Pear diamonds are definitely trending in 2019. Many brides-to-be who prefer elegance and femininity choose pear-shaped diamonds for their engagement rings. However, not all of them know how to choose a ring setting for a pear diamond. Being one of the most sought-after diamond shapes of the year, pears are among the most vulnerable cuts as well. Let’s go into details and see how to protect your stone.
Choosing Prong Setting for Pear-Shaped Diamonds
The main advantage of the prong setting is that it leaves most of the stone visible to the observer. However, the downside is that the prong setting is not the safest as prongs can bend or break when they are worn out and you may easily lose your stone.
The prong setting may be a good choice for those who will not wear the ring during activities that may put it at risk of being hit or damaged.
How Many Prongs You Should Choose for Pear-Shaped Diamonds?
In general, the prong setting has four or six prongs, and in some cases, you can also see a three, five or eight-prong setting.
As a rule, the more prongs the setting has, the safer it is as the stone is more protected. On the other side, the more prongs you choose, the more money you will have to spend on maintenance and repairs.
Choosing the number of prongs depends only on your personal preferences and priorities. Four-prong setting creates the more angular look and leaves more of the stone exposed while six-prong setting makes the diamond look more oval and covers more of the stone.
V-prong to Hold a Pear-Shaped Diamond
It is worth mentioning that the pointed end of pear diamonds needs some extra attention. Some ring designs feature a prong holding the sharp corner, while others leave it exposed. Again it all depends on your taste but choosing V-prong to hold the pointed part of the stone is the most secure option.
V-prong is shaped in the form of the letter V and is usually used for pear, princess and marquise cut diamonds. These prongs are used to cover and protect the sharp corners of the stones from accidental hits.
Choosing Bezel Setting for Pear-Shaped Diamonds
The bezel setting is the second most popular choice for pear cut diamonds.
The advantage of this setting type is its safety. The bezel setting consists of the metal band that wraps around the stone and protects it from accidental hits and falling out.
Of course, there is a downside too. The bezel setting hides the sides of the stone and makes it look a bit smaller. However, this may be a good choice for those who do work with hands and look for additional security.
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