The method of tension settings is a relatively new way of setting gems. They are quite elegant and quickly becoming a very popular setting for modern engagement rings. Tension settings rely on strong metal, which is why they work so well with titanium. The metal band of the ring provides a massive amount of compression force on the gem stone at least two points. This immense pressure is what holds the stone securely in place. In a standard prong setting, the metal prongs touch the stone in 4 places, obscuring light from entering the gem. A tension setting secures the stone in two places, thus allowing more light into the stone. The greater amount of light entering the gem enhances its beauty, making it really sparkle!