History does not explain why women tend to wear jewellery more often than men do. Nevertheless, where rings are concerned, it has long been thought that the male tendency to manual labour makes them impractical – especially rings with gemstone settings that could easily break off. If there were a way to create a stunning engagement ring for men that would withstand the punishment, perhaps more men would wear them.
It turns out there is. By combining titanium and a tension setting, jewellers can now create engagement rings for men that are every bit as stunning as those for women are. Titanium and tension are the perfect combination that men have been waiting for ever since they first started wearing jewellery.
Titanium is an element and lustrous metal with incredible strength compared to its low density. It is the perfect metal for a man’s ring because it withstands considerable force and corrosion. It also looks great when polished. Over the last ten years or so, titanium has become a very popular choice for wedding bands. Now though, we are just beginning to see men purchase engagement rings made from titanium.
A titanium ring with a tension setting is the perfect way to offer men an engagement ring that includes a gemstone, without exposing that gemstone to the wear and tear of manual labour. Instead of placing the gemstone on top of the ring with a pronged setting, a tension ring holds the stone between the two ends of a band that have been spread apart. The stone is either flush with the band or slightly recessed, preventing damage or breakaway.
The introduction of titanium tension rings for men has opened up an entire new world of possibilities for engagement rings for couples. She will most likely prefer a beautiful diamond in an exquisite setting that speaks to her personality. He may choose another gemstone in a quest to add colour to his engagement ring. Some of the most popular gemstone choices for men are:
- Sapphire (Blue or Yellow)
- Garnet and Green Garnet (Tsavorite)
Some men will still choose diamonds for their tension rings, and that’s okay. Yet regardless of the gemstone chosen, we are seeing a very distinct trend in rectangular cut diamonds perfectly suited to a tension ring setting for a man. A rectangular cut eliminates any open spaces within the setting, completely filling the gap between the two ends of the band. This creates a stunning look that makes it appear as though the gemstone is embedded in the titanium. Yet light still shines brilliantly through with no metal underneath the stone to get in the way.
His and Hers
The tension setting is quickly becoming a favourite among young couples for both engagement and wedding rings. We can certainly see why. What’s more, the ability to create a more manly piece of jewellery utilizing a tension setting is leading more couples to buy ring sets rather than just an engagement ring for her and his-and-her wedding bands.
Purchasing an engagement set allows the bride-to-be to ‘claim’ her fiancé with a ring just as she has been with a diamond. This makes the engagement a couple-oriented time rather than just focusing on her. We can think of no better way to spend that time as the couple plans for their special day.
Engage Diamond Studio would be pleased to show you our entire selection of tension rings for both engagements and weddings. We can even custom design a beautiful ring set to your unique specifications.