What is a Pave Setting?

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    Pave Setting Definition

    Women's pave diamond rings and bezel set band
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    Pave settings are talked about so often in the jewelry industry, but most people don't really know what they are. A pave setting is made up of lots of small gemstones, often diamonds, set closely together.

    The gems are separated and held in place by little beads of the setting's metal. The beads are either pulled from the existing metal in the setting, or they are soldered on. The beads virtually disappear into the background, and the result is what looks like a continuous surface of...MORE diamonds or other gems.

    This type of setting is not to be confused with calibre-cut settings

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    Pave Setting in Engagement Rings

    Pave Diamond Ring
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    Pave diamond settings are often used in engagement rings and help create the illusion of larger center stones. The small beads used to set the accent diamonds add a vintage or traditional look to engagement rings. The ring pictured here has pave set diamonds as well as a milgrain detail. 

    Milgrain is a tiny row of beads that acts as a border on a ring. The beads of the milgrain match the beading of the pave set diamonds beautifully. Both milgrain and pave settings were used during the Edwardian...MORE and Art Deco eras. 

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    Halo Settings With Pave Diamonds

    Diamond Ring
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    A diamond halo consists of a row of diamonds set around a center diamond. Most halo settings are also pave settings because pave settings take up less space. In rare cases when the halo uses very large accent diamonds, the stones may be set into a prong setting.

    Pave settings are more secure than bezel settings for this type of mounting. A bezel setting is when diamonds are set underneath a straight sheet of metal. The resulting look is much more modern and can actually minimize how large a...MORE diamond looks. 

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    Pave Diamond Settings Pro and Cons

    Diamond pave ring
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    This engagement ring has a pave set shank with a milgrain detail along the borders. The advantage of this type of setting is that the diamonds are almost flush with the beads, unlike prongs that can poke. They also add a vintage appeal to an engagement ring. 

    Some pave diamond settings are literally jam packed with tons of small diamonds. One con of this type of setting is that the diamonds can have a tendency to fall out. This is especially true if the pave setting goes far down the shank, like...MORE on an eternity band, or if the diamonds are smaller than .005ct. 

    Edited by: Lauren Thomann