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What are Pave Diamonds — The Pro’s and Con’s of This Popular Setting Type

If you’re interested in a little extra sparkle, who isn’t, you’ll want to know more about pavé. Pavé is the french word for “paved.” Pavé settings are decorated with small diamonds that literally pave the band to give it nearly continuous sparkle.

Pavé diamonds are brilliant-cut, just like a larger round brilliant diamond. That gives them their shimmering sparkle. You will usually find them bead set. A bead setting holds a diamond in its place with four small beads of metal that slightly cover the crown of the diamond, holding it securely on the band.

Pavé settings use melee diamonds (pronounced like smelly) another french term for small loose diamonds, often 1 to 2mm in diameter. They can be even smaller. If you’ve heard the term micro-pavé, it’s the same concept as pavé, just with even smaller melee.

Besides the fact that pavé is gorgeous, there are two practical reasons to opt for this kind of setting. We’re all about practicality at Frank Darling, so here they are.

No.1 — PAVE DIAMONDS CAN ENHANCE YOUR CENTER STONE

Halo settings are what they sound like, a circle of light that surrounds the center stone. Halo settings are an effective way to enhance the visual presence of a center stone. They can add the appearance of an additional half-carat, or more.

Halos can be put on just about anything from round diamonds, to ovals, even Asschers, and give your ring a full and glamorous look. Alternatively, choosing a contrasting color halo such as a ruby or sapphire can be an elegant way to add contrast to your ring for a style that’s all yours. Birthstones are a common choice, but pavé comes in many colors, and so can your halo.

Double halos layer not just one, but two sparkly surrounds for an even fuller look.

Pros of a Halo Setting

A halo setting adds a dramatic decorative element to any diamond..

Halo settings are an effective way to make a center stone appear larger.

For step cut diamonds, like emeralds and Asschers, a halo can add sparkle to dress up the more restrained sparkle of the center stone.

Cons of a Halo Setting

Pavé can come loose over time, and may need to be replaced or tightened.

They’re polarizing. If you’re giving a halo ring as a gift, try to figure out if it’s your partner’s taste or not.

They can increase the price of a setting by hundreds of dollars.

HARPER NO. 6 PAVE

Notice how the halo gives the setting a vintage look.

An Asscher halo shown in platinum featuring a pave halo.
PARKER NO. 2

Notice how the halo enhances the Asscher diamond’s art deco look.

A rose gold halo setting featuring a pear diamond and pave band.
SIDNEY NO. 3 PAVE

Notice how the halo gives the pear cut diamond a feminine, romantic look.

No. 2 — PAVE DIAMONDS CAN DRESS UP A SOLITAIRE

All Fank Darling rings come with or without a pavé band. Pavé can be a great way to dress up a solitaire and add a little extra sparkle to the overall look.

A pear solitaire pave setting in yellow gold.
SIDNEY NO. 4 PAVE

Pros of a Pavé Diamond Band

Adds sparkle without much extra cost

Draws attention to the center stone

Con’s of a Pavé Diamond Band

Pavé bands can require some maintenance. Stones can come loose with wear and may require tightening.

If pavé is set atound the entire band, it can be more difficult to resize. For this reason, Frank Darling pavé continues to 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock on our bands, and can easily be resized.

If you’re sensitive to texture, this setting type can cause some friction between your fingers. Try one on one first to get a feel for this style. 

A pave Asscher solitaire setting.
PARKER NO. 3 PAVE

Notice how the pavé dresses up this step-cut Asscher diamond.

A pave oval solitaire setting.
HARPER NO. 4 PAVE

Notice how the pavé draws attention to the center stone.

HOW TO DECIDE IF A PAVE SETTING IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

Try them on.

At Frank Darling, all our engagement ring settings are available to try at home for free. It’s like the internet, but in real life.

Get started by selecting your favorite four rings. We’ll send you sterling silver size seven replicas set with one carat cubic zirconia stones.

Each try at home kit comes with a pre-paid return label, ring sizer, and The Handbook. A practical guide that contains all the information you’ll need to select a diamond. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.