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Best Engagement Rings to
fit an Active Lifestyle


Most prong-set rings are the equivalent to high-heeled shoes – pretty but not too practical. Prongs can snag on clothing, scratch a baby’s soft cheek, bend even break. Diamonds often become loose in the setting, or worse, can fall out!

Years ago doctors and nurses from the hospital just up the street from our store kept asking us for the same thing, a diamond ring that was beautiful, feminine, and comfortable to wear. They said prong-set rings were too high and that the prongs would catch and tear their medical gloves. They wanted a ring that fit their demanding job.

We listened. We designed. We listened again and fine-tuned. The early rings were an instant hit and not just with medical professionals. Women from a diverse set of careers and weekend passions were craving simplicity in their life. The classic prong ring was not meshing with their reality.

The result has become a collection of low-profile, bezel-set diamond rings made for everyday wear, active lifestyles, comfort, and peace of mind.

Over the years new designs have emerged, but the basics remain the same:

  • Set the diamonds low, close to the finger.
  • Protect and secure in a smooth halo rim of metal.
  • Add a comfort-contoured inner bevel for 365/all-day comfort.

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Bezel Myth vs. Reality

Too many jewelry designers set their diamonds as high as skyscrapers. You see these rings all the time, towering above the finger. These designers are selling into the myth that a diamond set high will let in more light and be more brilliant.

This is simply not true. If a diamond is cut properly it will be just as brilliant set low and surrounded by metal in a bezel as it would be set high in prongs.

All our diamonds are cut to maximize light and rainbow fire.


Ring Height

A key to comfort is how high a ring sits off the finger. The diamonds in most of our bezel-set rings are set just a whisper above the finger for ultimate low-profile comfort.


Platinum or Gold?

There is no right or wrong choice. There are advantages and drawbacks to each metal. Silver is not discussed because silver is much too soft to secure and protect a diamond for everyday active wear.

Platinum Advantages

  • Platinum is naturally white
  • It resists wear better than either white or yellow gold. This means platinum will last longer.
  • Platinum is a hypoallergenic metal.
  • All platinum’s match, so the color of your engagement ring will match the color of your wedding ring.

Platinum Limitations

  • Platinum bends more easily than gold. This is an important consideration in prong style rings, however in bezel settings, the fact that platinum bends more easily is not critical.
  • Platinum scratches more easily than gold. Over a short period of time, platinum develops a soft gray patina.

Other Considerations: Platinum is about 50% heavier than gold. Many people love the heft and luxurious feel this weight imparts. When brand new, platinum has a bright reflective white polish, as you wear it platinum will quickly soften down to a gray-white. Many love this patina, some do not.

White Gold Advantages

  • White gold is harder than yellow gold and is stiffer than platinum. In prong-set rings, depending on the style, this can provide superior strength for holding gems.
  • White gold is less costly than platinum.

When brand new, white gold has a bright reflective white polish, as you wear it, the brightness will soften. The color will be a touch brighter than worn platinum.

White Gold Limitations

  • White gold wears more quickly than platinum.
  • It is not absolutely white as it wears, often showing a yellowish tint. Just as there are hundreds of recipes for baking a cake, there are many different recipes for making white gold. Some white golds are whiter than others. The whiteness of the engagement ring may not match the whiteness of the wedding ring. Having warned about color differences, many of our bezel ring designs are made using a special formula of super white gold.

Other Considerations: Approximately 10% of people are allergic to the nickel content that can be found in white gold. The reaction is typically red irritation on the skin. If you have a metal allergy and want a white metal go with platinum.

Yellow Gold Advantages

  • The warmth of the yellow color is forgiving to the patina of time.

Yellow Gold Limitations:

  • Bends more easily than does white gold.
  • Wears more quickly than platinum or white gold.

When made in yellow gold, we typically put a special platinum halo rim around the diamond. This accomplishes several things: you get the long lasting wear resistant benefits of platinum and the whiteness of the platinum blends nicely with the white brilliance of the diamond.

If You’ve Decided on Gold,
Should you get 14K or 18K?

Pure gold is 24K and is much too soft for general jewelry use, especially a ring. 14K is harder than 18K and is the best choice for an active lifestyle ring. In some designs, we use an 18K white gold that has been die-struck. This process of manufacturing produces a denser, harder form of gold. Even though it’s 18K, it performs more like 14K.

