Pave Setting is a perfect example of how little stones can make a big impact on your jewelry designs. While everyone loves to admire beautiful gemstone specimens, the design process that allows these beauties the chance to shine to their potential is often an afterthought. It is a shame that people tend to fixate on the size and quality of stones when it comes to finished jewelry with precious stones because such a narrow focus only tells part of the whole story. In this article, we will introduce the common uses of pave settings in jewelry and how you can use these components to get all the sparkle for a fraction of the cost.
Pave Settings give the appearance of a continuous surface of gemstones by placing many tiny stones side by side with as little metal separating the stones as possible. Pave settings are generally the preferred choice for tiny stones because it combines their reflective properties in a way that would not be possible on their own. This type of setting is most popular for stones under 2mm, which allows great freedom for incorporation into complex pieces with custom shapes and curvatures where larger stones would not fit. Though very labor intensive, the resulting piece combines separate bits and pieces into something truly special.