Post # 1
I’m curious, because I can’t really tell/make up my mind.
Do prongs matter with solitaire rings? I have a 1.2 carat solitaire e-ring, with 4 prongs. I liked the 4 prong look better initially, but recently wonder if I should have it re-set with 6 prongs for the true, traditional “Tiffany Solitaire” look.
Do more or less prongs change the look of the shape and size of the diamond? Is that a “thing” or does it changed based on preception. I could Google this, but I prefer to get your opinions 🙂
Post # 3
Yes. I have a four prong, and I love my ring, won’t ever change it, but it is a Ring Bearer and is mistaken for a princess cut all. the. time.
If i could go back, I would pick a traditional six prong.
Post # 4
Personally I don’t think it matters at all, unless you’re really worried about giving off a certain look. I have a 4 prong because I like my round diamond to have both a round/square apperance, and the prongs give i that. I think it should more about what you like than what you want others to think!
Post # 5
Well when I was going to get a more traditional ering I HATED 6 prongs, but then I really started to like the classic Tiffany style and now I HATE 4 prong rings lol (except my ering, see below). When I was shopping for a diamond and/or moissy I noticed that at least to my eyes a 6 prong setting seems to make a big difference in the perception of the diamonds size. Someone just posted a before and after of their ring with 4 prongs and then 6 and I think the 6 prong make it look like the stone is bigger. I also feel that it’s safer and if I were you I’d want to protect a 1.2 ct diamond. One of the times Fiance and I were out ring shopping I tried on two 1.25ish ct diamonds, one was set in a 4 prong, the other 6 prong I told the jeweler that I thought he got the carat size wrong in the 6 prong he double checked and confirmed it was the same carat weight.
Now that may JUST be me. I say get whatever you want. I really wanted a moonstone ering, but gave up on it early because I kept hearing it was too soft for everyday wear. I ended up finding the PERFECT moonstone ering and that’s what I have and I love it! It has 4 prongs because it is a lotus setting so it’s very different.
Post # 6
I think that is what is tripping me up–my round brilliant does sometimes look more square, and I think it’s because of the 4 prong versus 6 prong!
Post # 7
@MrsDrRose612: I went through this same thought-process when setting my FI’s family stone. I chose 4 prongs because I like that my round looks slightly “cushion-like.” 🙂 Both 4 and 6 pronged solitaires are beautiful. It just depends what look you like!
Post # 8
I like the more minimal look of a 4 prong. I dont think it looks like a princess cut at all.
Post # 9
I have a princess cut so the obvious is 4. However, on rounds, I also prefer 4, or else it looks to “claw like” to me. Just personal taste.
Post # 11
I like the 4 prong best but any jeweler will tell you a 6 prong is safer.
Post # 12
I don’t like the 6-prongs. It looks to me like the diamond is in a metal cage or basket. Either way I have a 4 prong because that is what I’m used to so its solely due to preference. What sort of prongs you have probably matter too.
pinkshoes: & deetroitwhat: are what my prongs look like and the ones I usually see
wrkbrk: Looks like double prongs which give it a different look and so are cantonbride:‘s I’ve never seen anything like that and would probably notice the prongs along before the diamond due to thier shape
So I’d say look at many many rings here and pick the kind you like and try them on. Focus on the prongs the different kinds and settings (or maybe even bezel or semi bezel) that might help you make a decision.
Post # 13
I have a 6-prong and I MUCH prefer it – I just like the look better than the 4-prong. But I don’t think it matters, just keep/get the one you love!
Post # 14
I have owned two solitaires. My first one was the ring I got engaged with. I just wanted a solitaire and didn’t pay attention to the prongs TBH. I ended up having a ring that had four white gold prongs that were kind of squared off and extremely high set. Once the engagement-high wore off I started resenting those prongs.
When I decided to reset my stone to my current solitaire I really wanted to have perfect prongs. I chose six this time, palladium instead of white gold, they’re pointy instead of boxy which I think gives a more sleek look, and they’re very low set.
The right prongs make such a huge difference.
Post # 15
I have six prongs because it seems more safe in protecting the sides and holding it in if a prong gets loose. I do have ring insurance but I’d rather not go through the emotional panic if my diamond fell out.
Post # 16
Prongs can really differ and some are not my taste at all. I much prefer 6 prongs to 4, and I like very delicate, swoopy prongs as opposed to large, chunky prongs. I also like double claw prongs (so 4 split into 2) but only on larger stones (1.5-2+). I think 4 tend to make the diamond look more square (and sometimes smaller) and my personal preference is the more round look of 6.