Pave engagement rings add delicate beauty to anyone’s hand. Whether you’ve already picked out your dream ring or are just beginning the process, pave engagement rings are a type that you should definitely consider.
Shopping and building an engagement ring is an exciting experience. The options are pretty much endless: rose gold or yellow gold, small diamonds or big diamonds, a solid shank or split shank, and more. From picking the center stone, shape, and size to choosing the perfect setting, there are tons of combinations to be made.
However, most individuals come into the buying process with a general idea of one thing: which style they align with. Whether they’re more of a halo lover or a vintage seeker, the setting style is an easy starting point to begin narrowing down options.
But with many of these collections, there’s also the question of whether or not you want a pave engagement ring. A gorgeous characteristic of many different styles of engagement rings, here’s everything you need to know about diamond-studded pave engagement rings.
What Are Pavé Engagement Rings?
The word pavé comes from the French word for “paved,” pronounced “pah-vay”. This design features rows of tiny accent diamonds that line the shank, or band, of the ring.
The small diamonds fit into holes that are set level with the engagement ring. Each of the small diamonds sits in either raised beds or prongs, which support the tiny diamonds. Not to be confused with a channel setting, which has diamonds set inside the band, sandwiched together with no metal separating them. Rather, pavé diamonds create a solid diamond surface with lots of sparkles.
The result is a scintillating setting that draws even more attention and light to your center stone. A pavé setting creates a road paved with diamonds if you will.
Pavé engagement rings are available for many of the setting styles you know and love. Vintage and modern settings often feature pavé set diamonds. Pavé diamonds are often smaller diamonds, typically .01-.02 carats. But adding many of these tiny pavé diamonds packs a huge punch! If you’re looking for a setting that has a daintier or thinner band style, it will use micro pavé diamonds, which are even smaller.
Types of Pavé Settings
There are many different types of pavé engagement rings. A pavé setting is a fantastic way to add extra drama and intrigue to any engagement ring, so it’s helpful to know all of your different options. Here are some ways you can incorporate these highly-detailed accent diamonds into your dream ring.
If you’re looking for a ring that defines delicate beauty, then micro pavé engagement rings are the first style you should consider.
Micro pavé engagement ring settings use diamonds that are smaller than .01 carats. This addition of multiple micro diamonds gives the beautiful illusion of a band made entirely of diamonds.
A precise jeweler must set these tiny gems, which make these rings very delicate and sometimes more expensive.
If you’re looking for a setting with micro pavé diamonds, our Chaleur Oval Ring is one of our favorites. The striking center diamond is surrounded by three rows of pavé diamonds. This diamond engagement ring features a grand total of 92 small diamonds in its pavé setting!
The French pavé (also known as fishtail pavé) has a unique V-shaped groove cut into the wedding band, making the small diamonds visible from the side. This also gives the illusion of endless small diamonds traveling along the band.
You can see this style on our Sempre Diamond Ring. Turn either of these rings and you’ll see the stunning accent diamonds from virtually any direction. The pavé settings also highlight the sparkling beauty of the center stone on the Petite Floating Gem Ring. These small diamonds come together to make a big impact.
Scalloped, or U-cut, pavé engagement rings are similar to French pavé engagement rings. Both styles let light in from the side of the ring.
The key difference between a French pavé setting and a scalloped pavé setting is the shape of the metalwork. While the French pavé setting is cut in a V shape, the scalloped pavé setting features a U shape or scoop.
This is one of the more popular pavé styles. The fluid lines and delicate beauty of the pavé setting create a pavé diamond ring. You can see this scalloped style on our Tiara 5 Stone Diamond Ring.
Are Pavé Settings More Expensive?
Sometimes your dream ring can cost a little extra cash. A pavé engagement ring is just like any other ring when it comes to pricing: more bling comes at a cost.
Intricate pavé engagement ring bands tend to cost more than a plain yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold band. Solitaire settings with only a center diamond (meaning there are no accent diamonds) can be a less expensive option.
Styles with more diamonds such as a pavé halo, especially a double pavé halo like the Petite French Double Halo Ring, are often on the more expensive side. One way to cut costs when you want more bling is by shopping for lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown stones are 20-30% cheaper than mined stones but have the exact same chemical makeup. Shopping lab-grown gives you a sparklier dream ring without compromising your budget.
When you’re purchasing an engagement ring, another thing to keep in mind is the carat weight of your diamond. The larger the carat, the bigger the cost. Diamonds in a pavé setting are pretty small, so adding them to your ring means they’ll be less expensive than adding a single diamond of the same weight.
Pros of a Pavé Setting
The biggest pro of choosing a pavé engagement ring setting is the sparkle! The added diamonds on the band allow more light to be reflected off your engagement ring. This effect makes your pavé engagement ring look more dazzling to the eye. If you’re looking to add some more sparkle to your ring (and who isn’t), pavé engagement rings are the way to go.
Adding a pavé setting to a solitaire engagement ring can add an extra touch of glamour without breaking the bank. Another option is a pavé halo. A pavé halo encircles your center gem and makes the diamond appear larger.
Cons of a Pavé Setting
Pavé engagement rings are a stunning addition to any fine jewelry, but they do come with some extra required maintenance. Because the stones are set with prongs, they’ll need to be tightened over time to avoid the diamonds falling out of the band. If you live an active lifestyle, this more delicate style should be worn with caution.
With all engagement rings, you should be cautious when wearing your ring to make sure you keep it in tip-top shape. However, some engagement ring styles are more fragile than others. Also, because the diamonds are secured with these raised beads, the band will not be as smooth as a channel setting would be. If this is something you think will bother you, we recommend going with an engagement ring like our Petite Windsor Ring which features channel-set accent diamonds.
Another con of choosing a pavé engagement ring is that your engagement ring will be much harder to resize. Little changes to the band can damage the delicate prongs that hold the small diamonds in place.
If you are looking at a pavé style band, we highly recommend knowing your ring size before purchasing, to avoid any trouble with resizing later on. In general, you want to avoid resizing, but with some styles, it is easier than others. If you do need resizing done on your new pavé engagement ring, look for a company with a generous return policy.
Celebrities with Pavé Engagement Rings
There’s no wonder why pavé engagement rings are popular among many brides. Many celebrities have been known to wear this style as well!
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sports a stunning 5 carat round diamond with a micro pavé band.
Blake Lively has an incredible 12-carat oval-cut diamond with a micro pavé band from her husband Ryan Reynolds.
Sofia Vergara also wears a beautiful 7-carat cushion-cut diamond with a micro pavé halo. These are definitely what you would call #ringgoals.