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Blog Article, February 28, 2021 in Bridal Jewelry
Whether you're searching for the perfect wedding band to match your engagement ring or you're building a statement stack, here's your guide to eternity bands with pros & cons. With diamonds and plenty of sparkle, eternity bands are prized pieces in any jewelry collection. Celebrate your commitment, a special moment, or milestone-or simply treat yourself with this stunning piece that goes with absolutely everything.
As you're becoming used to with your options, keep in mind that all our bridal jewelry is made-to-order and can customized to fit your taste and budget. We hand-pick each individual stone to create your perfect band. Once you've chosen the diamond cut that best suits your budget and needs, the possibilities are endless.
With so many wedding band styles to choose from these days, the process can be a headache. Start your search by asking questions:
1. Do You Want the Wedding Band and Engagement Ring be Customized to Match Exactly?
Many women want to own a stand out diamond eternity band, either for their wedding ring to pair with their engagement or as a right hand piece to draw the attention. The most common way is to have your wedding band to perfectly match your engagement ring. Many jewelry companies will have in stock or custom make their engagement rings paired with a matching band. This way you can ensure that the diamond sizes exactly match in cut, clarity and color as well as how far down diamonds go on the band (full, half or 3/4 way down). This is the most popular option for many brides. If you have an unique style engagement ring with a twisted or curved band or millgrain edge design , this style will ensure that the engagement ring and wedding band with flush well without any gaps.
2. Do You Want to Solder the Gold Wedding Band to the Engagement Ring?
This is a very old option for pairing an gold engagement ring with a wedding band. Nowadays, it is used to eliminate diamond bands from spinning and not lining up well. But, many stylish women don't prefer this option as it does not allow them to mix and match bands whenever they want!
3. Do You Want to Wear Your Wedding Band On Its Own?
Many women want to wear their wedding band alone sometimes. This is good option if you want a stand out wedding band or right hand piece to draw attention to your wedding band.
There are always pros and cons any decision, but there is nothing wrong with each option and it up to your taste and budget!
The Plain Gold or Platinum Band
A simple gold or platinum band is a classic design that will always be in style. It can be a gorgeous companion to a solitaire engagement ring and adds that complete look without taking away attention from the main center stone. Gold or platinum bands are also a great option for some women who wants to wear their wedding band solo on its own. For women with active lifestyle won’t have to worry about diamonds getting chipped or cracked. A gold band will be cherished for anniversaries to come!
The Diamond Band
The diamond band is another classic design that will always be in style and has recently gained more popularity because it matches almost any ring type nowadays. These styles can vary in diamond size and shape, how far the diamonds go down the band (full, half or 3/4 way), and can be either pave, bezel, prong or channel set. A simple diamond band will go beautifully with both diamond and simple solitaire engagement rings. If you have accent diamonds that go down the sides of you engagement ring, start with the diamond band options that closely match your engagement ring. It will be a good start to know if you would like to add extra sparkle with larger diamonds and draw attention to your band, or if you want a petite band with smaller diamonds to keep it subtle.
If you want to pair your diamond wedding band with a solitaire, start with the option of smaller pave-style diamond bands and can then go your way up. The diamonds will be stand out but will have a subtle contrast to your simple gold or platinum solitaire. You can try on a few different options to see how much attention you want to bring to the wedding band. Opt for a more lower carat band if you want it to be more subtle, or go for a larger carat weight (1.50 carat or more) to bring more attention to your wedding band.
The Eternity Band
Eternity bands are a great option for some women looking for a ring that captures others attention. With diamonds going all the way around the band, they symbolize everlasting love between partners. One of the main advantage of eternity rings is that they will always line up with your engagement ring.
There are a few things you need to consider before picking a full eternity band over one with diamonds that go half way or 3/4 of the way down the band. One important aspect of eternity bands is that they are very difficult to re-size on some occasions. And, because eternity bands with diamonds can scratch with flat surfaces be sure to choose an eternity band with protective bezel or prongs that can withstand everyday wear and tear without the risk of loosing diamonds.
