With so many types of wedding bands for women and men available, it is wise to take the time to educate yourself. One major concern for anyone buying a diamond engagement or wedding ring is the security of the ring setting. Bezel set engagement and wedding rings offer an excellent choice.
The bezel set is a method of securing the diamond to the ring so it is held safely. This is especially relevant for people with active lifestyles, or those who do not wish to frequently remove their ring. The last thing you want is to discover that your precious diamond has somehow come loose and fallen off, never to be found again!
What are bezel settings?
Bezel settings have been in use for centuries, which demonstrates how well this method works. Basically, the diamond, or another gem, is held in place by metal that is wrapped around the edges of the gem. This band of metal extends over the top edge, thus holding it in place quite securely.
The diamond is set deep down in the mounting, then a special burnishing tool pushes the metal around and slightly over the edges of the gem, wrapping it in place. This low profile protects the gem and also hides any imperfections or chipped edges.
This metal band can extend completely around the entire circumference, or only in sections, depending on the design and style of the ring. The partial bezel is quite popular and lends itself well to enhanced designs. It is important to make sure the partial is strong enough to fit your personal lifestyle.
This collar is bolder than other methods, such as prongs, and is therefore more noticeable. For most people this is insignificant, especially given the superior holding power of the bezel.
Another benefit of the bezel is that it prevents dirt and oil from building up on the gem. This can cause the gem to become dull and cloudy in appearance.
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One may be tempted to think that these rings must be simple, plain and unable to have more fluid or custom designs. Actually, bezel set rings can be designed in practically the same manner as other settings.
Besides the partial setting, there are Irish Claddagh, Celtic, Christian, channel, filigree and custom settings that use the bezel. Round stones are the most popular choice, though other cuts, such as the princess or emerald can easily be used.
Men’s engagement rings often use the bezel set because of the durability and security they offer. These can offer a cheap men’s ring choice, without compromising on quality.