A bezel set ring is one of the popular design options in the market. The setting is protective of its centerpiece diamond or gemstone. A bezel set diamond or engagement ring is one that uses a setting, where its center stone is fully encircled by metal. Bezels have a fine rim of metal, either plain or decorative, which encircles the ring’s stone fully or even partially. This rim of the ring is slightly bent inward, towards its stone to help adhesive securely hold it in place. Bezels can have scalloped edges, straight edges, or can be molded to just about any shape to accommodate the stone.
The main benefit of the bezel setting over a prong or claw setting is that it is extremely protective of the ring’s center stone since the setting covers the centerpiece stone from all sides. This decreases chances of the stone being scratched from daily objects and protects it against accidental bumps. Besides, it tends to look a touch “cleaner” in design.
Cameos or cabochons are just about always set in a bezel ring to safeguard its stone from all sides, which makes it less prone to get dislodged by a wearer’s active life. So, if you lead an active lifestyle, this is one of the best setting options you have.
While the setting is nearly always used to mount a flat-backed stone like a cameo or one cut en cabochon, it is also frequently used with round and other stone shapes. It is one of the preferred methods to set relatively softer stones like turquoise or opal, which both have a Mohs’ scale rating of less than 7.
Given the protective nature of the setting, bezel set solitaire diamond rings can be found in abundance in the gems and jewelry market these days. It is considered the ideal setting to protect diamonds, even though they are the most durable gemstones with a perfect 10 rating on the Mohs’ scale. When a diamond is set in an engagement ring, something has to protect it in the best interests of the wearer.
While it is an excellent option for a functional point of view, the bezel setting tends to reduce light play from a diamond slightly, as metal covers the stone from all sides. However, this can also be solved to an extent by setting it on a ring at a slightly elevated position.