4-Prong vs 6-Prong

Prongs are the claw-like structures on a ring that hold stones in place. 4-prong and 6-prong style heads are the two most popular types you will decide between to hold the center stone of your engagement ring. 

4-Prong vs 6-Prong Engagement RingFour-Prong Settings

Pros

  • Less metal on the diamond.
  • Gives a diamond a more “squarish” look, making it a good choice for princess cut, cushion cut, and other diamonds that are square or rectangles.
  • Works well with smaller center stones.

Cons

  • Slightly less secure than six prongs.
  • Not as much protection for the girdle

Six-Prong Settings

Pros

  • More prongs to hold the center stone securely in place. If a prong gets broken off in a four-prong setting, the center stone can easily fall out (and get lost). If a prong breaks in a six-prong setting, chances are the center stone will remain firmly in place.
  • Better protection to the diamond’s girdle.
  • Popular for round or oval shapes.

Cons

  • Diamonds smaller than half a carat may be overshadowed by all the prongs.

 In the end, choose the prongs style you love most and like best to go with your diamond. 


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