Paved With Diamonds

Of the many types of diamond settings, this one has to be the most striking.  The pavé setting gives the appearance that your jewelry has been rolled in diamonds.  The goal is to focus on the diamonds and show as little of the setting as possible.

A pavé setting can be applied to basically any surface but is most common in rings, like the one shown here.  Pave can refer to a small portion or single row of diamonds or to a larger area covered with many stones, dozens even.

How Pavé Diamonds are Set

The term pavé is French and means paved or cobble-stoned, and you can see why the name is very fitting.  By the way, pavé is pronounced (Pah-vay), don’t you love the accent over the e.  When said the right way it certainly sounds much more fancy than prong setting, bezel setting, channel setting or burnish setting.

The pavé setting could in theory be used with different diamond shapes but almost exclusively round brilliant cut diamonds are chosen.  The stones are held in place by tiny beads which look like mini prongs.  Look closely at the close-up of  the ring above and you can see the yellow gold beads between the diamonds.   By having as little metal as possible visible, the brilliance of the diamonds can be clearly seen.

The Perfect Accent

The pavé setting is often used with engagement rings as accent stones.  Look at this style for example, 2-Row Pavé Set Solitaire Diamond Ring in 4 Prong Setting.  The center diamond is a round brilliant set in prongs.  The side diamonds are pavé set, shown here with a white gold band.  Another popular way to use pave set stones, is directly around the center diamond.  The center stone is surrounded by diamonds as well as set into the band.

The pavé setting is also commonly used in wedding rings and they can range from simple to fancy.  A single row is very clean and elegant.  You could add a second or third row.  Another popular style is to have a row of pave set diamonds on three sides of the ring.

What is Micropave?

The terms pavé and micropave are often used interchangeably, but there are differences.  Pavé we have defined already as stones set close together using small beads to hold the diamonds in place.  Micropavé is when a microscope is used to set tiny diamonds in a similar fashion, using beads.  Purists will tell you that true a micropave setting, and even pave setting, must be done by hand.  All of the jewelry from Mazal Diamond is handmade in our factory so we would agree.  It’s very delicate work and when done right it can produce a stunning result.

The Negatives of a Pavé Setting

There are 2 main things that people point out as negatives when it comes to this setting: safety & cleaning.  We believe it should not hold you back from choosing a pavé set piece of jewelry.

Safety first.  Because of the tiny diamonds, and in turn the even smaller beads used to hold them in place, they are certainly prone to falling out.  Also, when a ring has many pave set stones, in some cases dozens and dozens, the chances increase that stones could be dislodged.  This is one reason why you should always buy from a jeweler you trust and whose workmanship is tops.  Mazal Diamond is a 3rd generation jewelry manufacturer and we believe our quality is unparalleled.

Cleaning.  Of course pavé and micropavé rings get dirty, even more dirty than normal rings with fewer diamonds.  However, this is the price you pay for beauty.  With regular cleanings your pave set ring should look like new for a long, long time.  We’re not talking about expensive cleanings either.  Cleaning your jewelry at home is more than sufficient.  A professional cleaning once and while is ok, but not worth the expense on a regular basis.

For some simple and inexpensive tips, visit: How to Clean a Diamond Ring

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