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The Perfect Ring: Pave Engagement Rings

When it comes to shopping for engagement rings online, it can be difficult to know where to begin. At Adiamor, we wanted to ease the pain of deciding on the perfect engagement ring. To help our customers make the best decisions about diamond rings, we started this blog series called The Perfect Ring. In today’s edition, we’ll be taking a look at pave engagement rings. Our founder is especially skilled with pave settings, so these rings have a unique history within Adiamor.

What Are Pave Engagement Rings?

The first question to answer, of course, is what are pave engagement rings?  Pave rings are not limited to specific designs, which makes this ring style different from other settings. Nearly any engagement ring settings ranging from solitaire engagement rings to split shank engagement rings can be adorned with pave set diamonds. The name pave engagement rings comes from the French word for paved because these rings look as if they have been paved in diamonds. In most cases, pave engagement rings feature brilliant cut round diamonds carefully set into the band. However, some pave settings include additional diamonds as a halo design or even adoring the prongs or basket setting.

The Right Pave Ring

Pave set rings are one of the best selling styles, and that’s because these settings work in many different combinations. Pave settings pair well with every ring metal ranging from traditional yellow gold to rose gold rings and even white gold and platinum engagement rings. The small pave set diamonds enhance the sparkle of smaller center stones in halo settings as well as provide additional sparkle to the bands of solitaire rings. Essentially, there’s no wrong way to customize a pave set engagement ring, and that’s a primary reason they are so popular. Another rather obvious reason is that additional diamonds always add more sparkle and shine!

Our Favorite Pave Settings

yellow gold pave engagement ringsThe French Cut Cushion Halo Setting is the perfect example of a pave engagement ring. Shown here in 14k yellow gold, this setting perfectly displays the balance of white diamonds and yellow gold and features brilliant cut round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35cttw. Another option with this diamond ring is to swap the cushion cut center stone for a round diamond. The pave set stones provide beautiful compliments to the center diamond which makes this an ideal setting when choosing a smaller center stone. Click here to view more of the French Cut Cushion Halo Setting.

 

rose gold pave engagement ringsAnother popular pave setting is the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Way. This gorgeous ring shines with pave set diamonds halfway around the band. One key difference is that the center stone is a solitaire setting. Because of this, shoppers will want to select a larger center diamond to be the focal point of the ring. Additionally, the rose gold provides pinkish hues that are the perfect backdrop for the pave set diamonds on the band and basket. Click here to view more of the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Way.

 

platinum pave engagement ringsFinally, our third and final current favorite pave engagement ring is the Split Shank Halo Setting for Cushion Cut Diamond. Shown here in platinum, this stunning setting compliments either a cushion or round center diamond. The split shank band includes approximately 100 diamonds totaling at least 0.72ct which means incredible sparkle and shine. When shopping for pave set engagement rings, it’s hard to find a setting with more pave set diamonds than this! Click here to view more of the Split Shank Halo Setting.

 

 

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Pave Engagement Rings In Three Ring Metals

For the past couple years, pave rings have been all the rage. With an appearance that looks as if the ring has been paved in diamonds, pave rings have a great deal of sparkle. Additionally, pave rings have a higher total carat weight than other engagement ring styles. The use of many small diamonds set in the band increases the diamond carat weight. The rise in popularity of pave engagement rings is showing no signs of slowing down. Check out three different ring styles in yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. The examples shown are just a fraction of the extensive selection of pave engagement ring settings we offer.

Yellow Gold Pave Rings

6 Prong Diamond Band And Basket Engagement Setting 14K Yellow GoldYellow gold rings are the most classic and traditional of engagement rings. However, by adding pave diamonds, yellow gold gets an updated twist. While yellow gold engagement rings are often solitaires, adding additional diamonds along the side of the band is a great way to add sparkle. The 6 prong diamond band on the right (R3059) features a classic basket setting. Although the ring features a round diamond, any diamond shape would look great in this setting. The 56 pave diamonds on the band total 0.35ct.

