(Closed) Thinking of changing from 4 prong to 6

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I greatly prefer the look of 6 prongs for a round stone!  Most of my friends have 4 prongs but I think 6 is so much nicer.  I guess its personal preference but that’s my opinion.  Do it!

Post # 3
4812 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

If you like it…just do it? I mean, I think this is really all down to personal taste. Yes, 6-prongs are a little safer (and I prefer the look of 6-prongs too) but many do fine with 4-prongs for a lifetime, and 6-prongs aren’t a guarantee against the diamond chipoing or cracking either. The key with any amount of prongs is to treat your rings nicely and get them checked and inspected fairly regularly. Bezels are even safer, but I am not someone who recommends 24/7 wear even then. Sometimes your ring is just going to be safer at home. If 24/7 wear is important to you, just put it in as safe as a setting as you are willing to, insure it, and carry on.

Post # 4
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

I say go for it. I prefer 6 prongs over 4 in a solitaire. It will provide more security, enhance the roundness and overall it’s just very classic looking.

Post # 5
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

My RHR is a 1ct and I have 6 prong.  I love the fact the diamond is better secured. 

Post # 6
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I think 6 prong rounds are beautifu! Not only does it protect the diamond, it also accentuates the shape of the stone. 

Post # 7
7846 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Why did you get a 4 prong setting originally? It just strikes me as odd you would want to change it so soon (a year) after the wedding when you must have chosen it for a reason. Regardless, it is a reasonable fee to have it changed. I have a personal preference for a 4 prong setting, but it depends on the size of the stone, as sometimes a 6 prong looks better on a smaller stone (to my eye anyway).

Post # 8
452 posts
Helper bee

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Isis32:  I say if it’s on your mind a lot, go ahead and make the change . . . for all the obvious reasons just stated, or just because you like it better. And, if sometime down the road, you should decide that you want the 4-prongs back, change it again. They’re simple enough to swap out. You should be happy with what you’re wearing. And if you want to wear the ring 24/7, then you ought to do that too. Enjoy!

Post # 9
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

For simple solitaires, I prefer a 6-prong setting. I had a 4-prong setting and realized that it wouldn’t work for my lifestyle. I like to wear my ring almost all the time and decided a bezel setting was the most secure for me. Do what is best for you and get (or keep) what you love!

Post # 10
8601 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m all about it for security and aesthetics! And it’s not costing you an arm and a leg so why not.

Post # 11
459 posts
Helper bee




This is my 4 prong…you can’t see it but my diamond is set super high. I really like it on a round stone. My moms solitaire is set in 6 and she’s always bending prongs. I would do what makes you happy. 


Please forgive my ring for popping up in every post. I’m newly engaged lol

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by mrs110.
  • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by mrs110.
Post # 12
295 posts
Helper bee

I too wanted to change to a six prong.  I had a four prong ring from Blue Nile and I love four prongs for the amount of stone that shows… doesn’t cover it up as much.  I did have it re-set in a new six claw prong and I LOVE it!  It doesn’t cover up the stone or alter light play like I was afraid of… it is beautiful and truly gives the stone a more true round look and honestly, people say that a four prong makes a stone look bigger because it shows more, but actually, with six, it surrounds the stone and makes it more substantial looking.  Go for it!!! Hope this helps!!  Here’s the four and then the six.  FullSizeRender_1FullSizeRender-2_2

Post # 13
5641 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

I vote 6 prongs.

Post # 14
222 posts
Helper bee

6 prongs are the best, but I may be biased 🙂

Post # 15
13628 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I love the simplicity of a four prong setting and like how it shows more of the stone. A good jeweler will ensure that it’s secure. I have mine checked regularly and have never once had any problem with it. I’m hard on my hands too. 

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