Q&A: What is the difference between pave and channel set diamonds? - Bridal Fashion - Wedding Planning

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What's the Difference Between Pave and Channel-Set Diamonds?

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Although they may appear similar at first glance, there's actually a big difference between pave and channel-set diamonds. A pave setting places tiny, round diamonds on top of the metal band. Although each diamond is separated by a small amount of metal, the stones fit so closely together that the separation of metal on the band appears invisible to the naked eye. This creates the illusion that the surface of the ring is blanketed with diamonds. Jewelers often use pave diamonds to enhance a bevel setting surrounding the main center stone on the engagement ring, decorate prongs, or create a three-sided band where diamonds can be seen from every angle of the ring.

In a channel setting, there's no metal separation between each diamond. Instead, the stones are set next to each other in a groove inside the ring. This style is popular for eternity bands that use channel-set diamonds to cover the circumference of the ring.

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