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Looking For Something Different?

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.

Going Beyond Functional Designs And Aesthetic Displays

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.

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split shank tension diamond engagement ring
white gold spiral tension ring design

A Fusing of Different Colors

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.

rose gold and white gold combination

This design has a perfect balance of rose gold and white gold to create color contrast.

tension setting engagement rings

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.

I highly recommend checking out for their range of high quality tension settings.

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    March 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    We have tension mountings from Gelin Abaci in stock and we are looking for a company that will do the sizing and setting of the stones since Gelin Abaci is out of business. Can you recommend someone? Thanks.

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    Paul Gian-
    March 16, 2018 at 2:40 am

    I don’t know anyone reliable who could do this. You are basically out of luck here as there are some liabilities with tension settings. If the OEM is out of business, selling them to consumers puts your business at risk.

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    May 15, 2018 at 2:54 am

    From what I read and researched, the strength of a tension setting is largely affected by the metals used. Is white gold or yellow gold better? Is the recipe for these metals public or a trade secret?

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    Paul Gian-
    May 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    The exact recipe that different jewelers used are a trade secret to them. I would say this, it is relatively easy to reverse engineer and find out the composition using modern day testing equipment. For tension ring sellers, I’m pretty sure that most have already tested and perfected their manufacturing recipe prior to going into business. So, both yellow and white gold would work well and it really is a matter of color preferences here.

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    Kathy Meyer-
    July 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    My Gelin Abaci diamond ring is too small for me now – I see from your site that they are out of business. What would you do? Is there any option to take it apart and have a different one made? I’m just sick about it – Thanks for your thoughts…Kathy

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    Paul Gian-
    July 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

    If you bought it from a jeweler (that’s still around), bring it back to them and let them know your concerns. Even if the brand has closed down for business, you should be able to get the bench jeweler to remove the diamond from the setting and get it reset.

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