In 1886 Charles Lewis Tiffany, of Tiffany & Co. was the first to actually design and engineer the iconic 6 prong setting that we know today.
Prior to the launch of this now, iconic engagement ring style, diamonds were set very low into the band of the ring. Similar to more of a bezel type design where the top of the diamond was flush with the metal. Though this was secure, it didn't allow light to pass through the stone, and the beauty of the diamond was some what inhibited.
Charles Lewis Tiffany had a concept of an engagement ring which was to raise the diamond from the band allowing the diamond to shine. At the time, his challenge was to create a stable setting that would still sit securely in the ring. Hence he came up with the donut base in the ring and the carefully chosen number of 6 prongs, to hold the diamond securely in place whilst still allowing light to pass through the diamond.
Over 100 years later, this is still one of the most popular engagement ring styles to date. The classic, 6 prong, iconic Tiffany & Co. Setting. Nearly every single jewellery shop you visit today will have their own rendition or interpretation of this classic setting. However, the original, will and always be the Tiffany & Co. 6 Prong setting, designed and created by Charles Lewis Tiffany himself.
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