When compared to claw settings, the bezel setting (also known as rubover) is arguably a less popular option for engagement rings. However, this underdog style is making a comeback as a desirable ring feature for modern brides. Though the overall aesthetic of a bezel setting appears modern at first glance, it actually pays homage to thousands of years of stone-setting history, making it all the more deserving of inclusion in the design of your engagement ring.
What Exactly Is a Bezel Setting?
The bezel setting is distinguished by a metal ring that holds the ring's stone in place. This metal encasing slightly overlaps the stone's edges, which helps keep it safe.
Bezel settings have most likely been used since the dawn of jewelry design and stone setting This simple design is "the oldest type of setting," according to modern celebrity endorsers, who include fashion "it" girls like Poppy Delevingne and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Because bezel settings are historically rooted, you'll often see them in antique jewelry; however, there are many modern interpretations of bezel settings, giving it multiple folds of versatility.
Pros and Cons of Bezel Settings
Bezel settings are useful for a variety of reasons. First, the bezel setting is frequently used for precious and fragile stones. This is due to the security it provides. The security of the stone is a huge plus because the metal completely surrounds it, meaning it is extremely protected against daily wear and tear. Furthermore, bezel settings create an optical illusion that increases the size of the stone. They give the impression that the stone is larger than it is, especially when the color of the metal matches the color of the stone. However, a bezel setting can appear chunkier than a claw setting, which exposes the stones more.
What to Look for When Buying a Bezel Setting
What stone shapes look best in a bezel setting?
Though it can accommodate a variety of stone cuts, Webb notes that a round brilliant cut works particularly well in a bezel setting.
How does the price of this ring compare to other rings?
In terms of pricing, bezel settings are more expensive because they require more metal weight and are more labor-intensive for the jeweler to set the stone.
Can I combine bezel and other settings?
They certainly can be. To create a more interesting design, I frequently combine the bezel with a claw setting.
How to Take Care of a Bezel-Set Engagement Ring
Bezel set rings, with metal surrounding the ring's stone, tend to protect the stone better than prong settings. Snagging is less likely, and the tight metal band is less likely to attract dirt. This makes cleaning bezel-set engagement rings a breeze. Use warm water and a small amount of dish detergent to clean your bezel ring, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. When not in use, keep it in a cloth-lined box.
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