Solitaire setting – cathedral vs plain prong?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which setting?
    Mini cathedral : (38 votes)
    73 %
    Plain prong : (14 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 2
    1201 posts
    Bumble bee

    It looks like the mini cathedral’s shoulders don’t actually attach to the setting. If that’s the case, it’s gonna snag and pull on everything and probably break. 

    Post # 5
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I like the cathedral setting.

    Post # 6
    2041 posts
    Buzzing bee

    apresallday :  I have a 1.5C radiant and went through the same thing. Couldn’t decide between the Tiffany style plain or the cathedral. Went with the plain prong and am glad I did. I wanted something SUPER minimal to show off the diamond, so I went with a very thin band and setting, and I love the way it turned out

    Post # 7
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2005

    I vote cathedral – it will add a little more protection to the diamond and from the top down will look nearly the same as the other setting.

    Top down:



    Post # 8
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Cathedral actually connected to the basket has my vote. Personally I’m not a fan of the floating shoulders pictured, or plain prongs in general, unless they are the Tiffany style Tulip prongs that comform to the stone and wrap it so beautifully like they do. 

    Post # 9
    787 posts
    Busy bee

    I prefer the plain prongs but it looks like I’m in the minority 🤷🏼‍♀️

    Post # 10
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I love the way the mini cathedral setting showcases the diamond! However, the more visible security of the plain prong setting is a bonus on that end! 


    Post # 11
    1329 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

    I prefer the cathedral, although I am a little bias 😉

    Post # 12
    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    mrsgreeneyes :  FWIW I had a cathedral setting before, the shoulders were not atttached and it never once got caught on any thing. 

    On the other hand, my current e-ring is a 1.4 elongated GIA radiant, and I LOVEEEEE the open prong setting that I chose. When you have a high quality sparkling diamond, you should show that baby off! I dont like any baskets (regardless of shape or size) where the stone is hiddden or covered. Whats the point if all you see is surface?? And lets face it, theres so much more to look at then just the top.

    Heres my ring in all her pronged, and highly visible, glory::



    Post # 13
    540 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

    I love the cathedral! The stone is absolutely stunning, I’m sure either setting will highlight it beautifully

    Post # 14
    303 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I vote plain. It’s classic 💍

    Post # 15
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    Classic plain solitaire, but I’m biased.  That looks exactly like my setting.  It’s classic and will go with anything.

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