Post # 1
I’m curious – are there advantages/disadvantages to having a channel vs. pave setting? I feel like I mostly see pave settings on the boards. My wedding ring is a channel setting (it was my grandmother’s) and I’m just wondering what the differences are, other than that pave-settings have the stones individually held with prongs and channel settings have no spaces between the stones.
Include pics of your own pave- or channel-set rings if you like! Here’s mine:
Post # 3
From what I’ve heard, it seems that channel set bands hold the diamonds more securely. However, i’ve also heard that you get more of a sparkle factor with pave set bands. So I guess it’s a tradeoff! I have channel set stones in my e-ring and wedding band and I love them, although I also love the look of pave–I would have been happy with either.
Post # 4
I have neither. I have an eternity band with shared prongs between them. It’s as big as channel set, without the channel. I liked it better than pave as well because the stones in pave are small.
Post # 5
I don’t know what the advantages/disadvantages are, but I love the look of my pave-set rings. 🙂
Post # 6
I agree completely. I love the pave look better but love the security of the channel also. But…I would probably get pave (if I had a jeweler who could make certain all prongs were secure).
Post # 7
Do you have pics? I can’t quite picture what that looks like. I got an image of a ring with big solitaires going all the way around, ha.
Thank you, that’s great to know! I love the look of mine (I like how there’s no separation btwn the diamonds, so it looks like a little river of sparkle) and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I think paves are beautiful too. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m semi-bezel set…trying to find a photo of my ring for you!
Post # 9
I tried to upload before, but it didn’t attach.
Post # 10
I have a pave ring and looove how it sparkles! I have had a few of the side tiny stones fall out though. Luckily my jeweler replaced them asap.
Post # 11
my engagement ring is in a pave setting, and my wedding ring is shared prong.
like other posters have said, chanel settings hold the stones in a little more securely. but i didn’t want to see any metal in my e-ring, which is why i went with pave.
both are gorgeous, so it’s always just a matter of preference.
Post # 12
I have channel set diamonds.
I like both kinds of settings but channel set diamonds match the style of my tension set main diamond better.
Post # 13
I’m a fan of pave settings, but my mom’s set is channel. Her’s is gorgeous just not really my style!
Post # 15
i like pave because they sparkle more 🙂
it is a trade off for security though…a pave band needs a good insurance policy!
Post # 16
The diamonds in a pave setting are NOT set with prongs. If your diamonds have prongs, you don’t have a pave setting, you have a prong setting.
Pave settings have very small diamonds set side by side on holes in the surface of the ring with beads or small balls of gold holding them in the setting. This type of setting is the least secure setting for diamonds.
Channel settings have the diamonds set girdle to girdle in a groove and the top of the groove is hammered over the diamonds to secure them. This is a very secure setting, because the diamonds have very little wiggle room.
Here’s a website that explains all the various settings: http://www.jewelrycentral.com/Info_Stone_Settings.asp