For at least the past 5 years, jewelry designers have been sneaking small diamonds into unexpected places on engagement rings. I think it started with the vintage-style designers like Jack Kelege and Michael Beaudry, who used accent diamonds and hand engraving to create new Estate-looking rings.
In the past year or so, it has reached a peak of covering basically every metal surface with glittering diamonds. Driving this trend is customer’s desire for maximum bang for the buck, coupled with recent technology that has allowed very small diamonds to be cut with relative precision, and then be set in tiny metal beads, called micro-pave, where the surface is literally “paved” in diamonds. Done well, it’s a stunning look. Here are a few of my favorites: