What Is A Pave Setting?

The word pave comes from the French word for “to pave” and is pronounced “pav-ay.” A pave setting means that tiny holes have been drilled into the setting with very small diamonds placed inside, as if paved into it, for an overall effect of glittering sparkle. These tiny diamonds can range slightly in size and shape, but are typically under .05 carats and are round cut. Diamonds under .02 carats are considered micro-pave. Pave diamond rings were created in the 18th century and are quite common in modern engagement rings.

Is A Pave The Right Style For You?

Glittering and eye-catching, pave adds extra brilliance and sparkle to your engagement ring. Pave can range from small accent stones in a single line around your band, to multiple rows of micro-pave and can be used in the halo, along the prongs, and any place there is metal on the ring.  Pave typically gives a ring a delicate appearance because it covers the metal, but many variations are possible. Watch the video to learn about more options for designing with pave diamonds.

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Pave Pros and Cons


  • Adds to the overall brilliance and sparkle of the design
  • Can emphasize the center stone, making it appear larger
  • A versatile style, pave can be used on and metal part of the ring


  • Makes resizing and repairs difficult
  • Risk of losing these very tiny stones
  • You must make sure that all of the tiny stones are consistent in color are size, variations very obvious

Who Are Pave Engagement Rings Right For?

Pave diamonds add a beautiful, sparkling, classic and delicate feel to your engagement ring. If you want your ring to have a feminine, dainty look than adding pave diamonds is a good choice. Pave is also a good option for making your center stone look larger. Because resizing is very difficult and may not even be possible, this is not a good choice if you are not positive of the ring size you need. Pave may not be a good choice for those with active lifestyles, who work with their hands or are rough on their jewelry.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

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Halo Engagement Rings

Halos are a great place to add pave diamonds to your engagement ring design.

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