Q: Hello I cant tell if this is a 4 or 8 prong setting I want to put florite in it . If its a 4 prong do you think the samller ones will help protect this soft stone?
A: Hi Cindy! This is a 4 prong ring. The shorter projections that you're seeing on either side of the ring are not prongs. They are part of the split shank design. I don't think it matters how many prongs the ring has in terms of whether or not to use a soft stone. Fluorite is not recommended for rings or bracelets because it is only a 4 at best on the Moh's scale of hardness. I suppose if it was strictly a dinner ring that didn't get much use, you might be okay. The other thing to consider with fluorite is the depth of the stone. They are often cut deep to enhance the color.
Q: Hi, if my stone is not a perfect 10mm, say a fraction less ie 9.44mm should I buy a 9mm setting or a 10mm setting? What I mean is, is it better to use a slightly too large setting or instead use a slightly too small setting? Thanking you.
A: That's an excellent question. In the example that you have described, I think either size will work. I will choose the smaller setting when it's closer to the smaller size than it is to the larger size unless the stone is deep. If it is a deep stone, then I will choose the larger size. So unless your stone is deeper than average, I would choose the 9 mm.
Q: What is the price for a size 7 in 14K yellow gold?
A: The price of the ring will vary with the stone size and the gold market. A 10 mm round 14 kt. yellow gold wire basket ring in a size 7 is $241.07. If you need a quote on a different stone size, just let me know. Thank you.