What Is a Pavé Diamond Setting?

In a pave diamond setting, small diamonds are placed close to each other, virtually covering the underlying metal. This arrangement gives the appearance that the piece is entirely made of diamonds. Pave diamond settings can be applied to most types of jewelry, including rings, bracelets, cuff links and necklaces.

On rings, pave settings are often applied along the band to create the illusion of a pure diamond ring. Other rings have decorative pave elements on the front of the ring.

Jewelers hold the pave diamonds in place by using small, strong prongs or beads made from the underlying metal. Depending on the style of the piece and the color of the diamond, the prongs may be highly noticeable or nearly invisible.