Micro pave engagement rings have been the rage for the last 6 years or so, they’re beautiful and have a certain allure about them. In fact, 90% of all engagement rings sold today are set with micro pave diamonds. With that being true, there are certain things that you should know before making a final selection or choosing one. The techniques used to set the diamonds are what make these rings so interesting but they also may cause future problems.
What is Micro Pave?
Micro pave is a setting type or technique for securing diamonds in a wedding or engagement ring. Pave means that that the diamonds are set edge to edge while trying to cover the entire surface metal of the ring. The aim is to create a wall of brilliance by eliminating the amount of visible precious metal. To secure the diamonds the jeweler uses a small tool called a graver to raise a prong in the form a bead.
When creating micro pave, the jeweler uses the smallest of diamonds, so small that all of work must be performed under a high-powered microscope. This is how the setting technique gets its name. The advantage of using micro pave is the ability gained that is needed to set diamonds in places that couldn’t be done in the past.
Old setting techniques did not allow jewelers to enhance the beauty of Wedding Rings Engagement in ways that today’s micro pave does.
What are the Pitfalls of Micro Pave?
There are 2 set-backs for wedding rings and engagement rings made using micro pave. The first is the limited range of re-sizing or fitting rings downward. Most rings made with micro pave have diamonds travelling down their shoulders. When a ring is sized down, the jeweler must cut-out a small piece of metal at the bottom of the ring. After removing the piece, there is a space remaining that must be closed. The jeweler pulls each side of the ring down and around in order to close the gap. Upon doing this, the prongs can be pulled away from the diamonds causing them to fall out. In many cases they may only be made looser but may not be detected until after you have received the ring and begun to wear it. This can cause the diamonds to fall out and you may have a lifetime of problems.
How to Prevent Future Problems
There are 2 precautions that you should take in order to ensure that you have chosen a ring that will be free of defects. The first is to make sure that you don’t size your ring too much up or down in size. Pave set rings can usually be sized no more than 1 size down or 2 sizes up while preventing problems. Anymore than that can pretty much guarantee future stone-loss problems. If you’re ready to purchase a ring and the jeweler must size it more than this you should request that a new ring be made from scratch. Taking the stock ring and forcing the finger size will most certainly cause you much grief. The second precaution is to choose a jeweler that is willing to provide a lifetime warranty and guarantees that the ring will always be free of defects.
Micro pave jewelry can be amazing in it’s appearance but always be cautious and choose a jeweler that understands how to work with and service it.
By Andy Moquin
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