From our friends at GelinAbaci: Summertime love:)
From contemporary engagement ring designs that showcase the center diamond floating like never before Tension settings are setting the standard for something unique. They allow the maximum amount of light to pass through the center diamond creating extraordinary brilliance superior to traditional settings. From pave’ and channel set diamonds to bypass designs, there is always something unique for the fashion forward bride.
There are several differences in tension settings compared to traditional settings (prong settings, bezel settings, etc). One of the main differences is that a tension setting is custom tailored to each individual’s style of choice, center diamond size, center diamond shape and finger size whereas most other settings are already constructed and manufactured.
The spring loaded metal in a tension setting has small etchings/ grooves to the metal creating a seat or cradle like action for the gemstones edges to lock into place. This creates the appearance that the gemstone is floating.