Any word with Zs is fun, and bezel is no exception. But besides being fun-sounding, bezels have other benefits. In jewelry, they make stones more secure, protect the edges (especially good for softer stones like turquoise, or opal like the one in the ring show here), or even hide small chips.
You’ve probably seen a bezel setting when you’ve shopped for jewelry in South Florida; it’s one where a metal rim surrounds the gemstone so that it appears to be sitting in a metal dish or nest. The metal can sit high or low, and stones can also be just partially set in a bezel for a little added security. Next to prongs, bezel is the most popular setting.
Bezels were popular with early jewelry designers, who could just place a stone in a setting, then bend metal around it to hold it in place. It was cruder execution than what we see today, when bezels are often custom-made for the stones they’ll accommodate. Bezels also remain popular for watches.Bezels were the earliest method of setting stones, as they allowed jewelry makers to place the stone, then bend a metal lip over it to hold it in place. It works similarly today, although the bezel is custom-made for the stone. Bezel settings are also frequently seen in watches.
As mentioned above, bezel settings are more popular for opaque stones, because with transparent gems, bezels can reduce the amount of light passing through, and therefore diminish the dazzle. But, conversely, a lesser quality stone can benefit from a well-designed bezel setting that minimizes its flaws. Bezel settings can also get pricier when metal prices are up. For more examples and discussion about bezel settings, visit us at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale.