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Choose the Best Prong Setting for Your Jewelry

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What Is a Prong Setting?
Kate Middleton Engagement Ring

The Duchess of Cambridge's engagement ring, originally owned by Princess Diana, is crafted with prong settings.

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A prong setting, sometimes called a claw setting, is the most commonly used gemstone setting and is especially popular to display solitaire engagement rings. To create a prong setting, a gem is inserted into three or more metal prongs that form a basket-like base. The ends of the prongs are bent over and shaped so that they rest against the gem to hold it snugly in place.

The visible prong ends are often rounded, but they can be shaped into ovals, points, V-shapes, left flat or even formed into decorative shapes.

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