Are you looking for an engagement ring that's just right for you? Then the solitaire engagement ring with a single brilliant is exactly what you are looking for. This type of diamond cut is suitable for various settings. One of the most popular for an engagement ring is the prong setting. What makes this setting so special? And how does the prong setting differ from other diamond settings? Find out in this article why a solitaire ring with prong setting is perfect for asking her to marry you.



What exactly is a prong setting?

 White gold solitaire pendant with diamond in prong setting - BAUNAT
The claw setting, also called prong setting, refers to the way the diamond is held in the ring. The claws, or prongs, are actually small clamps mounted around the stone. Their width can vary, as can their shape at the tip, thus accentuating the unique shape of the engagement ring.

A prong setting embraces the diamond with three, four or six individual prongs. A claw setting with four prongs makes the diamond appear quite square, whereas a setting with six prongs is ideal for emphasising a rounder shape. A pear-shaped diamond is usually held in a prong setting with three claws. Unlike the bezel setting, the diamond centre stone is fully exposed in a prong setting.

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The pros and cons of a prong setting

 Engagement ring in red gold with pear-shaped diamond
You can spot the main advantage of a prong setting immediately, with just the naked eye. The diamond, regardless of the chosen shape, is almost completely visible and can reflect a lot of light. A prong setting is sometimes referred to as the solitaire setting.

A solitaire ring is a one which features a gold or platinum frame and a single stone at the centre. Since a prong setting displays the whole diamond, this setting is the preferred choice for a solitaire ring.

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If you choose a white gold or platinum head, the prongs will be almost invisible against the diamond. Would you rather not see the ring band? Then combine the prong setting with a pavé setting, where several small diamonds are set onto the ring band. We are talking engagement rings here, but the prong setting also comes into its own with other jewellery. Think solitaire diamond earrings, or a solitaire pendant on your gold necklace.
The greater amount of light striking a diamond with a prong setting increases its brilliance.
The main advantage of the prong setting, specifically the total exposure of the gem, is also its biggest drawback. Meaning your diamond is more exposed to different external factors. This is also the case with the tension setting. It could also happen that the prongs wear out, so it is best to have your jewellery checked regularly by a jeweller.

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Looking after prong setting jewellery

To make sure the central diamond of your gold ring always sparkles, you should occasionally clean your jewellery. Since the diamond is fully exposed in a ring or necklace with a prong setting, this jewellery requires slightly more looking after than diamond jewellery with other settings.

To remove grease and dust, and make the diamond sparkle again, all you have to do is soak the ring. Make a mixture of lukewarm water, add a drop of detergent or ammonia, and then brush it with a soft toothbrush. In any case, never try using household cleaners. They contain chemicals which might damage your jewellery. Does your solitaire diamond jewellery look very dull, or is your jewellery scratched? Then we recommend having your jewellery looked after professionally by your BAUNAT expert.

What other settings are there?

The claw or prong setting emphasises the diamond's central position and makes the gem sparkle brilliantly. This means rings with this setting have been the preferred choice for marriage proposals for years. But of course, you're not limited to a prong setting engagement ring when asking her to marry you. You can find out which other diamond settings are also suitable for an engagement ring in our blog:
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