Shopping and building an engagement ring is an exciting experience, but the options are pretty much endless. 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 pavé engagement ring. A gorgeous characteristic of many different styles of engagement rings, here’s everything you need to know about the diamond-studded pavé style.
What Is a Pavé Engagement Ring?
The word pavé comes from the French word for “paved,” pronounced (“paw-vay”), this design features rows of tiny accent diamonds that line the shank, or band, of the ring. They are fitted into holes that are set level with the ring and sit in raised beds or prongs that 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.
The result: the most sparkly ring that draws even more attention and light to your center stone. A road paved with diamonds if you will.
Pavé settings are available for many of the setting styles you know and love. Vintage and modern settings often feature pavé set diamonds. Pavé diamonds are really small — typically .01-.02 carats. But adding many of these tiny diamonds packs a huge punch! If you’re looking for a setting that has a daintier or thinner band style, it will use micropavé diamonds, which are even smaller.
Types of Pavé Settings
Micro Pavé settings use diamonds that are smaller than .01 of a carat. 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 makes these settings 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 French pavé (also known as fishtail pavé) has a unique V-shaped groove cut into the band, making the diamonds visible from the side. This also gives the illusion of endless diamonds along the band. You can see this style on our Sempre Diamond Ring and on our Pettie Floating Gem Ring.
The scalloped, or U-cut, pavé has the diamonds held by a U-shaped metal framework, which can be viewed from the side of the band. The U-shape also allows for light to hit the diamond from the side, producing more sparkle. This is one of the more popular pavé styles. You can see this scalloped style on our Tiara 5 Stone Diamond Ring.
Are Pavé Settings More Expensive?
The more intricate, or the more diamonds used, the more expensive your setting will probably be. Simple settings, without any diamonds, such as solitaire settings, tend to be the least expensive option. Styles with more diamonds added, such as halo settings, are often on the more expensive side, especially if you add a double halo, like our Petite French Double Halo Ring. The diamonds a pavé style uses are smaller, which means they won’t be overly expensive, however, it will still add to the overall cost of the setting. Our Sanctity Ring features a pavé band that twists up to the center stone starting at $1,410.00. The more diamonds you add, and the different metal you choose, will increase the price. One of our most popular ring settings is the Charmant Ring, which is a classic pavé style ring, and compatible with round diamonds. This ring starts at $1,050.00.
Pros of a Pavé Setting
The biggest pro of choosing a pavé style setting is the sparkle! The added diamonds on the band allow more light to be reflected off your ring which makes it more dazzling to the eye. Adding pavé to a solitaire setting can add an extra touch of glamour, without breaking the bank. And adding a pavé style halo to encircle your center stone will make your diamond appear larger. If you’re looking to add some more sparkle to your ring (and who isn’t) the pavé is the way to go.
Cons of a Pavé Setting
It is important to note that although beautiful, the pavé design does come with some extra 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 but know that some 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 something like our Petite Windsor Ring that features channel-set accent diamonds.
Another con of choosing a pavé style setting is that it is much harder to resize. Little changes done 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. And remember, if you do need resizing done on your new engagement ring, Clean Origin offers a 100-day complimentary resizing policy.
Celebrities with Pavé Settings
There’s no wonder why pavé settings are popular among many brides, in fact, many celebrities have been known to wear this style as well! Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was given 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, given by husband Ryan Renolds. And Sofia Vergara wears a beautiful 7-carat cushion-cut diamond with a micro-pavé halo. These are definitely what you would call #ringgoals.