(Closed) Which is more durable…channel set or prong set wedding bands?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which is more durable for daily wear...channel set or prong set diamond wedding bands?
    Channel set : (41 votes)
    79 %
    Prong set : (11 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Hmmm idk anything about changel setting but I do know I have a 6 prong setting and have never caught it on anything… I like that it’s 6 b/c if for some reason I don’t realize a prong is loose and one breaks… I still have 5 good ones so I don’t loose my stone =)

    Post # 4
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    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think channel set is more durable. Mine aren’t plain tension set, the metal around them overlaps the slightest bit to hold them in. There’s no way those puppies can pop out!

    Post # 5
    Member
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    SBourgeous is right – channel settings have the metal overlapping the diamonds on top to hold them in.  Here’s mine (it was my grandmother’s):

    Post # 7
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @MrsDulce: I love that! Can you tell me the size of the bands?

    Post # 9
    Member
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I am not sure which is more durable, but I have a four-prong setting and it’s never snagged on anything. I feel like it’s extremely secure, but mostly I chose it because I feel like it shows off the diamond better. The band is channel set, so it’s sort of the best of both worlds.

    Post # 10
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I was just at the jewelers’ to get mine molded for my band the other day, and I heard the other sales woman explaining to a different customer that channel set diamonds are a bit more protected since the prong leaves more open/exposed areas of the diamond for chipping. Also, the prongs can get caught on things whereas that’s much less likely to happen to a channel setting. 

    I have a prong set solitaire and my band is plain, so I can’t help you out with personal experience, but that’s what I overheard at the jewelers’ the other day. 

    Post # 11
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    68 posts
    Worker bee

    I had a 1ct channel set princess band and I loved it.  One day I brought it to be cleaned and they told me a stone was loose, and I should have it fixed ASAP.  It wasn’t at the point of falling out because they’re held in there pretty good, but it could fall out and when you loose one the rest can fall out too, then she actually showed me with tools how it was sliding around a little bit in the setting.  I had it fixed and I never had a problem again. 

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