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.
aw yeah, it's probably due then if it's antique hehe. what kind of stone is it? make sure you take it someplace reputable if/when you have it tipped... i've heard stories about some of those chain stores...