Pavé Diamonds and Settings in Jewelry – Let’s Decode

Pave Diamonds and Settings

None of us is uninitiated on the influence of French fashion on the overall global fashion scene. Fashionistas worldwide draw parallels from the various style statements and trends set off by French designers. The French have left their indelible mark when it comes to fashion lexicon, too, be it clothing or jewelry. The term elegance itself, a much-sought watchword used so frequently to define a style, derives its roots from the Middle French word – élégance, meaning refinement.

Pavé is one such jewelry term, referring to the setting of diamonds in a design, that is a direct pick from the French glossary. This timeless style that enhances the beauty of a jewelry design multifold enraptures the attention of both the old-age buyers and the new-age shoppers equally. A frequently used term for jewelry insiders and connoisseurs, most shoppers are not clued to what a pave diamond or pave setting means. They often ask – What are pavé diamonds? Do pavé diamonds add sparkle to the jewelry? What are the best diamond cuts for a pavé setting? Read on as we unfold the meaning for you and get you complete insights into this.

What Is a Pavé in Jewelry?

A pavé (pronounced pah-vay) is the French term for paving. It came from the concept of a paved street—an area covered with flat blocks or bricks so that the underneath surface is nearly fully hidden. It can well be gauged that in jewelry, paving essentially means adorning the top of a surface with something beautiful for an overall refined appearance.  

In literal terms – Pavé is a setting, not a diamond cut or shape, made of closely set small diamonds or gemstones to create a beam of sparkle. Each diamond is set on little prongs or beams on the base metal, to form a close-knit covering of the metal surface. 

Although pavé diamonds had a major comeback in the 20th-century jewelry market, this setting has been around since the 1700s. It is a timeless style that can be incorporated both on the ring band (or shank) or to remount the center stone. Either way, it adds unsurpassable beauty to the whole look. Don’t believe us? Look at this beautiful 0.47ct diamond engagement ring with a single pavé diamond band for luxurious glitter. With its minimal design yet exquisite elegance, this engagement ring makes your fingers look stunning.

Pavé Diamonds and Channel Set Diamonds- What’s the Difference?

On the face of it, they might look similar, but there are intricate variations between pavé and channel set diamonds if you see them closely.

The jewels in a pavé setting are so intimately knitted that they resemble a string of diamonds or a cluster that glitter and gleam in unison. The gemstones are held in place by little prongs. In a channel setting, though, the diamonds or gemstones are put inside small channels carved into the ring design. A metal rim secures the set stones in their place.

The below image helps with understanding the two settings better.

Pave and Channel Settings in Jewelry

Different Types of Pavé Settings

Already enamored? Well, we are too? While solitaires have always caught fancy with the opulence and grandeur of their size and beauty, pave diamonds and settings, too, bring their own charm to a jewelry design. Arguably, the most striking way to accentuate a design and heighten the overall glistening, luminous, diamond-shine look. With diamonds, it is always the more, the merrier, and pave diamonds do so in the most graceful way possible. 

A pave setting is not restricted to any particular size or shape of diamonds. These aspects can vary depending on the style of pavé setting you are considering. Majorly, there are four major settings available: micro pavé, petite pavé, French pavé, and standard pavé.

Micro Pavé

Typically, with diamonds below 0.01 carats, a micro pavé setting tightly holds tiny stones inserted within the band with the help of prongs. They are so tightly intertwined that they appear to be a single diamond beam. A basic micro pavé ring setup can accommodate up to 50 diamonds.

Petite Pavé

A petite pavé setting, like the micro pavé one, uses tiny beads instead of prongs to hold diamonds weighing 0.01 to 0.02 carats. This is a larger version of the micro pavé setup with an inclination toward a more classical design.

French Pavé

In this setting, V-shaped beads or prongs clasp and lock small diamonds or gemstones. The v-cut prongs allow more light to hit the stones, giving the piece of jewelry a Magnifique dazzle.

Standard Pavé

The standard or plain pavé is on the less subtle side. The diamonds in this setting are set on larger, more visible prongs, giving the image of a cobblestone pathway. Nonetheless, the gems’ placement provides a magnificent impact on the jewelry.

Aside from these basic types, other popular pavé settings include u-shaped pavé, scalloped pavé, modern pavé, and bright cut pavé. Whatever pavé setting you prefer, your jewelry will surely have the brilliant bling factor.

Do Pavé Diamonds Sparkle More?

While it is entirely up to you if you desire a show-stopping diamond with a higher carat weight, pavé diamonds’ brilliance is undeniable. What leads to their riveting popularity amongst women is their brilliant shine and splendid appearance, notwithstanding their slightly lower costs as compared to the bigger diamonds. It outdoes the fact that they are not a single rock but numerous tiny diamonds clustered together in a magnificent and skilled way.

Buying jewelry is not always about affordability; it is a combination of resonating with your personal style and the design’s aesthetic appeal. Pave diamond setting adds that “call-to-attention” maximalism to a jewelry piece but with a touch of refined glamour, as seen in the yellow gold hollow paperclip chain bracelet below. This bracelet, featuring a constellation of pavé diamonds set in a micro-format, produces the illusion of a dazzling stream of brilliance. The presence of pavé diamonds makes the design grand without being overbearing.