The Stacking Bands
Stacking bands have been very populary for some time now, and for good reason. If you are looking for a stacking style to go with a eternity diamond pave engagement ring, one with a different diamond shape, like the alternating oval and round one, will help highlight both the wedding band and engagement ring. Mixing and matching metals is another great way to give your wedding set unique and luxurious look. Pairing a rose gold wedding ring with a white gold or platinum solitaire band to create a modern and unique wedding set. And you do not have to stop at just one combination: pair different sizes and shapes together to find out what style fits your personality and budget!
Round Brilliant Cut vs Fancy-Cut Diamonds
1. Round Brilliant Diamond Eternity Bands
For a classic statement, round brilliant diamond eternity bands offer an unmatched sparkle and are beautiful worn solo or stacked with your engagement ring or other simple bands.
Any diamond cut that is not a round brilliant is considered a 'fancy shape' diamond. Fancy shape eternity bands tend to be more expensive than rounds due to the fact that each stone has to be matched for color, clarity, and exact size and ratio for a cohesive look. Especially for anyone looking to keep within a budget, round brilliant eternity bands make for a beautiful classic choice that's also easier on your bank balance.
2. Emerald Cut Eternity Bands
Also known as step-cut, sleek and geometric, emerald cut diamond eternity bands stand out and are a perfect to pair with your emerald cut engagement rings or in a stack with other emerald or Asscher cut bands.
Emerald cut eternity bands bring an elegant appeal with their clean design. The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is created by the step cuts of its pavilion and its large open table. Instead of the sparkle of a brilliant round, emerald cut diamonds have a subtle appeal and produce a hall-of-mirrors effect.
3. Oval Eternity Bands
Oval eternity bands offer a wider visual spread of each stone for a statement look and broad sparkle.
For a stylish twist, our full, half or ¾ Sideways Oval Diamond Band offers an unexpected design that pairs perfectly with your oval cut engagement rings.
4. Radiant Cut Eternity Bands
For something more unique & luxurious, Radiant Cut Eternity Bands are a striking option that brings up major sparkle.
Similar to Emerald Cut, Radiant Cut diamonds have straight edges and cut corners. Elongated Radiant cuts appear larger than square cut and are especially eye-catching in a full eternity band.
5. Asscher Cut Eternity Bands
Similar to our Emerald Cut Eternity Bands, our Asscher Cut Eternity Band bring a clean, sharp look.
The large step facets, higher crown, and smaller table of our Asscher Cut Eternity Bands allow them to produce more sparkle than the Emerald Cuts.
Re-sizing Eternity Bands
There are a few things to consider before opting for an full eternity band over one with diamonds go half way or 3/4 of the way down the band. Eternity bands are very difficult to re-size on some occasions. So, it's best to have a custom made eternity ring to meet your specifications.
Ring resizing depends upon the style of the ring - half eternity rings due to stones only on half the circle are usually easy to resize, while full-eternity rings feature stones all the way around its bands and are usually difficult to resize. Choosing the correct eternity band ring size is especially important to avoid surprises and extra cost.
Custom Made Eternity Bands
Our made-to-order eternity rings can be customized to exactly match your ring size. Another benefit is that you can perfectly pair your wedding band with an engagement ring instead of soldering the two bands.
Although diamonds are the most popular stone choice, sapphires are found in (not just blue) but pink, yellow, purple, green, orange and white fancy colors. The average price of a sapphire gemstone is $1,000 per carat, but the cost of the sapphire eternity bands and rings can change dramatically according to the quality of sapphires set within eternity rings.
Caring For Your Sapphire Eternity Ring
While diamonds are a 10 on Moh's scale, sapphires require some special care because of scratching, it's best to store your matching wedding bands and engagement rings or other pieces of jewelry containing diamonds .....
Lab Created vs Genuine Sapphires: What You Need to Know
Lab-made sapphires are beautiful and usually less expensive than natural sapphires, which means you can also choose larger carat weight stones.
