Jaqueline Cullen embraces nature’s beauty. The rough-edged fissures of hand-mined Whitby Jet are lined with precious diamonds and gold. Jet, a fossilized material that was once used in Victorian mourning jewelry, is her medium. She redefines the black beauty of jet and creates dramatic sculptural pieces that inspire.
I was working with an engagement client the other day and as we discussed bezel-set diamonds, I was inspired to post on the subject.
The bezel setting is a protective rim or border of metal that encases the entirety of the gemstone. There is usually a groove in which the outer edge of the gemstone is seated and then a lip of metal that is then pushed down, or burnished, carefully over top of that edge, holding the gemstone in place. This was the first method of gemstone setting. Bezels can be thick or thin, smooth or textured, with a modern or ancient design. Either way, it is a beautiful and exceptionally safe way to wear your favorite jewel (even soft or brittle ones like emerald and opal). I hope you enjoy this selection of gorgeous bezel-set pieces!