Pave Diamonds and Settings

Remounting your ring band with pavé diamonds is a fail-safe way to enhance the ring’s beauty while adding more spotlight to the big center stone. The center solitaire is enthralling in itself but the presence of tiny diamonds around elevates its stature further. The 14K white gold diamond engagement ring below features the pavé setting on the mildly curvaceous band, giving it a twisted illusion and adding that extra oomph to the design.

The twisting diamond-encrusted shank adds a new dimension to the design and attracts our attention to the central round-cut diamond. The pavé setting on the ring’s shank brings out the starry-white shimmering of the whole piece in a pronounced way.

Pros and Cons of Pavé Settings

When selecting a diamond setting, it is paramount to consider aspects like maintenance, durability, etc., along with the wearer’s style preference. Before you finalize your selection, weigh the pros and cons of a pavé setting.


– Adds a spark and brilliance to the jewelry design.

– Highlights the center stone even further.

– Looks luxurious and glamorous.

– Adds a touch of glitz without adding to the size of the jewelry.

– Offers a lavish look even with low-quality diamonds.

– Befitting for both modern and classic designs.

– More brilliance at comparatively lower costs.


– With pavé setting on the band, re-sizing the jewelry might not be feasible.

– Look for pavé settings on only half or three-fourths of the band; wearing a ring daily with pavé diamonds featuring all over the band might be slightly uncomfortable.

Are Pavé Diamonds Expensive?

This is a rather tricky question because pavé refers to a setting rather than a particular type of diamond. Yet, pavé set diamond jewelry is frequently less expensive than other jewelry with a larger diamond with a higher carat. This is because this setting uses accent diamonds smaller than 0.1 carats. Furthermore, the color and clarity of pavé set diamonds below in the grade compared to that of larger carat ones. Final word, thank God for the pavé diamonds and settings; they make the luxuriant beauty of the diamonds slightly more affordable without compromising on the splendor.

How Many Carats Is a Pavé Diamond?

Again, because pavé is a collection of small diamonds rather than a certain type of diamond, no exact carat is mandated here. However, most pavé set diamonds weigh less than 0.2 carats as a collection.

The 14K white gold pavé diamond bar necklace seen here is an excellent illustration of this. This neckpiece comprises 0.18ct pavé diamonds in a rectangular bar with curved edges; the cluster of accent diamonds provides outstanding sparkle. Dress up your look by layering it with other complementing necklaces or tread the elegant way by wearing it as a standalone; the neckpiece never ceases to amaze!

What Are the Best Cuts for Pavé Jewelry?

Round diamonds are traditionally the finest choice for creating the pavé setting. But why, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that a round diamond’s cuts and facets allow a brighter dazzle (as compared to other shapes), irrespective of the diamond size.  

Take the following Bujukan huggies, for example, which feature superbly set pavé diamonds on elegant yellow gold. The tiny round accent diamonds arranged in a closely knitted pattern emanate a classic theme with a touch of modern sparkle.

Can Pavé Diamonds Fall out?

The possibilities are extremely slim, borderline none. However, it cannot be guaranteed that a diamond in pavé setting will never fall off. Each stone in a pavé setting is held in place by tiny prongs or beads embedded in the metal’s surface. There is no metal rim around them to provide further protection. Although it adds shine to the jewelry, it makes the diamond slightly susceptible to falling off if the jewelry is handled roughly or clumsily. This risk increases if you soak your pavé diamond jewelry in water for an extended period. Hence, take special care while cleaning and preserving your pavé diamond jewelry.

Is It Difficult to Clean a Pavé Setting?

Absolutely not! All you need is a solution of dishwasher detergent or shampoo and water. Soak your jewelry for 15-20 minutes before carefully scrubbing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A well-set pavé setting should not be dislodged with a soft toothbrush. However, be gentle and avoid soaking your jewelry for an extended time.

Can You Wear Pavé Setting Jewelry Daily?

Yes, yes, yes!

Whatever the event may be, pavé diamonds undoubtedly give a shine to your everyday style statement. One of the most striking advantages is that they create low-commitment, ideal for everyday wear jewelry. That said, you can’t go wrong with a classic like this white gold wide band, which is suitable for both daily and occasional wear. If your tastes gravitate to more unconventional, quirky ring shapes, this finger band is fascinating for you.

If you want to wear pavé jewelry regularly, remove them before showering, cooking, kneading, or performing other household chores.


With its iridescent shimmers, the pavé setting produces a captivating look that feels both ultra-luxurious and modern. In addition, this setting is awestriking for those with a fetish for minimalist, effortless designs. We reiterate – a pavé setup is a low-commitment brilliance with a big impact. Whether in an engagement ring, an anniversary band, a sparkling white diamond bracelet, or a necklace, pavé diamond settings make their presence felt with their brilliance. Enjoy browsing through and shopping stunning pavé diamond jewelry designs at Gabriel & Co.

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