(Closed) channel set diamond or prong set diamond band…….

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Prong settings are beautiful, but some of them leave the diamond girdles exposed. They can wear away the prongs of the engagement ring, so watch out for that!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@dclear14: I am definitely a prong-set fan! 

My wedding band was made to match, everything is prong-set!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My mom’s got a channel set band, and after trying it on a few times, I know I want one some day.  I’m pro channel set because a) it’s smooth and won’t snag on anything, b) is comfy c) is sleek and modern d) Will sit flush w/a straight band and not scratch up a ring.  Hers is 2.5 mm thick, so it’s a bit dainty.  The diamonds still sparkle.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a channel set… for work I love it because it doesn’t catch the sides as often. Mine’s also only a half-eternity band.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have a three stone E ring and chose a prong set wedding band.

i also have a channel set band that i wear when I do yard work, etc.

I really prefer the prong set look as it shows off the diamonds better 😉

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have shared prong and love it.  No issues with catching on anything.  My wedding band is the same matching one, and i havent noticed it scratching each other either.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I prefer the look of the chanel set or pave.  Mine is pave and I love it! Some people say pave settings aren’t the best, and sometimes stones are lost.  I’ve had my engagement ring for just over three years with no issue.  Maybe it’s in the craftsmanship?

The wedding band is a half-eternity pave band.  The two rings sit right next to eachother and I can tell where they rub.  Not sure if the fact that I have white gold makes it more noticable.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I vote prong, since it’s more feminine and delicate, but each one is beautiful in its own way and it’s a matter of your personal preference. If it were me I’d choose prong. Congrats on 25 years and welcome to the bee!!!!!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@dclear14: Yes, here is an example of a ring that was worn next to a prong-set band with exposed diamond girdles. You can see how the girdles have started to eat away at the prongs of the e-ring center stone. This pic was taken only 8 months after the set was purchased! (Not my set)

 

To prevent this you can choose a type of setting that does not leave girdles exposed (e.g. bezel set, channel set, bead set (also called bright cut)), you can have the rings soldered together, you can wear a very thin spacer ring (just a plain band around 1mm) between the two rings, or you can just live with it and know that the ring will eventually need to be repaired.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I can also attest to the prong settings wearing away. My mom has a prong set 5-stone anniversary band that she wears stacked with her e-ring and wedding band, and over the years the prongs of the anniversary band have gotten worn down and she has lost a stone on 2 different occasions. It has also worne a sigfinicant dent into the prongs of her e-ring setting. I don’t have pictures but the damage is clear.

Because of this, I am going to get channel set. It doesn’t wear down, and the stones are more secure.

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