Hi Orchid members, tension settings have always bothered me.
First of all I ask myself, why?
As a designer, I know the answer is partly about doing something
radically new and different. But as a designer and a jeweller,
I’m also constrained by what will work best for my client. Let’s
face it, as jewellers we like to think that we have some measure
of integrity. We deal in mostly valuable goods - goods which cost
our clients a lot of money. Like David Arens, I’m not too happy
about committing a carater, for example, to such a setting. If I
want to show off as much of the diamond as possible, there’s a
lot safer ways of doing it without having to compromise the
aesthetic balance of my design with that great heavy shank just
for a gee-whiz reaction to its daring. I owe my clients a duty of
Maybe I’m just a designer-luddite, but it seems that there are
many ways of being different without compromising the safety of a
valuable gem. One of the best ways I’ve found to being different
is to accept the challenge of listening to what my client really
wants, then use my wit and skill to interpret their desires in a
way which is aesthetically pleasing and safely crafted. One can
always innovate and take risks with design, it’s taking risks
with clients’ valuable gems that worries me.
Perhaps I’m wrong. What do others think? Kind regards, Rex from