You see the term used everywhere when describing rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants, but when it comes to jewelry design, what exactly is pave? You mentally earmark a pave piece on your favorite style blog, you know you like it, but perhaps the actual term is lost on you. Learn more during this quick glimpse at pave jewelry: what it is, why it’s a great choice and some of our pave picks at Donald Haack.
The term, pronounced “pah-vay,” comes from the French word “pave,” meaning to pave a street. Only instead of covering an area of ground with asphalt, a pave setting literally covers or “paves” a piece of jewelry with gemstones, often diamonds. In pave settings, the jeweler places tiny gemstones closely together using a painstaking bead setting method. This covers up any metal underneath for an affect that looks like a flowy field of sparkly small gems.
What Makes Pave a Popular Choice?
- All the flash without the cash. Pave jewelry, especially rings, offer a beautiful, budget-friendly alternative to a solitaire diamond that offer up just as much sparkle for a smaller price tag.
- Flaws become more forgivable. Because the gems are so tiny, flaws go virtually undetectable to the naked eye.
- The stones look bigger. A pave setting surrounding a solitaire diamond or gem enhances the centerpiece of an engagement ring.
- Versatility. Pave adds panache to any outfit — bold enough to carry a Little Black Dress, but not too fussy for work or even blue jeans. Or make a pave pendant necklace your signature daily statement!
Pave Jewelry We Love
Donald Haack Diamonds offers a selection of pave pieces:
Where have you seen pave jewelry lately? In the magazines? Your favorite catalogue? Your own jewelry box?