, etc. I may sound a little bias when it comes to jewelers, but Robbins Brothers has been wonderful for us.

Best wishes to you both and I’m sure you’ll find the one! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I don’t think any setting is immune to loosening, as I’ve had or have them all. The first one I ever lost was in a channel set, and one day the diamond was just gone. πŸ™

Just have whatever you get cleaned and inspected regularly and you’ll be fine.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I would guess that a bezel set solitaire is about as secure as it gets.   There are so many factors though, it depends on how you wear/treat a ring.  Resizing can affect how secure stones are in any type of ring.  It just depends.  I have a channel set band that’s been taken down 2 sizes and I was told not to resize it again or I’d risk losing all of the diamonds.

Least secure would be a ring with tiny pave diamonds, particularly if they are eternity style all around the band. 

 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Mine is a solitaire on a 6 prong setting! Wish I know you can get the prongs checked and tighter if need be. πŸ™‚ & It all depends on who you buy from, everyones policy is different. My ring is covered for a year.

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