Maybe a little tension in your life is a good thing!
Tension set engagement rings are decidedly hip, modern and (yes) very safe to wear. And while increasing in popularity, many just don’t understand how they work and why they make such a perfect fit for some cutting edge brides-to-be.
We work directly with GelinAbaci (also known as GelinAbaci or Gelin & Abaci), a highly sought after name for high-end engagement rings in a distinctly unique tension setting. They have the largest selection in tension settings in the world.
Check out our answers to the most commonly asked questions about tension-set engagement rings:
(Simply put, a tension setting engagement ring shows off the gem’s beauty the best!)
Frequently Asked Questions about Tension Settings
What exactly is a tension setting?
In tension-set rings, the ring itself acts as the mounting to hold the diamond or gemstone in place, much as a large clamp would hold something between two powerful arms.
The spring loaded metal in a tension setting has small etchings or grooves creating a seat or cradle-like action for the gemstones edges to lock into place. This creates the appearance of the gemstone is floating.
A tension setting allows the maximum amount of light to pass through the center stone creating extraordinary brilliance superior to all traditional settings. With no metal beneath the stone, the gem simply “floats” between two sides of the band, creating a uniquely beautiful setting.
How do tension settings work?
In order to make a tension setting, GelinAbaci must work to harden the metal, employ special alloys, and pressure treat the metal to create the superior strength that is required for the spring loading process to occur.
Each tension setting exerts from 65 to 95 pounds of pressure per millimeter which equates to 12,000 pounds per square inch on a diamond or any other gemstone. Any gemstone with a hardness of 9 or above on the Mohs hardness scale can be tension set.
What makes tension settings unique?
There are several unique differences in tension settings compared to traditional settings (prong settings, bezel settings, etc).
One of the main differences is that a tension setting is custom tailored to each individual's style of choice, center diamond size, center diamond shape and finger size whereas most other settings are already constructed and manufactured.
Tension settings are crafted and calibrated to the exact detailed measurements of the gemstone that it will be holding. GelinAbaci uses a scanning device to identify the exact places where pressure has to be applied on the stone.
GelinAbaci tension settings can be sized a ¼ size larger in most cases. This process ensures that the customer can keep their customized piece perfectly fitted even if they change weight after their purchase. Should you require a sizing greater than ¼ size, your GelinAbaci ring can be completely remade for nominal fee.
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So while bezel and prong settings continue to be popular choices for solitaires and engagement rings, the beauty, durability and design of tension-set rings have made this once-obscure setting a popular option for those who want a truly distinctive look.
In addition to highlighting the gem, what are the other benefits of tension set rings?
Other benefits include:
Dramatic settings. Because the gems used in tension-set engagement rings appear to float, the settings are instantly eye-catching and utterly unique.
Metal choices. Tension-set rings are available in 14- and 18-karat white and yellow gold as well as platinum and platinum-gold combinations.
Gemstone options. Tension settings are ideal for diamond or diamond alternative engagement rings as well as rings featuring rubies and sapphires or any stone with a Moh’s hardness of 8 or higher. (For information about the hardness of the gemstones you’re considering, contact us.)
Stone sizes. Stones ranging in size from 0.10 carats to 8.0 carats can be included in tension-set engagement rings.
Setting security. These unique settings are as safe or safer than four-prong settings. Our tension-set rings are supplied by GelinAbaci. With more than 10,000 rings sold, no known diamond losses have been reported.
What shapes work best in a tension setting?
GelinAbaci has tension set the following popular shapes:
Upon request other diamond shapes may also be customized and tension set.
What metals work the best for a tension setting?
Tension-set rings are available in 14- and 18-karat white and yellow gold as well as platinum and platinum-gold combinations.
About our Supplier:
GelinAbaci is our single-source supplier of tension-set diamond and diamond alternatives (moissanite, Pure Grown diamonds) engagement rings. They are also the premier designer of tension jewelry in the United States.
And with more than a combined total of 50 years in the jewelry business, Gabriel Gelin and Sam Abaci create some of the most beautiful tension-set rings available.
When you purchase tension-set rings from Joseph Schubach Jewelers, you buy with confidence. Each ring from GelinAbaci is backed by The Schubach Guarantee.
Learn more about creating a custom tension setting or shop our collection of ready-to-order tension-set engagement rings.