3 Different Diamond Earring Settings
When shopping for diamond earrings, it isn’t enough to examine the cut and clarity of the stone. You should also pay attention to the earring setting itself, which can play a big role in the luminescence of your diamond and the comfort of your ear. But how do you know which settings are the best? Here are three common types.
3-Prong Martini Style
Shaped like a martini glass with your diamond in the center, this is one of the most popular types of diamond earring settings, allowing the stone to take center stage without any metal encumbering its shine. The three-prong design also supports the diamond’s weight by keeping its center mass near your earlobe, which in turn stops the diamond from weighing down the earring and stretching your piercing. While it can be a bit flimsy for larger rocks, if you have small, classic diamonds and you want them to catch every ray of light in the room, the three-prong is the way to go.
4-Prong Basket Style
Again, the diamond’s center of gravity is paramount to a good fit, so the four-prong basket style cradles the stone gently and keeps it snug against your earlobe. Have you ever noticed how some earrings lie flat and others poke uncomfortably at your ear? The poking is a sign of a bad fit, which the four-prong eliminates entirely by carrying the diamond low in its basket, much more so than any other setting design. This unusual measure can swallow some smaller diamonds, but if you have big gems and you’re eager to flaunt them, the four-prong is what you’ll need for proper weight support.
Curved like the titular crown, this style is what you’ll find in most diamond earrings because it’s cheap and easy to manufacture. It has several drawbacks, however, most notably the metal that twists around all sides of the diamond, preventing light from entering, refracting and casting a bright shine. That said, it can be a useful shape for diamond earrings that aren’t studs. For example, if you have a hanging line of diamonds, only the top will be slightly shadowed, bearing the weight of the piece and allowing the others to dangle and sparkle freely.
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