Design Idea E54X Ring
by Dan Day, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Definition: Pavé Setting - The method of setting gemstones very close together so that very little metal shows between them. If you guessed the word "pave" is from the French for paved as in pavement, you'd be correct. The pavé setting has also been likened to a cobblestone road as in a continuous surface of gemstones.

Pavé is often used in rings, earrings, pendants and brooches, plus other creative applications.

Swarovski Crystal BeCharmed
Pavé Beads

One look at the wash of brilliance from pavé earrings and you get a clear indication of high-end jewelry--in fact, some jewelry retailers use it in their company name to indicate high-end. As we'll see, it doesn't necessarily mean high-cost--the pavé look can also be created from other materials such as seed beads (see Resources at end of article).

BeCharmed pavé beads
BeCharmed beads bring together two popular design elements--large-hole beads and the famous Swarovski sparkle. Xilion-cut chatons are pavé set on a collectible large-hole charm bead, ideal for instant Add A Bead creations. An exciting design element for high-end designs, BeCharmed pavé beads work great with Dione™ Easy-On Chain, caprice chain, cord and leather and feature a 4.5mm inside diameter with stainless steel grommets for long-lasting, interchangeable style.

Swarovski pavé ball beads
These pavé round beads have the renowned Swarovski quality and sparkle. Available in gorgeous colors including sapphire, jonquil, tanzanite, amethyst and more.

Make your own pavé components
Lisa Pavelka shows in a how-to video how to create a pavé-style pendant using crystal chatons and Apoxie® Sculpt. Use this technique to create the focal components in the "Duchess and Maharani" jewelry set.

Swarovski Crystal and
Epoxy Pavé Ball Beads

Egyptian glass and crystal rhinestone beads
Egyptian glass and Egyptian crystal rhinestones are applied by hand in a pavé striped design for eye-catching high-quality beads with extreme sparkle. Featuring a lightweight resin core, the beads are created in a multi-step process: first, each bead is pressed then covered in two-part epoxy. Next, the rhinestones are hand-applied and the beads are set aside to dry.

Dione® beads
Dione® pavé-style large-hole beads use faceted Czech glass rhinestone chatons hand-set in epoxy with an imitation rhodium-plated brass grommet. Beads feature spiral designs and slide easily onto Dione® Easy-On chain, caprice chain or other cord for personalized style. These beads go hand-in-hand with popular Shamballa-style jewelry.

Egyptian Glass
Rhinestone Beads

Dione Pavé

Create Compliments Jewelry®
Item number H20-1666JC is a stylish pendant features pavé-style sterling silver and colorful sparkling Preciosa glass rhinestones. Ready-to-wear--just string on chain, cord or necklace wires. Everyday Jewelry™
Item number H20-7565JD is a ready-to-wear bracelet with center embellishment featuring pavé glass rhinestones.

Item Number H20-1666JC

Item H20-7565JD

Design Ideas to inspire ...
  • Design Idea 9A41 - Pavé-style ring with Swarovski crystal flat backs and Apoxie® Sculpt--includes step-by-step instructions.
  • Design Idea E30P - Earrings feature12mm round pavé wave design Egyptian glass rhinestones.
  • Design Idea D36M - Earrings feature Swarovski crystal 15mm BeCharmed pavé beads with 4.5mm hole.
  • Design Idea E65C - The clasp for this bracelet features pavé-style glass rhinestones.
  • Design Idea E54X - Ring showcases amethyst Swarovski crystal rhinestone pavé balls.
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