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got2goldens

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I like the 6-prong...I have a Marquise and it seems a lot more secure with 6 prongs.

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DentD

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If I had to go back to a prong setting for a RB I''d pick 6 over 4 any day of the week. 4 prongs on RBs always seem to "square" the diamond to my eyes.
 

blastdoor

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agree.. agree.. and agree...

6 prongs to me gives a more "symmetrically circular" look and feels more secure too...

imagine you accidentally knock 1 prong off of a 4-prong setting, theoretically you would end up with a 180o opening wide enough for the diamond to fall through..

do the same thing to a 6-prong setting, the opening would only be 120o wide and still able to hold your rock in place..

but this is just the little engineer guy in me speaking, a prong setting is a piece of art and we'll probably do better with some artist's perspections (light admissions, obstructions etc)...
 

Deelight

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I prefer 6, because it makes the diamond look more round and even though it probally psychological it makes me feel safer having 6 prongs rather then 4 :).
 
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i like 4 because i feel 6 prongs "crowds" the diamond. i have diamond studs with 6 prongs and i want to change them to 4.
 

jstarfireb

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For a RB, without a doubt, 4. There''s something about 6 prongs that just doesn''t look right to me. A 4-prong setting looks much sleeker and cleaner IMHO, and it also makes a round diamond look more square, which I prefer (my engagement ring is after all a princess!).
 

beach

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4 prongs for sure. Why cover up a pretty diamond? A 4 prong setting is not less secure than a 6 prong setting. The prongs are actually thicker than 6 prong styles. Regardless of style, losing a stone is very rare, especially with platinum heads/prongs. You will see a loose stone before a lost stone. Every jeweler that I have spoken to says the 6 prong security argument is psychological, especially with platinum heads...
 

purrfectpear

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It depends.


Size of diamond ( less than .50 I''d probably go with less prongs )
Type of head

I''m more interested in the shape of the prongs, than the number of them. I dislike blobby prongs, squarish prongs, and overly large prongs. I do like claw or pointed prongs, and the smallest prongs possible. I don''t worry about stone loss...I insure well
 

Lulie

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6 prongs for rounds over a carat, I do worry a 'little' w/4 prongs, easier to lose a stone imho, as I tend to be hard on my rings.
 

AprilBaby

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I agree that 4 makes the RB look square so I prefer 6. That being said, I have a ring with 4 because its a 3 stone.
 

cinnamon013

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I have an approx ~6.03mm or so rb and I think 6 prongs would be too many for this size stone. Maybe if it was 7mm or so I''d like 6. But I dunno...seems like too much metal hugging the stone.
 

kindred

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I prefer the squared-off look of four prongs for a round diamond.
 

eternallyhis

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I''m partial to 4 prongs, but thats because that''s what I have. To me, 6 prongs makes the diamond look smaller. Where with 4, the diamond is unobstructed and visable. It''s also a touch more modern IMO, just enough to update the look of a traditional solitaire. At least these were the thoughts that went through my head when I decided what I wanted my e-ring to look like.
 

Daisi2112

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Thought I''d chime in here... I personally like both styles of prongs. I do however think that 6 prong makes the diamond look a little more crowded. My e-ring is a 1.51 center stone with a four prong basket setting and I actually like that little ''square'' look the prongs give my RB (it''s also really easy to clean, I can get a soft bristle brush right underneath the diamond).

6 prongs usually make me feel like a diamond is more secure, however my 4 prongs are platinum... so that makes me feel better haha! I guess it all depends!
 

pocahontas

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For an RB, I definitely prefer 6 prongs for the reasons already stated - 4 prongs tend to square off the diamond.
 

sugarplum

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6-prong! i prefer a rounder look, 4-prong squares it off too much for me. 6 can also make the stone look bigger (unless it''s a smaller stone...then the prongs may be overwhelming). i''d choose a more open 6-prong setting that showcases the stone well, like the royal crown or tiff solitaire.
 

Fly Girl

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4 prongs for smaller stones, 6 prongs for larger. I like looking at the stone from the side, so I really prefer half bezels to prongs.
 

Daisi2112

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Date: 2/19/2009 11:39:05 PM
Author: Fly Girl
4 prongs for smaller stones, 6 prongs for larger. I like looking at the stone from the side, so I really prefer half bezels to prongs.
How small would be considered small? At what point does the stone qualify as large enough for 6 prongs?
 

Dancing Fire

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wife has one of each in 14K wg setting. i''d prefer the 6 prong over the 4 prong.

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Noahsmom

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I am about to have 1 of each. I have a 6 prong on my .52 and it "crowds" the diamond, IMO. My upgrade is going to be 4 prong. I do like that it makes the diamond look bigger, and I like the slight contrast of it looking a bit squarish.
I do have a slight worry factor about a prong breaking off, but I suppose that is what insurance is for.
 

Brown.Eyed.Girl

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four prongs for me - although I wouldn''t say no to a Mark Morrell six prong
 

MichelleCarmen

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Four because there is less metal around the stone. I just like the look of four better.
 

Daisi2112

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Date: 2/20/2009 12:01:29 AM
Author: Noahsmom
I am about to have 1 of each. I have a 6 prong on my .52 and it ''crowds'' the diamond, IMO. My upgrade is going to be 4 prong. I do like that it makes the diamond look bigger, and I like the slight contrast of it looking a bit squarish.

I do have a slight worry factor about a prong breaking off, but I suppose that is what insurance is for.
If the prongs are made of platinum I am sure the diamond will be extremely secure. Above it says that 4 prongs are thicker so it will be as secure as a 6 prong.
 
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