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Rose Gold Pave Engagement Rings

French Cut Basket Setting Diamonds 1/2 Way 18K Rose GoldPerhaps the only thing more popular than pave style rings are rose gold engagement rings. The color has seen an enormous growth in popularity recently in everything from fashion to tech. The pinkish hues of rose gold compliment skin tones and are considered to be very romantic as well. Rose gold pave engagement rings look great because they pair so well with white diamonds. By adding additional diamonds on the band, rose gold rings can truly shine bright. The ring on the right (R2981) features pave diamonds halfway around the band and a French Cut basket setting. This ring is the perfect vintage inspired pave ring and can feature any center diamond shape.

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Pave Rings in White Gold

Split Shank Halo Setting For Cushion Cut Diamond 14K White GoldWhite gold engagement rings feature a shiny white luster, similar to that of platinum. This clean, sophisticated ring metal works especially well with pave rings because of the increased sparkle. White gold pave rings also work well when combined with other styles. The split shank pave ring on the right (R2988) also features a halo setting. With a combined total of over 100 diamonds, this white gold pave ring has an astonishing total carat weight of 0.72ct before accounting for the center stone. When looking for a luxurious yet elegant engagement ring, look no further than this!

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A Man’s Guide To Engagement Ring Styles: Part 1

Shopping for engagement rings can be really difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. For many men, this is the case when starting out. In order to help future husbands understand different ring styles, we’ve put together a man’s guide to engagement ring styles. In the first of a two part series, we’ll take a look at four popular engagement ring settings. Keep in mind, though, that some styles can be combined together. In addition to the eight general categories, Adiamor also offers the option to create something totally unique by designing your own engagement ring. Hopefully, this man’s guide to engagement ring styles will help men purchase an engagement ring that will perfectly suit their bride to be.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

When it comes to classic, nothing beats a solitaire engagement ring. The traditional design of a solitaire ring puts focus on the central diamond. Solitaire engagement rings are the perfect choice for every diamond shape. However, the solitaire does not have to be a plain Jane ring. Today’s solitaire ring designs incorporate additional detailing and unique takes on the classic look.

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Halo Engagement Rings

When shopping for a bride who shines brighter than the crowd, a halo engagement ring might be the perfect fit. Halo rings surround the center diamond with additional smaller diamonds. The result is a stunning amount of sparkle, and the center diamond looks even bigger. Halo rings continue to grow in popularity because they provide additional value by adding to the total carat weight of diamonds. Additionally, halo rings are a popular choice for combining other ring styles, such as adding a pave band.

Shop the Adiamor collection of halo engagement rings.

Pave Engagement Rings

While halo rings add additional diamonds around the center gemstone, pave engagement rings bring an extra layer of sparkle to the band itself. Named for the French word for “paved,” small diamonds are set into the ring band so that each ring appears to be paved in diamonds. Pave engagement rings are incredibly popular because they brighten up classic looking bands without being overindulgent. Pave diamond rings are incredibly versatile, and for this reason, many customers like to combine pave bands with other engagement ring styles.

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Three Stone Engagement Rings

While the halo diamond ring utilizes smaller diamonds in a circle around the center stone, the three stone engagement ring adds larger diamonds to either side of the diamond in the middle. This allows for a wide variety of looks as vintage inspired engagement rings will use the larger diamonds to create a sparkling cluster; however, modern spins on the three stone ring use channel set diamonds. Either way, the three stone engagement ring is extremely versatile and can be used to compliment almost any bride’s sense of style.

Shop the Adiamor collection of three stone engagement rings.

Check back later this week for part 2 of a man’s guide to engagement ring styles!

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5 Popular White Gold Pave Engagement Rings Under $1000

In the past five years alone, pave jewelry has exploded in popularity. From pave earrings and pendants to rings, the fine jewelry world continues to create exquisite pieces featuring pave diamonds. The pave style, originating from the French word for “paved”, features diamonds set nearly 1 millimeter apart. This gives jewelry the appearance that is is essentially paved in diamonds. At Adiamor, we carry hundreds of styles of pave engagement rings available in yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. Today, we are taking a brief look at pave engagement rings in white gold, all of which are available on a budget for under $1000. Pair any of these gorgeous rings with the perfect diamond to create your own engagement ring featuring a pave setting.

