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Cushion Cut Pave Engagement Ring

Updated on February 16, 2015

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Though I have now been married for almost 4 years now at the time of this writing, I recall my engagement, leading up to my wedding and honeymoon, being a very exciting time in my life. Never one to consider myself outrageously materialistic or superficial, I do admit that, it was during the time when things were getting serious between my now husband and I, that I couldn’t help but become utterly attracted to the allure of engagement rings. Every visit to our local mall in Pennsylvania would lead me past two jewelry stores, Littman Jewelers and Zales Jewlers, of which both never failed to pique my interest on the potential engagement ring front.

Needless to say, perhaps one of my favorite ring types is called the cushion cut pave engagement ring, and for good reason (that I'll explain later).

There are so many options available to you when you start shopping for an engagement ring, it can be downright overwhelming. Not only are you faced with the pressure of picking the right piece of jewelry, you also have to sift through thousands of competing options. For a delicate, elegant look, I highly recommend the cushion cut pave engagement ring. The cushion cut pave setting is a timeless look with a real touch of class to it, and it looks good on almost any finger.

This article is all about the cushion cut pave engagement ring and the elements that make it up. It is intended to help the hapless shopper identify and pick out good quality cushion cut pave engagement rings from amidst a sea of choices and alternatives.

Let's get started and learn all there is to know about cushion cut pave engagement rings and how to find, pick and buy the right one.

Cushion Cut Pave Engagement Ring: What is Cushion Cut?

The most fundamental element of an engagement ring, in my opinion, is the diamond itself. The stone is the literal centerpiece of the whole thing, and without it the ring looks completely naked.

Don't believe me?

You can see empty ring settings, sans diamond, at almost any jewelry store. They almost look unrecognizable without their little diamond denizens! The cushion cut pave engagment ring is really set off by the cushion cut stone.

The cushion cut is a unique style of shaping a diamond, one which adds elements of a few different design aesthetics. You'll notice first off that a cushion cut pave engagement ring is very classic and antique looking. This is largely because the stone itself has a very vintage, antique appeal to it. The cut was partially inspired by what was called the Old Mine Cut, a very popular shape in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The stone is called this because it literally looks like a round cushion here. The nice thing about this kind of rock is they are very broad and look much larger than their carat weight would otherwise suggest. Couple it with a thin band and it looks lights out for a reasonable price. The cushion cut pave engagment ring really works this, and the pave setting just adds to the delicacy of the band. Speaking of pave settings...

Cushion Cut Pave Engagement Ring: What Is a Pave Setting?

So what is a pave setting? Cushion cut pave engagement rings look extremely classy for many reasons, but probably the next most noticeable element of the whole design are the rows of tiny diamonds set into the band and sometimes looping around the stone itself. Not only do these little rocks add delicacy, they really sparkle! Surrounding the main stone, they make the whole ring seem much bigger than it actually is.

Pave settings are small stones set into the band in a very delicate and subtle way. Tiny beads are used to hold them in place, as opposed to the traditional claws used in other settings. The idea is to keep the stones visible but not too intrusive, and to keep the settings from catching on skin or clothing. Pave settings are very strong and keep the diamonds in place very nicely.

Because they utilize many small diamonds, cushion cut pave engagement rings are a little more expensive than plainer alternatives. The higher price can be mitigated by using lower quality stones for the band. You can even choose to eschew diamonds altogether for a cheaper price.

Cushion Cut Pave Engagement Ring: How to Find Them

Searching for a cushion cut pave engagement ring isn't too difficult, but they are a highly specific and specialized type of ring. You may have to custom order one in, or do quite a bit of searching. If you consult with a jewelry store they'll know exactly what you're looking for if you mention it by name. Both cushion cut and pave are well recognized terms in the industry.

If you're just window shopping and hoping to pick out a cushion cut pave engagement ring on your own, just look for the telltale signs. The stone itself should be rectangular but with soft edges and very classic lines. The band should be set with many small stones in a row, and when you handle the ring they should not stick out, and they should be quite smooth to the touch (no catching).

To use the shape of the cushion cut pave engagement ring to best advantage, look for a thin band coupled with a large stone. The larger the stone is, the wider the band can be. If the pave setting wraps around the stone you're really in luck, it will look at least a carat larger than it really is.

With cushion cut pave engagement rings, as with all options when shopping for a ring like this, make sure that the gold and stone quality stands up. You can find a very pretty ring with a shoddy stone full of imperfections. Get an appraisal and do your research on diamond stone quality and what to look for.

Good Luck!

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