(Closed) Solitaire? 4 prongs or 6?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Does your solitaire engagement ring have:
    4 Prongs : (225 votes)
    53 %
    6 Prongs : (190 votes)
    45 %
    A different setting (Please tell about it!) : (8 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 15
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have a 6 prong. I love it. I think the cut of the diamond I have can only be set with a 6 prong. 

    Post # 16
    2906 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Mine has 8! I think it looks cool.

    Post # 17
    4479 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch


    • 4: you can see more of the diamond, so it should be more sparkly.
    • 6: the diamond is more secure.


    • 4: looks more square (if that matters to you).
    • 6: hides the stone; less sparkle.

    I prefer six prongs, personally (if I had asked for a solitaire, that’s what I would have asked for), but I really think it’s just a matter of personal taste!

    Post # 18
    591 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think it is all a matter of preference. The four prong will give you a cleaner look and may work better with smaller diamonds. But I think with the four prong, the prongs could be longer because they have to really hug the diamond well and it may sit up higher.

    I think the six prong compliments the circular shape of the diamond. Plus, I feel like the six prongs keep the diamond much more secure. But I think it depends on what you prefer. 

    Mine is a Tiffany solitaire so there was no choice in the matter. They only create the six prong setting. But I wouldn’t want it any different. I just took a couple pictures of mine with my cell phone. Sorry for my man hands and the large photos (ack!)! HTH!

    Post # 19
    862 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @ellabee: that’s cool!  I’ve never seen that before

    I have and prefer 6 prongs for a round stone for two reasons:

    1) If one breaks/becomes loose, the stone is still semi-secure so it won’t fall out

    2) I like that it gives the circular outline to the round stone.  I feel 4 prongs gives more of a square shape – so in that sense, it’s personal preference!

    Post # 20
    1295 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m looking also and I prefer four to six prongs.  Yes six prongs is more secure but hey tha’s what I’m going to have insurance for.  I feel like four prongs you can see more of the diamond and six just covers up too much of it.

    Post # 21
    10713 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have 6 prongs… it’s very classy looking and I don’t feel it covers up my diamond at all plus I’m not scared I’ll lose it… can you imagine how terrifying that would be to look down and notice your rock is gone!? I’d cry.

    Post # 22
    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I did not choose mine (surprised by FI!) but it is a 4-prong.  I think if I’d have chosen, I would have gotten a 6-prong because it would “feel” safer to me with the extra prongs keeping the stone in place.  However, I’m really glad I ended up with a 4-prong, because my stone is smaller (.45 ct sapphire), and in my opinion it would start to look very cluttered if there were more prongs.  So I say, if you’re getting a larger stone, get 6 prongs because it will help keep the stone safely in place.  But if you’re getting a smaller stone, get 4 because it looks better.


    My baby:

    Post # 23
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I have four prongs, radiant cut. My mom’s has six, round brilliant cut.

    Post # 24
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I think 4 prongs looks best on a smaller stone and 6 prongs can look nice,  but only on large stones.

    have you seen deathbydesign’s ring from the side? I love that look!


    Post # 25
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have a 4 prong and love it! 

    Post # 26
    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I have four. I didn’t have any reason for choosing 4 over 6 prongs at the time, but I like it. It looks nice and simple. If I had a larger stone like say 2.5 carat I probably would have gone for 6 prongs for extra security, but I don’t feel it’s necessary for my stone. Also, my four prongs rip out my hair and get lint stuck to them enough as it is, two more would probably drive me nuts! hehe

    Post # 27
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I like 6.  Mine has 6 and I feel like if one prong gets loose, the others will still keep me from losing the stone.  I also like how it makes a round stone look. 

    Post # 28
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    On round cuts, I prefer four prongs unless the diamond is well over a carat and the prongs look very delicate. 

    Post # 29
    3774 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

    I prefer the 6 prong setting and my solitaire is 6 prong.  I agree with the pp who pointed out that it is the most classic of the choices because Tiffany&Co. does in fact only sell the “tiffany solitaire” with 6 prongs.  For girls like me who love the traditional and classic look of a solitaire it only makes sense to stick with the design that started it all.  I used to prefer the 4 prong but am glad I went with 6.  Don’t get me wrong, 4 or 6 they are all gorgeous and you would be doing well the end up with either.  Here is mine just because I love sharing it. 🙂

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