A pavé engagement ring is encrusted with very small diamonds all along the band to give the appearance of a solid diamond surface, rather than a metal band. Because pave-set diamonds use only tiny beads or prongs to hold them in place, very little of the metal band shows through and the diamonds appear to be free-standing. Pave settings can either go around the whole band (full pave) or stop halfway around it (half pave). Micro pave rings are even more delicate and intricate than regular pave settings. The individual stones are so small that they appear to blend together and create extraordinary fire. Also, because the diamonds are smaller than in a traditional pave setting, the surface is much smoother and less likely to rub against the other fingers. Typically, round brilliant or princess cut diamonds are used as center stones in pave engagement rings, since the brilliance and fire of the setting itself doesn't require a fancy center gem. Most center stones are prong-set, basket-set or bezel-set, as these styles separate the focal diamond apart from the setting.
James Allen offers a variety of beautiful pave engagement rings, from full pave settings that are visually impressive, and half pave settings that blend comfort with style.