Post # 1
I’m trying to decide on ring preferences for my boyfriend and I THOUGHT I had decided on a solitaire with diamonds along the band (shared prong, I think). I specifically chose this setting from MoCo because I feel that I could get the diamonds but they’d be more protected and hopefully more secure than traditional micropave.
I had done my research on losing stones from this type of setting and I figured we’d order some extra diamonds just in case, because we dont live in the US and to ship it back to MoCo after losing stones would be a huge hassle. I was planning on going to a local jeweller and having them re-set the diamonds. I was ready to make this sacrifice because the pave stones are just so beautiful.
Anyway, we went to try on some rings yesterday and my boyfriend mentioned that plain solitaires really show off the centre stone.. and that got me thinking all over again. I work in the medical field and I have a promise ring thats a diamond cluster with a plain band. I’ve loved not having to worry about the band, and I feel I’ve been pretty rough on the ring (yet I have not lost any stones from my cluster). I take it off when I shower, sleep, do dishes, and clean, but I wear it all day every day while doing everything else (including washing my hands). I imagine my habits will be similar with my future Engagement Ring.
So what do you guys think? Honestly I’m torn… I’ve read about people who are just totally over their pave settings because they’ve had so many problems and actually end up getting them reset as a plain solitaire. I really don’t want this to be the case because I want my Engagement Ring to be my Engagement Ring forever. I’ve also read about people who have never had problems and I worry that I’ll be making this sacrifice for no reason.
I need some input on pave vs no pave!! Please tell me your experiences and where you got your rings from! Pictures are welcome as well.
Post # 2
Personally, I plan on getting a plain band for my ring. I currently have a RHR with a pave setting. I’ve had it for 3 years, and I’ve lost around 4 diamonds. It’s from a local jeweler, and it’s still a pain to get them replaced which is what really turned me off from a pave setting. The additional sparkle just isn’t worth the hassle.
Also, I kind of agree with your boyfriend. The big stone really does stand out if it’s all the sparkle on the ring.
Post # 3
Until last month I would have sworn off micro pave. They’re a pain in the ass and unless they’re set right you’re going to continue to lose them effortlessly [which can be said for any incorrectly set stone though]. Until I found a new shank loaded with them. I couldn’t resist.
Just make sure you can have it cleaned/checked at a local place every 6 months or so, you should be fine.
Post # 4
I have a solitaire and I work in the medical field also, and I also live rurally at the moment, I got solitaire for two reasons of being rural jewllers here are rare and good ones are even more difficult to find ao trying to get the side stones replaces would be hard and seeing it everyday with stones missing would drive me bonkers haha.
At work I will either put my ring on my necklace or just wear a plain band, I havent quite decided yet
Post # 5
I have pave bands on all 3 of my rings (2 bands). I am constantly worried about losing a stone. I love, love, love the look of mine but I’m not sure if I’d choose pave over solitaire if I had to do over again.
Post # 6
I have diamonds all along the band of my engagement ring and while I’ve only had it since September, I have had no issues and it seems like you take care of your promise ring better than I take care of my engagement ring haha. I keep it on for everything-sleeping, showering, cleaning, washing dishes, swimming etc. And I am naturally just clumsy. I have never even been worried about it. Mine is from a local jewler and I just took this picture to try to show you how they are set. Sorry its not a great picture, but you get the idea haha.
Post # 7
- Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada
I love pave. My ering is half shared prong pave but the bottom is plain. A pave ring has to be constructed well to ensure stones dont fall out. Many bees have lost stones without being rough on the ring because they simply werent tight. A good jeweler CAN make tight pave that never fails. Adjusting a pave ring in any way is a recipe for disaster. Never resize pave. I love the look though, do plenty of extreme sports with mine on, and the ring is fine coming to the end of my first year wearing it. I believe quality construction has more to do with your success than how you wear it.
Post # 8
I have a micropave set. I’ve been wearing the e-ring for 2 and a half years now, and the band for almost 1. Never had a single issue and all of the diamonds are present and accounted for. I got my set from Blue Nile.
Post # 9
I personally hate (yes, I said hate) solitaires. But, that’s just me. Anyway-I wanted to tell you that I have pave stones on my e-ring, and it is itchy because it rubs up against the other fingers!! I eventually got used to it, but there’s always that deep-down itch feeling. Just an FYI.
Post # 10
My setting is very similar to marmar13’s except it has a thin halo. I haven’t had it that long (it’s my replacement ring) but I haven’t had any problems. It did take a few days to get used to the feeling on the stones on my other fingers but now I don’t even notice it. I prefer the look of the side diamonds over a solitaire so I think the possible hassle is worth it.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
It depends on the quality of the ring. I have a custom setting with very tiny micropave (1/2 pointers and 3/4 pointers) and haven’t had a single problem in almost 4 years.
ETA: I work in the medical field (research) and wear gloves every day. No problems. You may want to have claw prongs around the main stone though, as I’ve found that regular/pointed prongs have poked holes in my gloves.
Post # 12
My ring is covered in them and I haven’t had a single issue. I’m also very hard on my hands at work. Just take care of it, I also don’t wear mine if I’m just sitting at home. Also, don’t clean it at home in an ultrasonic cleaner, that is the easiest way to lose diamonds at home.
Post # 13
I have pave diamonds in both my rings. Never had an issue but they all individually pronged.
Post # 14
I own a 5 stone band with shared prongs from MoCo. It’s a very pretty ring but super uncomfortable. The way they design most of their rings is with heavy, rounded prongs which protrude above the stone. Wearing tat band for 5 years resulted in me developing callouses on my inner pinky and middle fingers. It’s a dumb design that’s not user friendly. I’m not speaking to the beauty and durability of moissanite, just the settings from MoCo. I strongly recommend that you look around for other settings. Try things on. I have another shared prong setting (5 stone again), and the prongs sit lower than the table of the stones. It’s very secure and user friendly. There’s zero discomfort with this setting.
I would think the same holds true with pave. Some settings will be better designed than others to minimize contact between your fingers and the prongs. You can always find what you want and have MoCo do a custom piece to suit your needs. Their work is high quality, but their proclivity for sticking prongs in the fingers of their customers with their own designs throws me for a loop.
Post # 15
I have pave on my Engagement Ring and wedding band. I’ve never had an issue. I’ve been wearing the engagement ring for five years and the wedding band for almost four. I also wear them all the time unless I’m cooking/baking something really messy. As far as wearing them at work, I’m a bartender and I wear them every shift. I bang them on cabinets at work regularly and they are constantly in dish soap and sanitizer. I don’t know anything about moissanite, but I know that I have had 0 pave issues.