A prong engagement setting (also referred to as claw engagement setting) - which usually has 4 or 6 prongs - is one of the most popular engagement settings on the market, and is used for all types of faceted diamonds and gemstones. The shape of the prongs can be elongated, pointed, or rounded. There are numerous decorative variations of this setting style. The prong setting allows the maximum amount of light to enter and travel through the diamond or gemstone from all angles, making the stone more brilliant and sparkling. Prong engagement setting also allows the diamond to be more easily cleaned compared to other engagement setting styles.
Trellis engagement setting, a popular engagement setting style, features overlapping prongs as viewed from the side of the ring.
Similar to the Prong setting, the Shared Prong gets its name from prongs of metal placed between two stones such that the close-set stones are set right next to each other with minimum spacing sharing prongs.
A versatile choice used for any type of stone, the bezel engagement setting sees the diamond set deep inside of the mounting while the metal is folded over the stone to create a strip that holds the diamond in place. This style engagement setting provides good protection for the girdle and pavilion areas of diamonds and a smooth ring surface. Due to the band of metal securing the circumference of the diamond, compared to the prong engagement setting, light cannot enter the diamond from the sides.
This setting utilizes essentially the same approach as the Bezel setting, except a Half Bezel, is when the stone’s girdle is partially covered.