If you have a ring with gemstones, perhaps you have already noticed those tiny prongs that keep your stone fixed in the mounting. However, many people don’t take into account how many prongs should a ring have before buying it. In fact, people do not even realize how important these small parts are.
Can Prongs Harm My Gemstone?
Most likely, you are all painfully aware of how easily prongs bend and snag clothes or hair. However, when a prong is worn out or not in alignment, you are at risk of losing your stone.
The more of your prongs are worn off, the higher the risk that your stone will fall off next time you hit your ring while wearing.
To make things worse, bent prongs will make your stone to crack when hit again.
What Should You Know About Prong Maintenance?
When the prongs of your ring are worn out or broken, you need to have them fixed as soon as possible.
Jewellers usually remove what’s left of prongs and solder new ones in place. When replacing is not needed, they add more metal to prong tips to make them stronger. This process is called prong retipping.
As a general rule, you should have your prongs inspected by a jeweller at least twice a year.
It is clear that when a jeweller repairs your ring, you will be charged a fee for each prong that is fixed. More prongs you have that need to be repaired, the more you will pay. Here comes the question: what’s better – fewer or more prongs?
What’s the Optimal Number of Prongs?
In general, the fewer prongs you have, the less you will need to pay for repairs in the future. And the more prongs you have, the more likely one of them will break or bend.
From the other side, if you have just a few prongs and one of them is damaged, you stand a higher risk of losing your gemstone.
So what’s the optimal number of prongs? Actually, there is no definite answer to this question. Just keep in mind the pros and cons when buying a ring and take proper care of your prongs to avoid any problems.
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