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The Pave Engagement Ring Setting

Feb. 19 2014
If you don’t want a large stone for your ring, your best bet may be the Pave engagement ring setting. Affordable and versatile, the pave is a traditional option.

Pancakes last Sunday with Millie over at hers got me thinking about budgets and engagement ring settings, the size of stones and what having a bigger stone would mean to me.

I am not materialistic and having a big stone would not necessarily mean having a big diamond, but Millie pointed out to me that just because everyone else focuses on the size of a stone and, although they may not admit it, the value of the ring, it does not mean that we have to.

Brushed Gold Diamond Twist Ring by Jessica Poole

Brushed Gold Diamond Twist Ring by Jessica Poole

A Love for Large Jewellery

I know what she means and I do like the idea of an alternative stone to a diamond, but for me a larger stone is something I have always been drawn to and not because of its value, but because of the statement it makes. I love the idea of a single solid piece of jewellery.

There is no shame though in admitting that you do not like, or cannot afford, a large stone for your engagement ring. Just because everyone else wants one, it does not necessarily mean you have to. Everyone has different tastes and some people may just prefer a more understated look and a simpler type of engagement ring setting. Millie threw me a magazine and nodded for me to flick through.

The Pave Setting: Dazzling and Budget Friendly

While Millie made pancake after pancake and I tried to keep my fingers from sticking together with the maple syrup, I browsed through her latest magazine. While most of the articles focussed on natural health and the best home made facials, there was one that reviewed the Pave engagement ring.

This is an engagement ring setting that is more understated and more budget friendly than many others. It substitutes the stereotypical large gemstone for multiple smaller ones, which are then set in a way that maximises their individual sparkle.

The smaller diamonds are then set so close together that they appear to be one larger, outrageously dazzling and stunning diamond. I liked it. It was a clever way of getting a larger ring while still accommodating your budget.

Historical Facts

Popular since the beginning of the century, the pave engagement ring setting derives its name from the pavement-like layout of the stones on the surface. In a pave setting, the smaller stones will usually be pushed quite close together with unobtrusive metal foundations holding them in place, giving the appearance of a tapestry or, indeed, a pavement.

Reveal Marquis 50pt Diamond Ring by Andrew Geoghegan

Reveal Marquis 50pt Diamond Ring by Andrew Geoghegan

The overall effect makes each individual stone look bigger and shinier than it necessarily is and can have the same effect on any surrounding stones. The pave engagement ring setting is also often used to highlight or complement a solitaire diamond. This was all fascinating and a completely new concept to me.

Because of the specific configuration of this type of engagement ring setting, certain types of cut are more suited to it than others. Geometric cuts such as the princess, baguette, emerald or square cuts, with their clearly defined edges, are the ideal choice to build a pave setting, as they can be cohesively set together.

However, round or oval cuts look good in this type of engagement ring setting too, as they possess the kind of high sparkle this technique enhances exceptionally well.

Millie nodded approvingly. I knew that she liked the idea of not conforming and making a statement without having to buy into the big buck diamonds. I could definitely see her point.

The pave engagement ring setting is definitely a great combination of affordability and attractiveness.

Designers who love to experiment with settings

Esther EyreLondon
Shivani PatelWorcester
Joy and Chris PoupazisLondon
James NewmanBirmingham
Jana ReinhardtSussex