I actually prefer bezels and stepped bezels. My prongs get caught on everything and I've snapped a gold prong on a brand new ring... nearly lost the stone. One day I'm going to set that stone in a pretty bezel myself. People like prongs for light play but I agree...flimsy wire vs. a nice bezel? I'll take the bezel.
exactly. i've seen 18k gold and even platinum prongs break. i don't think i've ever seen a broken bezel. as long as the stones are set properly, they basically don't fail... whereas even the best prongs will need to be re-tipped eventually.
i just wish john q public knew that stupid diamond stores, spreading their lies.