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The unique character of tension rings settings makes them truly stand out from the crowd. There is nowhere for the diamond to hide – it is displayed in complete and unadulterated glory. It’s mesmerizing. But, what are tension set engagement rings? How can you be sure they are a secure option for your chosen diamond? In short, why are tension rings settings so spectacular?
If you take a look at most traditional engagement rings, whether they are a solitaire (single stone), or have a central stone and accompanying smaller ones, you’ll notice that there are prongs, baskets, or clasps holding the diamond in place. With a quick glance you can quickly tell exactly how the center stone is secured.
Tension set rings on the other hand won’t have these prongs, baskets, or clasps. Instead, the tension and structure of the ring, and notably the band, is the means of holding the diamond in place. It’s like holding something between your forefinger and thumb: the tighter you hold, the more secure the object.
For engagement rings, which typically feature a central diamond solitaire, the tension style really shows off the diamond. The diamond is held securely within the opening in the band, and is held there by the pressure being exerted upon it from the two open ends. It’s down to the laws of physics expertly applied by a designer and jeweler.
The overall look is stunning. The center stone looks as if it is floating. The play of light is unhindered, and you see the diamond in all its glory. That said, there are some pros and cons to tension ring settings, and different situations where choosing a tension ring may or may not be the best choice. Let’s run through them.
There are four primary advantages of tension set engagement rings:
Then there are three main disadvantages of tension rings:
There are, by its nature, some limitations to a tension setting. But it is these limitations which make it so intrinsically unique and eye-catching. I’m going to showcase some of my favorite tension setting designs to show you what is possible.
I’m going to start with the Niessing Tapered Pure Harmony Ring. The reason is that it was Niessing who pioneered the tension ring concept, so they definitely deserve a mention. It was only as recently as the 1970s, hence tension rings are really still considered a modern choice. Whilst I do love the tension rings, and history, associated with Niessing, they are quite true to the original bulky and chunky looks.
This Danhov Voltaggio ring also has the slightly chunkier look that is associated with tension ring settings, but has the balance a little more in its favor. This one, particularly when paired with a Whiteflash A CUT ABOVE diamond will certainly be striking.
However, if you want something a little more intricate, which blends the contemporary nature of the tension setting with the complexity of an artistic design, then this Hand Engraved Bypass Engagement Ring from James Allen is simply stunning.
You needn’t think that tension ring settings always come with a hefty price tag either, as the Lilly Solitaire Engagement Ring displays.
These examples should help you to see some of the things you can expect to see in tension ring settings. I particularly urge you to use a reputable jeweler where you can be certain of the workmanship and the manufacturing process. You need to be sure you’ve chosen a reputable jeweler to ensure that the diamond doesn’t just look secure, but is secure. Then look for what you love: the design that strikes you, and reflects your personality.