We’re back with another instalment of the Showcase Jewellers special series, the jewellery ABCs. Last time around, we took at look at the story behind the beautiful gemstone, amethyst. As we move onto ‘B’, we’re exploring own of the building blocks of jewellery making, the bezel setting.
B is for… bezel
If you own a ring with a mounted stone, such as a dress or engagement ring, there’s a strong chance you’ll likely have already encountered a bezel setting. It involves a metal rim to secure a gem in place, rather than a classic prong setting which clasps the gem in place.
A bezel setting is often considered to be the most secure of all gem settings, as it protects the edge from being knocked or damaged, as well as lessening the chances of the precious cargo coming loose. In addition, unlike a prong setting, bezel-set rings as less likely to catch on your clothing and cause a ladder.
An elegant solution for beautiful gems
Despite the technique dating back thousands of years, a bezel setting can be a beautiful, modern approach to stone setting. It is also used in designs involving smaller gems to create a halo effect around the central stone, such as in this stunning yellow gold diamond engagement ring.
According to Gem Select, bezels are often employed to protect more vulnerable gemstones which have a rating under 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, such as opal, turquoise and fluorite.
As their lower hardness rating makes these gems more easily scratched, a bezel setting can add an extra level of protection.
A bezel is also employed in making men’s and women’s watches, with the metal rim framing and securing the crystal casing over the watch face. As part of the watch case, it provides the structure to the time piece, protecting it from wear and tear.