What setting should I choose? The ‘tension setting’, pros and cons.

georg jensen tension setThis style was first designed in the 1960s and the Scandanavian jeweller Georg Jensen was the most famous designer to use this setting style. The image above is a Georg Jensen ring.

The metals used for this style have been specially treated so they have ‘less resistance’ and it is the whole band that keeps the stone in place. Usually there are two niches carved into the metal where the stones girdle comes into contact with the metal.

The stone is held in place by the metal support via the use of tension. The stone appears to float in this setting. You can view the stone from all angles and the setting enables lots of light to interact with the stone.  Designs using this type of setting can look very modern, minimalist and elegant.

The advantages of the tension setting are:

– very modern and minimalist designs can be made using this style of setting

– you can see the entire stone

– the stone is held very securely in this setting as it has the strength of the hole band holding the stone in place, rather than ‘claws’.

– the amount of light entering the stone enables us to view the stones colour and sparkle at its best.

The disadvantages are:

– it can be difficult to find a wedding band to match a tension set ring

–¬†you can only use hard stones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

– the stone must be free from surface or internal cracks that may cause damage under the pressure of the tension setting.

– The stone needs to be a of very high quality, as any imperfections can be easily seen.

– It can sometimes not be possible to re-size or change the stone, as the setting tends to be made with a particular stone in mind.

– it is not suitable for somebody who as a very active lifestyle as the stone is very exposed

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