Guide to setting prong or claw diamonds

Choosing the correct type of setting for your solitaire diamond engagement ring is important and should not be taken lightly.

One of these settings is the claw setting or also called the prong setting and it is probably the most popular of all the different types for your engagement ring.

The diamond is inserted between a series of prongs between three and sixteen, depending on the design of the ring or the size of the available diamond. The tips are then folded over the diamond belt and rested on the table. The diamond is placed in its ‘basket’ so to speak, held in place by the bent claws and it is how they are placed that will determine the strength and beauty of the setting.

The setter used is of the utmost importance as his skill can vary greatly and can make the difference between losing and retaining the diamond within his basket.

This element of skill and experience will determine the finish of the claw itself, its size, shape and location along the diamond belt and should be taken very seriously as it happens that the setter, by mistake, damages the diamond, hiding his mistake behind the claw itself.

The size of the claw or point is also important, as it may be too large and will deter the eye from the beauty of the diamond. Also, the claws are prone to catching or snagging on garments if they are poorly finished, again very important as they can, if snagged, separate and the diamond will come loose with a chance of actually falling out of its basket. .

This is one of the main reasons why it is always best to go for a minimum of 6 prongs for diamonds around 1 carat, smaller ones can be set with three or four if required.

Are tip settings better than others? Well, the diamond will refract light better since light can enter from all sides. Also, the diamond will be easy to clean since the bristles of a toothbrush can easily reach all parts of the diamond inside the open basket.

On the other hand, the tips can catch on clothing and the diamond, not being fully protected, can be damaged if hit by an exposed and unprotected part of the belt.

Basically, if one puts these pros and cons aside, it is a matter of personal taste as to what to choose. What is more important, however, is the quality of the work offered by the setter himself, as this should determine what he selects in the end. If you buy your ring from a multiple of the mass market high street or online equivalent you will find that they use the cheapest type of labor which is also the least experienced so the risk is higher and should be taken into account. bill.

A very good compromise is an experienced setter specializing in individually handcrafted rings offering quality work.

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