Post # 1
I am looking at half-eternity style wedding bands for my wedding ring. I’m trying to decide between a channel set and prong set style. I want a diamond band, but I’m wondering if one is stronger or more durable than the other?
- Pros: I feel like they hold the diamonds in place better and if you inspect it you can see if they are getting loose.
- Cons: Those little prongs aren’t sooo strong. It’s easy for them to catch on things, and I worry about that pulling the prong.
- Pros: No possibility for snags or catching on things.
- Cons: How are the diamoinds even in there? I worry they are almost tension set or something and they might fall out?
Any good or bad experiences bees? Opinions? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Thx bees! I have my eyes on this combination, but I was soooo nervous about the channel set diamonds. I’m really about taking my engagment ring off because it sits really high, so I wanted a blingy band that was durable enough that I could leave it on and not be afraid of hurting it! 🙂
Post # 7
@MrsDulce: I love that! Can you tell me the size of the bands?
Post # 8
@Claire_2010: It’s a 1.2 ct diamond solitaire with a 1ct half eternity band. 🙂 So simple but I love it. I’m going to pair it with the knife edge 2mm band. The whole set will be so versatile…I’ll be able to stack or just wear one. <3
Post # 9
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
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
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.