Fancy Color Sapphires: Pros, Cons and Tips Before You Buy
While lab-made or natural blue sapphires are by far the most popular color, but they come in many fancy colors such as pink, yellow, purple, green, orange and white, which means you have many more optiond to mix and match your sapphire eternity rings to draw attention at affordable prices.
Different Setting Types for Eternity Bands
There are variety of settings for eternity bands and it all depends on the look you are going for. The first case is to try and match the setting to the engagement ring. If your loved one does not require a perfect match or wants to try out different styles, here's a useful guide.
It means what its name suggests; the diamonds and/or gemstones are set between two strips of metal that form a channel. Grooves on each wall of the strip of metal hold the stones securely in place. Its a popular style for a wedding band and is equally suitable for smaller and larger diamonds, as well as the style in which the combination of round diamonds and square or baguette cut gemstones are set.
This type of setting allows the most light to radiate through, resulting in more brilliance as the only metal used in the setting is that which holds the stone. Prongs for eternity bands are generally rounded, although they could be v-shaped depending on the cut of the diamond. Often jewelers will use four or shared prongs to hold the diamonds/gemstones securely in place.
When you look at this setting, it appears that there is no metal between the diamonds at least when you inspect it with the naked eye - however, there are very tiny beads holding the diamonds in place. The French word pave comes from the fact that this type of ring looks like it is paved with diamonds. This setting is best for smaller diamonds or gemstone eternity bands.
This setting encases the diamond or gemstone by surrounding it with metal, making it the safest type of setting. This generally looks best with larger stones or those with millegrain (tiny cuts that look like beads) on the bezel. Its also a good choice for eternity bands that have a pattern of different diamonds or gemstones - for example, baguette-round-baguette all the way around or marquise-princess-marquise all the way around.
Ethical Eternity Rings
Trying to find the perfect wedding band can be headache, but it is important to remember that the process can be fun! Try on a style or two that you wouldn’t normally consider and snap a quick picture of each option you like so you can look back at them to see which still stand out.
What Is An Eternity Ring?
An eternity band, also known as an eternity ring or infinity ring, is traditionally made of precious metal set with a full circle of diamonds. With its unbroken line of diamonds, an eternity band symbolizes ever-lasting love. The idea of eternity rings dates back almost 4,000 years to ancient Egypt.
Some eternity rings, also known as an infinity ring, have diamonds set on only half the circle. This ring is usually worn on left hand's ring finger. They tend to cost less than full-eternity rings.
Because eternity rings have diamonds or precious gemstones all the way around the band, this type of ring offers an extra sparkle and are called full-eternity rings. Alternative styles of diamond eternity rings contain diamonds set only across the face of the ring only and are also known as half-eternity rings.
Eternity rings are often given as anniversary gifts. They’re also given as gifts to celebrate major milestones such as a major promotion or retirement, the birth of a child or just as a romantic, special gift.
The continuous circle of diamonds on an eternity band symbolizes eternal love, giving eternity bands has a meaning that’s commonly associated with lasting love and relationships.
Regardless of which style of eternity ring you choose, it’s usually worn on the left hand's ring finger. If the ring is given to you as a milestone anniversary gift, you can wear it between or above your wedding ring and engagement ring, or in any arrangement that suits you best.
History of The Eternity Ring
The idea of an eternity ring dates back approximately 4,000 years to Egyptian times. While the Egyptians didn’t necessarily use the rings to celebrate a specific occasion, they were said to have used them simply as a symbol of both eternal love and life.
Some early examples of eternity rings found were a rather ordinary circle of metal, precious or otherwise, set with stones either on the top half of the ring or all the way around the band. Eternity rings were originally designed to mimic the image of a snake devouring its own tail, a common symbol used to represent eternity, often referred to as the ‘ouroboros’.
What's The Difference Between Half and Full Eternity Rings?
