Diamond Education | Pave Setting

What is a pave setting?

Pave is a style of diamond jewelry setting in which numerous small diamonds are mounted close together to create a sparkling diamond crust that covers the whole piece of jewelry and obscures the metal band underneath. It is as if it is a band of diamonds surrounding your center diamond.

Like a cobblestone pavement, many smaller round or princess cut diamonds fit together to give the appearance of continuous paving. In fact, the name pave is derived from the French word for, “paved.” Technically. Stones are cobbled into the surface of the metal band through a combination of tapered holes or tiny prongs that hold the stones in place next to each other. Prongs tend to provide additional security and although they are not as strong as those used in a prong setting, they still provide a great amount of protection. The prongs are flush with the surface of the ring, which provides a sleek look that also makes it perfect for those who live active lifestyles.

Just as with a channel setting or bar setting, it is often a misconception that these settings are not versatile. On the contrary, bar, channel and even pave settings can be built into tapered or curvy metal bands to make a classic design look more adventurous and contemporary. As one of our expert Sylvie Collection consultants will tell you, multiple diamonds in the pave setting provide plenty of sparkle, fire and brilliance.

When creating your ring, you’ll find that the pave setting requires smaller stones, which can be more affordable than buying larger diamonds. Depending on your design, a pave setting may require significantly more stones than other settings. Pave engagement ring settings also generally look best with Sylvie Collection princess cut or cushion cut diamond rings. Since the diamonds obscure the metal underneath, this setting is perfect for 18K gold, 14K gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum.

Our Sylvie Collection jewelry experts will help you find the perfect pave setting engagement ring with these facts:

  • Pave settings can be designed using straight bands, curvy bands or tapered bands for versatility in design.

  • Depending on your design, a pave setting may require significantly more stones than other settings.

  • Pave engagement ring settings generally look best with princess cut or cushion cut diamond rings.