Eternity rings are often dubbed as the most precious gift a man can give to his wife. A popular advertisement in the 1960s went, “She married you for richer or poorer. Let her know how it’s going.”
Diamond eternity rings were introduced in the 1960s by diamond merchant De Beers, even though the tradition of wearing eternity bands can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians, being at the heart of one of the earliest civilizations, invented their concept of weddings. To represent an eternal bond between a man and a woman, ancient Egyptian couples wore elaborate metal bands with decorations that went all the way round. This symbolized an everlasting union. The bands were usually made of precious metals and often decorated with gemstones or engravings.
Modern Eternity Rings
Simply put, eternity rings are precious metal bands embedded with identically cut gemstones all around them. While diamonds are the most popular choice, eternity rings can also be made of other precious gemstones. The most popular choices of metal are gold and platinum.
An eternity ring simply symbolizes a perpetual never-ending union of souls between married couples. The most popular eternity rings are diamond eternity rings. Diamonds further emphasize the timeless nature of eternity rings. It is even further underlined by the arrangement of diamonds in a circle. A circle has long been considered a symbol of purity and eternity.
Therefore, an eternity ring is given by a man to his significant other on the occasion of a momentous anniversary. For example, a husband may give his wife an eternity ring on the occasion of a first pregnancy.
In some cases, an eternity ring may also be used as an engagement ring or a wedding band.
Some people find wearing “full” eternity rings a tad uncomfortable. They choose instead to wear “half-eternity” rings. A half-eternity ring has stones only set across its face. This makes room for bigger diamonds.
A full eternity ring has stones set completely across it and looks identical all around. This makes it hard to resize it. A half-eternity band, on the other hand, has stones set only across the visible face, and can therefore be resized much easily.
Half-eternity rings are considerably cheaper than full eternity rings but they still maintain a certain popularity.
How to wear them
Traditionally, an eternity ring is worn the same finger as the wedding and engagement rings. However, like anniversary rings, it can be worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
An eternity ring need not necessarily match with any existing rings.
Eternity rings are the ultimate anniversary gift. So save it for the most special romantic occasion. Even though rare, using eternity rings as engagement rings or wedding bands has found overwhelming acceptance among new couples.
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