Claw Prongs vs Round Prongs

Last Updated on July 25, 2022

Prongs are an important component of any ring design and are integral for securing the top stone. Without prongs, top stones would likely get damaged or lost.

While there are many options of prongs available, two popular options include claw prongs and round prongs.

Here’s a look at how claw prongs and round prongs compare to each other. 

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What Are Claw Prongs?

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Claw prongs are a style of ring prongs that firmly secure top stones to the ring setting using four to eight claw-like hooks. Claw prongs are known for their distinctive claw-like appearance that narrows near the top to gently hook around the stone.

Claw prongs are perfect for small and large stones and do an excellent job of securing the top stone. Because claw prongs reach up and over the top stone, they provide incredible protection and durability without obstructing the view of the stone.

Benefits of Claw Prongs

Claw prongs are a popular prong choice and come with a variety of benefits, including:


Claw prongs deliver exception top stone security using its distinct claw-like shape that utilizes a narrow stretch of claw to gently clasp and hold the stone in place.


Claw prongs work very well with both small and large stones. Claw prongs work well with almost any cut of stone, including round, emerald, and oval cuts. 


Because claw prongs narrow at the top of the hook, the view of the top stone remains unobstructed and thus allows for more of the stone’s surface area to reflect light and produce a higher level of brilliance. 


Claw prongs are available in a variety of variations to fit the unique needs of each stone. Variations of claw prongs include:

  • Standard claw prongs 
  • Petite claw prongs
  • Double-claw prongs
  • Split-claw prongs

Claw Prong Considerations

Although popular, claw prongs do have a few considerations, such as:

Price Point

Because claw prongs cannot be mass-produced, they are typically more expensive than other types of prongs. Most claw prongs range anywhere from 40-45% more expensive than other prong styles, which can make them an unaffordable option depending on the budget.

Loss of Cohesion

Claw prongs are aligned with facet lines. Because of this, top stones that are rotated may appear to have a less cohesive appearance because of the positioning of the claw prongs.

Prong Snagging 

The narrow, pointed ends of claw prongs are susceptible to snagging on clothing and other household items, which can result in the prongs bending and loosening its grip on the top stone.


Because of the design of claw prongs, dirt and dust can easily become trapped under the prongs and be a challenge to remove. Cleaning claw prongs requires attention and care to reduce the risk of bending the prongs. 

What Are Round Prongs?

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Round prongs are a prong style that secures the top stone using a delicate arch and rounded ball. Round prongs surround the stone and use soft edges to secure the stone without obstructing the stoneface. 

Round prongs complement most stone cuts and do a great job of securing the top stone. Because round prongs utilize a soft and round edge to secure the stone, they provide elegant but effective stone security. 

Benefits of Round Prongs

Round prongs are a classic prong choice and have many benefits, including:


Round prongs pair well with just about any cut of stone, including popular cuts like round, heart, and cushion. 

Round prongs are also available in a variety of variations and include four, six, or eight prong options that accommodate various sizes of stones. Additional variations of round prongs include double-button prongs that deliver a unique but soft appearance.


Because round prongs utilize a blunted, smooth edge to secure stones, they are less prone to snagging on clothing or furniture, making them perfect for daily wear. 

Simple Cleaning

Round prongs are less likely to trap dust and dirt than other prong types due to their design. This makes cleaning easier and reduces the change of the prongs lifting.

Round Prong Considerations

Round prongs are a classic prong style but have a few considerations, including:

Surface Area

Round prongs may cover more surface area than other prong styles, resulting in a slight obstruction of the stone depending on the overall stone size.

Smaller Stones

Smaller stones may be overtaken by round prongs. A set of four round prongs is recommended for use with smaller carat stones in order to maintain the integrity of the stone. 

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.