What Is A Bezel Setting, and Is It A Good Choice?

Rings reign as some of the most treasured pieces in any collector's jewellery box. They showcase the beauty of glossy gemstones, shimmering diamonds, and engraved metal designs, to name a few, which can be delicately presented on a multitude of settings.

Wondering which setting to choose? A timeless bezel remains a chic go-to. A bezel setting adds a little extra oomph to an already captivating piece, perching the ring into a position that helps light cascade into the stone, gem, or diamond, creating shining scintillation. Want to find out more about bezel settings and why they are special? Follow our guide below for everything you need to know about bezels, from the different kinds of settings to what sets them (quite literally) apart from the rest.

What is a bezel ring setting?

You may already be familiar with other ring settings, such as prong and Pavé, which use smaller arms of metal to clasp a diamond or other gemstone in place. However, a bezel setting encases the jewel in a metal frame,.creating the effect of a mount rather than prongs. The stone is protected by the frame, either around the entire jeweller with the top and bottom exposed.

Why choose a bezel ring?

A bezel ring is a perfect choice if you’re after something that is as beautiful as it is practical. Bezels are incredibly versatile and suit every occasion, from adding a dash of glamour to your daily jewellery repertoire to wedding rings.

Bezels are more than just delectable eye candy - they also protect the gemstone from damage, dirt, and grime. Different diamond shapes, such as marquise or pear, are exquisitely suited to a bezel setting (as they're often thinner and need more protection), as are flatter gemstones, such as onyx and pearl.

Bezel settings are ideal for those of us with active lifestyles, from yogis flowing through cobra to people who work with their hands. With a bezel setting, you no longer have to worry about losing or damaging your precious rings.

Types of bezel settings

Below are the different types of bezel settings that you can choose from.

Full bezel setting

A full bezel setting is exactly what you would imagine - a thin strip of metal that surrounds the diamond or gemstone, with no gaps or breaks.

Partial bezel setting

A partial bezel setting will partly cover the diamond or gemstone, usually at the sides. This means that part of the jewel will be on show and more exposed to the elements. Some people prefer a partial bezel setting, as they feel it allows the diamond or gemstone to shine - but both full and partial bezel settings allow for this.

The difference between bezel and prong settings

With more metal, bezel settings tend to have a higher price point, but they’re well worth it. With prong settings, less metal is used, and the diamond or stone is far more visible. More visibility can be appealing - but don’t forget, this also means that the gemstone is far more susceptible to damage.

Prong and bezel settings have differences in maintenance levels too. Whilst a prong setting might be easier to adjust, you’re more likely to require maintenance, as they can be easily damaged. If knocked or pulled, your precious gemstone could even fall out! With a bezel setting, because of the secure metal strip around the stone, it’s more protected and far less likely to be damaged or unhinge.

If you’re planning on wearing a gemstone ring on a daily basis, the durability of a bezel setting can’t be ignored. Let’s go through the pros of a bezel setting below.

Pros of a bezel setting

More secure than a prong setting

Worried about your diamond becoming loose? We totally get it.? With a bezel setting, whether partial or full, you can be pretty certain that your diamond, pearl or onyx won’t be dropping down a drain any time soon. The risk of the gemstone becoming dislodged is low, which is why so many individuals in dynamic professions, such as doctors, nurses, and teachers, choose a bezel setting.

Streamlined style

A bezel ring sleekly elevates your look and will pair with your existing jewellery seamlessly.

A great choice for more active careers & lifestyles

Bezel rings are a great option if you’re an active person or buying for someone who hits the gym every day. They are not likely to catch or scrape on clothing or equipment, so they will maintain their glimmer as time passes

Doesn’t snag on clothing and other materials

With a bezel ring, you don't have to worry about your beloved ring catching on a buttery cashmere jumper or gym leggings, as snags will be a thing of the past.

Protects diamond from damage

Aside from protecting your clothing, skin, and gym equipment, a bezel setting also protects your diamond or gemstone, which is often the most expensive and precious part of your ring. Having that additional protection can ease your mind.

Can hide flaws in your diamond

If you’ve noticed an imperfection in your once brilliant gemstone or diamond, a new bezel setting could be the perfect pick-me-up, as they can hide small flaws.

Easier to maintain and clean

Bezel rings are easy to care for and require little upkeep, making them an appealing choice for everyday wear.

Cons of a bezel setting

There could be a couple of slight drawbacks to bezel settings. Here are a few, followed by why they aren’t really drawbacks at all.

Some say they reduce gemstone size and sparkle

When more metal is added to a ring, less diamond or gemstone is visible. Some say that a bezel setting reduces a gem's sparkle, but this isn't necessarily true. Well-designed bezel settings with the jewel in mind won't diminish the lustre and will actually add to its brilliance. From a size point of view, less of the stone is on show, but only the edge, as this is the protected part.

Bezel settings are expensive

Bezel settings can be more expensive than other styles because more metal is used around the jewel. However, the price difference is slight, and with the extra layer of protection, you'll save on damage and maintenance costs in the long run.

Difficult to clean if dirt gets between metal and stone

Like many rings, if your bezel setting needs a refresh, your best bet is to bring the ring to a professional cleaner who can carefully clean your ring with the proper products and methods to ensure you leave with your bezel setting glimmering as brightly as when you first put it on.

Bezel setting styles

We’ve touched on the types of bezel settings, partial and full, but not the different setting styles. There tend to be three main styles, which include the full bezel, the split or half bezel (partial), and the bar (partial). Bezel rings can also be twisted and come in lots of different shapes and sizes.

Bezel setting on accent diamonds

Centre stones are the bezel’s bread and butter, but it doesn’t just stop there. Accent diamonds and gemstones can also be placed in a bezel setting and make a brilliant statement.. This is perfect if you’re looking for a little more sparkle to your bezel ring.

Cost of bezel rings

Depending on the type of stone, bezel rings are an accessible option for everyone k. At BRUNA, our Puglia Ring, with onyx stone or pearl, encased in either 18K gold vermeil or 935 sterling silver, is priced at £103. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, the Viana Ring, made from is 18K gold vermeil and pearls, is priced at £117.

Where to buy bezel diamond rings

At BRUNA, we have a range of beautiful bezel setting rings available, in a range of different metals and stones, that are unique and durable. Made from sustainably-sourced materials and expertly-crafted designs, our bezel rings will stand the test of time while maintaining their original luminosity. Elevate your look with matching jewellery sets that include our bezel rings.

Finishing touches

You can clearly see, bezel settings are ideal pieces for people on the go, who still want to exude elegance, but continue with their active lifestyles. Bezel settings allow gemstones and diamonds to glimmer whilst giving you peace of mind that your precious jewels are well-secured.