Eternity rings are the most popular ring style of wedding bands and are highly sought after. They comprise of a precious metal band that is encircled by diamonds or other gemstones. These rings are known by the way diamonds are placed on them. As the name suggests, a full eternity ring is one in which have diamonds encircling the entire band, of the ring. While, a half eternity ring, rather than a full circle, have diamonds or gemstones set just only on the top part of the ring.
A full eternity ring tends to cost more than a half eternity ring. A full eternity ring due to the additional diamonds needs more work and is therefore considerably more labor intensive than a half eternity ring. In addition, because a full circle of diamonds is difficult to resize, many jewelers often make it to order.
Half eternity rings, on the other hand, give the illusion of being fully encircled by diamonds or other gemstones without that extra cost.
Both these eternity ring styles have their own advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a quick look at them.
When it comes to eternity ring designs, cost plays an important part and that is why half eternity rings are popular. With stones set only along the top part of the ring, there is a significant cost saving if you want a half eternity ring. Also, rings set with stones all the way aaround are always more prone to scratching – so if you can adjust the sentimental aspect little bit, half eternity rings can be a great choice.
Unique Designer Eternity Rings
There is no doubt that diamonds are by far the most popular stone choice for eternity rings. You will see an array of other eternity ring options such as colored gemstones, usually diamonds alternated with ruby, emerald and sapphire. And you can, of course, custom design a unique ring to be created with your own choice of stones. However, most customers, diamonds are the only choice.
More Eternity Ring Ideas
It is always best to buy the best quality white diamonds you can afford to get the most sparkle. For a classic statement, round brilliant diamond eternity bands offer an unmatched brilliance and are beautiful worn on its own or stacked with your engagement ring or other sparkling bands.
The ever popular fancy emerald cut or princess cut in a channel set design offers both a beautiful band of diamonds, yet, whatever design you choose, eternity style jewelry still has the power to evoke a sense of expectation and joy for a women like nothing else.
Eternity Rings make a perfect sentimental gift, and whether you are looking for give to a loved one or would like to create your own, we offer a stunning range of both Full and Half Eternity Rings.
When to Give or Receive an Eternity Ring?
Traditionally given after a couple has already been married, they can be given as a gift to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary or on birth of a new child into the family.
Unlike the early intentions of eternity rings, today they are usually given to specifically mark an important anniversary. The concept of giving an eternity ring to celebrate a milestone in a marriage signifies not only the time you have already spent together but the unending future you plan to share with your one another.
Of course, not all eternity rings are tied specifically to the marriage itself. Another meaning of the ring is used to represent the eternal circle of life. Because of this, an eternity ring is often given by a partner as a push present to a wife or new mother after their first child is born.
What are Infinity Rings?
Eternity rings are also sometimes referred to as infinity rings. These rings have an unusual shape of the number 8, which makes them unique when compared to other types of rings that you can find out there in the market. Infinity rings are all about symbolism, although their meaning varies from one culture to the other, but it usually means forever.
Traditionally, an infinity ring symbolizes a love that will last forever or for a very long time. You want to use it as a wedding band or a landmark event when you want to show your devotion that will last a lifetime.
What a lot of our customers like about infinity rings is that they are comfortable to wear. Even if their shape is unlike anything out there, these rings will help her stand out from the crowd.
What hand and ring finger do you wear an infinity ring?
While in some traditions an infinity ring is worn on the fourth finger of your left hand, but there are set of rules that you need to follow. Some prefer to wear on their right hand to show their independence. Also, there is no specific meaning if you wear it on left or right hand, so wear it on the hand or finger that looks and feels best to you.
Who can you gift the infinity rings too?
The most obvious choice would be your wife. Since this is a symbol of a love that lasts forever, it’s a stunning marital gift or a partner that you intend to spend your life with forever. The true value lies in its meaning even if did cost you much or isn’t adorned with diamonds or precious gemstones.
In some cultures, it is common to give an infinity ring to a partner. If you are giving to a partner, it is best to make sure they know your intentions in doing so.
What type of metals and gemstones are suitable for infinity rings?
