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Engagement Ring Diamonds—Prong Set or Bezel Set?

Prongs vs Bezels for Engagement Ring Stones--Which is better?        Two common settings to hold a diamond in a ring are prongs or bezels.  (A bezel is a ring of metal that goes all the way around the stone.)  Which way is better?  While prong setting is by far the more common method, there are drawbacks. Prongs wear out in time and require retipping, a costly repair.  Or they may catch on clothing and become bent or damage the garment or even provoke injury to the wearer. Here's an example of what happens:  This diamond has chips on both sides!     Why then are prongs so commonly used?  Prong settings are the easiest and fastest way to mount a...

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