What is a bezel setting?

Many of you are family with the prong setting, the most popular way to set a gemstone. A prong setting consists of typically four to six metal claw-like prongs affixed to a head and arranged around a stone to securely mount it. 

A bezel setting is the second most popular choice in stone mountings, and it is preferred by jewelers and jewelry owners alike for its safety advantages. Because the stone is set down into the bezel, less of the gemstone is exposed in daily wear. The stone’s edges are completely surrounded by the metal of the mount. 

In this video, our host and lifelong jeweler Shawn sets a bi-color cabochon cut sapphire into a bezel setting. Watch what happens behind the jeweler’s bench! 

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