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Bezel or prong set for earrings?

winnietucker

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I’m planning on 2+ ctw OEC earrings and was previously sold on doing a 6 prong setting but am now thinking maybe I’d like bezels instead. The diamonds will be L-M colored.

Opinions?
 
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AprilBaby

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Tough one! I’m partial to the 6 prong.
 

elrohwen

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I just had my 1.25ct L-M OECs reset inti a bezel from the 6 prong setting they came in and I looove them. My previous studs were also bezels and I wore those for 6 years happily. I love how round they make the stone look, and a little milgrain on the bezel adds a vintage touch.

Edit: just realized you mentioned mine earlier, doh! Haha

 

winnietucker

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@elrohwen Yes! I saw your post and second guessed myself! They are gorgeous. Does it add size? I’m reading conflicting info online about bezels. I have big earlobes so they won’t look super large. But I’m not as interested in jewelry I can’t see while I’m wearing it, so I can’t justify spending more for bigger diamonds.
 

elrohwen

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It absolutely adds size! I don’t have calipers so it’s hard to say exactly how much, but at least 0.5mm total and mine are very delicate. I guess think about how prongs will stick out from the stone, then imagine wrapping them the whole way around.

Maybe this visual will help? These are my old 0.84ct studs that will go into a ring. With the bezel they look too big to go with the sapphire, but out of the bezels they are so much smaller. And with bigger stones than these the bezel kind of fades away on your ear so the stone looks bigger and you hardly notice the metal.
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winnietucker

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It absolutely adds size! I don’t have calipers so it’s hard to say exactly how much, but at least 0.5mm total and mine are very delicate. I guess think about how prongs will stick out from the stone, then imagine wrapping them the whole way around.

Maybe this visual will help? These are my old 0.84ct studs that will go into a ring. With the bezel they look too big to go with the sapphire, but out of the bezels they are so much smaller. And with bigger stones than these the bezel kind of fades away on your ear so the stone looks bigger and you hardly notice the metal.
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That is nice. I’ve asked for a quote for bezel settings. I have no idea how much this should cost so hopefully it’s not crazy.
 

seaurchin

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Just my personal opinion, natch. I prefer yellow gold and like my metals to match. But I don't really like yellow gold earring prong settings because it seems to me you only see little bitty pieces of the yellow gold, which "interferes" with the stones, while white gold isn't nearly as noticeable. So I'd get white gold if I got a prong setting. But, to me, if it's a gold bezel all around, that's different and I like the look. I'd get yellow gold, if I got bezels.
 
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seaurchin

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And then, if prong set, another question is how many prongs. Personally, I prefer four. Six seems to me to unnecessarily compete with the diamonds more than necessary. And I just don't care for the look of three prongs, though it seems very popular lately. To me, it makes the diamonds look triangular.

Bezels could be plain or some kind of design, like milgrain. Personally, I prefer plain.
 

dk168

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My studs are bezel set, and they were made that way for me over 40y ago, and I did not have a say in the matter as I had not reached my teens at the time.

If I were to buy another pair of round studs, in real diamonds or otherwise, they would need to be 2cttw or bigger.

I would not mind having them prong set as the risk of damaging them is low and I have short hair.

More likely to be 4 rather than 6 prongs though, and set as low as possible.

DK :))
 

winnietucker

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Hi all, I’m waiting on a quote for both options and feedback from the jeweler. I might do bezels as I intend for this to be a wear every day kind of thing and I like low maintenance. But I do like a prongs too.
 
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