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Everything you need to know about claw settings for engagement rings

For engagement rings, claw settings are by far the most popular and traditional way to hold a diamond. Depending on the shape of the stone, there’s usually 4 or 6 claws securing it in place. The size, shape and number of claws can vary, with each providing a different look.

Engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone have made a list of their four favourite styles of the claw setting featuring both 4 and 6 prongs.

Classic 4-Claw Setting

Let’s start with 4-claws positions in a 45 degree angle. This is probably the most popular way to secure a diamond with the claws arranged in a square shape.


4-claw Twist Setting

The twist setting is a beautiful take on the classic 4-claw square positioned prongs setting. The claws twist into the shank and are positioned around the stone like a compass. You might have heard of the north, west, south, east setting which is extremely similar to this design.

4-claw twist diamond enaggement ring setting



6-Claw Engagement Ring Setting

The diamond has extra security in a 6-claw setting and round shaped diamonds appear rounder. The extra claws also allows the diamond to sit closer to the shank – perfect if you don’t want height in your engagement ring.

6-claw diamond engagement ring setting


Cross Over Diamond Claw Setting

This style is similar to our traditional 4-claw setting, but features cross-over prongs of metal, creating a beautiful side profile. This style works best with round and square shaped diamonds.

cross over claw set diamond engagement ring

If you’re looking for some jewellery inspiration, why not take a look at our full collection? Whether you’re after a necklace osome diamond earrings, we’ve got you covered. We also have a vast range of engagement and wedding rings.

If you don’t see anything that takes your fancy, we also offer a bespoke service, where our designers will create a unique piece of jewellery that ticks all the boxes.

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