Prong Setting VS Bezel Setting, Which One The Better?

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Prong setting vs bezel setting; these two have their own uniqueness and preferences, they are both goods but they have different pros and cons that our clients need to consider. No one of them is superior or inferior to others. 

Prong settings are usually cheaper than bezel settings, making prongs a good choice if you’re on a budget, prong settings also make the gemstone more prominent by leaving a bigger portion of it visible, a prong setting is relatively easier to be adjusted to stones of different sizes if you ever decide to have your gemstone replaced, whereas a bezel is harder to change once it is set up. 

The problem with prong settings is that they leave the stone more exposed to damage, while in a bezel setting the gemstone sits lower and is better protected. Prong settings are also more easily damaged, and that’s why they require checking and maintenance more often. If a prong bends or breaks, you may lose your gemstone, and for that reason, prongs need to be rebuilt after several years. bezels, on the other hand, are a lot more durable.

Bezel settings are a good choice for people who work with their hands a lot, in occupations where there is a higher risk of bumping or hitting your ring.  A stone held in a bezel is less likely to get loose and fall off, so this setting is a good choice for people who are very active.  If you have a gemstone that has visible defects such as prominent inclusions or chips on its side, you can have the stone set in a bezel to hide the flaws.  A bezel setting is great for softer gemstones, with hardness lower than 6-7 on the Mohs scale, as it will protect them from scratches and chips better than a prong setting would.  So, if you have a stone such as an opal or turquoise, it would be better to have it set in a bezel.

Critical Ways to Compare & Contrast.

The prong setting, despite its popularity, the design of the prong setting means it is prone to damage, it also means more of the diamond is open to impact, and this requires much greater care to avoid chipping. Prongs, by their very nature and construction, snag. Clothing is a real threat to a prong setting, due to the damage that can occur if snagged, it is not unknown for stones to be lost without the wearer even realizing it until it’s too late. Prongs can also loosen with wear, Again, this is not always obvious until it is far too late, and the diamond has disappeared, while in the bezel setting, it’s a simple fact that you will not see as much of the diamond in a bezel setting as you would in a prong setting, that more of the diamond is below the bezel line means that less light reflects back to the viewer. Bezel set rings generally tend to look a little bulkier than prong set rings, there’s definitely a reduction in the overall sleekness.

As with many things in life, there is no best in this comparison. The pros of both prong and bezel settings far outweigh the cons. It will really come down to a personal preference and the appeal of the ring in question. The great thing about both settings is how different they are. This allows a definite separation between the visual properties of each and can allow the exact same stones to appear completely different in two different settings. If you intend to wear your ring all the time, a bezel setting definitely has the advantage, purely from a security point of view. The chances of damage or loss of a diamond from a bezel set ring are much lower than in a prong setting, you have that stunning 5-carat diamond and you want to show it off, right? In that case, a prong setting will do just that. You do need to be a little more aware of what you do whilst wearing the ring but, as long as you understand that, a prong might be a perfect choice. The only real advice is to look at both settings. Compare engagement rings with similar stones in both prong and bezel settings, and see which appeals most. It’s a little like choosing the puppy that runs towards you. When you know, you just know.

The Verdict

Whatever the customer chooses and decides, there is always a risk, but one thing that our clients can guarantee is that all of our jewelry is worth taking that risk. These two prove their characteristics. Choosing a setting style often comes down to your fiancé-to-be’s personal preferences, tastes, and style. You’ll also want to make sure that the type of setting you to choose is a good fit for the wearer’s lifestyle. Our jewelers are here to provide a recommendation that you needed about the advantage and disadvantages of the prone setting versus the bezel setting. The setting of expectations will be given, just being brutally honest. Ask, think and decide.

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