That will depend on who you want to gift it to. Usually, a lot of jewelers will use diamonds because of its association with devotion, faithfulness, fidelity and etc. An infinity ring can be made in silver, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum. Truly value is its its meaning.
While many of these ring do not have gemstones, it is very common for jewelers to set them an array of different gem stones. Diamonds are most commonly used but they can be made with other colored precious gemstones of your choice such as rubies, emeralds or sapphires.
Eternity Rings vs Infinity Rings: What's the Difference?
Are diamond eternity rings or infinity rings more expensive? The price of a ring depends on the materials used such as diamonds or other gemstones as well as total weight of diamonds set within it (or CTTW). No matter what you choose, the true value lies in its meaning and not the cost.
The price varies from just $1000 to over $1500. Since this is a symbol of love that lasts forever, it is probably best to at least get diamonds or other precious gemstones.
WHAT REALLY IS AN ETERNITY RING?
The idea of the eternity dates back 4,000 years to Ancient Egypt. While the Egyptians didn't give eternity diamond rings as wedding bands or wedding rings, but at that time a circle of precious metal or other gemstones symbolized never ending love. Sometimes eternity rings were used as a symbol of power or status.
Nowadays, eternity rings are typically encircled with diamonds, but other gemstones can also be used. Because the diamonds or other precious gemstones of an eternity ring circle the entire band, this type of ring setting offers an extra sparkle on your ring finger. Also known as full-eternity ring. Alternative styles of diamond eternity rings contain diamonds set only on half the circle of its band and are sometimes referred to as half-eternity rings.
Eternity rings are traditionally given as anniversary gifts. They're also given as gifts to celebrate major milestones such as the birth of a child or just as a romantic gift or some women even prefer as a right hand ring. The continuous circle of diamonds on an eternity band represents eternal love, giving eternity bands has a special meaning that's commonly associated with love and long lasting relationships.
Regardless of full or half style you choose, this ring is usually worn on the left hand's ring finger. If the ring is given to you as an anniversary gift, you can wear it above or in between your wedding ring and engagement ring. There are no hard and fast rules, you can wear in any arrangement that looks attractive and feels comfortable to you.
What is Total Carat Weight?
Total carat weight (t.c.w.) is a term used to describe the total weight of diamonds or other gemstone in an eternity ring, when more than one gemstone is used. Diamond eternity rings, for example, are usually quoted in t.c.w., indicating the mass of the diamonds and not each individual diamond.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE QUALITY OF AN ETERNITY RING?
There are many important factors to consider when it comes to evaluating the quality and beauty of an eternity ring. The first is the diamonds or other precious gemstones used in the ring. The second is the style of the setting, third is jeweler's craftsmanship while the fourth is the type of precious metal jewelers used to make the band.
Here, You Need to Extra Careful
Diamonds around 1 carats total weight are likely uncertified by official diamond laboratories like GIA or EGL, which means you need to trust your jeweler and what they say about the quality of the diamonds or other gemstones you're buying. For example, the price of grading and certifying the 16 diamonds used in a typical eternity ring would be about one thousand dollars. This would greatly increase the price of the ring and make it far less affordable for customers.
The truth about many jewelers is that they advertise and sell diamonds that say they are higher quality than they really are. Without a trained expert eye and a jeweler's loupe, it will be difficult to tell the difference, especially on stones less than 1 carat. If you find a price that seems too good to be true at an online jewelry store or even at the New York or Los Angeles jewelry district where the jeweler's claim they are offering 'wholesale prices,'- the item is likely not what is being advertised.
Much of what you are paying for in an eternity ring is the diamonds quality, jewelry's workmanship, setting style and metal used. The way the jeweler's make these bands and the way the stones are set makes a huge difference in the beauty and quality of the end product.
When inspecting diamonds, yourself, here you need to watch for the level of brilliance. You'll also want to check that the diamonds are pleasing to the eye and eye clean (this means they don't have any prominent, visible blemishes).
To evaluate color, check that the diamonds appear white in relation to the setting. For example, these G or H colored diamonds appear white in their 14K white gold setting compared to a yellow gold setting.
