A diamond eternity ring is a special sparkly reminder of the neverending love shared between two life partners. Eternity rings can be also referred to as eternity bands, infinity rings, anniversary rings, celebration rings, wedding rings, and even diamond bands.
Eternity rings date back over 4000 years ago to the Ancient Egyptians. The first eternity bands depicted a snake biting its own tail. While these rings were not often used as wedding or anniversary rings, they still symbolized an eternity of love and life.
Traditionally, the eternity band is shared between spouses for one of three reasons. Eternity bands can be used as wedding rings with diamonds all around as a representation of wedding vows. Milestone anniversaries such as the first anniversary, fifth anniversary, tenth anniversary, and 20th anniversary are often celebrated with eternity rings as well. Lastly, diamond eternity bands are a beautiful way to mark the welcoming of a new child since the circle of diamonds gracefully symbolizes the circle of life.
Regardless of the celebration, purchasing a diamond eternity ring is just as if not more complicated than buying an engagement ring. Since eternity rings carry more diamonds than engagement rings, the diamonds on eternity rings are often not GIA certified. This means that one wants to make sure the jeweler they are shopping from not only carries quality diamonds but are reputable dealers.
Here we have provided you with some questions to answer prior to purchasing your perfect eternity ring.
How Much Is An Eternity Ring?
The budget placed by a couple for a diamond eternity band is completely up to them. It’s nice to set a price range to help narrow down your options. It is normal for the budget to get adjusted up or down once deciding on diamond size, diamond quality, and setting metal for the eternity band. The average couple usually spends around 50% to 100% of the cost of the engagement ring on an eternity ring.
Difference Between Full, Half, and ¾ Eternity Rings
Although the meaning behind eternity bands falls within the unbroken circle of diamonds, some couples chose a different design for the piece. Half eternity rings and three-quarters eternity rings only contain diamonds throughout half or three-quarters of the band.
While it may seem ironic for an eternity ring to have a gap, there are many benefits to this gap. Unlike full eternity bands, half and ¾ eternity bands are easy to resize. If one were to try and resize a full eternity band, they would have to add or remove a diamond leaving an obvious interruption in the ring’s symmetry.
Also, half eternity bands and ¾ eternity bands contain fewer diamonds. This allows buyers to save money on diamonds and invest in larger higher quality diamonds. On the downside, partial eternity rings can be a pain for those whose rings constantly spin on their fingers.
One can become irritated to see that their eternity ring is constantly off-center during daily activities. This is a compromise one must oversee if they wish to go with a partial eternity ring.
Where to wear?
Eternity bands have been seen worn on every finger! However, when stacked with other wedding rings, the order typically follows the wedding band at the base, engagement ring in the middle, and eternity band on top.
Deciding which finger you will wear your eternity band will also help determine the appropriate setting for the ring. Picking an eternity band setting that will complement the look and stack well against the other rings is very important. On the other hand, if one wishes to wear the ring on a completely different hand they might prefer deciding on a heftier setting.
Eternity rings can be made to look a million different ways. Pave diamond eternity rings are very popular amongst eternity bands. This style contains several rows of tiny diamonds set into the ring by metal prongs that grab around the sides of the stone.
Another style called the “split prong” eternity ring consists of four separate prongs that branch from the base of the ring and wrap around each diamond. This setting allows for more light to shine through the diamond compared to the pave set eternity band.
The “shared prong” eternity rings (also referred to as “U-shape”) have prongs that support two diamonds at a time. This style has a scoop on the side that allowed for a lot of light to enter each diamond through the sides.
For those who know they cannot own an eternity ring without having the constant paranoia of losing a diamond, the channel setting is the one. Each diamond in a channel set eternity band is held in between bars of metal that surround the ring finger. This setting often limits the amount of light going through the diamond, causing diamonds to sometimes appear darker than their actual grade.