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Bezel settings are also secure designs, because they thoroughly surround the gem. Unlike channel settings, the gems aren't totally enveloped in the metal, but sit slightly above it. This doesn't detract from the gems brilliance but still holds in firmly in place.

Bezel settings are a little similar to Gypsy settings in that the gem is held within the rings. In gypsy settings the gem sits within a little hole at the top of the ring and the metal at the top is much heavier than the rings shank. In bezel settings the rim of the ring surrounds the gem from both the inner and outer peripheral lines and the back can be either open or closed. For this reason it's important to choose bezel settings that are compatible in color with the color of the gem. This is a type of mounting that can either compliment the gem and deepen its color or lessen the vivid coloring of the gem. For example, if you have chosen a diamond or a very pale fancy colored gem, don't choose bright gold settings, because the golden color of the bezel mounting will seep into the gem and color it artificially. If you have chosen a deeply-hued gem, like red or green garnet, then a golden bezel setting will deepen the color further. It has the added bonus of being a versatile design and the edges of the bezel cut can be smooth, edged, scalloped, ridged or straight. It also creates the illusion of a larger gem. If looked at from above, the stone looks nestled with the regular parameters of the ring.

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