For a spectacular display of brilliance and sparkle, pave diamond engagement ring settings are hard to beat. The word pave, pronounced pa-vay, means "to pave" in French, and this setting paves the band with glistening stones. To create pave rings, jewelers drill holes into the metal band and insert tiny cut diamonds. They then secure three or more rows of small gems with metal beads or prongs. The regular placement of the stones produces the illusion of a dazzling pavement.
Archduke Maximilian of Austria may have been the first person to add diamonds to an engagement band when he offered a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy upon his proposal in 1477. For a long time the giving of diamond engagement rings was restricted to the upper class and nobility. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa. Although pave engagement ring settings have been around since the 1700s, they did not achieve prominence until the 20th century.
Many celebrities delight in the enhanced brilliance and flash of pave engagement rings. For example, Natalie Portman received a round cut pave diamond engagement ring when she became engaged to Benjamin Millipied. Jim Toth gifted Reese Witherspoon an Ashoka cut diamond ring with a pave setting when he proposed in 2010. Ryan Reynolds gave Blake Lively a unique oval cut engagement ring with a pave setting.
Advantages of Pave Engagement Rings
The main advantage of pave engagement rings is the brilliance and fire of their appearance. The tiny diamonds around the sides highlight the center stone and at the same time provide added scintillation. A pave setting has a tendency to amplify the luminescence of the overall ring even if the center stone is not overly large or bright. It creates the appearance of an encircling array of sparkle that is singularly impressive.
The Perfect Diamond Shape for Pave Engagement Rings
The most common center stones in pave settings are round cuts. Breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamonds, also known as round brilliants, are easily the most popular diamond shapes for all engagement rings, comprising over two-thirds of diamond ring sales. These dazzling gems have 57 facets measured at precise angles and proportions to create maximum sparkle. Cutters often create a 58th facet by squaring off the sharp culet at the bottom end of the diamond to prevent its damage during setting. As the iconic diamond shape, round cuts are usually what come to mind when people picture diamond rings.
Precious Metals for Pave Engagement Rings
All types of precious metals look lovely on solitaire engagement rings. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.
Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.
Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.
Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.
Pave Engagement Ring Options
The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer magnificent handcrafted pave diamond engagement rings in assorted precious metal bands. The Laurel I, Channel I, Guinevere I, and Leda I all offer a round cut center with three rows of sparkling pave accents on the band. To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.