Post # 1
We are renewing our vows for our 25th wedding anniversary and I am having my diamond reset into a 3 ring diamond ring. I am having trouble deciding on whether or not to go with a channel set diamond band or prong diamond band to wear with the 3 diamond engagement ring. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and to see pics of those that already have these types of settings. I am leaning towards the prong settings because they seem to sparkle more.
Post # 3
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
@dclear14: I am definitely a prong-set fan!
My wedding band was made to match, everything is prong-set!
Post # 5
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 # 6
@Over the Moon: so the prong set wedding band may wear against the engagement ring than? Where the channel setting would be smooth. Thanks for your advice.
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
@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
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.
Post # 14
These are my rings that we had made for our 25th wedding anniversary.