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What is a rubover setting?

What is a rubover setting?

A rubover setting, also known as a bezel setting, is a technique used in jewellery design to secure a gemstone in place by encircling it with a metal rim.

This metal rim, often made of gold, platinum, or another precious metal, completely surrounds the perimeter of the gemstone, holding it securely in position. 

When it comes to choosing a setting for your precious gems and diamonds, there are lots of options. Among these choices, the rubover setting stands out as a classic and sophisticated choice. Let’s discuss what a rubover setting is, why it’s a popular choice, and how it can enhance the beauty of your jewellery. 

Key features of a rubover setting: 

  • Protection: One of the primary purposes of a rubover setting is to protect the gemstone. By encasing the entire circumference of the stone, it helps safeguard it from external damage and potential chipping or scratching. 
  • Security: The metal rim not only provides protection but also securely holds the gemstone in place. This can be particularly advantageous for gems with fragile edges or corners. 
  • Elegance and streamlined look: Rubover settings are known for their clean and contemporary appearance. They create a sleek, low-profile setting that accentuates the gemstone without excessive metal prongs or claws. 
  • Versatility: This setting style can accommodate a wide variety of gem shapes, making it a versatile choice for different types of gemstones, including diamonds, sapphires, and colored gemstones. 
  • Minimal maintenance: Rubover settings require minimal maintenance compared to settings with exposed prongs. There are no prongs to catch on clothing or daily wear, making them ideal for those with active lifestyles, those who look after small children, or people who use their hands lots in their line of work. 

Are there any cons of a rubover setting?

The only potential con of a rubover setting comes down to personal preference. Due to the protective edges of the setting, you only see the birdseye view of the diamond – the rest is covered by the metal. Therefore you see less of the diamond or gemstones. This is not necessarily a ‘con’, as it is a very attractive setting, and protects the stone – but it’s something to consider.

Looking for your perfect rubover piece?

Take a look at our rubover setting pieces here. Or if you’d like to explore alternative settings, read about how to choose the perfect jewellery setting, here.