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Traditionally the eternity ring comes after the engagement ring and the wedding ring, perhaps for a special wedding anniversary. – How you define that is up to you. – You might choose the first wedding anniversary, or maybe the fifth, or the tenth.
An eternity ring traditionally sits alongside the engagement ring and wedding ring, so it needs to be chosen with this in mind.
These days many people disregard that tradition and wear the eternity ring on the right hand. In this case, it is not necessary to match the other rings.
If worn alongside other rings, the metal should be the same. Usually, the stones in a diamond eternity ring are much smaller than those in the engagement ring, so the engagement ring remains the main focus of attention.
Full eternity vs. half eternity rings
A full- eternity ring has stones set all around the band, so that when you turn the ring there is no beginning or end to the row of diamonds in it, symbolising eternity. A half-eternity ring has diamonds set on the top half only, with the back of the ring left plain.
There are pros and cons to both types.
A ring can sometimes turn on the finger, and with a half eternity ring the plain back can come to the top, but with a full eternity ring the stones are always showing and there is no need to turn it back into position.
There are however three advantages to a half eternity ring.
The plain band should stay mostly at the back. The area under the finger is the part of the ring to take most wear-and-tear. Keeping the diamonds on the front of the ring means the stones and their settings are less likely to be damaged and are less subject to wear.
The plain underside of a half-eternity leaves an area that can be worked on in future. If the size of your finger changes over time, which is quite likely, an alteration can be carried out. With most full-eternity rings re-sizing is not possible.
A half-eternity ring takes fewer diamonds, which can mean either that you spend less on the ring, or that can have larger diamonds for the same sort of price.
As we design and make eternity rings to individual commission we are able to offer not just full eternity and half eternity rings but also say 60% or 70% eternity rings where the diamonds go slightly past the half-way point, allowing for some twisting of the ring before plain metal starts to show.
What is the difference between eternity rings and diamond-set wedding rings?
Rings that one person would describe as diamond wedding rings someone else might consider to be eternity rings.
Emerald-cut and Asscher cut diamonds are perfect for a classic eternity ring, but for something more unusual and contemporary, you could consider an eternity ring with marquise diamonds or perhaps pear-shape diamonds.
We create custom-made eternity rings to complement individual engagement rings in platinum, gold, palladium and diamonds.
Many of these are shaped to fit with the engagement ring in the same way as our fitted wedding rings.
If you would like to discuss ideas for bespoke eternity rings please call us, or just fill in this Contact Form.