Pave diamond rings are one of the most popular engagement ring choices among brides and typically feature a shank lined with small diamonds (pave diamonds). The word pave (pronounced pah-vay) is French which means paved and rather apt for the style name as this setting literally ‘paves diamonds’ on a ring!
Usually smaller round diamonds are used in pave setting as they can cover the most area of a ring so that the actual metal can hardly be seen. These small pave diamonds are typically held in place with dainty metal prongs or beads and appear like an endless line of shiny diamonds. Remember reality TV star, Kim Kardashian’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous engagement ring featuring a 15 carat cushion cut diamond set in a pave band so delicate, that it looks as though the diamond is floating!
Depending on size of stones and prongs that hold them, pave diamond setting is divided into three types: pave, micro pave and petite pave. In a standard pave setting, diamonds are set in pattern akin to cobble stones covering a flat surface and the advantage of this setting is that different stone sizes can be used. Micro pave and petite pave settings (diamonds between 0.01-0.02 carat points) are typically done with real tiny beads or prongs that hold the diamonds in place.
Pave setting works for anyone who loves some extra bling and personality in their jewelry. The tiny diamonds adds a beautiful sparkle to the engagement ring, without stealing the thunder from the center stone. The best thing about pavé engagement rings is that they pair amazingly well with other types of settings. They look great with solitaires, three stone rings, or halos. But keep in mind that a ring set in smaller paved diamonds will be difficult to resize.
Browse pave diamond styles from LovBe here.