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Bezel Set Engagement Ring Guide


When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, couples are presented with a myriad of options, each with their own unique charm and allure. 

Among the various ring setting styles available, the bezel setting stands out for its minimalist appeal and timeless elegance. In this in-depth article, we’ll explore the world of bezel-set engagement rings, delving into their history, construction, advantages, and popular variations. 

What is the bezel setting?

The bezel setting encircles the stone with a metal rim, securely holding it in place. The bezel can be fully or partially surrounding the gemstone, offering varying levels of protection and visibility. This setting style dates back centuries and has remained popular due to its distinctive features and high level of security.

The history of bezel setting

The bezel setting has a rich history that can be traced back to ancient civilisations, as with most jewellery origins. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were among the early civilisations that utilised bezel settings in their jewellery design. 

In those times, bezel settings were predominantly used to protect valuable gemstones from damage and loss. Over the years, the setting evolved to incorporate modern design elements while retaining its protective qualities.

Designing a bezel-set engagement ring

The construction of a bezel-set engagement ring process involves several steps:

Selecting the Gemstone: The first step is choosing the centre gemstone that will be enveloped in the metal rim bezel. We always recommend gravitating for something that feels consistent with your existing style or colour preferences.

Designing the Setting: Jewellers meticulously design the bezel setting, considering factors such as the gemstone’s shape, size, and metal type. Bezel settings typically mimic the shape of the stone its surrounding and can be customised in terms of width and textures.

Metal Casting: We recommend 18ct white, yellow and rose gold as well as platinum for their durability.

Setting the Gemstone: The gemstone is carefully set within the bezel, and the metal is shaped around it to secure it firmly in place.

Finishing Touches: The ring undergoes a series of polishing and detailing processes to achieve a flawless finish.


Popular variations of bezel-set engagement rings

Bezel settings, known for their security and modern appearance, come in various styles to suit different tastes. Here, we delve into several types of bezel settings:

Full Bezel Setting: This setting fully encloses the gemstone, offering maximum protection and a polished look.

Half Bezel Setting (Half-Bezel): Partially encircling the gemstone, this style combines security with elegance.

Bezel with a Groove (Scalloped Bezel): Featuring small grooves along the metal rim, this setting adds texture and uniqueness.

Hammered Bezel: The hammered texture provides a rustic, artisanal touch to the setting.

Bezel with Decorative Prongs (Mixed Setting): Combine the security of a bezel with artistic prongs for added charm.

Open-Back Bezel: With an opening on the bottom, this setting allows more light to enhance the gemstone’s brilliance.

Illusion Bezel Setting: Create the illusion of a larger gemstone with cut-out patterns in the metal rim.

Flush Bezel Setting: Set the gemstone flush with the metal’s surface for a sleek, contemporary appearance.

Double Bezel Setting: Two concentric metal rims add depth and dimension to the setting.

Tension Bezel Setting: Hold the gemstone in place using pressure, giving it a modern, floating look.

Each bezel setting type offers a distinctive style, catering to various jewelry preferences. Whether you seek classic protection or a contemporary flair, there’s a bezel setting to complement your jewelry beautifully.

How to pair bezel-set engagement ring with a wedding band

Pairing a bezel-set engagement ring with a complementary wedding band can create a stunning and harmonious look. Here’s how to achieve the perfect pairing:

Metal Matching: Start by selecting a wedding band that matches the metal of your bezel-set engagement ring. Consistency in metal color and type ensures a seamless blend.

Contour Matters: Consider the contour or shape of your engagement ring. If it’s flat, a straight wedding band can work beautifully. For a curved or contoured engagement ring, opt for a matching contoured wedding band to achieve a snug fit.

Gemstone Compatibility: If your engagement ring features gemstones, choose a wedding band that complements them. For instance, if you have accent diamonds, a diamond-accented wedding band can be an excellent choice.

Balance the Bling: Strive for balance between the engagement ring and wedding band. If your engagement ring is intricately detailed or has a large center stone, a simpler wedding band can provide balance, and vice versa.

Test the Fit: Always try on the wedding band with your engagement ring to ensure they sit comfortably together. They should align well, with no gaps or overlaps.