Eternity rings come in various total carat weights (in the industry, this is called as CTW) to suit every budget and taste.
If you are not sure where to start or would like assistance in reviewing and comparing diamonds, feel free to contact our jewelry experts.
WHICH COLORED GEMSTONES ARE SUITABLE FOR ETERNITY RINGS?
While diamonds are traditional, forever, a girl's best friend etc. With a name derived from the Greek word adamas, which means indestructible, diamonds symbolize strength, eternity and ever-lasting love. It is the most popular gem for an eternity ring, and a gift that will be treasured forever.
DeBeers created the concept of an eternity ring. Because at the time rings with a single large solitaire diamond was in style, De Beers had to find a way to make small diamonds and they used the Ancient Egyptian concept of an eternity ring, and rest is history. Diamonds, therefore, are commonly used in a channel or pave setting but other precious gemstones, such as round rubies, emeralds or sapphires are also alternated with baguette-cut diamonds in eye-catching full and half eternity rings.
But colorful gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and gemstones have been used in various cultures since ancient times. The ruby is the birthstone for July so it's the perfect engagement ring, or eternity ring, for those born in that month. Ruby has long been associated with love and passion, sapphires symbolize truth and fidelity, and emeralds youth and rebirth.
In ancient times, sapphire was a typical gemstone for royalty given its royal blue color and its lucky powers. Today, however, a sapphire and diamond eternity ring are both symbolic and represents a unique personal style. Perfect worn alone or stacked with your other favorite rings. Sapphires tend to be more affordable than diamonds. The average price of a sapphire gemstone is $1,000 per carat, and you would spend much less than diamonds. Diamonds are rated a 9 on Moh's scale of hardness, while sapphires are rate a nine. Since sapphires are not as hard as diamond, their surfaces are more prone to wearing due to scratching and abrasion.
Fancy sapphires also come in pink, yellow, purple, green and other colors. Sapphires that aren't blue (think: pink sapphires and yellow sapphires) are a great option if you want the look of a pink or yellow diamond eternity ring but on a budget. White sapphires are often used as a diamond substitute in jewelry thanks to their lack of color and lower price than diamonds.
In ancient times, ruby was a typical gemstone for royalty given its romantic red color and its lucky powers. Today, however, a ruby and diamond eternity ring are both symbolic and represents a unique personal style. Perfect worn alone or stacked with your other favorite rings. Rubies tend to be more affordable than diamonds. The average price of a ruby gemstone is $1,000 per carat, and you would spend much less than diamonds. Diamonds are rated a 9 on Moh's scale of hardness, while rubies are rate a nine. Since rubies are not as hard as diamond, their surfaces are more prone to wearing due to scratching and abrasion.
Known for its enchanting deep green color, usually referred to as 'emerald green,' the emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl. The green color is caused by traces of chromium or sometimes vanadium that is present in the stone. Emeralds usually contain many surface reaching inclusions and are therefore it is important to read this article. The large number of inclusions also means that emeralds are not graded based on magnification, but rather, on what the eye can see. In fact, as long as there are not any visible flaws, the stone is considered flawless.
Emeralds are actually quite resistant to scratching and abrasion, are rated a 7.5-8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This means they are durable enough for everyday wear! It is important to know about Emeralds is that many have inclusions. Jewelers call these special emerald inclusions as 'jardin'. Emerald jardin is very common, as Emeralds are considered a Type III stone (inclusions are usually expected on the market). However, some of these inclusions can reach the surface. And, surface-reaching inclusions can make a stone prone to chipping. Stones that don't have surface reaching inclusions are extremely rare and therefore almost all emeralds are treated with oil to enhance the clarity. So, by choosing a stone without (or with less) surface-reaching inclusions, your Emerald is durable enough to be set in an eternity ring!
WHY DO WOMEN LIKE MULTIPLE ETERNITY BANDS?
