Definition and Types of Bezel
- A bezel is a wider and usually thicker section of the hoop of a ring.
- It can contain a gem or a flat surface with an engraved design.
- Bezels are commonly worn on the upper or outer side of the finger.
- In gem-cutting, bezel refers to the sloping facets that surround the flat table face of a cut stone.
- Bezels can also be found on tools, appliances, vehicles, cell phones, and tablets.
- Bezel settings are used to hold stones in place with a raised metal rim.
- Modern bezel settings use a band of metal with a groove and a flange.
- Historic bezel settings often had a hole or slot in the ring with a thin lip to hold the stone.
- Bezel settings can also refer to a rotatable rim on a clock or watch.
- Other types of bezel settings include swivel bezels and box bezels.
Advantages of Bezel Settings
- Bezel settings provide better protection for the stone compared to prong settings.
- They are less likely to allow the stone to scratch other surfaces.
- Bezel settings offer increased security and reduce the risk of the stone being dislodged.
- They are commonly used for diamonds and provide a secure fastener.
- Flush settings are a variation of bezel settings, extending the top of the diamond above the base.
Bezels in Jewelry Making
- In modern bezel settings, the bezel is shaped to fit the gem and soldered into place.
- Cabochon stones rely on a shallow angle cut into the side of the stone to stay in place.
- Clear, faceted stones like diamonds have a shallow groove cut into the bezel itself.
- Bezel settings for diamonds are also called rub-over settings.
- Flush settings are another variation of bezel settings for diamond rings.
References and Citations
- The definition of bezel can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com.
- The International Gem Society provides information on gemstone facets and terminology.
- The British Museum collection database showcases examples of different types of bezels.
- Etymonline provides the etymology and meaning of the word 'bezel.'
- Additional references and citations can be found in the Wikipedia article on bezel (jewelry).
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