Criss Cross Diamond Engagement Ring Settings

criss cross engagement ringThis amazing ring combines two of the most on trend styles in the fashion world: pave settings and criss cross rings. A truly unique design, this white gold ring features a total of 16 diamonds, pave set on a 1.7mm band. Available to be paired with any diamond shape, the criss cross ring provides tons of flair and drama perfect for any stylish bride.

 

Petite Milgrain and Pave Rings

petite milgrain pave engagement ringIf your idea of the perfect engagement ring includes elegance and class, it’s difficult to beat this pave set engagement ring. Featuring ten brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.32ct as well as delicate milgrain edges, this gorgeous ring pairs exceptionally well with a brilliant cut round diamond as the center stone.

Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring Setting

pave cathedral settingWhen searching for the right engagement ring, it is important to match the style to your bride to be’s personality. This cathedral setting is the perfect combination of timeless elegance and modern design, featuring ten round diamonds pave set into a white gold band. With clean edges, this white gold engagement ring will stand the test of time.

Split Shank Pave Engagement Rings

split shank pave engagement ringIn addition to featuring thirty-two brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.32ct, this pave setting also includes another one of the trendiest engagement ring styles: the split shank band. Perfect for featuring a round diamond, the split shank pave engagement ring contains the best of both worlds and an endless amount of sparkle. When you are searching for an engagement ring that has plenty of fire, you can’t pass up this gorgeous pave engagement ring.

The Classic Pave Setting

classic pave engagement ringFinally, there is the classic pave setting. With 16 round brilliant cut diamonds totaling 0.25ct, this is the most timeless of all pave engagement ring settings. It is simple, elegant, and looks stunning when paired with any diamond shape.

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What are the Best Diamond Shapes for an Engagement Ring?

Certain diamond shapes and sizes look incredibly beautiful when paired with particular settings. Here are some of our favorite combinations of diamonds and rings to help you decide the best diamond shapes for your engagement ring:

Larger round brilliants:

If you budget allows, round diamonds .90 ct and above look exquisite in the Large French Cut Pave setting, R2834.

French Cut Diamond Pave Setting from Adiamor
French Cut Diamond Pave Setting from Adiamor

 

One of our favorite customizations of this ring is to add diamonds on the prongs for a very luxurious and romantic look. The diamonds in the gallery are visible to the wearer only, so it’s like a secret love note to your beloved.

For more petite round brilliant stones, such as .50 ct and below, the classic solitaire makes a charming counterpart.

Diamond Solitaire Engagment Ring from Adiamor
Diamond Solitaire Engagment Ring from Adiamor

 

Rectangular fancy shaped diamonds like Emerald cuts and elongated Radiants or Cushions look great in three stone rings. Some of Adiamor’s recent favorite custom rings have been rectangular fancy shapes in three stone rings with tapered baguette side stones.

Radiant Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguettes
Radiant Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguettes

Tip: If you are looking for a rectangular stone, make sure the length to width ratio is above 1.10. The most popular L:W ratios for emerald cuts are between 1.30-1.40, because this produces a rectangular shape. If you know you like a very long rectangle, feel free to go higher, though. Or, if you want a squarer rectangle, look for L:W ratios from 1.20-1.30. Any diamond with a L:W ratio below 1.05-1.08 (depending on cut) will appear as a square.

Later on, we’ll discuss halo engagement ring styles!

 

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Pave Engagement Rings: A Carpet of Carats

When you’re madly in love, it can feel like birds are singing just for you and the streets beneath your feet are paved with diamonds. While you may not actually be getting a personal serenade or taking a stroll down a sparkling, priceless avenue, there are SOME things you can truly pave with diamonds – starting with pave diamond engagement rings!

