(Closed) Tension settings lose stones?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@enoh102:

My DH told me that when he was looking at rings that he contemplated a tension setting. A few jewelers told him though that they won’t even work with them since stones can be lost so easily. I love how they look though.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I dont have a tension setting per-sey, but I have a “channel” setting that has metal insanely thin surrounding the stones. My jeweler told me that basically there is a ridge in the diamond and metal and they kinda snap together.  Needless to say I have lost a few stones. Ive lost the smallest side stone twice and one of the bigger side stones was very lose at one point.  I considered changing my setting as well, but my husband was WAY against that. Instead we put a solid band on each side to help secure/protect the stones. So far its ok, but Im still always nervous.

I dont think your friend has sub par jewelery. People lose stones all the time, and Im sure some settings are just more prone to that. See if maybe there is a way to help secure the stone with bands.

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Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

not very helpful, but my fi also wanted to get a tension setting (georg jensen), but decided against bc the risk. they are supposed to be stronger than prongs, which have to be replaced over time, but susceptible to coming lose if banged hard enough. here’s a good wiki article.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have one, and have for two years. I’ve banged it on doorframes, pots and pans, etc., and dropped it more times than I can remember, and have never had a problem other than scratching up the band. That stone hasn’t budged!

I was never worried about it after looking up a lot about them, though I do feel like there are only a few manufacturers that I would personally trust with a true tension ring (not one with a bar under the stone). Our jeweler actually told us the opposite about tension settings, most of their customers with tension sets have less problems than other customers (they only sell one brand of tension setting). If something did happen, it has a lifetime warranty and is insured.

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