(Closed) HELP! Shared prong vs. paved bands…. huh!?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Here is an example of a shared, petite-prong wedding band.  This is the one that I have:

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Paiger8:  I think they look different than the ones in Ring A; however, I’m not entirely sure of how all of the various settings are defined. I only know that mine is called a shared, petite-prong setting.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Shared prong means 1 prong holds 2 stones so the first example is shared prong 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

More metal covers a stone on a prong setting than on a pave … The prongs sit up higher and hug the stone allowing the stone sit on top of metal as well as have metal holding it down … With a pave setting a hole in drilled to the top of the stone to sit flush with the metal is in placed in … When drilling the stone is pressure fit and then the metal is pushed over the edges of the stone .. If the drill hole is not the right size of the stone is can pop out same thing is not enough metal is pushed over that’s why shared prongs are usually more sturdy

Edit: drilling the metal the exact size as the stone and it tapers like a v to accommodate the shape of the stone

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

here is a prong set (not shared) i have this one

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Shared prong! I have and I love it! 🙂 Plus usually* the diamonds in shared prong are larger than pave so for me you can see more bling/sparkle.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you can see any sort of sizable prong on it, it’s probably some kind of prong set.  Pave is meant to look like diamonds are just paved into the ring, so not sticking up, and very tiny prongs that would not be very noticible, and usually very small diamonds, much smaller than anything you would use for prong set.

 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

all of these rings you have posted are examples of different types of prong set rings.

a pave set stone  usually sits flush with the metal, no prongs are visable. the diamond looks like it has just been pushed into the metal.

this is my ring. it has both prong set and pave diamonds. The band has prong set diamonds and the halo part of the ring is  micropave set diamonds.

Pave is usually ok to have in the halo part as it doesn’t get affected when being resized. Pave stones are known to be more prone to falling out on the band of a ring when it has been resized as they have little metal holding them in place. so when  rings are heated or stretched  that small bit of metal gets out of alignment and can cause the stone to move a little and pop out. A hard knock can cause this too.

Prong set diamonds is usually  a more sturdy setting  to have on the band of a ring, as it has more metal holding the stones in place. In these settings Extreme resizing can cause the diamonds to move and push against each other, this movement can cause a diamond to chip, crack or fall out. it is easier for these rings to be sized up, than to be sized down. They usually dont recommend you size them up or down more than one full size.

Having said all that, a good jeweller can do wonders on making sure this doesn’t happen on resizing. quality of setting can also have an impact on how your ring copes with wear and tear.

They also recommend  with this style of setting, that you get your rings checked periodically to see if anything has moved a little.

Hope this helps you on your search for the perfect ring!!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cmsgirl:  <– what she said 🙂

The second setting is a specific type of prong setting called “fish tail” and it refers to how it looks from the side.

You don’t have to ditch the halo because of what you’ve heard about pave.  Not all halo settings have pave anyway – I have a halo where the diamonds are prong set and haven’t had any problems with it.

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