An engagement ring is a symbolic representation of everlasting love that is to be cherished for a lifetime, never losing its glow. While the “perfect” engagement ring is different for every woman, the words used to describe them are the same: brilliant, captivating, and breathtaking. With a row (or rows) of brilliant diamonds set closely together that shine and shimmer with the slightest movement or faintest flicker of light, pavé and micropavé settings can certainly embody the words used to describe the perfect engagement ring. That being said, it is important to understand the differences between pavé and micropavé settings in order to choose the right ring for you.
For a definitively classic and timeless look with a dashing extra touch of shine, a pavé setting is a perfect option. In many pavé designs, a large center diamond is complemented with pavé set diamonds to create an unprecedented level of radiating brilliance. Although not visible, the pavé diamonds are secured with precious metals. This not only holds the diamonds in place, but it creates an illusion of a continuous line of gleaming diamonds.
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A micropavé setting adds a new level of sophistication, giving the ring a diamond-encrusted look. With a micropavé setting, diamonds are not only found on the band, but in addition, are found around a center gem or underneath it. It could be stated that a micropavé setting is created under a microscope. Diamonds extremely small in weight and size are delicately placed by hand on a ring and can require a microscope to achieve precision, hence the term micropavé. Diamonds can also be featured along the band on multiple rows. As spectacular and beautiful as micropavé settings can be, they do require more care and caution than other rings because of the small size and high number of diamonds they showcase. The micropavé ring pictured below is a sight to see, featuring over 60 diamond stones on a single ring! The delicacy of micropavé rings can certainly be frightening for some, but the unparalleled beauty and brilliance of these rings are certainly tempting and may be worth the extra care.
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Despite their subtle differences, both pavé and micropavé settings are undeniably beautiful in the way they accentuate engagement rings with diamonds. The most important thing is to choose the ring that fits best with you and the one which you love the most. While this may take a lot of time and contemplation, it will be worth every time you wear the ring for the rest of your life!
A ring’s setting is an essential detail that can make or break a ring style for you. It’s important to note the differences and to pick out the right setting for you. It can, however, be difficult to distinguish the different styles and see what sets them all apart. To help you decide on the best fitting one for you, we’ve broken down the top 5 most popular ring settings. Let’s take a look at these favorite styles.
A halo ring setting is one that has smaller side stones placed around the center stone. This means more diamonds! It is currently the most popular type of setting due to how it makes the center stone pop. The surrounding diamonds give off an optical illusion, making the center diamond seem larger than it really is. If you’re a diamond lover who is concerned about size, this may be the best setting for you.
The prong setting is a very classic and traditional type of ring setting. Most prong settings feature four prongs, holding the center diamond securely in place. Prongs can become loose over time, so it is recommended to have the ring inspected from time to time. A prong setting can also cause snags on clothes if it is set high, which may not be as ideal for those living more of an active lifestyle. A plus for this setting is that there’s minimal presence of metal, causing the center diamond to capture all the attention.
Bezel settings are another very popular style with its chic and modern look. Unlike the discrete prong setting, a thin metal ring holds the center diamond in place. Bezel settings come in full or partial, with the full having complete enclosure and the partial leaving the sides open.
The pavé setting comes from the French term meaning “to pave.” Literally meaning paved with diamonds, this setting is also commonly referred to as a bead setting or micro-pavé setting if the beads are especially small. With the diamonds being closely placed together, it adds a continuous array of sparkle, which is a definite plus.
A channel setting sets smaller side stones in a channel on the band of the ring. This also provides a snag-free design for those who’d like a smoother finish. Extra diamonds means extra sparkle!
Great things are happening here at Natalie K and we can’t wait to share with you! Here’s our 5 favorite new additions to the site just this week! Whether you’re crazy about rose gold, diamond halos, or large vintage-inspired pieces, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of these beauties.
An 18k rose gold split shank covered in diamonds adds modern flare to this already glowing diamond engagement ring. This piece is a welcome addition to our popular Le Rosè Collection where all our rose gold diamond engagement rings can be found.
Stars like Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, and Katherine McPhee opted for oval center diamond engagement rings. With a unique take on the halo diamond engagement ring, NK32891 sparkles and shines the way only an oval diamond can. Oval diamonds have benefits like appearing to have a larger carat weight due to their elongated shape that also can make the wearers finger appear longer and slimmer. This gorgeous piece can be found in our Eternelle Collection.
Nothing beats a classic three stone design for engagement rings. Representing your past, present and future, three stone diamond engagement rings are a beautiful representation of your love for one another now and forever. NK29675 adds a little more sparkle to that mix with diamonds set on the shank. This ring can be found in our Trois Diamants Collection.
Take a trip back in time with NK31570. Bezel-set pear-shaped side stones, pave-set diamonds all around, a beautiful 4-prong center mounting; this is the dream vintage-inspired diamond engagement ring. Feel like a queen with this diamond engagement ring that is absolutely fit for royalty. Find this dream ring in our Renaissance Collection.