Everything you need to know about eternity rings

Stunningly beautiful, exquisitely elegant – eternity rings symbolise everlasting love, so it’s not surprising they are integral part of any jewellery collection.

We take a look at all the things you need to know about this wonderful item of jewellery. 

What is an eternity ring?

Also known as an infinity ring, an eternity ring is a band of precious metal set with a continuous row of identically cut gems, usually diamonds. It’s a symbol of never-ending love and commitment between two people.

When was the first eternity ring given?

The idea of an eternity ring dates back nearly 4,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, when husband and wife would exchange rings as a token of both eternal love and life.

Early examples consisted of a metal band with stones either spanning the whole ring or just the top half. Some designs imitated a snake consuming its own tail, signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death. Often referred to as ‘ouroboros’, these rings are still sold today as eternity rings.

When do you give an eternity ring?

Eternity rings are traditionally given as a wedding anniversary present or to mark a special milestone, such as the birth of a new baby. However, in recent years, people have been  buying them for themselves to mark a special occasion, such as getting a new job!

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what the occasion is or whether you are married or not – an eternity ring is simply a wonderful symbol of everlasting commitment and love.

Where do you wear an eternity ring?

The Romans believed that the ‘Vena Amoris’ or ‘Vein of Love’ ran through the third finger of the left hand directly to the heart, which is why we wear wedding and engagement rings on that finger. If you are married, you might to wear it on top of your engagement and wedding ring, but it’s really up to you.

Different styles of eternity ring  

Eternity rings come in a number of different styles and precious metals, so we’re sure you’ll find something you love. If you are planning on wearing your eternity ring with your wedding and engagement rings, we would suggest that you go for the same type of metal.

There are two main eternity ring designs. The full eternity ring usually has a band set with a continuous circle of stones. A half eternity

ring just hasstones on the face of the ring rather than in a full circle, partly because it makes the ring less cumbersome to wear. In both cases, the continuous line of stone symbolise eternity and everlasting love.

Traditionally, eternity rings feature sparking diamonds, but you can also get them with other precious stones, such as emeralds and sapphires, and also just as plain bands, if you don’t want too much bling!

Looking for the perfect eternity ring?

If you are searching for an eternity ring either for a loved one or yourself, why not get in touch?  We carry a wide range of eternity rings and cater for all budgets and would be delighted to help you find the perfect piece.

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