Engagement Rings - Prong Setting Styles

Setting Your Diamond

The setting style of a ring refers to how the stones are secured. Setting styles for center stones include prong set, bezel set, tension set and burnished set.

Prong Settings

The most popular prong setting styles are four-prong and six-prong, though eight-prong and ten-prong styles can be found. Prong shape can vary according to design. Some interesting prong shapes include heart shape prongs and “fishtail” prongs. Another style is the split claw prong aka double claw prong. Certain fancy shape diamonds like princess, marquise, hearts, and pear cuts may need extra protective prongs (V-Prongs), because of their pointed corners.

Click on the links below for examples of prong settings shared by Pricescope community members.

Four Prong Rings

Six Prong Rings

Eight and Ten Prong Rings

Double Claw Prong Rings

Heart Prong Rings

V-Prong Rings

Fishtail Prong Rings

Four Prong Rings

Four Prong settings allow more of the diamond to be visible, but these settings leave more of the girdle area exposed. Secure 4-Prong settings are generally safe, and some prefer the extra visibility.



Diamond Engagement Ring Four Prong Setting
1.4ct GIA Excellent Cut in D'Vatché X-Prong Ring
Posted by Ellen



Diamond  Engagement Ring Four Prong Setting
1.63ct GOG H&A Diamond in Four Prong Solitaire by Leon Megé
Posted by diamondseeker2006



Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
2ct GIA EX Diamond Engagement Ring - Four Prong Solitaire
Posted by loverock



Bezel Set Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
.72 James Allen Diamond Engagement Ring - Four Prong Solitaire
Posted by loki


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Six Prong Rings

Six Prong settings are very secure and enhance the shape of round brilliant cut diamonds. The Tiffany classic 6-prong has been popular since its creation in 1886. There are many interpretations of this design, and the majority of vendors carry a version of this classic.

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Six Prong Rings

Diamond Engagement Ring Six Prong Setting
2.13ct Whiteflash H&A Diamond Solitaire Ring - Six Prong
Posted by jcrow



Diamond  Engagement Ring Six Prong Setting
1.21ct Diamond Engagement Ring - Six Prong Solitaire
Posted by boredstiff



Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
.83ct H&A Diamond Engagement Ring
Six Prong Solitaire
Posted by shimmer



Tiffany Six Prong Diamond  Engagement Ring
.73 Tiffany Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring - Six Prong
Posted by moogle



Six Prong Diamond  Engagement Ring
2.01ct Diamond in Mark Morrell Fancy Torchiere - Six Prong
Posted by Rob32


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Eight and Ten Prong Rings

While not as common, Eight Prong and Ten Prong settings provide a secure and unique alternative to the traditional prong setting style. They enhance the look of antique style mountings and can also be found in true antique and vintage engagement rings.

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Show Me Your Eight Prong Settings

Diamond Engagement Ring Eight Prong Setting
1.01ct in Tacori Eight Prong Mounting
Posted by happy in love



Diamond  Engagement Ring Eight Prong Setting
.78ct Diamond Engagement Ring - Eight Prong Solitaire
Posted by bling addict



Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
1.3ct Old European Cut Engagement Ring
Ten Prong Solitaire
Posted by noelwr


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Double Claw Prong Rings

Double Claw Prongs have an elegant look that enhances shapes like cushion cuts, round brilliants, radiant cuts, and emerald cuts.



Diamond  Engagement Ring
1.9ct Ideal Cut Diamond Engagement Ring - Double Claw Prongs
Posted by october2008bride



Double Claw Prong Spinel  Engagement Ring
2.15ct Cushion Cut Spinel in Van Craeynest Ring
Posted by Love in Bloom



Double Claw Prong Diamond  Engagement Ring
2.57ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Posted by CalBearsFan



Double Claw Prong Diamond  Engagement Ring
4.25ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Leon Megé
Posted by bebe


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Heart Prong Rings

Heart prongs have a romantic look that works well with many different ring designs. They have a soft fluid quality that enhances many diamond shapes.



Diamond  Engagement Ring
1.06ct Diamond Engagement Ring from Whiteflash
Posted by Isabelle



Diamond  Engagement Ring
2.65ct Diamond in Mark Morrell Ring
Posted by JadeLeaves



Diamond  Engagement Ring
1.22ct Center Diamond with .50ctw Side Stones
Posted by Belle


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V-Prong Rings

Fancy shapes like princess cuts, pear cuts, marquise cuts, and heart cuts need extra protection because of pointed corners, which are prone to chipping. V-Prongs protect these vulnerable corners.



Diamond Engagement Ring V Prong Setting
.77 Whiteflash ACA Princess Cut Solitaire Ring
Posted by tap02150



Diamond  Engagement Ring V Prong Setting
Cartier Deco Ring with 1.57ct Center Square Step Cut
and .33ctw Baguette Side Stones
Posted by starburst



Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
1.53ct Pear Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
from Good Old Gold
Posted by Marjan12



Diamond V Prong Engagement Ring
2.02ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Posted by ArcticDuk


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Fishtail Prong Rings

Fishtail shaped prongs are often found in vintage and antique jewelry and reproductions. Fishtail prongs tend to square the shape of round brilliant cut diamonds, while giving the illusion of a larger center stone.

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Please Share Your Fishtail Prong Solitaires



Diamond Engagement Ring Fishtail Prong Setting
.81 Superbcert Diamond from Excel Diamonds
Posted by Nicki



Diamond  Engagement Ring Fishtail Prong Setting
.80ct Old European Cut Antique Engagement Ring
Posted by Reenie



Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
1.46ct Round Brilliant Diamond
in Vintage Fishtail Setting
Posted by Circe


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