Why should you choose a pavé ring?
If you’ve been looking at purchasing a ring – for an engagement or otherwise – you might already know that the band is as important as the centre stone and design itself. One of your options is a pavé band – where the band is covered in tiny diamonds. A pavé band can also be called a shoulder-set ring, or a ring with sidestones. Read on for the pros and cons of opting for a pavé band for your ring.
What is a pavé ring?
A pavé ring is a ring where the band is covered in tiny diamonds. This band design can be combined with any design of ring, such as solitaire, side stone, or gemstone. A pavé ring gives the appearance of having a band made of diamonds, and it can come in half-pavé (where the top half is covered in tiny stones, but the underside isnt) or full pavé (where the whole outside surface of the band is covered in tiny diamonds).
This is often referred to as an eternity (or half-eternity) style, as eternity rings are set with tiny diamonds, much like a pavé setting. However, an eternity ring will be a plain pavé without a main stone, whereas the pavé setting we are discussing today can be used in conjunction with any centre stones and is very popular as a setting for an engagement ring.
What are the pros of a pavé ring setting?
- A pavé setting is extra glamorous, sparkling with every movement of the wearer’s hand
- The pavé setting accentuates your centre stone, putting even more focus on your diamond or gemstone
- A pavé setting is very versatile, and can be used with all ring designs
- Because smaller diamonds are always cheaper than one large carat weight, you can possibly opt for a smaller centre stone with a pavé band for a lower cost, with similar results of sparkle
What are the cons of a pavé ring setting?
- Because the pavé band is covered in tiny diamonds, it will be more costly than a plain band
- Most full pavé bands cannot be resized – so you need to ensure either the size is correct, or opt for a half pavé band, where there is more room for resizing wiggle-room
- Pavé bands can be slightly harder to keep clean than plain bands, as there are more nooks and crannies for dirt to settle in
- Some wearers may find a pavé band more uncomfortable on the finger than a plain band
A pavé setting is all down to personal preference, and ultimately, the decision comes down to which type of band suits your image and lifestyle.