Pave (pronounced “pah-VEY”), which is French for “paved” (naturally), is a bead method of placing many small gemstones closely together so that they completely cover the surface of the jewelry they adorn. To get an idea of the effect that this creates, imagine if you took a ring, made it sticky and rolled it in little diamonds, almost like sprinkles on a cupcake or glitter on a child’s art project. In the case of pave diamond engagement rings, they usually feature diamonds that are placed like tiny cobblestones across the band, sides and/or setting of the ring, creating a glittering visual effect that almost looks like the ring itself is fashioned entirely of diamonds.  Check out one of our many stunning pave engagement rings below:

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Pave diamonds can be used in many ways to produce a striking ring. For one, they can be placed as an eye-catching complement to a larger, central gemstone in unique engagement ring settings, setting off the main diamond for a marvelous effect. And two, pave diamonds can be a cost-effective and creative alternative to a large single diamond. Remember the dramatic oval engagement ring that the character Edward gave his fiancé, Bella, in the Twilight movies? That much-coveted bauble has become one of the most popular pave engagement rings in recent memory, and for good reason: The blanket of tiny diamonds across the ring’s surface sparkles like a vampire in the sun.

There is a slight risk to using pave diamonds as a key element of unique engagement ring settings. As the diamonds are not surrounded by prongs, they can be more easily lost. Also, pave engagement rings should be regularly cleaned and checked so that dirt that accumulates between the small stones from daily wear can be removed, leaving a ring that is as beautiful as the day it was made. But despite the periodic maintenance, a pave diamond setting with or without a larger diamond at the center, can be the perfect choice for anyone seeking a ring that is truly one of a kind.

Check out more unique engagement ring settings on www.Adiamor.com

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The Latest Trends in Celebrity Engagement Rings

The Latest Trends in Celebrity Engagement Rings

If you find yourself day-dreaming about famous celebrity engagement rings, Princess Kate’s just might be the first that pops into your mind. Her dazzling 18-carat sapphire, surrounded by 14 smaller white diamonds is certainly fitting for a princess. Not all celebrities have the desire for solitaire engagement rings as big as this! Kate Middleton’s fellow Brit, Keira Knightley, flaunts a simple yet elegant solitaire diamond from her musician fiancé, James Righton.  This 2-carat stone has a brilliant cut and sits on a classic gold band.
It’s not just the Brits that are in on the solitaire diamond scene. Apple-pie American, Ryan Reynolds, proposed to Blake Lively with an oval solitaire light pink diamond. Lively’s ring weighs in at a whopping nine carats on a delicate band comprised of smaller stones, making the beautiful rose diamond the star of the show.
Drew Barrymore’s ring proves it’s not necessary to have huge bling to make a statement. When she got engaged to celebrity art advisor, Will Kopelman, last February, she accepted a radiant cut solitaire diamond that weighs in at just under four carats.
Lately, celebrities have started showing a preference for yellow diamond engagement rings. Kelly Clarkson’s talent manager sweetie. Brandon Blackstock. proposed to her with a dramatic 10-carat yellow diamond surrounded by more white diamonds. Fellow singer Carrie Underwood received a similar 12-carat round cut canary diamond.
Not to be outdone by her American singer counterparts, in February 2012, Adele showed up to the Brit awards wearing a gorgeous 7-carat yellow diamond. Though the canary was just a loaner (not an actual engagement ring with a fiancé attached), it obviously indicates the British superstar’s preference in rocks.
Emerald cut diamonds are often used on the highest quality of diamonds, a fact that perhaps influences the celebrity trend of emerald-cut engagement rings. Clarkson’s and Adele’s yellow diamonds are both in emerald cuts, while ladies like Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton have white diamonds as their rocks, in the same cut.
If you want to get in on the hottest celebrity engagement rings, you will do well sticking with a solitaire diamond on a simple band, or more ornate setting with an emerald cut diamond. Colored diamonds, particularly yellow diamond engagement rings, seem to be on the rise, but don’t feel obligated to make your man buy you a gem the size of Princess Kate’s—you’ll feel like royalty no matter what when he drops to one knee, ring in hand.