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What Is a Bezel Setting?

What Is a Bezel Setting?

Commonly chosen for engagement rings, a bezel setting is an arc of metal that secures a ring’s main stone. The metal encases the stone while overlapping its edges. It therefore provides some protection. The bezel setting may fully or partially encircle a diamond. Thus, the primary types of bezel settings include:

Full Bezel Setting: The metal covers the stone from all angles. While protecting the edges to make the stone less prone to damage, it also hides more of it, possibly making the diamond or other gem seem smaller than it is. Light reflection is also restricted, so a diamond may not be as brilliant.

Partial Bezel Setting: Since the setting encircles some of the stone, the gem is more visible and may even appear larger than its actual size. There is also more light reflection. A stone can therefore have more fire and brilliance; however, exposed sections are vulnerable to chipping or breaking.

Why Choose a Bezel Setting?

Of all the setting options for gemstone rings, this is one of the most protective. It protects the edges of a stone where it may be most prone to damage. Diamonds with princess, pear, and marquise cuts that have sharp edges are best suited for a bezel setting. Or, if you have a quartz, pearl, or tanzanite gemstone that is softer, it will be better protected as well.

A bezel setting helps make the stone more resistant to wear, especially for someone with an active lifestyle. The stone is unlikely to loosen or fall out. Also, the setting won’t snag on a glove, clothing, or hair, as can be the case with a prong setting.

The setting is also great at hiding inclusions or even chips on the edge of a diamond. This is only the case with imperfections on the edges of a stone. If a flaw is in the middle, the bezel setting will make it stand out more.

Bezel settings can be used with three-stone rings and various designs such as halo, solitaire, vintage, or pave.

Downsides to a Bezel Setting

In addition to hiding more of the stone, a bezel setting may appear bulky depending on the overall ring design. It is also more expensive than other settings, such as prongs, because more metal and work are required to produce it. Each setting must be made to custom fit the stone. In some cases, a ring with a bezel setting may cost several times more than one with a prong setting.

How Do I Care for a Bezel Setting?

Simpler bezels are generally easier to clean, as the setting sits flush with the metal. Still, dirt can get stuck between the rim and the gemstone or underneath the bezel. Never use a sharp object to scrape out dirt. This can damage the stone and the ring. Bezel settings should be cleaned in warm soapy water; if dirt particles are left behind, remove them with a soft brush. Although ultrasonic cleaners can be used, gemstones and diamonds can get damaged by these devices. Annual cleanings by a professional jeweler (who can also make any necessary adjustments or repairs) can keep your ring in top shape.

Evaluate Your Options with Jeweler’s Touch

Jeweler’s Touch specializes in all types of ring designs and settings. To find bezel and other settings for your engagement ring or wedding ring, shop now or contact us to learn more about custom design options. We also provide repair, cleaning, and appraisal services as well as financing. Call 714-579-1616 to speak with us directly.

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