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There are many variations of prong settings that each have unique ways of displaying the diamond.
A double claw prong setting is one type that has gained prominence as more alternative cuts are used for engagement rings.
In this article, we’ll explore everything to know about double claw prong settings, such as its pros and cons, how it compares to alternatives, the best places to buy them, and if this type of setting is right for you.
What is a Double Claw Prong Setting?
Double claw prong settings feature two slim prongs close together. The diamond is often held by the double claws in four places, creating a total of eight points on its edges that’s covered by a prong.
Check out an example of this setting below, where I’ve highlighted the double prongs.
In many designs, the prongs extend upward from the top of the shank, where they split into two as they approach the diamond’s table.
From there, each prong reaches over the diamond’s girdle to secure it in place.
Here’s a profile view that shows that feature.
Double claw prongs are not unique to a particular style of shank.
They can be used on band’s made of rose or yellow gold or ones that have a split shank design.
What distinguishes it from other types of prong settings is the two prongs placed tightly together for added protection.
Each of these cuts have areas where they’re vulnerable to chipping or sliding loose.
The claws provide added security.
For example, cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners shaped like a pillow. Even though its corners are curved, the edges are straight.
You can identify these characteristics in this cushion cut.
If the diamond is hit against a hard surface and rotated, it may fall out of the setting.
A double claw setting with an extra prong on each corner solves this problem. In the example above, the halo of small diamonds surrounding the main one provides another layer of protection.
The claws also hide inclusions. Many diamonds on the market have visible inclusions you might want to cover.
In fact, if you’ve chosen a diamond that weighs around one carat, and its clarity grade is SI1 or below, there’s a chance its flaws are visible to the naked eye.
When they’re located toward the middle of its table, there’s no concealing them with a double claw prong setting.
But if the black spots or crystals are located in a corner, a double claw setting can be placed over them. The diamond will then appear eye-clean.
A word of caution is inclusions are more likely to result in chipping if they’re positioned in weak points such as corners.
So although the claw may cover it, you should avoid diamonds with significant inclusions in those areas. Pressing too hard on it may cause it to weaken.
Prongs Appear Slim
The setting also has the benefit of making the prongs appear more slim.
Buyers often want to minimize the appearance of prongs on a diamond. By having two thin prongs instead of a single one, it gives the setting a sleek look.
This modern aesthetic is especially appealing when paired with a cut matching that style. To illustrate, princess cut diamonds like the one below have a squarish shape and are known as a modern cut.
The thin double claws highlight its square shape.
Even though it can present a sleek appearance for the diamond, the extra prong covers more facets compared to a single prong.
Take the setting below as an example.
If you were to remove one of the prongs from each corner of the diamond, it’d still be held in place, and more facets would sparkle.
The extra metal is an area where light can’t hit the diamond, which diminishes its brilliance.
But the difference is minimal enough that it wouldn’t appear dull compared to one with single prongs.
Snags More Easily
Another downside to double claw prongs is the potential for them to get caught or snag on hair, furniture, or other items.
This issue is prevalent with any type of prong setting, but it’s more of a challenge when there are eight sharp claws holding the diamond compared to four.
When the prongs snag, it may bend them backwards and loosen their grip on the stone. If this happens, I recommend not wearing it until it’s repaired.
You might not notice if the diamond slips out, which is a much larger problem than fixing a broken prong.
Additionally, prongs without the claw-shaped ends are less likely to catch.
But it’s best to not wear the ring during physical activity no matter your choice of setting.
How do Double Claw Prongs Compare to Other Types of Prongs?
The two types of settings closest to a double claw prong are a single claw setting and double rounded prongs. Even though they’re similar, each has a unique appearance and functions differently than double claws.
Single claw prongs also have the benefit of matching the facets of a round diamond. They more easily blend into the diamond’s table compared to rounded prongs.
Notice the rounded ends of the prongs on this setting.
The only difference between single and double claw prongs is the added prong on the latter, which can take up more room on the table. The diamond is better secured with the double claw, but it does sacrifice a small degree of brilliance.
Double rounded prongs are a similar design to the double claw. The difference is their tips.
On the rounded prong, its end is shaped like a ball. It’s less likely to snag compared to pointed ones because there aren’t sharp claws on the ends that easily catch.
The rounded ends hang slightly over the girdle onto its table. Double claws are thinner and more elongated, so they often reach farther onto the table.
Another type of setting similar to double claw prongs is V-prongs. Here’s an example of V-prongs on a marquise cut.
From a distance, the two look identical because they both feature sharp ends with a hole in the middle.
They’re also both used to hold the sharp edges of certain cuts.
The difference is V-prongs are a single prong with a slit down the middle instead of two separate prongs.
Where to Buy Double Claw Prong Settings
James Allen is one of the most popular online jewelry retailers known for their affordable prices and quality inventory. It offers double claw settings in multiple metals such as:
- 14K yellow gold
- 14K rose gold
- 18K white gold
The double claw variation can be paired with many of their loose diamonds and with a variety of shanks, such as this pave set diamond engagement ring.
James Allen’s high-resolution images allow you to view what your diamond would look like in a double claw setting, so you can have confidence in the overall look of the ring before you buy.
Blue Nile is another retailer that primarily sells online. They have a vast selection of diamonds and settings, and that includes double claw prongs.
For example, this princess-cut solitaire engagement ring has a simple design.
There’s no accents on its shank or halo surrounding the diamond. It’s held in place by the double claw setting.
For those interested in a more complex design, this engagement ring has a single halo surrounding the round brilliant cut. It’s held in place by four sets of double prongs, and micropave diamonds cascade down the shank.
Brilliant Earth sells diamonds, engagement rings, and other types of jewelry.
For example, it offers this open basket double claw prong setting In 14K white gold. The diamond is held by four sets of double prongs.
Additionally, their rings include halos, split shanks, and channel-set diamonds.
For almost any type of ring or diamond cut you’re looking for, they’ll pair it with a double claw prong setting because you can customize your own engagement ring.
Is a Double Claw Prong Setting Right For You?
Double claw prong settings aren’t as popular as other types, but it’s the right fit for many buyers because of its sleek appearance and how it holds the diamond.
Consider a double claw prong setting if:
- You’ve chosen an oval, emerald, radiant, or cushion cut diamond
- You want strong security for the diamond, especially on vulnerable corners
- The modern look of thin prongs stretching across the crown is appealing
- There are minor inclusions in corners you want to conceal
View a variety of these settings at online and in-person retailers by mixing and matching the settings with diamonds.
By exploring a range of options for double claw prong settings, you can find the right piece of jewelry for you.