Post # 1
Hi everyone! i just got engaged earlier this week (YAY after 7.5 years!) and I received a beautiful oval cut engagment ring. I love the way it looks, its so dainty and fragile looking. However, I am extremely worried about the setting. I went to a jeweler to have it checked and it looks like my setting was originally made for a round brilliant setting. I am also worried because it is a 4-prong setting (i’ve heard that 6 prongs are better for ovals) and the band is only 1.5mm thick. I love my ring so much I want to wear it 24/7 while showering/sleeping/cleaning/cooking/etc.
Are my worries warranted? I’d appreciate your advice.
Post # 3
@smakie: I would say your worries are warranted. I would ask the jeweler about the difficulty of switching to a 6 prong. I have an oval citrine from an ex-boyfriend that I never wear anymore, but after a few months of wearing it one of the prongs kind of broke off and it has been wobbly since. It is yellow gold though, so that might be a softer metal than say platinum depending on what it is made out of…
Post # 4
It’s beautiful. Please make sure to have it insured just in case.
Post # 5
I’d definitely have another conversation with the jeweler. If the ring is white gold, they may be able to keep the same look by re-doing the prongs in platinum, which is stronger. Or maybe they can reconfigure it some other way.
And definitely, definitely insure that puppy ASAP, with a policy that covers stone loss, just in case.
Post # 6
Wow, that’s a seriously gorgeous ring! Nothing wrong with asking the jeweler if there is anything that can be done to make it a little more sturdy! Congrats on your engagement 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I think it’s totally justified to worry, especially if the head was intended for another shape. If you plan to wear it forever, I would definitely look at new settings similar to your current in order to reset.
ps FABOLOUS stone! I think ovals are so underrated, and yours appears so bright in the photo, I can only imagine IRL!
Post # 8
id deffo keep it how it is. its stunning!
you can always take it off to do certain jobs 🙂
thats what i do!
Post # 9
and congratulations!! its gorgeous!
Post # 10
@smakie: Mine looks just like yours but with a halo, and my band is a little bit smaller I think (1.2?) Mine is four prong oval and I have been wearing it for nearly a year and a half now and it still looks great. I’ve probably accidentally hit it on something 4-5 times so far.. I’m not exactly accident prone, so if you are your concerns may be valid. When I first got my ring my sister tried to convince me that my 4 prong wasn’t going to be good enough (she has a 6 prong marquise diamond) but she was just repeating what some jeweler told her. I can’t remember the last time I saw an oval that was more than 4 prongs. Maybe the prongs are stronger nowadays? I inspect mine every once in a while and so far they’re still good as new so I’m not worried.
Post # 11
@smakie: i have a 2ct oval centre in my ering and it only has 4 prongs. i’ve had it for years with no issues. i think it depends on the material and how the prongs are made. my ring was custom made with platinum. it’s heavy and very sturdy. those prongs are not going anywhere.
some (actually most) stock settings are not as sturdy as custom rings. they are typically mass produced.
if you don’t think the setting/prongs will hold up, change it. get it insured asap.
congrats on your engagement. your ring is gorgeous. i love the setting.
Post # 12
Congratulations on your engagement! Your ring is gorgeous!
I have had several jewelers tell me (and this is just food for thought) that you should not wear your e-ring 24/7. Jewelry should not be exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals because they can wear the metal down. You also should not sleep with your ring on because prongs can easily be caught on the threads in sheets and blankets. I always remembered this – one jeweler told me to treat your e-ring like a nice dress.
Some women do wear their rings all the time and have no problems. I baby my rings, and have had a lot of issues. My e-ring setting was custom made too (but it’s a halo and that’s where the problems have been).
As far as your ring, I like the look of 4 prongs. A friend of mine has an oval ring with 4 prongs and she’s had it for 15 years with no problems.
Post # 13
Congratulations on your engagement!! The ring is absolutely GORGEOUS! I really like the look of the 4 prongs, and think that if you are careful with your ring you shouldn’t have an issue. I baby my ring, and take it off when I cook, clean, shower, and sleep. Thankfully I haven’t had any issues yet. I say go with your gut. If it’s going to make you feel better, and think you’re going to wear your ring all the time I would say maybe ask about having it reset with 6 prongs.
Post # 14
My ring is an oval stone with four double prongs. It’s held up fine so far but I don’t wear it to bed/shower/dishes. My husband bought me a cute tiny jewelry box and had it engraved as a wedding present and it’s been super easy to just take it off at night then put it on after my shower. If I’m doing rough chores I just take it off and put it in my pocket. I like it that way because my ring sits up pretty high and I’m afraid to damage the aquamarine.
Post # 15
Thanks for all your replies, I’m definitely going to be more careful! However, I am always unintentionally klutzy, so I’ve decided I probably want to do 6-prongs just in case. I was able to find another bee’s (gingerspice) ring that has the configuration that preserves the oval shape more than the 12 and 6 configuration. I think I’ll also try to increase my ring width to at least 2mm at the thinnest point (near the center stone) and taper it to 2.5-3mm at the sides and base.
Post # 16
Congrats.Your ring is a beauty. Modify it so you can wear it and stare at it all the time.