Pave engagement rings remain a popular choice for many brides. Pave diamonds are found in many different ring designs, from classic all the way to modern. Most pave rings feature tiny diamonds along the front-facing band, leading up to the centre stone. Many surround the centre stone, forming a halo design. One of the biggest reasons that these engagement rings are a timeless favourite is that they give the ring lots of sparkle compared to a plain band. There are also many other reasons why this ring is a classic choice. Keep reading to find out more about pave rings and see why they are a great style for many ring designs.
A Guide to Pave Engagement Ring
If you’re wondering whether pave style engagement rings are the right option for you, here are some things that you will want to keep in mind.
What are pave stones?
Pave is the French word for paving. In the case of ring design, this word refers to the tiny diamonds or gemstones that are ‘paved’ or set into the band of the ring. This setting helps to accentuate the centre stone while adding more sparkle as light catches the tiny stones as well as the main stone. Pave stones are set closely together so that the metal on the band cannot be easily seen. Platinum and white gold work well with pave settings, as they closely match the colour of diamonds. Other metals can also be used, however, if the prongs for each stone match the metal of the band. This will create a seamless flow between the pave-encrusted band and the centre stone. If a halo design is chosen, the stones will continue to flow, surrounding the stone.
Are there different pave designs?
There are several different pave designs. Ultimately, this will come down to the settings – how the stones are positioned within the band. More traditional settings include channel settings, which feature tiny stones set between two walls of metal that form the band. Micropave designs have very tiny stones that are secured with prongs, positioned closely together. French pave designs feature a small V-cut below the stones, showing less metal and helping the stones to reflect more light. Surface prong designs are the most popular style, with each stone held in place with tiny prongs. Modern styles include bezel cut designs that have tiny stones fully encased in metal. These work well in minimal designs as well as infinity ring styles.
Why should you consider pave rings?
There are two main advantages to choosing this style of ring. The first is the shine factor. Although classic solitaire rings will always be an elegant, sophisticated choice, setting a single stone on a plain band does not always lead to maximum sparkle. When pave stones are used in the design, they allow a flow of diamonds to highlight the ring. The addition of small diamonds makes centre stones look bigger and reflect far more light. Another reason that many choose pave-encrusted rings is that they can be more affordable. Pave diamonds can be more cost-effective, and as they make the centre stone appear larger, a smaller stone can be used.
Here at Cape Diamonds, we offer a wide range of pave styles in all of our ring collections. If you’d like to know more about custom engagement ring design featuring pave stones, get in touch with us today.