Pave Diamond Ring – The Basics

By Dirk Rendel

There are many types of rings. What makes the difference is the metal used, the stone, number of stones and in case of diamond rings, the way the diamonds are set. Of all the settings, perhaps the most intricate setting is pave setting. Remember walking with that special someone hand in hand on that cobbled moonlit street? Well a pave diamond ring is similar to that cobbled street. In a pave diamond ring the diamonds are set so close to each other that the metal is barely visible. This results in a continuous surface of diamond and gives the appearance of one big solitaire.
Small sized diamonds are usually preferred for pave setting so they fit properly. But small size is not the only requirement. The cut of the diamonds becomes much more important than usual here since these diamonds are to be placed close to each other without touching and covering as much surface as possible. All diamonds are kept exactly the same size unless the ring is of a tapering design in which case the diamonds need to diminish in size as the area to be paved narrows. Precise size selection and cut is required. Each of the several tiny diamonds used in pave diamond ring weighs just a few points. They have 58 facets which give the dazzling look of the finished ring.
To make a pave diamond ring, small holes are drilled in the ring shank to place the tiny diamonds. After each diamond is positioned in its respective hole, tiny bits of metal are pushed over from the shank’s surface over the edges of the diamonds, which results in tiny beads that hold the diamonds in place. The goal is to have as the least possible visible metal so that the brilliance of the stones can be clearly seen.
Pave Ring
The price of a pave diamond ring depends basically on the amount of gold (or platinum in some cases) used and the type of the diamonds. Other than that the overall design also decides the price. There is one downside to pave diamond rings. Pave setting is not always the most stable style of holding diamonds. Other than the risk of diamonds falling out, another problem is that of dirt getting trapped in the ring and obscuring the brilliance. Regular cleaning and inspection should be done to ensure that your pave diamond ring stays in good shape. Care should be taken while wearing, too; even a small jerk may dislodge one or more diamonds of your precious pave diamond ring.


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