(Closed) Help! Micropave on 3 sided: gorgeous – but is it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I have pave sidestones on both my eRing and eternity wedding ring, and micropave on the other two sides on both rings as well. The pave diamonds that face up are about 30 pointers and then the micro pave on the other 2 sides, the diamonds are TINY, like maybe 5 pointers? I don’t know but they are very, very small. I have had my rings for over 5 years, I wear them all the time – working out with weights, swimming in our pool and my family’s beach house ocean, travel around the world with them (including a surf retreat in Nicaragua,  boating on Amalfi Coast, hiking all over the world), garden with them, etc. I’m describing this to help understand how stable they are. I have lost a few pave side stones, the 30 pointer ones, am actually missing one right now in my wedding band, but I have never had a tiny micro pave diamond fall out. I don’t know how to describe it but my wedding ring’s sides (where the tiny micropave is), is contoured to each 30 pointer (eternity band), so when you look at it from the side the micropave almost makes it look like lace. I’m not describing it well but that is my fave part of my wedding band, when I see the detailing on the sides when I’m wearing it. I love the complexity of the micropave sides. The diamonds do bump up against each other, and have chipped/scratched each other, but I can’t tell looking at them with my eyes. Only under a loupe can one tell which we found out during our Insurance re-appraisal, but I don’t really care, my jeweler will replace any of the 30 pointers at no charge and I would rather wear them and scratch them then keep them in our safe. Other than the shared prong setting of my eternity band, which I would not recommend, the micro pave has been very strong. Hope that helps, best wishes!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

To me, why include design features that undermine the structural integrity AND will be a constant maintence/replacement issue? Diamonds will chip diamonds, as PP said. Diamonds will eat metal. The three-sided pave trend comes from vintage inspirted rings. But, those rings were MUCH thicker (wider and taller) involving a lot more metal and they did not expect to pair with a wedding band. For the setting you are discrpibing, stick with 14k rose gold or platinum. 18k will just add to the structural issues.  

If you really want sparkle, go with side stones. Pave, if the stones are very well cut, only really offers pin-flashes.

Here’s a true vintage ring with a marquise. This would be a lovely inspiration. You could add micro-pave to the prongs if you need more bling, and I’d ask them to refine the tail-prong.  Also, by virtue of needing to hold/protect the points of the marquise, it is tricky to get a setting that allows a flush wedding band without making the stone sit high. So, talk this over with your jeweller. 

https://www.pricescope.com/blog/jewel-week-antique-marquise-cut-diamond-ring

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If you don’t want a true “three stone”, look at French-cuts or trapazoids (“traps”). French cuts flash and glow (like a cushion cut), traps can have bright sparkle. They offer much more sparkle than tiny micropave. Lots of large flashes. They are prices, so you can just place them in the visible shoulder (which also helps avoid re-sing complications).

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Image result for jewelsbygrace marquise

https://www.langantiques.com/4-14-carat-g-vvs2-marquise-oval-art-deco-diamond-ring.html

 

Tapered shields as sides stones.

Image result for antique marquise three stone

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Question: have you considered A Jaffe MES869? I looked at the three sided bands A Jaffe had and they weren’t comfortable on my hands. I felt like this one had a similar look with the micropave basket (SO SPARKLY) but it was considerably more comfortable.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would certainly not put that many diamonds in a band, let alone 18k gold. I think it’s too soft and will be more prone to wear and tear, and losing diamonds. Too many little holes. It would be such a pain to have to constantly replace diamonds.

Like the PP above, I also tried some on, and I found them scratchy. Especially going 3/4 around.

You mentioned you wanted “as much sparkle as possible without detracting from the center stone.” The way you described your list with 3 sided pavé and basket diamonds seems like it would do the exact opposite of what you want- and really detract from that marquise.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

If you have a look at this video, it will show the process of staring with drilling lots of holes. If you have 3 sided pave, you do the same drilling on three sides. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My Fiance debated on having diamonds on all 3 sides as well, but after discussing it with the jewler he decided it was not worth it (basically for the reasons you have listed).  And I’m really glad he decided not to.  I don’t like the idea of diamonds falling out, plus one side will be completely covered once you put a wedding band on.  He spent the money and got diamonds around the base of the diamond instead which I think is stunning.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I have a three-sided pave ring that has worn beautifully, but with a few very specific conditions:

  • It’s 14kt gold
  • I don’t ever wear it with a band, so the metal and diamonds aren’t bumping against anything 

And honestly, I think one of the biggest perks is that you don’t have to wear it with another band. It’s already sparkly from every angle. Choosing to block that sparkle with a band that potentially is going to damage it seems like a bad idea.

Post # 9
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Newbee

18k gold with micropave will be a huge annoyance for you. Take it from me, I’ve worked in diamonds and I’ve seen the people after 2-5 years of wear. If you baby it and wear it twice a week – still expect diamonds to fall out. 

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