When it comes to tennis bracelets and necklaces, the setting style plays a crucial role in both the aesthetics and functionality of the piece.

At The Karat Concierge, we find that the 3 prong tennis necklace flips significantly less than all other styles and he highly encourage this setting style above any others. We find this because the diamonds "hang" instead of being in a continuous straight line like the 4 prongs and crown setting. After outfitting hundreds of clients with tennis necklaces, now 80% of the setting styles we sell are a 3 prong setting. This isn't to say that other setting styles will roll often, we have just found that this is the best option, however below we will explore the 3 common setting styles;  the 4-prong, 3-prong, and crown/cupcake settings.

  1. 4-Prong Setting:

The 4-prong setting, also known as the standard or line setting, is one of the most common choices for tennis bracelets and necklaces. In this setting, each diamond or gemstone is held in place by four individual prongs, securing it firmly while allowing ample light to pass through for maximum brilliance and sparkle. This gives a boxy look, hence the term "line setting" where the bracelet/necklace looks like a single line of diamonds. The 4-prong setting offers excellent stability and security, making it a popular choice for everyday wear.


  • Provides secure hold for each stone
  • Allows maximum light exposure for optimal brilliance
  • Offers a classic and timeless look


  • Prongs may require periodic inspection and maintenance to ensure they remain secure
  • May slightly obscure the sides of the stones compared to other settings
  1. 3-Prong Setting:

The 3-prong setting, also known as the trinity setting, is a variation of the 4-prong setting with each stone held in place by three prongs instead of four. This setting style offers a sleek and minimalist look, with fewer prongs creating a more open and airy appearance. The 3-prong setting allows for greater visibility of the stones and their round shape and can enhance the overall brilliance of the piece.


  • Offers a modern and minimalist aesthetic
  • Provides excellent visibility of the stones
  • Allows more light to enter the stones for enhanced sparkle
  • Prevents a tennis necklace from flipping as much because of the way the diamonds hang


  • Stones may be slightly less secure compared to a 4-prong setting
  • Prongs may require careful alignment to ensure stones are held securely in place
  1. Crown Setting:

The crown setting, also known as a cupcake setting, is a variation that features small "crowns" holding the stones in place along each individual link. This setting style offers a  contemporary look, with the metal links providing a seat for each stone. The crown setting offers excellent security and durability, making it a popular choice for active lifestyles.


  • Provides maximum security and durability for the stones
  • Offers a sleek and modern appearance
  • Typically gives the piece a larger look due to the visibility of metal surrounding the stones


  • May slightly reduce the visibility of the stones compared to prong settings
  • Stones may require more cleaning to maintain their brilliance and sparkle


When choosing a setting style for your tennis bracelet or necklace, consider factors such as security, aesthetics, and lifestyle. The 4-prong setting offers classic elegance and security, while the 3-prong setting provides a modern and minimalist look with enhanced visibility of the stones.  The crown setting offers maximum security and durability, making it ideal for those with an active lifestyle. Ultimately, the right setting style is a matter of personal preference and the desired balance between style and practicality.