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Ring Disasters you want to avoid!

BROKEN CLAWS, DAMAGED PRONGS AND DENTED METAL – AVOID IT TODAY!

Buying an engagement ring is an exciting process! However, there are various intricate details that you have to think about when designing or buying a ring. One of these important details is the prongs of a ring! You have to carefully think about what prong choice will work best for your ring in terms of the gemstones as well as the overall aesthetic. Otherwise, you’ll have ring disasters on your hand!

WHAT IS A RING PRONG & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

What is a ring prong you might ask? An Engagement ring’s prongs are tiny pieces of metal that hold your diamonds and gemstone in place on the band. Prongs are often referred to as ‘claws’ due to the claw-like design of the small metal pieces.

THE BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES OF PRONGS

Prong settings are quite popular in engagement ring settings, however, these aren’t the only setting option available. Another option is a bezel setting – this setting is made up of a solid ring of metal that fully encloses the sides of the gemstones. Not sure whether you should opt for the prong setting? To help you decide whether or not a prong setting is right for you, here are some of the benefits and disadvantages of choosing prongs:

Benefits of Prongs

  • Prongs have a timeless and classic aesthetic as they are formed and placed to allow maximum light entry, which makes your diamonds and gemstone shimmer.
  • Prongs can be used with every diamond or gemstone shape in various different carat sizes.
  • Our favourite benefit, it is easy to maintain and clean

Disadvantages of Prongs

  • Unfortunately, prongs do tend to sometimes get snagged on clothing, blankets or even hair.
  • To an extent, prongs offer less protection when compared to options like a bezel setting
  • If prongs aren’t maintained well over time, they become worn and loose which means you can lose your diamonds or gemstones.

Luckily, Déonne le Roux Jewellers offers a claw and jewellery inspection to all our clients!

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PRONGS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE?

To be honest, it’s best to discuss whether or not your ring is in good shape with a jewellery professional. However to give you an idea of what to look out for, have a look at the below diagrams.

In Diagram A you can see the ideal side profile and setting of a perfect prong/claw.

In Diagram B you can see that the claw in this setting is extremely worn down in comparison to the ideal claw. This is an excellent example of a Warn Claw.

COMPLIMENTARY CLAW INSPECTION AND CLEANING

You love your jewellery and we understand that you want to take care of your beloved pieces! Your jewellery is master crafted with precious metals which can be scratched and dented or even lose their bright sparkle due to dirt build-up. Your jewellery might get caught on clothing or linen and might end up not shimmering as beautiful as the day you bought it. Therefore, for the month of May, Déonne le Roux Jewellers is offering a complimentary claw and jewellery cleaning & inspection to all our clients!

As a valued client you can bring your beloved jewellery to any of our branches for a professional jewellery and claw inspection, as well as a cleaning treatment to bring back that shine!

Schedule your appointment today by emailing us at info@jewel.co.za.

Interested in seeing different prongs styles in action? Browse our selection of solitaire engagement rings to see some excellent examples of your prong options.

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