Guide to Diamond Settings: The Tension Setting
By Ashley Bailey , Thursday, September 09, 2010
Among diamond settings, the tension setting is set apart as one of the most unusual and bold diamond styles to hit the market in years. For someone looking for a unique and modern fashion statement in their diamond setting, the tension setting, and similar tension-style setting is a great option.
In a true tension setting, the pressure of the metal band is used to hold the diamond in place, rather than the prongs or bars of a typical diamond setting. The diamond is set in small grooves cut into the sides of the ring shank, so it appears to float in midair between the sides of the shank. Because the stone is held in place by the pressure created by the force of the metal, this setting can only be used with relatively hard stones such as diamonds and sapphires.
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Because the band of a tension setting is created only for a specific diamond, it is manufactured only after the diamond has been purchased. The setting is calibrated exactly to fit the diamond that has been chosen, and cannot be changed or resized once it is purchased. Lasers are used to calibrate the setting in order to apply perfectly-proportioned pressure to the diamond so it will be held securely without shattering. Although a tension setting is a very secure setting, the setting can be damaged if the diamond ring suffers a blunt impact.
Although the tension setting is a relatively new diamond setting, it is gaining popularity for its unusual appearance. At the same time, new tension-style settings are also gaining widespread acclaim for mimicking the intriguing look of a tension setting without the price and complicated creation process. The tension-style setting is a creative and bold diamond setting choice that uses a hidden bridge to create the dramatic look of the true tension setting for a fraction of the price. The tension-style, the perfect start of many unique engagement rings, setting also incorporates the security advantages of both kinds of diamond settings—the secure hold of prongs with the smooth silhouette of a tension setting.
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Whether you opt for a more traditional diamond setting or invest in the striking beauty of a tension or tension-style setting, make sure to take the time to thoroughly research your options and choose the diamond setting that best fits your taste and your lifestyle.
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