(Closed) Are four prongs secure enough?

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

A tiffany setting has 6 prongs actually. But most engagement rings I see have 4 prongs without a problem.

I prefer the look of 6 prongs actually and it was hard to find a setting I loved that had 6 prongs so I thought I was going to have to settle for 4. But when Fiance bought the ring he asked them to add two prongs and it wasn’t a problem at all. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Of course, yes, 4 prongs is secure.  Otherwise it wouldn’t be the most-used setting in gem-setting.  Enjoy it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have a four prong setting in platinum and this baby is SECURE! I do have double prongs though which make it feel even more secure. I highly recommend them!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

4 prongs are secure, but 6 prongs are definitely more secure.  That being said, people aren’t loosing precious gems out of 4 prong settings left and right – as long as you get your ring checked and maintained, it’s totally fine.

FWIW, the classic “Tiffany” setting is 6 prongs.  It’s gorgeous and it and it’s well-done “inspired by” settings (the vatché U113 and the CVB Jovyn are two that come to mind) are my favorite settings.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I wear a 1.71 ct diamond in a 4-prong setting. I love it, and it is very secure. Of course, like with any ring, I have it checked periodically. I’ve never had an issue, and I very much prefer the look of 4 prongs to 6. With normal wear, 4 prongs should definitely be secure enough to safely hold your stone.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

4 prongs will be fine.  I feel the same and prefer the look of 4 prongs to 6.  I have an elongated cushion with 4 prongs, in platinum and I love it.  As with any fine jewelry (no matter how many prongs) treat it respectfully to help safeguard against damage.  I don’t lift weights with mine on,and I also take it off when doing yard work or cleaning with harsh chemicals.   It’s good to take it to the jeweler to have it checked each year and for it to be cleaned and sparkled up.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee

My sister is a gemologist, works in a jewelry store, and sold my Fiance my ring. It’s 4-pronged, and she said there should be no problem. Check it if you snag the ring on something, have it cleaned/checked/tightened regularly, and you should be fine! 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I have a 1.2 ct diamond in a 4 prong setting and it seems very secure. My Fiance did say that when he was ring shopping the jeweler told him 6 prongs were more secure (which makes sense of course), but Fiance liked the look of 4 prong better. The jeweler said 4 prong is very safe, but that if a customer was debating between 4 and 6 he would tell them to go with 6 just to be extra cautious.

If you like 4 better, I think you’ll be just fine! 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Hi…  I have a large deep stone.  Some may say ‘too deep.’  I do have 4 prongs that I asked the jeweler to make extra thick.  I also asked for a basket setting.  So, its a 4 prong basket setting with extra thick prongs.  I do feel its secure.  However, I would prefer a 6 prong setting basket setting.  The designer did not put as many prongs as I asked for and I didn’t have time for it to be redone.  

If its a smaller stone whatever you consider that to be…  You may not want thicker prongs or 6 prongs because it may affect the ligh reflection in your opinion.  My stone was big enough that I didn’t think all the 6 prongs would affect the reflection.

I think in a perfect world I’d like 6 non-thick prongs in a basket setting.  maybe one day

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