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The bezel setting (also known as rubover) is arguably a less popular option for engagement rings, especially when compared to claw settings. However, this underdog style is resurfacing as a desirable ring characteristic for modern brides. Though the overall aesthetic of a bezel setting feels modern at first glance, it actually nods to thousands of years of stone-setting history, making it all the more worthy of incorporating into your engagement ring's design.
What Is a Bezel Setting?
The bezel setting is characterized by a ring of metal that holds the ring’s stone in place. This encasing of metal slightly overlaps the edges of the stone, which helps keep it safe.
“The bezel setting has probably been used since the beginning of jewelry design and stone setting,” says jewelry designer Emma Clarkson Webb. This simple design is “the oldest type of setting.” Modern celebrity endorsers of this engagement ring style include fashion 'it" girls like Poppy Delevingne and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Meet the Expert
Emma Clarkson Webb is a London-based bespoke fine jewelry designer who specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces. She launched her eponymous brand in 2015 following her return from Hong Kong where she had been working as a bespoke designer focusing on diamonds.
Since bezel settings are rooted in history, it’s a style you’ll often spot in antique jewelry; however, there are plenty of modern interpretations of bezel settings giving it multiple folds of versatility.
Learn more about bezel set rings below and what to look for in a bezel-set engagement ring.
Pros and Cons of Bezel Settings
Bezel settings are great for several reasons. First, “the bezel setting is often used in particular for precious and fragile stones,” Webb says. This is thanks to the protection it provides. “A massive pro is the security of the stone because the metal fully surrounds the gemstone, meaning that it is incredibly protected against daily wear and tear,” she adds. Additionally, “bezel settings create a trick of the eye to enhance the size of the stone,” Webb notes. “They create an illusion that the stone is larger than it actually is, particularly when the color of the metal is matched to the color of the stone.” However, a bezel setting can often appear chunkier compared to its claw setting counterparts that expose stones more.
What to Look for in a Bezel Setting
• What stone cuts work well in a bezel setting? Though it can adapt to different stone cuts, Webb notes that a round brilliant cut works especially well in a bezel setting.
• How does pricing compare to other rings? As for pricing, bezel settings “tend to be more expensive as they are more labor-intensive for the jeweler to set the stone and subsequently require more metal weight,” Webb says.
• Can bezel settings be mixed with other settings? Yes, they can be. "I often like mixing the bezel with a claw setting to provide a more interesting design,” Webb says.
How to Care for Your Bezel Set Engagement Ring
With metal surrounding the ring’s stone, bezel set rings tend to protect the stone very well in comparison to prong settings. Snagging is less likely to occur, and the tight band of metal is less likely to attract dirt. This makes bezel set engagement rings a breeze to clean. To clean your bezel ring, use warm water and a little bit of dish detergent, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Store it in a cloth-lined box when not wearing.
And now, scroll through bezel-set engagement rings you'll love.
Dana Rebecca Bezel Set Round Halo Engagement Ring
Surrounded by a halo of sparkling diamonds, this bezel-set engagement ring speaks to classic romance. Maybe it's the sheer number of pavé-set round diamonds, but something about this ring just screams royal wedding to us.
Jennie Kwon Designs Sapphire Sotto Voce Ring
This sapphire engagement ring looks and feels like a beloved heirloom piece. The bezel-set design is made to look vintage with a milgrain detail and two flanking diamonds.
Kwiat Engagement Ring With an Ashoka Diamond Bezel Set
This exquisite 18k rose gold bezel-set ring featuring an emerald-cut diamond is a real eye-catcher. It just goes to show that you don't need a big rock to make a statement.
Emma Clarkson Webb TinTin Ring
A bespoke option, this breathtaking ring accentuates the emerald center stone with a bezel setting that gives the ring an elegant, old-world feel.