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Ditch the High Heels
Go for Comfort!


These are play hard bezel-set diamond ring designs. Go anywhere do anything, fun in the sun, all out winter play. Bezel ring designs to meet your lifestyle. These rings are protected, safe, secure, and beautiful.

  • Athletes & Outdoorsy: camping, hiking, kayaking, on-the-go.
  • Gardner: digging, planting, hands in soil.
  • Medical: doctors, nurses, glove friendly, smooth, safe, secure.
  • Childcare: baby-safe, smooth and protected.

Our bezel set diamond rings are designed for women on the go – nurses, mothers, teachers, gardeners, artists, and athletes.

Perhaps you already have a diamond set in a traditional prong design. The prongs catch, the diamond becomes loose, your ring spends more time in the repair shop than on your finger. Maybe your diamond has even fallen out of the ring! A bezel set ring will give you piece of mind, guaranteed.

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Common Questions

Can diamond shapes other than round be put into a bezel ring?

Absolutely. View images of fancy shape diamonds we’ve set into our bezel rings.

Can a colored gemstone be set into a bezel ring?

Definitely. You can view many of our sapphire and tourmaline rings online, many of them are bezel set. If you have a specific gemstone and ring style in mind give us a call, we’d love to work with you on a special project.

Will the diamond be as brilliant if it’s set in a bezel?

Yes. Diamonds are cut to gather light coming in through the top, reflect off the bottom facets, and return back out through the top in a blaze of fire and light. So whether the diamond is set high in a prong setting or low in a bezel, the brilliance will be the same.

Are there times I should take off a bezel diamond ring?

These rings really have been designed to be worn wherever life takes you. Having said that there are a few situations when an extra degree of caution is warranted – building a rock wall or rock climbing comes to mind.

Going to the beach is another activity that would be best to leave the jewelry at home. There’s a reason you see people with metal detectors combing the sands. Water and cold temperatures make it much easier for rings to slip off fingers.

How do you ship?

Order over $1,000 ship fully insured, overnight FedEx and require a signature on delivery.
What’s your return policy? We have a 30 day money back guarantee. Items may be returned or exchanged within thirty days from when it was shipped.

To be eligible for a return, items must be in their original purchase condition (non-engraved, unaltered, and unworn). We do not accept for credit any personalized, custom-made, or special order pieces.

Raving Fans:

“The platinum bezel actually makes the stone look larger, the setting is smooth and doesn’t catch on anything, and the diamond is well protected.” – Doylestown, PA

“I wear this ring everyday and everywhere. It is perfect.” – Stonington, CT

“Wanted a diamond ring for my wife who is a deputy fire chief that would stand up to the unusual day to day demands of her position. The low setting is perfect, it’s functional, and draws compliments all the time.” – Nottingham, NH

“I have never seen a diamond that had so much brilliance!” – New Jersey

“I wear this ring 24/7. With its low profile and circular setting, I never have to worry about it. The diamond was from my original engagement ring which had a setting too high to be worn easily in my career.” – Maine

“This is one of the most beautiful rings I have ever seen and I am so grateful to Cross Jewelers for their skill and expertise!” – Rhode Island


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How We Set Each Diamond

If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?

We worked for years on getting our Active Lifestyle Designs just right. Subtleties like band weight, proportion, and diamond security have evolved into the definitive collection of low profile, comfortable, everyday wear diamond rings. The expertise of the diamond setter is crucial to putting it all together and make sure everything about the ring is ready to be loved, worn and enjoyed for a lifetime.

Our diamond setters are instructed to take the full measure of time to ensure each job is properly completed. When setting a diamond they use a 20x power microscope. Working under this level of magnification means the finished ring is the most secure and beautiful it can possibly be.

So how do they do it? First, a seat is cut inside the bezel. The diamond is lowered in and the jeweler makes sure the point of the diamond (called the culet) is as low as possible, resting just above the finger. Once the seat is at the perfect height, the interior is polished and cleaned.

Now, ready to secure the diamond in place, our jewelers use a small air-powered hammer which pulses 16 times per second, pushing the metal securely down over the edge of the diamond. Locked in place, the diamond is now safe and secure for a lifetime of wear.

A steel graver is used next along the inner edge of the metal to give the rim a clean crisp look. After a final polish the diamond ring is ready to find a loving new home.


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