Engagement Rings With Pave Diamonds Continue to Be A Big Trend in 2008.

Engagement rings with pave diamonds are named for pavement- as in, pave diamonds are clustered so closely together they appear akin to glittery-shimmering cobblestone pavement. So you don't look like a fool when you go to buy one of these bad boys, pave is pronounced ... pah-vay.

Pave diamond bands look expensive because all you see are rows of diamonds, but surprisingly, they don't have to be. Pave diamonds are just small diamond chips and thus they typically maximize a ring's beauty, but not the cost. An even cheaper alternative is to use a non-diamond gemstone.

Pave settings are constructed by drilling small holes into the ring shank, which the stones are inserted into. The diamond chips used are all approximately the same size and luster. After the stones are placed into the band, minute amounts of metal are molded over the edge of each diamond chip, holding them in place.

There are two different kinds of pave settings. The first type is a single band with a row of diamonds. The band can be thin or wide. The thin band accomodates small chips while the wide band is suited for larger diamond chips, and will cost more.The other pave design has a wide band with several clustered rows of diamonds set at slightly different angles to each other.Pave diamond bands without a center stone are referred to as eternity rings or diamond anniversary rings. Pave bands typically use tiny prongs to hold diamond chips in place. This helps to make the row of diamonds stand out while minimizing the appearance of the metal. The most popular metals for pave bands are platinum and white gold, as the pave setting in general, has a very contemporary look.

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