Posted on: 7 October 2020
Pave (pronounced pah-VAY) diamond settings are mesmerizing with their multiple-diamond settings. Fields of tiny diamonds glitter in sunlight without having too high of a profile that could snag on clothing. Pave diamond settings look lovely, but they can be rather interesting to care for. The good news is that it's not difficult to care for them and keep them nice and sparkly. The not-so-good news is that your ring-wearing behavior may need a few modifications.
The Problem With Pave
Pave has rows and rows of small diamonds or other stones. Rings with this type of setting can be thick or thin; there's really no set number of rows or stones that make up pave, other than having several of them (think "path" when looking at that word). That also means that there are plenty of tiny crevices into which dirt, dead skin, dust, and other debris can get stuck, making the ring look dull. Pave rings aren't always delicate little things, but they need more than the rare dunk in a cleaning solution. Instead, cleaning every week or two with a solution of mild dish soap and water is necessary.
Soft Brushes Only
Diamonds may be among the hardest stones known to humans, but that doesn't mean you can treat them roughly. When you clean the settings, soak the ring in a mild solution for a bit, and then use a very soft brush to gently wipe the setting. An extra-soft toothbrush is perfect. Do not scrub. Just swipe the brush around the setting with light strokes.
There are stone cleaners you can buy that look like pencil erasers; you're supposed to wipe the stones with these cleaners to make the stones look clearer. While these may work well for larger stones, the small, crowded settings of pave diamonds may make them not the most effective. Try a soap-and-soft-brush method first before buying special tools for cleaning.
It's OK (and Necessary) to Take the Ring Off
One more thing that will help you keep the ring clean is taking it off. Take it off when you shower, when you cook (especially if you plan to knead anything like meat or dough by hand), and when you are doing anything that could result in something getting on or under the ring. It doesn't matter how many cooking videos show someone digging into raw ground beef with their be-ringed hands—don't do that with any ring, and especially not pave.
If you have other questions or have been trying to clean a pave-setting ring and can't seem to keep it shiny and clean, a professional-level cleaning may be in order.
Contact a diamond ring service for more information.Share