What are Pavé Set Diamonds?

A Pavé Setting

Pavé (pronounced “pah” “vay”) is a French word which means “paving”. 

Pavé set diamonds look like a miniature version of paving slabs. Pavé are tiny stones set very close together with almost indiscernible settings. 

Paving Slabs demonstrating a Pave setting

The stones are secured with small points or beads of the metal of choice – often silver or white-gold with pavé set diamonds or cubic zirconia pavé settings.  This is because they often use the beads of metal in such a way to create the illusion of more stones. 

What are the Advantages of Pavé Settings?

  • Lots of Sparkle
  • Less Cost
  • Hard Wearing
  • Highlights a Central Stone

There are several advantages of a pavé setting, but the two main ones are that it creates lots of sparkle with less cost. 

The setting is hard-wearing, with no claws to get caught and damaged. The points of metal which hold the tiny stones in place, protect the stones – although they need checking every so often to ensure they haven’t been damaged.

Jewellery designers often use Pavé settings as a halo around a central stone, particularly in engagement rings. 

A pavé diamond halo around a central diamond or a contrasting stone draws the eye to the central gemstone and really makes it stand out.  

A diamond halo ring is one of the most popular engagement rings.

Pavé stones are also often used on the shoulders of engagement rings – again this highlights the main gemstone and creates added sparkle on the side of the ring as you move your hand.

How Is Pavé Created?

A jeweller will drill holes in the item’s surface and the tiny pavé stones will be set into the holes.

A tiny prong or bead of metal (often white gold with diamonds, silver with cubic zirconia) are then handmade and pushed against the side of the stone to hold it in place.

The jeweller will do this low down the stone, so the top surface is a shimmering sparkle of stones. 

Pavé Stones

Most pavé diamonds (or other gemstones) are round and between 1 to 4 mm across. Micro pavé is so called because the stone size is even smaller, often less than 0.01 carats. 

Disadvantages of Micro Pavé Diamond Rings

Care needs to be taken when buying a diamond micro pavé ring.  We want to stress that most micro pavé diamond rings are fine and set well and will give you lifetime of joy looking at.  But, with this setting, if it is poorly set, you can risk losing some tiny stones. 

The smaller the stones are, the higher the risk of them coming out. This is particularly so for a ring that is worn every day. 

Replacing stones is not that expensive but there is often no guarantee, with micro pavé setting, that it won’t happen again.

If you fall in love with a ring with a micro pavé setting that you plan on wearing every day, ensure that it’s from a reputable jeweller and ensure you take care of it – remove your ring to do heavy jobs and housework and keep away from harsh chemicals. 

To Sum Up

A ring with a pave setting is a beautiful thing, you’ll get lots of sparkle and it’s a beautiful way of highlighting a larger stone or stones.  It also offers a carpet of sparkle at a reasonable price. 

Be careful of micro-pave settings in a ring you plan on wearing every day and if you do, take good care of it.  By doing so, it will give you years, if not a lifetime, of beautiful sparkle. 

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