An Elegant Choice

When choosing a diamond engagement ring it’s all about your personal style.  The bezel setting, while not the most popular, is an elegant and understated choice.  We can keep the adjectives coming: sleek, modern, fashionable, contemporary.  I’m sure we missed a few.

Advantages of a bezel setting …

  • Style – Elegant & Beautiful
  • Accident protection – reduces chance of accidental scratching & overall damage
  • Stone protection – less chance the diamond will fall out (every woman’s nightmare, men too!)
  • Shine protection – helps prevent dirt from building up on the diamond

Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring (Shown with a Twisted Band)

What is a Bezel Setting?

As you can see in the images above, a bezel setting creates a rim or collar around the diamond.  Look closely and you’ll see in the cross section that the rim has an edge that covers the diamond to hold it in place.  This collar is usually flush with the stone giving a sleek and modern look.  The setting can be made out of any material.  For engagement rings gold and platinum are the most common choices.

Perfect for Active Lifestyles

It sounds funny to say, active lifestyles, but it’s true.  Most women wear their ring everywhere.  If you are someone who is very active, a bezel setting can help to protect your diamond from getting damaged.  The rim, when properly crafted, can hold the diamond quite securely.  In addition the diamond is not protruding, another form of protection from damage.

Diamond Engagement Ring with Open Bezel

Differences between a Bezel Setting & a Prong Setting

The most popular setting for engagement rings is by far the prong setting.  Don’t let this deter you from buying a bezel setting.  Quite the opposite.  Let’s discuss the main differences between the two settings.  It really comes down to style more than anything else.  Prong set engagement rings use metal prongs to thrust the stone from the band.  A bezel set engagement ring is more understated.

The other main difference we discussed above, increased protection from a bezel setting.  We want to add a word of clarification.  We are not saying that prong settings are a poor choice because the diamond may fall out.  A diamond could also dislodge from a bezel setting.  Check your setting often for potential damage and go straight to a professional jeweler for any necessary repairs.

Don’t worry about the brilliance of your diamond in a bezel setting.  Even though the diamond is not sticking out, in theory getting more access to light, it should still shine brightly.  Most of the light that enters a diamond does so through the diamond table.  (Learn more about the anatomy of a diamond.)  If the rim is properly crafted it should never cover the table.

“The less metal that covers a diamond the better,” says Mazal Diamond Creative Director Stefano Nicoletti.  “When we create a bezel setting a special process is used to remove excess metal and obtain a clean and smooth surface, like a glass.”

“After the diamond is set we use a special tool, called a graver blade, to create a bright cut on the metal.  Not to be confused with the cut of the diamond of course.  This bright cut follows the perimeter of the bezel giving the setting a shiny finish which is flush with the diamond.  Simply beautiful.”

Any Limits of a Bezel Setting?

You might think that a bezel setting is only appropriate for a round brilliant cut diamond.  However the bezel setting can be used for any diamond shape.  As the bezel setting continues to increase in popularity many shaped are being used, for example: pear shaped diamond, radiant cut diamond, princess cut diamond or basically any shape.  Style has no limits!  As you can see in the image above, the bezel doesn’t even need to go all the way around the diamond.  This style is referred to as an open bezel, because the rim is open.

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