Among the rings talked about on Pricescope there must be about five different kinds of pave (as far as I know, which is not too far) - different in looks, price and the way the diamonds are set. Once you factor in that the diamonds used may be of different color, clarity or cut... there are lots of variables to handle.
I wouldn't know how to judge these, but once the surface is bright and made up of mostly diamond with just dots of metal showing (at least when the design is not intended otherwise !) - that's nice pave to me. How durable the work is, that's another issue - even if not much metal shows, those diamonds must stay in place. Sometimes they don't.
Not sure if a single type is tremendously better than all others though once cost is factored in. Do you have a certain piece of jewelry (=ready made design) in mind ?
How would you characterize the difference between "premium", "Russian" and "Ideal" (forgive me if I don''t have the proper terms) cuts of pave assuming similar color and clarity and in a mounted situation? That is, not using H&A viewer or idealscope, but rather in a piece of jewelry in everyday wear.
Come to think of it, I see what you mean. In high school, i had a gold ring with light pave on it from a mall store and it didn''t sparkle at all. It looked like diamond chips...do crappy stores use these for pave?
Where do reputable stores get their pave from? Are those diamond chips as well?
I''m considering the A. Jaffe Micro Pave set that someone had on here (it''s gorgeous), this set from Signed Pieces:
(Does anyone know how much it is for just one eternity band and the mounting for the e-ring? I emailed them and hadn''t heard back from them)
or this one from solomonbrothers:
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