The Ultimate Guide to Prong Settings

Any metal can be used to cast prong settings. Though the highly recommended metal is Sterling Silver which pairs well with most of the gemstones whether it's Tourmaline, Topaz, Moonstone or any other gem.

The prong setting, also referred to as a claw setting, is the most common type of mounting used in Gemstone Jewelry. Prong settings provide good security for holding Gemstone in place while being highly adjustable. They can be incorporated into complex halo ring designs for solitaire engagement rings. In a prong setting, also referred to as a claw setting, the Gemstone is essentially cradled. Before the gem is set, the prongs stick out vertically from its base. Once the gem is in place and aligned, these metal rails are precisely grooved and burnished around it. Despite being a common configuration choice, the ostensibly simple prong setup necessitates the same level of care. The prongs shouldn't hide the gemstone's table facet and the diamond should sit flush with the prongs. A correctly designed prong setting is stunning because it nicely displays the gemstone. Incorrectly designed prongs can make a diamond appear smaller, and gaps might jeopardize the ring's wearability or security. Any metal can be used to cast prong settings. Though the highly recommended metal is Sterling Silver which pairs well with most of the gemstones whether it's Tourmaline, Topaz, Moonstone or any other gem.


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