When selecting any form of ring, from engagement rings to fashion jewelry pieces, one important consideration will be the ring setting. This is a term that refers to the area where the band connects to the diamond or other stone and holds it in place, and it can have a huge impact on everything from the band and stone you choose to several other design and care factors.
At AAA Jewelers, we can help you choose the perfect setting for any of our engagement rings or other options. There are numerous setting styles out there, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. One that’s growing in popularity over recent years? The bezel setting, which is both fashionable and functional. Here are some basics on the bezel setting, plus some formats it can be used in.
The bezel setting is one that contains a metal rim surrounding the stone, generally with a traditional millgrain-edge. It’s considered a throwback in some circles, but a fashionable design nonetheless across many generations.
On top of its visual benefits, which we’ll get into below when discussing a few options for the bezel setting, it’s also highly practically beneficial. The bezel setting offers great protection to your diamond, gem or other stone, preventing things like breakage, chipping or placement loosening that risks a loss of the stone itself. And best of all, you generally get this kind of protection without having to include visible prongs around the stone, leaving the ring gorgeous and unmarked.
To transform what was previously a relatively bland setting into a more distinctive one, bezel setting ring shanks are an interesting option. They’re available in a wide range of sizes, as low as 2mm in some cases but also available in large sizes that allow you to leave the traditional pave or prong set behind and go for something a bit more unique.
Bezel settings can work with many stone types, though they’re particularly complementary with pear, marquise and other curved shapes like these. These kinds of stones often have sharp tips in certain areas, but the bezel setting helps protect these from chipping and breakage if they come into contact with harder areas.
Another common use of the bezel center setting is to cover the appearance of inclusions on the stone. Standard prong settings may leave things like dark spots more visible, but you might be able to utilize a bezel setting to cover just the right area.
Bezel settings can also be used on wedding bands, not just engagement rings. They work very well for stacking different sizes or color combinations, or can just be worn alone with unique shapes and variety that will stand out.
For more on the bezel ring setting, or to learn about any of our engagement or fashion jewelry, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.