tension-setting: what you need to know


There’s something magical about a tension-setting. The gemstone is seemingly suspended in air. You can see all sides and facets of the stone. The gem is allowed more light to play and refract in. So is this setting right for you?

For starters, tension-setting is actually a misnomer. It isn’t tension that’s holding that stone in place, it’s compression. The metal wants to close in on itself, and there is something that is stopping it from doing that, the gemstone. For this equation to work you need two things.
1) A strong metal, like stainless steel that has adequate spring tension.
2) A gemstone strong enough to withstand the compression of said metal. sapphire (including ruby) and diamond are good candidates here.

This setting requires that we be very precise. Sizing of the client is critical; in certain cases tension-settings can be sized slightly but this is determined on a case by case basis. The setting must be carefully calibrated for the chosen gemstone; not enough compression the stone could come loose, too much compression the stone could fracture. With careful attention to detail a jeweler who specializes in tension-setting, like daniel juzwiak designs, can create a setting that is stunning and secure. The beauty of your gemstone is in full view, there are no prongs to worry about, you have a ring setting you can live in! You can find more examples of tension-settings in our ring gallery.

Daniel Juzwiak