What is an eternity ring?
An eternity ring symbolizes everlasting love and is usually given on the occasion of a significant anniversary in a relationship. We appreciate that choosing an eternity ring is a special moment and we have designed some special rings to help celebrate significant milestones.
Our diamond eternity bands are available in channel, micro, pave or grain set designs. Eternity rings with stones all the way around the band are not favoured by everyone, so we also create rings with stones on the face only. This design is sometimes referred to as a "half-eternity" ring rather than a "full" eternity ring.
An eternity ring is a great gift to give your partner if you want to express your everlasting love and commitment to them. Of course, you can both purchase eternity rings together, but in most cases the man presents the woman with an eternity ring during a significant milestone in their life. This could be after the birth of their first child or as a wedding anniversary present. An eternity ring is also perfect for those who do not believe in marriage yet want to display their commitment for one and other. Below, we will tell you everything you need to know about eternity rings, from the history of them to the different factors to consider when choosing.
THE HISTORY OF ETERNITY RINGS
Rings have long been a symbol of eternal love, as they have no beginning and no end. The first eternity ring known dates back to the Ancient Egyptians in 2000BC. They gave a ring as a token of eternal life and love. Back then, these rings were very simplistic, typically a band of metal with a stone set in the middle. It was also popular for rings to be given with a snake swallowing its tail. This may sound strange, but it was a common symbol of eternity used back in those days. Since then, techniques and trends have progressed considerably, and there are now many options to choose from.
CHOOSE YOUR ETERNITY RINGS
A diamond eternity ring is usually given to commemorate a special milestone between a couple such as a significant anniversary, the birth of a child or simply to remind that person how much you love and cherish them. It is designed with a continuous line of identically cut diamonds that symbolise never ending love. The giving of eternity rings dates back to the ancient Egyptians when a husband would give his wife one as token of his love.
A diamond eternity ring is usually worn on the third finger of the left hand with the engagement and wedding ring. Our range of diamond eternity rings offers a stunning selection to suit every taste and budget from a simple row of diamonds to more elaborate fully encrusted diamond eternity rings available in pave, micro, grain claw, or channel set designs.
If you are looking to give your loved one the very ultimate in eternity rings then a platinum eternity ring is the perfect choice. Being the rarest of all the precious metals, platinum makes the ideal setting for an eternity ring as it is also the most enduring so is ideal for a lady who has an active lifestyle, plays sport, or likes to wear her rings 24/7.
Platinum offsets and complements diamonds beautifully adding extra sparkle and brilliance. Choosing a platinum diamond eternity ring will make your gift a real statement piece that she will treasure forever.
White gold is an alloy of pure gold mixed with alloy metals usually nickel, silver or palladium - the white metals creating the white color in the gold. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is measure in carats given in karats.
White gold's properties vary depending on the metals used and their proportions but it is generally favoured over yellow gold as the alloys within it make white gold more durable and scratch-resistant. Whilst they may look alike, platinum and white gold, platinum is more dense and so more of it is required to make a ring.
Add this factor to its durability and it is not surprising that platinum is the more expensive. In fact it is about 2.5 to 5 times more expensive than white gold. However, white gold eternity rings are a very popular choice with those who like the look of platinum eternity rings but perhaps do not have the budget that platinum commands.
There is nothing more exquisite than a diamond eternity band. For the lady whose style is timeless sophistication, this style of diamond eternity ring is an absolute must. A perfect circle of brilliance and fire, a diamond eternity band that is beautiful from every angle will be the envy of all onlookers.
Perfectly complementing your engagement and wedding rings, a diamond eternity band will be the finishing touch in your love story symbolising your everlasting love for one another. Giving a diamond eternity band shows that you care more than words can say and wil be agift treasured for evermore.
Baguette cut diamonds are small diamonds, usually with 14 facets. They are rectangular in shape with square corners, straight or tapered edges. A tapered baguette diamond has long sides that angle inwards. Baguette cut diamonds have step shaped facets which are parallel to the girdle and are arranged in a terrace-like fashion, hence why they belong to the step cut family of diamond cuts.
As baguette cut diamonds come in smaller carat weights than some other diamond cuts they are ideal for setting into eternity rings. Like other step cuts, baguette cut diamonds lack the brilliance of round-cut diamonds. However, because baguette cut diamond eternity rings have less sparkle, which can conceal inclusions, flaws in these diamonds are easily visible.
The lack of brilliance in diamonds that are baguette cut also affects their color. For example, if the diamond is a lower grade and the stone shows some yellow tints, they will be more visible than those in a round stone with the same color grade. For all these reasons when choosing a baguette cut diamond eternity ring you can rest assured that you are purchasing a very good quality stone as only the best diamonds make the grade for baguette cut eternity rings.
Asscher cut diamonds are referred to as being similar to a square emerald cut but generally with larger step facets, generally 58 facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table which in combination produces more brilliance to the diamond than the emerald cut.
The asscher cut was not created to produce diamonds with maximum sparkle, but to exhibit a shine that has true clarity as opposed to the sparkly brilliance of the cushion-cut stones. Only very high-quality diamonds will be chosen for asscher cut eternity bands, the reason being that this cut does not disguise blemishes the way a round brilliant cut can.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING AN ETERNITY RING
The different styles of eternity rings – Eternity rings tend to be split into two categories – full eternity rings and half eternity rings. Let’s deal with the latter first. With a half eternity ring, stones are set halfway round the band. These rings usually feature nine, seven, or five gemstones, depending on the size of the stone. Half eternity rings can be resized, and they tend to be cheaper than full eternity rings, yet this does depend on carat weight and stone quality. As you may have gathered, full eternity rings are those whereby the stones are set around the entire band of the ring. This is the perfect choice for someone who loves glamorous and luxurious styles, as the ring will sparkle from every angle. Please be mindful that full eternity rings cannot be resized.
SHOULD YOU GO FOR A DIAMOND OR GEMSTONE RING?
Of course, the choice is yours, however, diamond eternity rings are the conventional choice. This is because diamonds are considered the most beautiful, rare, and precious stone. Nevertheless, gemstone rings have grown in popularity considerably over the past few years, and thus you may want to consider a sapphire or a ruby eternity ring, for example. This will largely depend on your partner’s taste. You could also go for their birthstone.
Selecting a setting for your eternity ring – You have numerous setting rings to choose from, and your decision is important; not just in terms of appearance, but also in regards to how secure the diamonds are. In general, you have three choices – bar-set eternity rings, channel-set eternity rings, and claw-set eternity rings. A bar setting is one whereby metal bars are used to hold in the stones, letting in a lot of light and thus creating a beautiful glisten. For a modern option, a channel setting is worth considering. With this type of ring, metal forms a channel at the ring’s two edges, and the stones are set in this. This is good for woman with an active life, as the diamonds are very secure and the ring will not snag. Finally, claw settings, which are also known as prong settings, are the most traditional option. This is ideal for allowing maximum light into the stone.
Choosing a type of metal – The next decision you need to make is what type of metal you are going to go for. If you are already married, you should go for the same metal as your partner’s engagement ring and wedding ring. If you are not, take note of the type of jewellery she typically wears. In most cases, you will be choosing between platinum, white gold, and yellow gold. Platinum is the most expensive, rarest, and luxurious. It has a stunning lustre and a natural brilliant white sheen. White gold is also popular, as it is a more affordable solution and thus a great alternative to platinum. Yellow gold is the traditional option, and is ideal for those who want a warm and conventional setting at a good price.