Pave and Micro-Pave Diamond Engagement Rings
Coming from the French word for “paved,” the pave setting includes many accent diamonds closely set together to give the appearance that they are one long continuous diamond. Usually, the diamonds are so closely set that the metal beneath them cannot be distinguished from the diamond; to help with this, most buyers pick white gold for their band in order to create minimal visibility of the metal prongs keeping the diamonds in place. Commonly, the pave setting may also be referred to as the bead setting, and if the paved stones are especially small (smaller than about .01 carats), the micro-pave setting. It has been within the past five years alone that the pave setting has become popular.
Pave set rings have one continuous shine, giving the wearer the illusion that the diamonds are more plentiful and bigger than they actually are. Additionally, the design of the ring is consistent, and therefore, all of the diamonds look as if they belong. This setting also allows for the center stone to be highlighted and exemplified through the sparkle of the side stones. The pave setting is also extremely flexible as it can be paired to create a modern or a vintage style engagement ring.
As with any style of ring, there are also some disadvantages to the pave setting. The pave setting is recommended for diamonds only, as fragile gems are not as protected in this setting. Additionally, the close pave setting makes sizing and resizing of the ring extremely difficult. Also with this setting, there is an increased chance of losing the side stones. When caring for the ring, it is important to remember that soaking a paved set engagement ring increases the likelihood of diamonds coming loose, and therefore, it is advised to take extra care when soaking a paved set engagement ring.