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A tension ring will undergo a work hardening process
Tension settings have become extremely popular over the last couple of
years due to the chic, modern look of them. But lately there has been a
backlash of individuals who dont think tension settings quite make the
grade for securing the two-months salary that sits in them.
Gutwein of Excel Diamonds, an online diamond retailer, says the company
does not sell diamond tension settings. A recent thread on
diamondvues.com quoted him as saying, it [the tension setting] will not
(and cannot) protect the integrity of your diamond the same way that a
4/6 prong setting will. Many experts say that this type of ring does not
give adequate protection to your diamond, especially if it is bumped or
banged against a hard enough surface.
Others in the industry
disagree they say that a tension setting is actually stronger than a
prong setting so the stone will actually be more secure. In tension
settings, the whole ring holds the stone, doing away with prongs,
channels, bezels, or other enclosures. Advocates of tension settings
compare a stone being held in place by the ring itself, to a stone being
held in place by a claw just a fortieth of an inch high strength fastener thick (in prong settings).
how exactly does tension setting work? A tension ring will undergo a
work hardening process, which includes special alloying, hardening, and
pressure treatment to ensure super strength. threaded rod 3d printer
This process gives the metal a springiness that actually grips and
holds onto the diamond. Each end of the metal is then given a groove
called the seat into which the girdle of the diamond fits. The rings
are made with two to three times more metal than traditional rings
because the more metal, the stronger it will be. (This also accounts for
the higher price tag in tension set rings.)
Jim Schultz, owner
of Jamesallen.com, a professional online jeweler, has worn a tension set
wedding ring for years. He says he is not worried at all about the
structural integrity of his ring because his diamond is well protected
by the design. JamesAllen displays close to 40 different tension set
designs on its website, which Schultz says are some of his most popular
rings. He says the common fear of tension settings should not be that
the stone will fall out, but that too much of the girdle will be
exposed, making it easier to damage. For this very reason, every diamond
should be insured, regardless of the mounting, says Schultz.
whether you chose a classic prong or a trendy tension setting, think
about the past and the future. Make sure the ring has been made strong
by a good design and that it has insurance to withstand lifes whoops.
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