Picking the rings for your engagement and wedding might be the hardest task of your romantic life. This is because you should aim to select those that match your and your partner’s lifestyles and tastes. One of the critical things you will be expected to choose is the setting of the stone into the metal used for your ring’s band.
The pave setting, more so the micro pave wedding band in yellow gold, is currently among the most popular. The pave setting uses carved metal beads to hold the stone in place. These beads are raised from the band using specific tools or carved out of the band. Most diamonds in a pave ring setting are .01 to .02 carats. If your diamonds are smaller than these, the setting is considered a micro pave.
A traditional pave setting has clear edges, which separate every pave row and traces its outline to guarantee the stone stands out. Thanks to technology, machine-cut diamonds are now bright enough and do not need the masking of the metal for them to shine. In modern pave settings, therefore, the diamond sits atop the metal band and remains visible. The following are the modern pave wedding band settings you can choose from.
This is used for diamonds with a diameter of less than 1.2mm. The mushroom pave setting is a string of small diamonds, which seem suspended in the air since their width and that of the band in which they are placed are similar. The look generated is a less metallic, rounded and soft one.
This will suffice for diamonds with 1.2 to 1.5mm diameters. Though the stone is bigger compared to that in the mushroom pave, it is slightly smaller compared to the width of your ring’s band. The stone’s arches and the slits that separate it, therefore, will create a unique pattern on your metal band’s side. When viewed face down, the metal will be hardly visible since its sides are shaded and slope away from the stones.
This is meant for diamonds with more than 1.5mm diameters. A V-cut pave is three rather than two-dimensional since the stone is too big for the wedding band. The V-shaped elements included in this setting are designed to hide as huge a part of your metal as possible to allow your diamonds to shine.
This resembles the cut-down pave but includes bright facets on the side, tilted or facing up. The facets are meant to imitate the sparkle of your diamond and will thus give an illusion of a bigger stone when the ring is viewed from afar. The fishtail pave is mostly used for diamonds with a diameter of 1.1mm since it will make a larger diamond look pretentious and cheap.
The above pave ring settings are the best choice for those looking for an elegant and timeless wedding band and engagement ring combination. The intricate details of this setting from the extra diamonds will add grandeur and depth to your wedding band. Moreover, it will not distract the central stone in your ring unlike in other setting options.