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When should you give an eternity ring? There are no rules, but most are given to mark an important event in Life.
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.
Eternity rings can be given to celebrate birthdays too; especially one of the “big” ones that end in a zero.
A popular reason for giving an eternity ring is to celebrate the birth of a child.
Whatever occasion you choose, commissioning a bespoke eternity ring makes the gift even more special.
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 whereas in the case of a half eternity ring the plain back can come to the top, with a full eternity ring the stones are always showing and there is no need to turn it back into position. There are however two advantages to a half eternity ring. The plain band should stay mostly at the back, under the finger, and this 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. Another reason for choosing a half-eternity ring is that it 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.
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.
If you would like to discuss ideas for a bespoke eternity ring, please call us, or just fill in this Contact Form.
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