Only 20% of ring buyers focus on the setting before anything else, but how many even know the different setting options that are available?
While pronged setting styles saturate the market, there are many unique setting types to choose from. One of the most distinct is the tension setting.
But what is a tension setting? And is it the right choice for your new ring?
Keep reading to learn about this jewelry setting style and what makes it unique!
What is a Tension Setting?
A tension setting refers to a style of placing, or "setting", a gemstone within a piece of jewelry. This setting is used in necklaces, earrings, and more. But rings are the most popular type of tension set jewelry.
The most common type of ring setting is a pronged setting. A pronged setting uses small pieces of metal, resembling claws, to wrap around and hold a stone in place.
Tension settings use a completely different technique. A tension settings ring is a partial band, meaning it is not quite a complete circle, with space exactly wide enough to hold the stone in the gap of the circle.
Tension settings are placed so precisely that the stone is held perfectly snug in the ring, without any grooves, adhesives, or additional pieces of metal holding it in place.
What Are the Benefits of Tension Settings?
Aside from just the aesthetic appearance of a tension setting, there are many benefits to choosing this style of jewelry. Here are the main reasons ring shoppers opt for a tension setting:
Tension Settings Are a Unique Statement Piece
Since tensions settings create the illusion of a floating gemstone, they stand out from trendier ring styles on the market. Tension settings create clean, modern lines, and some styles even look slightly futuristic.
Unique rings are becoming more popular, especially with millennials, and a tension setting is a practical, yet stunning, alternative to the traditional pronged setting.
If you or your partner are looking for a conversation-starter, a tension setting ring is a great option.
Tension Settings Require Little Maintenance
Pronged settings require maintenance and repairs to ensure the stone does not become loose and fall out.
Since tension rings are crafted with such exact precision, there is almost no chance of the ring loosening over time or becoming damaged accidentally in a way that releases the stone.
Tension Settings Easily Accommodate Any Cut of Stone
Tension settings can be used for almost any cut and size of gemstone.
Since the stone only needs two small contact points to be set, a tension setting can be a great option for uniquely cut stones. But it is also excellent for classic cuts like round, princess, and oval.
A tension set ring can hold a much larger carat stone than a traditional pronged setting. Tension settings can accommodate stones up to 8 carats!
Tension Settings Allow More Light to Enter the Stone
One of the biggest advantages of a tension set ring is the amount of light that enters the gemstone. Since barely any of the stone is covered by metal, unlike in a pronged setting, there is significantly more surface area for light to hit.
This additional light allows the gemstone to sparkle more brightly and brilliantly than it would in a different setting style.
Is a Tension Setting Right for You?
If the look of a tension setting appeals to you, then this ring style might be the perfect fit!
We craft our tension set jewelry from hypoallergenic surgical stainless steel that is suited to sensitive skin.
Our tension set jewelry includes rings, necklaces, and earrings. You can find our complete tension settings collection in our online shop.