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Choosing the right claws for your engagement ring
Jun 23, 2023
Engagement Rings
Choosing the right claws for your engagement ring

We understand how difficult it is to decide on the right claw for your engagement ring. In this article we will cover everything to do with claws, from choosing how many claws to the different types of tips (ends) of the claws. After reading this it will be easy for you to choose the right claw combination when buying an engagement ring.

Three, Four or six Claws?


The shape of the diamond has a lot to do with how many claws you have, to make it simple we will break down the options in to different shapes. We’ll begin with round diamonds as they are the most popular shape.

Round diamond 4 or 6 claws?

For round diamonds, you can choose 4 or 6 claws. In fact, round is the only shape where 6 claws can be used. The differences between the two choices are to be found below.

4 Claw setting for round diamonds can be used for any size stone from the smallest to the biggest, however keep in mind that most 4 claw settings come with a basket, unless you specify not to have one. The basket is the part that connects the 4 claws so the diamond looks like its sitting on it. The importance of the basket is to give strength to the claws. Keep in mind that if a basket is not used, our master jewellers have to make the claws thicker. 

The 4 claw setting makes the round diamond look a bit squarish, but at the same time it shows more of the diamond. 

6 Claw settings for round diamonds we recommend only using stones of around 0.80ct and bigger. When having 6 claws you need to cover more surface of the diamond. Hence a small diamond gets overpowered by too many claws surrounding it.

Having 6 claws has two main advantages, which are firstly, the diamond is held more securely. For the diamond to become loose, at least 2 claws would need to be damaged or bent out of shape. Secondly as it has more claws there is no need for a basket.

The appearance of having 6 claws gives the diamond a round shape look. The only downside of having 6 claws is that shows more metal around the diamond, but this is less noticeable on larger stones. 

Choosing the right claws for your engagement ring

Princess, cushions, ovals, emeralds, radiant and asscher shapes


All of the shapes above are generally done in 4 claws because it follows the shape of the stone. making the decision easy. On the odd occasion, some of these shapes are set in four “double" claws.

Pear shapes 


Most of the time, pear shape diamonds are made with 3 claws. However, in some cases when the design doesn’t have a basket its best to use 5 claws. 

Marquise shape

Marquise diamonds can be seen in a two “V" claw which has a V shape on each end. This would require a basket for strength. Alternatively, it can be set with an additional claw on each side. 

Square, Eagle or round claws?


Eagle claws are currently the most fashionable claw and the most popular. The best way to explain the look of eagle claws are tips of the claws (the part that bends over holding the diamond) look like the claws of an eagle. As the eagle claws goes deeper in to the diamond it tends to cover more of the stone than the other 2 claw styles.

Square claws, as its name indicates, it’s when the tip of the claws finish like a square. This is the most classic claw finish and has been used by the big brand houses for decades. The claws cover less surface of the diamond so it shows more of the stone.

Round claws style is the most classic method and most master jewellers say it goes back for centuries. They are when the tip of the claws finish like a half circle . Just like the square claws, they cover less of the diamond surface so it shows more of the stone.

At Novita, when it comes to the claw finish, our diamond setters choose the best style according to your specific diamond. However, if you would like to customise the claw finish let one of our friendly staff know.