Bezel settings are associated with rings such as antique jewelry rings. It is good to know the advantages and disadvantages of bezel settings before investing in an expensive diamond ring.
Bezel settings surround the entire gemstone of engagement rings with a metal strip. The best thing is that the strip holds the diamond or gemstone tightly in place avoiding any loosening or falling. It also covers the delicate, vulnerable edges of gemstones avoiding any damage.
This setting also has the benefit that it will not snag on your clothing or other obstacles. But the disadvantage with this setting is that it will cover a large part of the gemstone and hide its brilliance. It is also more expensive than other settings.
Bezel settings are differentiated into full or partial settings. In case of full settings, the metal covers the complete circumference of the gemstone. Partial setting covers only part of it.
The advantage with partial setting is that it covers only part of the gemstone. Colorless stones like pure diamonds benefit from this setting as it allows in light, thus brightening up the entire stone. Partial settings are also useful in antique jewelry as it can be cleaned easily. But the disadvantage with this setting is that it exposes more portions of the gemstones, the latter are more prone to scratching and damage.
Another popular setting in antique rings is prong setting. It is cheaper than bezel settings. The prongs make the diamonds and gemstones look bigger. It makes it easy to fit gemstones of different shapes and sizes and also to repair. But the gemstones and the metals used for setting are vulnerable to damage and require regular maintenance.
If one of the prongs is broken or bent, you can lose the entire gemstone. Because of this, the prongs must be remade regularly. In comparison, Bezels are durable and safe.
Bezel settings are ideal for person who are engaged in regular heavy work that subject their wedding or anniversary diamond rings to prolonged wear and tear. The stones set in bezel hardly loosen or fall off, making them perfect for active persons.
In case your ring has a gemstone with defects, bezel settings help to hide the defects. Also, bezels settings help protect gemstones which are not very strong from scratches and damage. This is true of precious stones with hardness less than 7 on the Mohs scale. S if you own an Opal or Turquoise, it is better to go in for a Bezel setting.
Another advantage with Bezel settings is that it looks very attractive. But this setting needs more metal, and it must be customized to fit the gemstone. Prong settings expose more of the gemstone. The advantage with this is that more light enters the stone making it more brilliant. But disadvantage is that it exposes the stone to more blows and bumps. One must take regular care to see that the claws of the prong setting are not loose or damaged.