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If you’ve been on the look out for an engagement ring, you’ve doubtless encountered a whole new lexicon of styles and cuts. And it’s not always clear which each term – solitaire, princess, halo, pave – refers to. To help you get to know one of the most scintillating styles, in this guide we’re going to talk you through everything you need to know about designing your own pave set engagement ring.

Delivering maximum sparkle, the pave set engagement ring is both beautiful and popular. And when you’re designing your own, it provides plenty of scope for a unique aesthetic.

Pave Set Custom Engagement Rings: What Do You Need to Know

What is the pave setting?

The pave setting refers to the incorporation of small diamonds – or other precious stones – along the band of the ring. The centre stone can be any type or style. As long as your band sparkles, you have a pave setting.

Is a pave setting suitable for an engagement ring?

The pave setting is used for all kinds of rings. It has become increasingly popular for wedding bands, with couples looking to put a little more emphasis on a ring that can often feel a little overlooked. The pave setting is also great for men, who might like a little adornment on their engagement or wedding rings, without recourse to a large stone. But above all, it’s female engagement rings where this style really shines – literally. The stones in the band can accentuate – and contrast with – the centre stone/s of the ring, creating the ultimate sparkle.

How would you feature a pave setting?

For some people, the pave setting is the main feature of the ring. This is a style particularly popular for wedding rings. For engagement rings, you can choose to use the pave setting to either run around the whole band of the ring, or to provide an accent to both (or one) sides of the centre stone.

Why wouldn’t I choose a pave setting for my custom engagement ring?

The pave setting is undeniably beautiful, whatever form it takes. But it does come with a couple of drawbacks.

Firstly, the more stones you incorporate into your design, the more expensive it can be. Although, a series of smaller stones can often work out to be more cost effective than a cluster of medium or large size stones.

Secondly, pave settings are more delicate. For people who work with their hands, this delicacy may be off-putting, making the ring more prone to damage. However, regardless of the style, it’s always sensible to remove your engagement ring before exercise, gardening, showering, washing up, or any other kind of manual work. So, it’s simple enough to take precautions.

And thirdly, pave set rings can be more difficult to maintain. Cleaning with a cloth is more likely to disrupt the smaller stones. This means that professional steam cleaning is more important for pave settings.

Which stones work best for a pave set engagement ring?

You can use any precious stones for a pave set engagement ring. But being stronger, diamonds are one of the better choices. They are more resilient to knocks, and so more likely to last. The good news is that you can find various colours of diamond to accommodate your design. And coloured diamonds are often slightly less expensive than the traditional brilliant whites.

Pave set custom engagement rings are truly beautiful. And the pave setting can be a great way to bring a unique personality to your custom engagement ring.

If you need support creating your own bespoke engagement ring, get in touch to find out how Durham Rose can help.