Bezel set engagement rings are perfect for active girls who don't want to fuss and worry over their rings. That isn't to say that they sacrifice beauty for practicality because bezel engagement rings happen to be quite striking.
They've become really popular and began trending for engagement rings in 2012. Tiffany jumped on the bezel bandwagon with a classic round brilliant and other brands soon followed.
Bezel settings are known for their durability and simplicity and it's that simplicity that makes them so elegant.
Engaging Fact: There are two types of bezel settings. A full bezel which completely surrounds a diamond (like the ones above) and a half-bezel which doesn't completely surround the stone like the one pictured here.
Bezel settings envelop the outer edges of the diamond or any other gemstone in a frame of metal, usually gold or platinum. The bezel can be thick or thin depending on the design of the ring.
As you can see in the diagram, the bezel is grooved to hold the diamond in place and has a lip above the groove to secure it even further.
One of the best features of bezel engagement rings is that it can make your diamond look bigger than it really is.
Because of the similarity in color between white metal (like white gold and platinum) and a diamond, and because of the way it completely surrounds the stone, it fools the eye into thinking that most of the size is taken up by the diamond. Obviously this isn't true when it the bezel is made of yellow gold.
Bezel settings will accommodate any diamond shape unlike many other types of settings so if your heart is set on any of the fancy diamond shapes, a bezel setting will work beautifully.
It's the perfect setting for anyone with an active lifestyle, sporty girls, or those who like to get their hands dirty. With no exposed diamond edges the setting will never snag on something and your center stone will have no better protection.Some people think that the diamond's brilliance will be reduced in this type of setting. It turns out that this just isn't true. The enemy of all diamonds, especially when it comes to its brilliance is dirt, and the bezel setting is one of the best settings to protect a diamond from dirt.
Because the setting is designed around the stone and is therefore a little more difficult to create, the bezel setting is typically more expensive than a traditional prong setting.
Although they are durable and sturdy they still need some tender loving care. If something gets caught between the diamond and setting never use a sharp object to get it loose—by doing so you could scratch the diamond. If you can't get it out, take your ring to a jeweler, they have the tools and can pop it out in a second, often at no charge.
Make sure that the fit is both tight and secure enough to hold the stone for a long time. You don't want your diamond popping out. Try to move the stone with your finger or any soft round-ended tool, it shouldn't budge. If it does go see your jeweler.
The rim of the metal collar should be even and symmetrical (both on the
inside where it meets the stone and on the outside, with no sharp edges
whatsoever. This is especially important with half bezel settings.
Bezel set engagement rings are modern yet classic.
With everyone leading active lives these days, they are becoming one of the settings of choice. The contemporary sleek designs and inherent durability of the setting just makes sense for most people today.