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Everything you Need to Know About Eternity Rings

04 May 2017
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An Eternity Ring is a ring gifted by a significant other when they reach a milestone anniversary or a life changing occasion happens

Eternity Rings are also known as Infinity Rings, and are comprised of a band of precious metal set with a line of identically cut diamonds.


The History of the Eternity Ring

The romanticised tradition of giving an eternity ring to your other half dates back to more than 4,000 years ago in 2,000 BC. Some of the first Eternity Rings from this era were carved out bone, metal and beads. It is thought that the first Eternity Rings were worn by Ancient Egyptians who viewed the circle as a symbol of eternity and everlasting love.

Mythology suggests that this neatly closed band is based on the Ancient Egyptian symbol Ouroboros; a snake or lizard swallowing its own tail to form a full circle. The first Ouroboros appeared was on the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 14th Century BC. Alongside this, the Infinity Ring is also thought to have roots in the  Tibetan Buddhist Endless Knot and the Infinity symbol created by John Wallis in 1655.  

What Does the Eternity Ring Symbolise?

The Eternity Ring has endured its symbolism of commitment and eternal love since 2,000 BC. It also references the full circle of life, and was often given after the birth of a couple's first child. Both Full and Half Eternity Rings hold the same meaning, so the choice of which one to give is up to you.

What Order Should you Wear your Engagement, Wedding and Eternity Ring?

The Eternity Ring can be worn on any finger of the Husband or Wife, but is usually worn on the left-hand ring finger. In most cases, the Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring and Infinity Ring is worn on the same finger, with the Eternity Ring placed between the Wedding Band and Engagement Ring. However, whatever way you choose to wear them is a personal preference.

What Occasions Require an Eternity Ring?

Traditionally Eternity Rings are gifted to your significant other once your first child is born or reaching your 10th anniversary. You may also gift an Eternity Ring when;

  • Your partner is expecting a child,

  • As a Birthday Present,

  • A Valentine's Day Gift,

  • A Christmas Gift,

  • Diamond Infinity Ring could be gifted on a 60th Wedding Anniversary,

  • Sapphire Eternity Ring for a 45th Wedding Anniversary,

  • Ruby Infinity Ring for a 40th Wedding Anniversary,

  • Emerald Eternity Ring for a 55th Wedding Anniversary.

Channel Versus Pavé Eternity Rings

From Full Channel Eternity Rings to Half pavé Eternity Rings there will be something for everyone to choose from. You can choose the shape of diamond or gemstone you would like.

Pavé Eternity Rings

Pavé is a classic French design that translates to ‘pavéd with diamonds'.  This setting consists of small diamonds and other gemstones attached to the precious metal, giving it a textured surface. A full pavéd or half pavéd infinity ring will give the illusion that the ring has a surface of jewels.

Channel Eternity Rings

Channel eternity rings feature one or more rows of diamonds or gemstones set in sections of precious metal, giving a smooth finish. This particular design looks gorgeous in a half design.

Have a look at our stunning Eternity Ring Designs here.