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Diamond Cover Up
Sparkling gems encrust every curve of these engagement rings for maximum brilliance


Only a diamond can cut a diamond. And today, it seems, only a diamond can set a diamond, too.

The strongest trend in engagement rings today is based on the simple sparkle principle: For the ultimate in dazzle, cover the metal with diamonds.

The most popular way to cover the metal with diamonds is pavé—setting small diamonds side-by-side in the metal with small prongs, covering the surface like cobblestones. “Micro-pavé” uses even smaller diamonds to pack more facets into smaller spaces.

The pavé trend started in elaborate vintage style designs. But designers today are also adding pavé to classic simple traditional engagement ring designs. The clean lines of a solitaire have extra impact when covered in diamonds. Some styles even have pavé covering the sides of the setting so it shines from all angles.

And designers are covering settings with channels and clusters of larger diamonds, too. The setting techniques are more varied than pavé, but the result is similarly sparkling. Larger stones often give a design more of a lacy look, with the scalloped edges of the accent diamonds ruffling the edge.

A diamond frame for the center stone is particularly popular since it helps to emphasize your engagement stone, like a picture frame calls attention to a photo.

This frame of brilliance makes any diamond look larger and brighter. With a pavé frame of small diamonds, the effect is subtle and delicate. Larger diamonds give the ring a feminine floral silhouette. A frame of white diamonds can call attention to a fancy colored diamond center stone or vice-versa.

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Platinum 950 wedding bands

Cover: Love is pure, rare, and eternal. Platinum 950 wedding bands by Meister of Germany and Switzerland. Photo courtesy of Platinum Guild International, Germany.

Amgad
Amgad
SES Creations
SES Creations
Precision
Precision
Yael Design
Yael Design
Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka
Stardust
Stardust
Chad Allison
Chad Allison
Rifesta
Rifesta
Ritani
Ritani
A. Jaffe
A. Jaffe
Novell
Novell
Mark Silverstein
Mark Silverstein
Gabrielle Diamond
Gabrielle Diamond
Overnight
Overnight
Katharine James
Katharine James
Lieberfarb
Lieberfarb
Simon G.
Simon G.
Diaoro
Diaoro
Martin Flyer
Martin Flyer
Kirk Kara
Kirk Kara
Michael Beaudry
Michael Beaudry
Hearts on Fire
Hearts on Fire
Amden
Amden
Phyllis Bergman
Phyllis Bergman
Mawad
Mawad
Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
SES Creations
SES Creations
Yael Design
Yael Design
Michael B.
Michael B.
Roberto Coin Cento
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Norman Silverman
Norman Silverman