An Eternity Ring was traditionally given to mark a special anniversary or time in your life together, but many couples now give Eternity Rings to show their undying love for each other and the strength of their relationship. So, what better way to show your wife, girlfriend or loved one just how much they mean to you this Christmas than with the perfect gift of love – a stunning Eternity Ring.
Here at Reve Diamonds we appreciate that purchasing a diamond Eternity Ring as a Christmas present for your loved one is a significant investment, both in terms of time, money and emotion. There are many factors to consider so to help you make an informed decision, here is a short guide to all that you need to know about eternity rings.
The Eternity Ring has been given as the symbolism of commitment and eternal love since as far back in history as 2,000 BC.
An Eternity Ring, sometimes called an Infinity Ring, is traditionally designed from a continuous band of precious metal set with a line of identically cut diamonds. This continuous band is said to symbolise the unbroken bond of a relationship of two people going through the journey of life as one. It is also said to symbolise the circle of life, and was often given after the birth of a couple’s first child. Whatever you interpretation of its meaning, giving an Eternity Ring means more than giving just a piece of beautiful jewellery, with this ring you are giving your heart to someone as the ring symbolises everlasting love and devotion.
The History of the Eternity Ring
The tradition of giving an Eternity Ring dates back over 4,000 years when the very first Eternity Rings were carved out of natural materials such as bone, beads or metal. It is widely believed that the first Eternity Rings were worn by the Ancient Egyptians. They did not necessarily give this ring to mark a special occasion or anniversary, but rather as a symbol of the circle of eternity and everlasting love, as it is suggested by historians that this ring originated as a representation of the Ancient Egyptian symbol Ouroboros which is a snake swallowing its own tail to form a full circle.
In what order should you wear your engagement, wedding and eternity ring?
The Eternity Ring is most usually worn on the left-hand ring finger. Although of course this is not set in stone, for many couples the Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring and Eternity Ring Infinity Ring are worn on the same finger. The Eternity Ring is placed between the Wedding Band and Engagement Ring, but again this is ultimately down to personal preference.
Which style of Eternity Ring should you pick?
As an Eternity Ring is most usually worn on the same finger as the Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing an Eternity Ring to give to your loved one this Christmas is whether it will fit with current or future wedding sets.
Eternity Rings are available as both full and half rings. A full eternity ring will have diamonds set all the way around the band without a starting point or an ending point. Alternatively you can also choose to have your Eternity Ring in a half style, which only has the stones going across the top of the band. Half Eternity Rings are usually easier to create and size, consequently making them more affordable. Next consider the setting. We offer a wide selection of beautifully crafted Eternity Rings in a wide variety of settings including channel, claw, micro, pave or grain set designs:
A channel setting is a ring without a centre stone. Channel Eternity Rings feature one or more rows of diamonds set side by side without separation in sections of precious metal, giving a smooth finish and maximum sparkle.
The claw setting is where the diamonds on the eternity ring are held in place with a claw shaped type of binding. Usually, three, four or six prongs are soldered onto the ring, and the jewel is then mounted onto the ring. Unlike the smooth metal edge on a channel setting, the stones in a half prong eternity ring and full prong eternity ring often feature.
Pavé Setting – a full or half pavé Eternity Ring is a setting that features small diamonds very close together, with almost no visibility of the metal prongs holding the stones in place. The word pavé comes from the French word, “to pave”, and means your Eternity Ring is literally paved with diamonds giving it a textured surface and the illusion that the ring has a surface of jewels.
Once you have decided on the style of the Eternity Ring which you wish to choose for your loved one, you need to consider the metal. 18k white gold Eternity Rings are beautifully timeless and can easily complement existing jewellery. Though 18k yellow gold and platinum eternity rings are just as alluring.
We have a very wide selection of gorgeous Eternity rings but if you still cannot find what you are looking for, or you want something more special, then we offer a bespoke design service. Our team of jewellery experts and master craftsmen will make your vision a reality with helpful guidance on everything from styles to setting type.
Can a diamond eternity ring be resized?
For many purchasing an Eternity Ring as a surprise Christmas gift the question of size can be a tricky issue. What if you get the size of your chosen Eternity Ring wrong? Well do not worry half Eternity Rings can be slightly adjusted around 1 – 2 sizes depending on the style. A full Eternity Ring can be made larger or smaller. To increase a full Eternity Ring in size slightly, the ring needs to be thick enough to allow a small amount of metal from the inner surface to be polished out of the ring. The only way to reduce the size of a full Eternity Ring is to add metal to the inner surface (small metal pips or balls) to fill out the ring making it more snug on the finger.