Tension set rings

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

I personally wouldn’t want one because you can never have it resized. also every single time you drop it or accidentally bang it against someting, you would need to get it checked to be sure it’s secure. I’m clumsy so this would happen a lot!

Post # 4
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

I LOVE the look of them but would not feel comfortable having an expensive/meaningful stone in one.

I would, definitely, wear a “costume” tension set ring… so, if the stone fell out, I would not feel bad.

Post # 5
45 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

My husband’s wedding ring is tension set with a 0.1 ct diamond. Contrary to the previous poster’s comment, we did resize it. However it was sized up, so maybe it’s harder to size down (when sizing up they usually file away the inside of the ring).

My husband has big knuckles, so we initially got the ring to fit his finger and it was slightly snug when getting past his knuckle. One day he was putting on his ring and exerted too much force over his knuckle, I guess. The stoned popped off and dropped to the floor. Luckly we were able to find it and re-set it by the jeweller. This is when we sized the ring up so he won’t have to push it so hard. 

Since then we haven’t had any issue, but to be honest I would be wary of putting any larger stones to tension settings. By the way, it probably helps that my husband is  usually very careful with his belongings. For example, he has a metal watch he has had for almost 10 years that doesn’t have many scratches.

Post # 6
916 posts
Busy bee

Is this the same for the “invisible” setting in composite/cluster rings?

Post # 8
916 posts
Busy bee

@sporting:  Im confused between the difference of tension setting and the invisible setting for composite rings … for example … 


Post # 10
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would not. I think there is just too much risk to the stone. They are pretty to look at but for me, it would never work.

Post # 11
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@sporting:  I really wanted to get a tension set ring for my FI but all I kept reading was that the stone kept falling out etc and that was high end and low end brands. So I passed. Talk about devastion if that would have happened. Sheesh, I just couldn’t risk it.

Post # 12
5482 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sporting:  I dont have one but I LOVE the one you posted! I have seen that one before and would love to try one like it on but I have never seen one in person!

Post # 13
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureMrsHolmes:  I think the difference is that in a tension setting, small groves are cut into the metal surrounding the girdle of the stone and the tension of the surrounding metal holds the stone in place. In invisible settings, the stones themselves are actually cut so that they have interlocking groves and edges that fit into one another. Does that make sense? What you posted is an example of an invisible setting.

I think tension settings are gorgeous! To me, they look very similar to semi-bezels, but I think semi-bezels are a bit more secure.

Post # 14
4915 posts
Honey bee

I think tension settings are gorgeous and incredible to look at. I love the way you can see the WHOLE diamond from the side view.

I don’t think I would be brave enough to wear one, though. I would be too paranoid about losing my stone out of the setting. I have an invisible set, and I’m already totally paranoid about the stones falling out of the setting. I end up looking at it aaaaaaall the time. (Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but … *ahem* Tongue Out)

@FutureMrsHolmes:  The one you posted is an invisible setting. At least, the first one is. I can’t tell the tiny details on the second image. On the first image, the center is an invisible setting, but it looks like the diamonds on the band are shared prong … ?? At least, I think I can see prongs in there.

I don’t know a lot about tension settings, but an invisible setting is set on some type of metal. There are either metal tracks or metal wires running along the interior of the setting. Each individual princess diamond has a cut/trough (not sure of the exact terminology) cut into its girdle so that it snaps into place along the metal track or wire. This way, the diamonds are set without much metal showing. In the best quality invisible settings, each stone is set by hand. There is a wax process that can be used to set all the stones at once, but it’s not as stable or durable. It can still be a finicky and sort of delicate type of setting, as you are in for trouble if any one stone becomes loose or pops out.

(Sorry for the long post. But I hope that helps, explanation-wise. Undecided)

Post # 15
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

They scare me and I think they are ugly. They look cool from the side but way too masculine for me. I have four claw prongs so I can feel safe if I bump it haha.

Post # 16
58 posts
Worker bee

I have a tension set ring – 14 kt white gold with a very small .10 diamond. My husband got it for me about 12 years ago. I am very hard on my rings – one jeweler asked if I had been bowling with my wedding ring on. I have never had any problem with the tension set ring – took it to my jeweler today because I had hit it hard against something and the setting was still secure.



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