Buying a snag-free diamond engagement ring
Whether you’re an active person or a worried mum-to-be, many of our clients request engagement rings that don’t snag or catch. Claw set engagement rings really should not snag clothing unless a claw or prong has been disturbed. But even claw settings can give a nasty scratch. I’ve spoken to many new mums who have left their engagement rings off for fear of scratching their newborn.
Main causes of a risk with engagement rings
The first risk factor is setting height. High settings are more prominent and more likely to come into contact with clothing, or worse. Engagement rings that don’t snag rarely sit high off the finger. The average height of an engagement ring setting is around 5mm, but many settings exist where the diamond sits 6.5 mm off the finger. A very large diamond will naturally have a greater depth. For this reason, big diamonds are held in higher settings.
Small claws or prongs that catch
Small claws or prongs are sharper than other settings. If you’re serious about finding a snag-free engagement ring setting, or a child-friendly setting, without taking off your engagement ring, then we have a few suggestions for you. The same suggestions are also suitable for active people who are worried about bumping their ring and damaging the setting. The following are all suggestions for engagement rings that don’t snag.
Child safe and snag free engagement ring suggestions
Full bezel settings
Round and oval diamond engagement rings with a full bezel setting ensure no sharp or angular claws. Bezel set engagement rings feature a polished edge of metal around the diamond. No claws. No snags.
Semi-bezel engagement rings
A semi-bezel set engagement ring offers a smooth child-friendly setting. In addition, the setting is open, allowing more light into the diamond. There are many semi-bezel set ring styles, such as the Annabelle solitaire ring shown below.
Claw settings low on the finger
Settings with a lower height are a lower risk when it comes to damaging the ring, or snagging clothing. Such lower-profile settings are less likely to come into contact with objects around them during daily wear.
What can you do if you already have your engagement ring that catches?
You might read the above advice already having an engagement ring setting. We can help to set transfer you existing diamond into a ring design you will feel more comfortable with. Factoring in your existing ring, a new friendlier setting is worth the additional cost so that you can wear your ring without worry.
What can you do if your existing ring snags on clothing?
Re-mounting your existing diamond might not be your ideal solution. To remedy an existing ring issue, speak with your original jeweller about checking the claws. You might discover that one of your claws or prongs has lifted. This can result in the claw ‘hooking’ fabric. Once identified this can be remedied by an experienced jeweller.