In-Depth Ring Design: A Guide to Bezel Settings
The bezel setting is a setting with the band of metal surrounding and contoured to the outer edges of the gemstone. The bezel is a more complex and challenging style of gemstone setting. This is because the gem setting is more labor intensive and takes a greater skill level to accomplish. The other reason it is more challenging for the designer is that the bezel setting design has to be exactly the correct size for the intended gemstone.
The bezel setting was the earliest method of setting gemstones into jewelry. It is still considered a modern design option. Many sleek and powerful designs gain visual strength from the bezel design element. Bezels can be slightly popped up above the main ring design or they can rise up steeply. A flush setting for diamond rings is a variation on the rub-over or bezel setting. In the flush setting, the stone is placed into an opening and affixed at the bottom of the stone. The top of the diamond is extended above the base.
There is also a style called a partial or semi-bezel in which a part of the gemstone is exposed. This is often used in very modern designs for a “wow” effect. It’s a great choice for nurses, teachers, and others looking for a ring that won’t snag and will adequately protect the diamond.
The bezel setting is the second most popular ring setting due to its modern look and suitability for an active lifestyle. Instead of holding the diamond with prongs, the bezel setting encircles the diamond, or center stone, with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone tightly in place.
Every engagement begins with a gorgeous ring. As one of the most antique, long-wearing and secure engagement ring settings available, the bezel set is an enduring choice. With a bezel set engagement ring, you provide the perfect gift for your beloved. Celebrate the beginning of a shared life filled with unending affection and devotion.