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The Tiffany® Setting is widely considered the most famous engagement rings in the world. Its timeless solitaire silhouette feels ubiquitous in the world of not only bridal jewelry but popular culture in general. Its relevance runs the gamut from President Franklin Roosevelt purchasing Eleanor’s ring from Tiffany & Co. all the way to Charlotte’s unforgettable “all righty” proposal in Sex and the City.
What Is the Tiffany® Setting?
The Tiffany® Setting features six prongs and a round brilliant-cut diamond in the center. It was trademarked by Charles Tiffany in the 1880s.
This silhouette “lifts the diamond off the band and into the light, allowing it to sparkle and take center stage,” Tiffany & Co. chief gemologist and vice president of merchandising Victoria Wirth Reynolds told Brides.
Meet the Expert
Victoria Wirth Reynolds is the chief gemologist and vice president of global merchandising at Tiffany & Co. She received a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America in 1991 and has worked at Tiffany since 1987.
Ahead, discover the features of the setting that forever altered and improved the history of engagement rings.
Pros and Cons of the Tiffany® Setting
There are very few reasons not to fall in love with this infamous and timeless setting. The sparkle that radiates off a diamond in this setting is second to none. On the other hand, if you are looking for a ring that is a bit more ornate and unique, then the Tiffany® Setting might be too simple. That being said, if you love the look of the Tiffany® Setting but want a bit more flair, tons of six-prong set engagement rings have a similar feel to the trademarked setting.
As with any prong setting, there is always the potential for snagging or getting caught. Generally, this only happens to prongs that are not properly finished. With the brilliant craftsmanship from the jewelers at Tiffany & Co., this is fairly unlikely to occur with a Tiffany® Setting, so if you are looking to venture outside of Tiffany & Co. for a six-prong setting, make sure to work with an experienced jeweler.
What to Look For in a Tiffany® Setting
- How much do engagement rings with a Tiffany® Setting cost? It's no secret that Tiffany & Co. fairs on the higher end in the world of engagement rings, so choosing a Tiffany® Setting has the potential to end up being a pretty penny. Pricing can start at around $14,300 for the simplest Tiffany® Setting, but it is all mostly dependent on the type of metal and carat of diamond you are choosing.
- Can I purchase a Tiffany® Setting outside of Tiffany & Co.? This specific setting has been patented and is only sold through Tiffany & Co., although you can find alternative six-prong engagement rings at several engagement ring retailer.
- What metal does this setting look best in? The Tiffany® Setting is available in platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold, with platinum typically being the most popular choice amongst brides-to-be. At the end of the day, though, it is all up to personal preference!
How to Care for Your Tiffany Engagement Ring
Purchasing a Tiffany engagement ring ensures superlative care for a lifetime. "This includes a complimentary service which not only ensures that your diamonds or gemstones are cleaned, it also includes routine checks (every six months) that the stones are secure in their settings,” Reynolds notes.
The History of the Tiffany® Setting
Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany introduced the Tiffany® Setting in 1886 with the “vision to create a ring that highlighted the beauty of Tiffany’s brilliant-cut diamonds,” Reynolds says. “Over 130 years later, the Tiffany® Setting is still the world’s most popular and desired engagement ring.”
A noteworthy reason why this setting was such a game-changer is the context of ring settings at the time it was created, most of which were bezel instead of prong. “Before the Tiffany® Setting, diamond rings were typically set much lower on the finger, held in place by very short prongs or bezels embedded within the band,” Reynolds explains. “The Tiffany® Setting was the first to lift the diamond into the light.”
And now, shop Tiffany® Setting rings, plus more six-prong engagement rings.
The iconic ring that started it all. It doesn't get more timeless than the original Tiffany® Setting engagement ring.
If platinum doesn’t jive with your personal style, consider an 18K yellow gold band instead.
If you’re a sucker for all things rose gold, then why not incorporate it into a ring you’ll wear forever?
This Tiffany® Setting stuns with a pavé diamond band. It was created on the 130th anniversary of the original Tiffany® Setting.
This eye catching Tiffany® Setting features a band of channel-set diamonds that add maximum sparkle to this already glittering setting.
The beauty of a solitaire engagement ring is its versatility; it pairs with all types of wedding bands for a variety of bridal aesthetics.
Though the Tiffany® Setting implies a solid band, if you want to break the rules a bit, consider a six-front solitaire ring with a pave band.
The six-prong setting on this ring highlights the effervescence of this 1.01ct round brilliant diamond.
This ring features a 2.08 carat round brilliant cut diamond set in 18k yellow gold; a timeless pick for a bride-to-be with classic taste.
A non-traditional take on the six-prong silhouette, this hand-carved ring is both delicate and striking.
This engagement ring is modern minimalism at its finest. The brilliant-cut center stone is the true star.
A gorgeous six-prong solitaire ring set in white gold and featuring a round center diamond.
This six-prong setting from Vrai can hold a variety of different shaped diamonds. The knife-edge band also comes in a pavé setting if you're looking for a bit of extra sparkle.
This engagement ring from Catbird is an incredibly unique twist on the six-prong setting. The center brilliant white diamond is held by beautifully crafted hands in 18K gold.
Pavé diamonds on the ring's shank accompany this 1.5ct cushion diamond in a six-prong setting.
This ring features a brilliant-cut diamond with a 360 view of smaller diamonds in KatKim's signature tapering band.
Clusters of diamonds flank the six-prong held center diamond. The band is engraved with milgrain detailing, giving a vintage touch to this ring.
Old European cut diamonds are great if you are looking for an antique-esque engagement ring. This one is set on a 18K rose gold ring.
Oval-shaped diamonds look just as beautiful in a six-prong setting as round diamonds do. This oval diamond is set in a 14K rose gold pavé band.
If you are looking to switch out a traditional diamond with a gemstone, consider this rosey morganite ring. The stone is held in a six-prong cathedral setting with a diamond pavé band.