Back in trend: Bezel Set Rings

Back in trend: Bezel Set Rings (Ring Bezel Setting) is a testament to sleek and minimalist elegance. In the world of jewelry, which often tends towards splendor, the bezel design is a beautiful understatement. The return of the bezel ring trend began initially with the emergence of the Old Money & Clean Girl aesthetic. Now, after many trendsetters and influencers have worn this contemporary ring design, it is back in full trend. The refined and simple style of the bezel setting complements diamond engagement rings, gemstone rings, and eternity bands alike - and its appeal extends far beyond the social media trend.

In this blog, we will explore a bit about the history and features, and provide insight into the growing popularity - marking its definitive comeback for 2024/2025.

What is a Ring with Bezel Setting?

A bezel setting is characterized by enclosing a diamond (or another gemstone) with 18-karat white or yellow gold, or platinum, creating an elegant border that surrounds the entire gemstone. This protective gold border not only enhances the security of the gemstone but also gives the design a distinctive, modern, and minimalist look. The smooth and contemporary lines of the bezel setting ensure a comfortable fit, making it a versatile choice for engagement rings, wedding rings, gemstone rings, and jewelry rings. Bezel set rings are suitable for everything from everyday wear to more formal occasions.

In bridal jewelry, the bezel setting exudes romance for an impressive style. Most customers opt for a bezel setting because of its simple and elegant lines and the way it highlights the diamond. The sleek design frames the diamond in a way that emphasizes its natural beauty. Bezel set rings offer a quiet retreat from the extravagance of diamond bands and striking halos. They appeal to those who appreciate clean lines and minimalist designs.

Can Bezel Set Rings Be Customized?

An example of a gold ring with a half-open bezel

Bezel settings may be an understatement, but they don't have to be boring. We have crafted some beautiful bezel settings with, for example, an asymmetrical design. One of the unique advantages of bezel-set rings is the possibility of customization or bespoke crafting.

Ring made of gold with bezel setting in asymmetrical design

They can be created with a Half Bezel Setting or a Full Bezel Setting. They work wonderfully for diamonds of any size or shape. Bezel settings are particularly intriguing with gemstones or uniquely shaped gemstones to customize them to your own style.

How Practical Are Rings

Beyond the design, rings with bezel settings are also very practical. The combination of form and function makes bezel set rings particularly desirable for people with active lifestyles or professions that require manual work.

The beauty of a bezel set ring lies in the fact that the design considers many practical considerations that contribute to its increasing popularity. They are smooth to the touch and are very unlikely to catch on anything. Especially since many bezel rings have a lower profile (since the gemstone in the center is not raised as high above the finger), they are safe and sturdy.

Bezels work incredibly well with both diamonds and more delicate gemstones, as they conceal and protect the edges. The gold surrounding the stone adds durability, preventing scratches on softer gemstones and maintaining their luster longer than other settings.

The golden embrace around the stone provides enhanced protection. Bezel settings are valued for protecting the precious diamond. With the protected edges of the stone, the risk of chips, scratches, or damage from impacts is significantly reduced, meaning repairs and replacements are less frequently necessary.

The beauty of the design lies in the fact that the gemstone is visible from the top view of the ring. Bezel settings offer a practical luxury, as the design provides durability by securely holding the diamonds in place.

Brief History of Bezel Set Rings

The bezel ring trend is by no means new. Bezel settings have a rich history that dates back to ancient civilizations. Both the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks were known to incorporate bezel settings into their jewelry designs. The practical function of the bezel setting to secure precious gemstones also had a symbolic significance, representing protection and eternity.

Like all fashion and jewelry trends, this ancient style fell out of fashion over the years in favor of more decorative ring designs (think of milgrain and vintage-style rings centuries ago as well as diamond-set rings today with halos and pave bands). The cyclical nature of fashion has brought bezel-set rings back into the spotlight, away from excess and extravagance. The simplicity of the design allows the focus to be purely on the quality of the diamond/gemstone and provides a secure and stylish way to highlight the beauty of diamonds and gemstones.

The Trend for 2024/2025

Whether chosen for their minimalist elegance or practical considerations, bezel settings have firmly established themselves as a trend for 2024. The elegant yet minimalist modern appearance of bezel settings has contributed to their popularity, especially in engagement rings and wedding rings. It is difficult to deny their appeal, as everyone from fashion influencers to celebrities showcases their bezel set rings, with a commitment to minimalism that strives for the "less is more" aesthetic.

We believe that one of the main reasons for the return of bezel-set rings is their versatility in design and functionality. The adaptability allows for clean lines and a simple structure for a refreshing approach compared to fully diamond-set engagement ring designs. Bezel settings are chosen by those who appreciate their unobtrusive elegance. For those who prefer subtle sophistication over flashy luxury looks, the bezel setting with its sheer simplicity is an appealing choice.

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