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The Prong Setting:
Everything You Need to Know

Wondering if the prong setting is a good choice for your future engagement ring?

The prong setting is a timeless classic and a common style selected for solitaire engagement rings.

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What is a Prong Setting?

A prong setting may have 4 or 6 metal prongs that extend from the base of the ring to hold your diamond in place. The number of prongs will be dependent on the shape of your desired center stone.

These prongs gently extend over your diamond and bend at the top to secure the center stone.

This setting gives a lifted effect, appearing as though the diamond is floating above your finger. It also allows for ample light to enter the stone and brings forth a stunning sparkle to your ring.

Fun Fact: The prong setting was first introduced in the 19th century and remains a fan favourite!

What are the Advantages and Considerations of Selecting a Prong Setting?

We always recommend working with a professional diamond setter who will work through some of the potential challenges of selecting a solitaire/prong setting style for your engagement ring. If done correctly, the below mentions should not be concerns.


Being one of the most common setting styles, you never have to worry about your ring looking dated

It is also, one of the most versatile setting options available that works with many different cuts

The lifted effect allows for more light to enter the stone, bringing more sparkle to your diamond!

Easier to clean


In a traditional prong setting, the diamond will sit higher up – which may cause the ring or claws to catch on fabric

If your center stone is not set evenly, there is a fear of the stone coming loose overtime

What are the Different Types of Prong Settings?

You now know that there can be a varying number of prongs in a prong setting, but did you know that there are different types of prong tips as well?

The Rounded Prong

The rounded prong is the most widely used type of prong in jewelry settings. True to its name, it features a small, rounded tip that securely holds the center stone from the top.

Although it covers only a small area of the diamond, it provides a reliable hold and ensures the stone remains firmly in place.

This type of prong is popular because it is simple and unobtrusive, allowing the center stone to take center stage. Additionally, its rounded shape is less likely to catch on clothing or other objects, making it a practical choice for everyday wear.

The Pointed Claw Prong

Also known as the Talon Claw, is perfect if you’re looking for a sleeker appearance.

Pointed prong tips narrow into a sharp point and help to highlight the stone’s outline.

The V-Prong

If you’re interested in a pear shaped, heart shaped or marquise diamond as your center stone, a V-prong is a good choice.

The v-prong hugs the sharp points or edges of your stone in a protective “v” shape offering defence to any vulnerable points in your diamond from accidental damage.

The rounded prong could be used alternatively, but requires a much higher skillset for diamond cuts with sharp points.

Prongs come in many different designs and can be used as a decorative touch to your engagement ring. Check out our portfolio to see more.

What Cuts Work Best with a Prong Setting?

One of the biggest selling points of a prong setting is its versatility and ability to accommodate a multitude of different shapes and sizes of center stones. Some of the best cuts include;
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How to Customize a Prong Setting?

When you work with a custom jeweller the options are endless when it comes time to add some personality to your jewelry design. Here are some other considerations when conceptualizing your engagement ring;

Add a Hidden Accent

In recent years engagement ring shoppers have looked to add custom details to their ring design.

A fun way to incorporate a special touch, is to add a bridge accent (sometimes also called a peekaboo accent) to your prong setting.

In a bridge accent, a small diamond or precious stone is added where the base of the ring and prongs meet.

Unlike with large wholesalers, you’re able to customize the stone type, the number of stones and add detailed metal work to your liking!

Incorporate Dainty Metal Work or Add Pavé Diamonds

Think outside of the box by incorporating unique metal details to your design or add more sparkle with pavé stones. 

You could decide to opt for a basket setting or sometimes named an under gallery – which is a prong setting with added support that helps keep your prongs connected. This helps maintain structure, especially when the center stone is larger. 

With that added piece, you can include small diamonds on the horizontal band, or include it on the prongs itself.

You could also add small detailed metal work with intertwining designs at the base of your prongs to give that extra flare.

Are you inspired to create your own prong setting engagement ring design? Ask about these options in your consultation.

How to Care for Your Prong Setting?

Taking the proper measures in caring for your engagement ring will help maintain it’s beauty and ensure longevity. There are some easy steps you can take from the comfort of home, but scheduling a professional cleaning with your jeweller is equally as important.

At Home Care

Dirt and debris from everyday wear can get wedged into the curves of your prong setting ring, causing your diamond to look dull overtime.

It is recommended that you clean your engagement ring multiple times a year to keep it looking brilliant. Follow the below steps for easy at-home care;

Step 1: Get a bowl of lukewarm water and mix in a small amount of dish soap. It’s important that you stay away from any chlorine-based cleaner, as to avoid a chemical reaction with your ring.

Step 2: Place your ring into the soapy mixture and let it soak for a few minutes to help breakdown the built-up debris.

Step 3: Using a soft-bristle brush, gently brush the all sides of your ring. Continue until you’re happy with the result.

Step 4: Grab a lint-free cloth to dry your ring once you’re done. This will help to ensure no watermarks are left on your prong setting ring.

Schedule a Six-Month Professional Cleaning & Checkup

Scheduling some time with us on a bi-annual basis is a good way to ensure your prong setting stands the test of time. 

We will inspect the prongs of your jewelry piece for any weaknesses or trauma, making sure that the diamonds or precious stones are not moving and ensure that the prongs remain in a state of strong structural integrity and don’t require additional attention.

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