Pave Diamond Rings – Things To Look Out For
By Dirk Rendel
When you shop for pave diamond rings, you may want to be aware of some of the problems and misinformation that you might receive from the sales associate involved. We would like to clarify some of those:
- Sizing is not an issue
Really? Please understand that moving the metal, which is what sizing means, is not only an issue, but a real problem. The diamonds are set either pressed into the gold with some gold covering the diamonds, or held in place with prongs. The moment you mess with the structure of the ring by sizing the ring up or down, you risk the stones falling out at some point. Let me clarify that…you may leave the jewelry store with a perfect pave diamond ring, but several weeks after the purchase stones might start falling out. There really isn’t anything quite as frustrating, than having to send your ring back to the jeweler time after time, because of loose diamonds.
The solution to this is very simple. Sizing, up or down, of one number is not a problem, after that any decent jeweler will offer to make the specific ring in your exact size, therefore avoiding any potential problems. The drawback to this is that you will not have your ring the moment you want it, but trust me, in the long term you will be much happier, if you show some patience.
Clarity doesn’t matter
Well, it does! While you can not see inclusions easily with small diamonds (simply because of the size of the stones), you will be able to see the difference in performance, if you pay attention. We suggest, as a rule, that you stay away from any diamonds that are I1 in clarity or below. While it is difficult to see the difference in those stones, the performance (fire and brilliance) will suffer greatly and after all, you are buying pave diamond rings for their fire and brilliance. Our suggestion is stones in the SI1 to SI3 range (SI3 being a EGL grade). This way, you are getting diamonds, that are clean to the naked eye (simply because they are so small) and perform the way you want.
- Color doesn’t matter
We do agree with this statement to a certain degree. The only time the color of the diamonds is important, is when you choose the color of gold these stones should be set in. The general rule is that any diamonds set in white gold, should be color J or above. The reason for this is simple, since any color below J will show a yellow tint against a white gold setting.
Cut doesn’t matter
This has got to be the worst, misleading statement a sales associate could ever make in our opinion. Cut is the most important of all the Cs, since it will have an effect on all the other characteristics of the diamonds set in pave diamond rings. Look at it this way. A diamond that is cut correctly will show maximum fire and brilliance. There will be so much going on, that it will be difficult to see any inclusions, or color for that matter. In other words, the better the cut, the more forgiving you can be on color and clarity!
The carat weight of each stone doesn’t matter in pave diamond rings
This is true! After all, you are buying pave diamond rings, because their composed of a multitude of small diamonds, each with 57 facets (cuts). The whole beauty lies in the fact that you have a huge amount of individually cut diamonds spread all over your ring.
All pave diamond rings are created equal
Nothing could be further from the truth. If you read this far, you will understand why this statement would make no sense at all. A diamond with a better cut, better clarity and better color will always have a better performance.
To sum things up:
Pave diamond rings are basically very wide bands, with a multitude of very small diamonds spread over the surface. When you consider such a piece of jewelery, you should be aware of a few things that will make your decision a better and more informed one.
Diamonds in a white gold setting should be color J or above. Any color below that will show some yellow in the diamonds. In a yellow gold setting, you can get away with a color all the way down to M-N, since the yellow gold will mask the yellow tint in the stones and therefore the stones in pave diamond rings will still look white.
Be sure to only buy from a reputable jeweler online or offline. This is very important, since the workmanship of a piece like that will have to come with a guarantee. This is vital, since there is a chance of a stone/stones falling out. This is not likely the fault of the jeweler, but simply a drawback of the way the stones are set. Since you want the diamonds set closely together, prongs only sometimes work, since they take up too much space. Instead, the stones are pushed into the gold and than some of the metal is pushed over the side to keep the diamonds in place, making pave diamond rings a little harder to care for than some other jewelry. For the same reason, cleaning will also have to be done with the utmost care.
Make sure the ring fits, right from the start. Because of the way the stones are set (as described above), you want to make sure, that the ring does not have to be sized. While making the ring smaller/bigger, the jeweler would have to move the entire ring ever so slightly, which can cause the stones to loosen.
These tips will make your life a happier one in the long run and insure that you enjoy your pave diamond rings.
We hope, that with this information, you will be better equipped to make the choices you will need to make, when buying your pave diamond rings.