Named after the French word for paving stones, this style incorporates a center diamond or gemstones with shoulders that are paved with small diamonds, set closely together. Each gem or diamond is separated and held in place by individual microscopic metal settings, giving the appearance of the shoulders being dusted with diamonds. Sometimes it even looks like the ring is made of diamonds as the metal is hidden away below.
Pavé rings are set with diamonds that are often very uniform in size and spacing. The more precisely cut the diamonds, the better the ring setting. At Taylor & Hart, the diamonds we use to set into a pavé setting are a color grade of G, and are a clarity grade of VS2 – though you can request a higher color and/or clarity if you’d like.
The ring shank on pave engagement rings have to be wider to accommodate all of the smaller diamonds and this produces a more substantial ring that many find appealing.