Did you know it wasn’t that long ago when the first tension ring was created? Back in the 1970s, a German jewelry company called Niessing pioneered the idea of using tensile forces to set diamonds into rings.
At that time, the first generation of tension set rings were bulky and gawdy looking. They didn’t appealed to the masses as they looked too “manly”. Yet, the bulky designs were an engineering solution to provide sufficient mechanical strength to grip the diamond securely.
Even though tension set rings didn’t take off in popularity with consumers, it captured the interests of jewelers around the world. One American jeweler named Steven Kretchmer was among the first few people to adopt the design in the States. With an innovative mind, Steven improved on the manufacturing process by reducing weight in the rings and redesigned the new tension set rings with a more feminine touch.
Since then, technology advanced and manufacturing capabilities improved with better machinery. In modern times, tension set rings come in many designs and are making a statement that keeps people in awe with their out-of-this-world appearances.
As discussed on the previous page, good workmanship and manufacturing techniques are essential requirements for a tension set ring. Compared to traditional tension settings, modern day designs can look one-of-a-kind and even be made with a variety of materials such as white gold, platinum and yellow gold.
If you love attention and like to have people examine your ring up close, tension rings are a great choice. They never fail to fascinate people by making them wonder why how the diamond can defy logic by “floating” in mid-air. That said, let’s check out a few designs to whet your appetite.
Perhaps the boldest tension set ring design manifests itself in the form of using different colored metals. I personally find these designs really awesome to look at but they don’t look that great on Asian skin tones (I’m a Singaporean Chinese by the way). If you have fair colored skin tones, these might be options to consider if you are feeling adventurous.
This design has a perfect balance of rose gold and white gold to create color contrast.
Built for fancy shapes, this tension ring design has a lovely combination of white and yellow gold.
Before I sign off from this article, I need to re-emphasize this point again: you should only buy tension set rings from reputable jewelry dealers. The quality of the ring is of utmost importance if you want to avoid accidental losses where the diamond falls out of its setting.<< Prev Page