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Guide to Tension Set Rings

Tension settings are the ultimate in contemporary engagement ring design: they are also known as 'floating diamonds', or 'suspended diamonds', appear magically suspended in their settings. Tension set diamond engagement rings are known for their stunning beauty and these rings have been a favorite among online customers.


First designed in the late 1960s, and from the early 1990's tension setting methods were improved by using a special mixture of heat treated alloys to create "springiness" to hold the ring in place. Rather than prongs, the entire band of the ring acts as two large prongs to hold the stone in place, usually with small carved niches that fit around the stone's girdle. With a tensile strength of 65-95 pounds, the stone is held securely in place with a unique floating appearance Only hard gemstones may be tension mounted: rubies, sapphires, moissanite, cubic zirconia, and of course diamonds.


Since tension setting use the special metallurgical method, the tension of the shank can be expected to last for many hundreds of years before some loss of pressure may be experienced. Look for online stores that sells only tension set rings that have been manufactured using special heat treated alloys to ensure the longevity of the ring and setting.

Are they Safe?

Initially, many couples are concerned about the security of tension settings since the stone is only held in place through two points of contact rather than the more typical four or six with prong settings, or even full contact settings such as flush or bezel designs. Because of the high pressure mounting, tensions set diamonds are considered to be secured as providing a tighter, stronger fit. Additional restrains upon the shank dictate that the mounting must be at least as wide as the gemstone, further protecting the stone from being snagged or chipped. When purchasing a tension set ring, ensure that you investigate the merchant and their policies carefully before committing to a purchase.

Tension Settings Allow Floating Diamond Engagement Rings

"Floating Diamond" refers to diamonds that are literally suspended within the ring setting so they appear to float in place rather than be held by numerous prongs or channels. More the light entering into the diamond, it translates into greater brilliance or fire coming from the diamond. In addition to setting variations, floating diamond rings can also incorporate many other design elements to create stunning rings any woman will adore.

Floating diamond engagement rings are stunning illusions of light and sparkle reminiscent of classic designs but incorporating a distinctive modern flair. With many styles available, any bride-to-be will be floating on air even as a luxurious diamond floats above her finger.