(Closed) What is the difference between a pave setting and a shared prong setting?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

In a pave setting, small beads of metal are used to keep tiny stones in place. Usually this creates an encrusted look where the ring is totally covered in stones (usually diamond). In a shared prong setting, small prongs hold the diamonds in place. When more than one diamond is in a row, the diamonds share the prong rather than have two prongs next to each other. A shared prong setting is used for slightly larger diamonds than you’d see with a pave setting, because the slightly larger stones require a larger amount of metal to support them. So pave is really just tiny, tiny prongs—so small they’re dots of metal. But I do think there’s a grey area with small diamonds where it’s hard to tell if you have pave or just very small prongs. If you posted a pic of your e-ring we could probably help you tell if it’s a prong or a pave setting.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

look at you andyour bad self chelseamorning! information to the max!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Beautiful ring! I love that design.

I agree with you, it’s hard to tell if that’s a pave or a shared prong setting. I am leaning toward pave though, because it looks more like little dots holding the small diamonds in place than little bars.

For a wedding band, if you are in the market for more diamonds, I think a band that has diamonds of the same size as your littlest diamonds on your ring going across the top of the band would look great.

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