It’s not a secret that oval is one of the most sought after diamond shape around the world. Whatever the reason for their popularity, understanding how to choose ring setting for an oval diamond is extremely important.
Choosing Prong Setting for Oval Diamonds
The prong setting is probably the most popular choice for all diamond shapes including oval, and for a good reason. Prongs leave most of the stone visible and allow a good amount of light to enter your diamond and make it shine.
The downside of the prong setting is that it also leaves a significant portion of the diamond’s surface exposed to accidental hits. Besides, depending on what metal the prongs are made of, they may easily bend or break.
The most important question to answer when choosing a prong setting is: How many prongs should you have?
The most common options for oval diamonds are either four or six prongs.
Four Prong Setting
The main advantage of having four prongs is that they leave more of the stone visible. Besides, the fewer prongs you have, the less money you spend on repairs when they wear down.
At the same time, the fewer prongs you have, the more the stone is exposed to damages, and if one of the prongs bends or breaks, there are more chances to lose your diamond.
Six Prong Setting
Having a six-prong setting will make your diamond a little bit more secure and less likely to fall off if one of the prongs breaks. Having more prongs also cover more of the surface of the stone and makes it less exposed to accidental hits.
In general, having a six-prong setting is safer than four prongs, but the most important factor remains the metal the prongs are made of. In case you can’t afford the whole ring to be made of platinum, it’s always worth to have at least platinum prongs since they are stronger and wear out more slowly than gold prongs.
Choosing Bezel Setting for Oval Diamonds
The bezel setting is the second most popular ring setting type for oval diamonds. It encircles the diamond with a thin metal frame which holds the stone tightly in place.
This setting type is the best solution if you are looking for protection from hits and want to minimize the chances to lose the stone.
The downside of the bezel setting is that it covers a significant portion of the diamond and makes it look a bit smaller than the actual size of your stone.
A bezel setting can be full or half.
Full bezel setting surrounds the diamond with metal from all sides, making it the best option if you are concerned about the safety of your oval diamond.
Half bezel setting leaves the sides of the diamond open. This may be a good option if you are not as concerned about safety but still want something more secure than prongs while leaving a good portion of your diamond visible.
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