(Closed) 4 prongs? 6 prongs? 8 prongs? Is there a difference in how secure the stone is?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2331 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

I have an amethyst with prongs like that. It is sturdy. 

Post # 3
220 posts
Helper bee

I’ve heard the opposite. More prongs = more security because if you break a prong on a 6 you still have 5 holding your stone. With a 4 prong you’ll probably lose the stone.

That’s a beautiful setting. I say get what you love.

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The more prongs, the more secure.  Period.  🙂

Post # 5
3058 posts
Sugar bee

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owlette22:  All the jewelers I’ve ever spoken to have indicated that the more prongs would give you more security.  For example, if you have a four prong and broke one off — you have much more surface area of your diamond exposed and likely to fall out of the setting.  Versus a 6 prong, you would still have 5 prongs still holding the stone in, and less surface area exposed — less likely to lose your stone in that case.

With that being said, many people will four prong rings will never damage a prong enough to lose a stone.  I think it comes down to a matter of personal preference of what you like most and will give you confidence that your stone is secure.

I have a six prong because I like the round appearance it gives to my RB, and my prongs are VERY sturdy.  I have no concerns of losing my diamond ever.  The prongs in the picture you shared don’t look too delicate to me.


Post # 6
10041 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m sure it’s very secure, the prongs have a very wide base. Typically 6 or 8 prongs are better for security than 4 prongs because there’s more protecting the stones girdle from chipping and if 1 prong breaks you still have several more prongs holding it in place. If you only have 4 prongs and 1 breaks well then your SOL!! I love that setting btw! Donhov makes a ring very similar to mine. Yay for petal designs! Although on my ring they arnt prongs. You should go for it, it’s really a stunning ring 🙂

Post # 9
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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owlette22: gorgeous setting. Go for it! Great profile too, you can have any wedding band and not worry about it not sitting flush against the engagement ring band.  

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majorairhead:  that’s a beautiful ring. More pictures please. 

Post # 10
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

8 prongs are my favorite look!

Post # 12
303 posts
Helper bee

I’ve always heard more is more secure, but some people don’t like as many because it ‘hides’ more of the diamond. My ering is a simple 4 prong and the prongs do get knocked uneven (but the diamond stays secure) often enough. For our 10 year anniversary I want a new mounting with more prongs OR gold wrapping around the diamond. I don’t like worrying it will fall out when I knock it around, and I am not gentle on my ring. I wear is 24/7 and my job is very hands on.

Post # 13
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love my 8 pronged ring


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