Bezel Setting – Pros and Cons You Need to Know!
The bezel setting is a very popular choice for people shopping for an engagement ring. With this type of setting, the diamond is held in place by a thin customized metal rim instead of prongs. The precious metal rim encircles the stone so that it stays secure.
A Full or a Partial Bezel
Full bezel settings have the rim totally surrounding the diamond, as seen in this halo style bezel setting. On the other hand, a partial bezel ring setting has open sides, as seen in this half bezel set on a pave band. Whether you choose a full or partial bezel, your diamond will be securely held in place.
Bezel engagement rings look modern and sleek. But they are versatile and can also look somewhat vintage, as you can see in this flowering engagement ring.
By the way, if you are looking for a Bezel Setting at James Allen, you won’t actually find a section with that category. You’d have to go to “Tension Settings” instead, where you’ll find several Bezels.
Variations of the Bezel Diamond Ring
Bezel rings are sometimes called a Rub Over set or Collet set and come in several variations. Most customers choose a round diamond, but almost any other shape is possible, too. A talented jeweler can create this setting for a pear-shaped diamond, a heart, a brilliant and other shapes as well.
As mentioned earlier, with a full bezel the metal rim totally surrounds the stone in the center, covering all edges. This setting protects the edges the most, making them less at risk of chipping. The downside is that the full version conceals more of the stone, making it look smaller. The stone’s side view is impossible to see, and it won’t reflect light from the sides either. This means your diamond will only sparkle from the face upwards and this reduces its brilliance while making it look smaller.
As the name implies, a partial bezel just encircles parts of the stone. What makes this nice is that you can see more of the stone, so it looks larger. Furthermore, the sides are exposed, so light can reflect off those areas. This gives the stone more brilliance than you would get from a full bezel setting.
Bezels have their advantages and disadvantages, just like most everything. Whether this setting will work for you will all depend on your lifestyle, taste, and style.
Pros of a Bezel Setting
It Holds the Diamond & Provides Added Protection
Bezels are extremely secure if you’re worried about your diamond coming loose. It offers the center stone added protection from an impact and prevents its edges from chipping. This can be critical if the diamond has sharp edges, which are more at risk of chipping, like marquise, pear and princess cuts.
Since this setting offers added protection for the stone, it’s perfect for very active people because it can survive the potentially rougher treatment.
Will Not Snag Clothing
This kind of setting will not snag your clothing or other items, like prong settings commonly do. For example, if you work in retail selling clothing, your ring won’t snag the inventory. If you’re a health care professional, it won’t damage latex gloves or catch on your hair.
Another advantage of this setting is that it can conceal inclusions and other flaws that may exist along the edges of a diamond. For example, if the diamond has a visible chip along the edge, the bezel can completely hide it. However, if the flaw happens to be in the center of the stone, a bezel setting would instead tend to draw attention to it.
Cons of a Bezel Setting
Diamond Looks Smaller & Has Less Sparkle
With a prong setting you can see the vast majority of the diamond, which enhances its size and increases its brilliance due to enhanced light reflecting from the stone. On the other hand, a bezel will conceal a good portion of the diamond. This makes it look smaller while diminishing its sparkle. But, a lot of this depends on how the stone is set within the bezel, how thin the metal rim is surrounding the stone as well as the band’s width.
With this setting, if the jeweler sets the stone low, right on the band itself, it will look smaller. If, on the other hand, the stone is set high above the band, like in the above photo, the diamond will appear larger and more prominent.
A bezel tends to be more expensive than a traditional prong setting because it requires more expertise and more metal to create it. On top of that, a bezel setting is customized to precisely fit the stone. The additional skill, work and metal needed to create the setting can’t help but increase the cost.
If you look on James Allen’s website, you will see that a basic 18K prong setting in white gold can be purchased for about $190. But the exact same band will cost you $800 if it has a bezel setting. If you’re on a strict budget, you may want to choose a prong setting.
The bezel is not a feature of the setting’s design. It is just how the diamond is being held within the setting’s design. This means that a this kind of setting can be used in a wide variety of designs.
You can choose a three-stone ring design, pave, halo, vintage or solitaire design and still use a bezel setting if you would prefer that over prongs.
You need a highly skilled jeweler to create a magnificent bezel setting, which means you could only get one from a reputable jeweler.
Our recommendation would be to shop at James Allen because they are the best when it comes to shopping online for diamond engagement rings. You will surely find a broad range of engagement rings and settings and can even design your own!
You can also find exquisite beautifully crafted settings at Leibish. While there, you will also find a broad range of gemstones and colored diamonds of the highest quality.