What are Floating Diamonds?
“Floating” refers to a diamond that, instead of being held into the setting by numerous prongs, appears to be suspended in the ring, as though the rings miraculously hover in place instead of being strapped in. One example of a floating diamond setting is the tension setting, which is a simple setting where the diamond is held into place between both ends of the band. While the stone may look precariously perched, the strength of the metal holding in the diamond is stronger than the metal that would be used in a prong setting. However, the tension setting and some floating settings allows light to enter through all angles, so the diamond’s fire and brilliance can shine through to the fullest. Because tension rings require care and specialization.
One of the leaders of tension set diamond rings is Gelin Abaci, which features a whole collection featuring tension set diamonds. A perfect example of a tension setting’s modern elegance is the TR-005. Available in 14k or 18k gold of any color as well as platinum, this ring is a sleek band that slopes up to grasp the diamond from either side. Another gorgeous tension design with a bit more flash is the TR-036, which features 1.26 carats of side stones and is available in 14k or 18k yellow or white gold, 18k rose gold, or platinum.
If you have a quirkier style, look to Stuart Moore’s collection of tension settings. With rounded, matte platinum bands that are thick and bold, these rings are a departure from the standard and will boldly assert your personality.
A delicate and ethereal understated floating diamond band is the Floating Diamond Wedding Band, which features .25 carats of diamonds, three floating between the band, and eight bezel-set accent diamonds. Only $499, this ring is low-key and would work in conjunction with another band or alone.
Ahava Floating Engagement Ring
For a floating diamond ring with luxurious style, Ahava’s 14k gold floating diamond engagement ring is a gorgeous choice, with 1.76 carats of diamonds, including a glimmering 1.07 carat round-cut center stone. With small side stones along all sides of the split band, this ring will combine sparkle with the modernity of floating diamonds at just over $4,000.
Another simply elegant floating diamond design is the Floating Round Cut Diamond Solitaire from Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers. The ring is a .5 carat round center diamond floating in a band of 14k white gold. Though there are no side stones, this $2,199 ring perfectly showcases the diamond and, because the diamond is lower than those in pronged traditional settings, this ring is perfect for active women who fear their diamond getting in harm’s way.