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Pavé Jewelry

Pavé Jewelry: Paving the Path to Elegance

Round Domed Pavé Diamond Round 18k Rose Gold Earrings model

The TOMO Pavé Collection incorporates a classic, sparkling setting style into modern rings, earrings and pendants that are classy and versatile. Brilliant for everyday use as well as evening wear, TOMO pavé jewelry elevates a centuries-old technique to the timeless jewelry and elegant glamour of today. 

From the French word for “paved” or “cobble-stoned,” pavé jewelry uses smaller diamonds or other gemstones set closely together to create a continuous field of glittering gems. The stones are held in place with tiny prongs or beads, to give the appearance of being “paved” into the gold surface. 

As used here, “beads” refers to a special, intricate method of mounting each stone with droplets, or beads, of molten gold or platinum, then polishing them to add even more shine. This painstaking process ensures a piece of fine jewelry that will last a lifetime.

The pavé technique has been used in jewelry making for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to the Renaissance period in Europe, when jewelers first began designing pieces with small diamonds and other gemstones, along with the precious metals already in use. 

In the 18th and 19th centuries pavé became more widely used, particularly in France. During this time, the French jewelry houses were renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs. They began using the pavé technique to create elaborate pieces of jewelry, adorned with hundreds of small diamonds. Often commissioned by royalty and other wealthy patrons, these pavé rings, earrings, and necklaces were considered some of the most valuable works of art of their time.

4 row Pave Fancy Yellow Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Flat Eternity Ring 1

4-Row Pave Diamond Fancy 18K Gold Flat Ring

In the early 20th century, the pavé setting became even more popular, particularly in the United States, when the Art Deco movement was in style. Art Deco emphasized clean lines and geometric shapes, and was a major influence on jewelry design. Jewelers during this period used pavé to create bold, geometric designs that were both elegant and modern, each striking and unique.

Square Cushion Domed Pave Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Necklace 1

Square Cushioned Pave Diamond 18K Yellow Gold Necklace

Advances in technology and manufacturing techniques have made it possible to craft pavé settings with even smaller and more intricate stones, allowing for superb designs. The stones are typically cut with multiple facets, which means the light reflects off each stone onto others, creating a dazzling field of glittering gems. 

Because the stones are so small and set so close together, jewelers employ special tools and skills to ensure that the stones are set securely and the prongs or beads holding them in place are strong enough to withstand daily wear. This kind of excellent craftsmanship helps make the TOMO Pavé Collection versatile enough to wear every day, from the coffee shop, to work, and to a romantic dinner date night.

Pave Diamond 18k White Gold Flat Hoop Earrings 1

Pave Diamond 18K White Gold Hoop Earrings

The TOMO Pavé Collection can be tailored to your specific preferences, with “paths” of diamonds set in 18kt yellow, white, or rose gold, or platinum. Imagine a domed round diamond ring set pavé style, or fashionable huggies designer earrings, a tasteful statement pendant, engagement ring or wedding band. The continuous field of sparkling gems creates a luxurious and magical effect. And the magic makes a TOMO pavé ring, pavé necklace or pavé earring a beautiful little piece of history, one you will treasure well into the future.