Contemporary Tension Set Engagement Rings

Tension set engagement rings take their name from the way that the stones are suspended between two parts of the band. This setting is fairly modern, making it ideal for brides who are looking for contemporary, eye-catching rings. There are many different ways that tension settings can be used in engagement rings. Many are set between split bands or wider single bands. Others are incorporated into ring designs that include additional settings.

Tension Set Engagement Rings

To give you some inspiration, here are some examples of modern tension set engagement rings.

Rose Gold Solitaire


This beautiful ring from the Cape Diamonds collection features a split band with a solitaire in the centre. In rich rose gold, the ring is elegant and simple yet still striking. Rose gold is a metal that remains a popular choice for many brides. With a classic split band design and a flawlessly cut diamond suspended between the bands, this ring is sure to be a treasure.

Three Stone Swirl


Three stone rings have plenty of romantic symbolism. Each stone represents a phase in your life together as a couple – your past, your present, and your future. This ring style is versatile, with many designs featuring a trinity of stones. In this design, a centre stone is flanked by tension-set diamonds that connect on a swirled band.

Yellow Gold Twist


If you’re looking for a minimal, understated ring, this design is sure to be perfect. This style is often seen with tension set rings. A twisted band flows in a swirl, holding the centre stone in place on each end. Although it looks stunning in yellow gold with a round cut diamond, it would work with any metal and any diamond shape or cut.

Two Tone Branch


Two-tone rings add something extra to ring designs. When the metals flow together, they blend well without adding too much contrast. This simple design features two bands that come together in a branch, with white and yellow gold bands holding the centre stone in place.

Ornate Split Prong

This design is ideal for those who want something that will have plenty of sparkle. A classic solitaire takes centre stage, with suspended marquise cut stones flanking the centre stone. These flow into a pave encrusted band.

Graduated Multi Stone


Featuring vibrant, dark blue sapphires, this ring is elegant yet not too dramatic. The graduated band begins with a delicate band below the finger, graduating to a series of sapphires that get larger as they get to the top of the band. The suspended sapphires are surrounded by pave stones on each side.

Cognac Diamond Pear


Coloured diamonds are a great way to get colour into your ring design. In this design, a warm, cognac coloured pear cut diamond is positioned between a gently twisting gold band. The combination of the warm coloured stone and the yellow gold gives this ring plenty of beauty.

Not sure whether tension set rings are the right choice? Cape Diamonds offers a wide range of hand-crafted ring styles, along with a custom ring design. Contact us today to find out how to start planning your perfect engagement ring.