Engagement Rings With Prong Settings
Prong settings, which are also often called the claw settings in an engagement ring, often vary. These prongs hold the gems in place and are also a part of the overall appearance of the engagement ring. Different jewelers have different prong variations; however all of these variations serve the same purposes. It seems as though prong settings are most popular with engagements due to the fact that they are long lasting. The prong settings in an engagement ring often resemble a crown look. The gem is set into place and then the prongs are essentially wrapped around the gem holding the gem into place. Prong settings can be V-shaped, oval, and even round although there are other variations of this as well. In addition, the prong settings can be tall above the ring band or short setting closer to the band too.
The most common engagement rings usually have three prongs, however in several different situations there are up to six prongs or even more. It really depends on the style of the engagement ring, as well as the size of the gem that is going to be placed into the ring.
While some individuals are fonder of the V-shaped prongs, there are those individuals inclined to lean more towards the common prong. As more jewelers are creating different designs and styles of engagement rings, obviously different arranging of prongs are also being designed. This allows individuals an even bigger selection of the type of prongs to be in a setting for the engagement rings. Some individuals believe that the three-pronged engagement rings are easier to clean, rather than those engagement rings that have more, such as five or six.
In addition, some of the pros of prongs are that being so tiny, more of the gem is visible and can easily be seen. Another point to consider is that they are essentially quick and easy to make, and in many situations they are even less expensive than other settings. In all fairness, those stones or gems that are set into prongs are often easier to clean as well as getting the engagement ring cleaned even better.
On the other hand, what is known as the girdle area of a gemstone is not covered and open, therefore prongs usually give less protection for the gem than some of the other more enclosed settings would. And, there is always the possibility that prongs can snag and catch on clothing or other materials or items they might come into contact with.
Really thin and flat prongs can even break over time or simply wear out, and this will put the gem at the risk of falling out and even being lost. Prong settings should be designed to be formed in such a way that the gem will be at an even height, not up or down on the sides.
For more information about prongs settings and engagement ring variations, there are several web sites via the Internet that are associated with this subject.
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