Consider Customization: If you can’t find the perfect match, consider customizing a wedding band. A jeweler can create a band tailored to your engagement ring’s unique shape and design elements.

Personal Style: Don’t forget to infuse your personal style into the decision. Choose a wedding band that resonates with your taste and complements your lifestyle.

Timeless Appeal: While trends are enticing, consider timeless designs. Your wedding band should stand the test of time and look just as beautiful decades from now.

By carefully considering these factors and potentially consulting a jeweler, you can create a wedding band and engagement ring duo that not only fit together perfectly but also represent your love story beautifully.

Pros of bezel setting

Bezel-set engagement rings offer a range of advantages:

Security: The bezel setting provides maximum protection to the centre stone, with the diamond or gemstone often being entirely framed by metal, reducing the risk of chipping or cracking.

Low Profile: Bezel-set rings typically have a lower profile compared to claw-set rings, making them less likely to snag on clothing or other objects. Because of this, they’re typically more comfortable and create a feeling of not wearing anything.

Modern Aesthetics: The sleek and contemporary design of bezel-set rings appeals to those seeking a minimalist and elegant style.

Versatility: Bezel settings can accommodate various gemstone shapes, allowing for unique, personalised designs that capture the essence of your love story.


Cons of bezel setting

While bezel settings offer several advantages, they also have some cons that potential buyers should consider before choosing this setting style:

Reduced Brilliance: One of the main drawbacks of bezel settings is that because they use so much metal, it makes it harder for light to enter and refract throughout the stone’s facets. The setting covers a larger portion of the stone’s surface which limits its exposure to light. This can result in gemstones or diamonds that aren’t as brilliant or scintillating as if they were set in a more open claw setting. This can also make it a little harder to clean.

Limited Stone Size Perception: Depending on the design and size of the bezel, the centre gemstone may appear smaller than it actually is. Some bezels have thick metal borders, which while desired by some,  can make the stone seem smaller when viewed from a distance.

Limited Styles and Designs: While bezel settings offer a particular design aesthetic, they aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a light, dainty feeling and a high level of stone visibility, bezel settings mightn’t be for you.


Caring for bezel-set engagement rings

To keep your bezel set ring looking as good as new, follow these care tips:

Regular Cleaning: We all need a pamper now and again. You can easily clean your ring from the comfort of your own home. Read more about how to clean your ring at home here.

Professional Maintenance: Schedule annual checkups with your jeweller to inspect the metal bezel and diamonds or gemstones for any signs of wear or damage.

If you’re based in the UK, US or EU, you can send back or drop in your ring yearly as part of your lifetime annual care package.

Safe Storage: Store the ring separately in a jewellery box or soft cloth pouch to prevent scratching up against other items and to prevent damage.

Avoid Harsh Treatment: Platinum and gold are durable, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. Remove the ring when using cleaning agents or engaging in activities that may expose it to chemicals or abrasive products.

Insurance: Consider insuring your engagement ring to protect it against loss, theft, or damage. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Celebrities with bezel-set engagement rings

Celebrities are known for setting trends and style hypes and it seems that bezel settings have caught the attention of A-listers across the entertainment industry. 

Lily Collins: When Emily in Paris star Lily Collins became engaged to Charlie McDowell, who designed the bespoke ring himself, with the help of a jewellery designer. The unusual bezel-set engagement ring features a rose-cut diamond, set in 18ct gold with a chunky brushed band. The understated, bohemian style of this engagement ring perfectly suits Lily’s original sense of style.

Natalie Portman: Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman wears a bezel-set double halo engagement ring from her husband. The ring boasts a round diamond centre with a milgrained bezel surrounded by two diamond halos.

Jennifer Hudson: With an incredibly similar engagement ring design to Natalie Portman, Jennifer Hudson also sports a bezel-set double halo engagement ring, providing a striking and eye-catching appearance.

Bezel-set engagement rings continue to captivate hearts with their timeless elegance and remarkable durability. With various design options available, couples can find the perfect bezel-set ring that aligns with their unique tastes and preferences. By understanding the construction, advantages, and variations of bezel-set engagement rings, you can make an informed decision and cherish this symbol of love and commitment for a lifetime.

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