This is where your wife and jeweler will love you and you certainly need to watch your budget. And this is when you begin to question if your 'lifelong love and commitment' is to just keep buying rings. In reality women love rings to have on multiple digits. It's the one piece of jewelry they can admire on themselves besides bracelets, earrings.
Today, women have personal preferences. Here is where your loved one can get creative to stand out from the crowd. She can wear her engagement ring on her right hand and add other eternity bands in different widths, metal colors, cuts of stones, sizes and settings to create a look that represents her unique personal style. If she loves colored gemstones like rubies, sapphires, or emeralds, this is your chance to give her what she really desires. They are available alternated with diamonds or set just on their own. For example, you can have the diamond wedding band between two pink sapphire bands or between two emerald cut diamond bands for contrast. The possibilities are vast - just watch your budget, at least they are less expensive than fancy colored diamonds.
WHAT SIZE DIAMONDS
Will you wear the ring on its own or pair with others?
Do you want the largest sized diamonds you can buy based on your budget that meets minimum sparkle requirements or would you like the best quality available?
The stone's shape will dictate what the minimum sparkle requirements are. For instance, for emerald cut diamonds, they have much fewer facets in the stone, therefore inclusions will show easier than on a round brilliant cut diamond.
My recommendation on emerald cut stones larger than .20 carats would be to use VS (Very Slightly included) stones which is close to the top quality of diamond grading. This means that your budget may allow an eternity band that has only .25 carat VS clarity emerald cut diamonds vs a larger eternity band with .35 carat SI (slightly included) round brilliant cut diamonds for the same price.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT METAL
Type of Metal: Platinum, 18k, or 14k gold? White, Rose or Yellow?
The metal color you should choose is based on preference. If you like yellow gold eternity bands, I recommend 14k gold as it is stronger than 18k. For white eternity bands, I prefer platinum due to its strength above gold. In the past, people would try to save money by using 14k vs platinum. But with the price of gold being at its record highs today, the difference in price between platinum and gold has narrowed. Note though, labor on platinum is higher due to it being a harder metal to work with. So, pricing will still be higher for platinum rings.
Like other jewelry, there is no best metal for a diamond eternity ring. Instead, the type and color of metal you choose is typically platinum, white gold, rose gold or yellow gold and is usually based on your personal tastes and preferences.
Eternity rings are designed for everyday wear, meaning the materials used to create them tend to be durable. Both 18K and 14K gold in all colors, as well as platinum, are more than durable enough to be used for an everyday wear eternity band.
Our guide to gold and platinum goes into more detail on the key differences between these two popular metals. You can also learn more about 14K gold here.
QUALITY OF THE JEWELER'S WORK?
This is a factor most people don't pay attention to. The range of skill set in jewelry setters is vast! It's much larger than you can think of. A quality jewelry setter setting prices can be three times more the price of a lower-end setter, as it requires years of experience.
Many jewelers cut corners in the setting process to save time and money. After all, it's very often that the customer will not be able to tell the difference between different setters work.
WHEN ARE ETERNITY RINGSTRADITIONALLY GIVEN?
Eternity rings are traditionally given on a significant anniversary., and usually worn above or in between an engagement ring and wedding ring. Commonly given for milestone wedding anniversaries (i.e. 5th, 10th, 20th, 35th), eternity bands can also be a gift for:
The birth of a child, push present
Celebration of milestone
Christmas, and other holidays
Which Finger Do You Wear An Eternity Ring On? Are There Any Tradition to Follow?
An eternity ring is traditionally worn on the left hand ring finger, it is the same finger that is used for an engagement ring and wedding band. There are no hard and fast rules on how to wear an eternity ring, meaning you can wear your ring on any finger you prefer.
By choosing a precious metal that matches the engagement and wedding ring, a diamond eternity ring can add an extra special meaning and look to you or your partners ring finger.
WHICH ORDER DO YOU WEAR YOUR WEDDING, ENGAGEMENT AND ETERNITY RINGS?
It is traditional to wear your wedding ring first on your left hand ring finger. Then, your engagement ring is worn above the wedding band, with your eternity ring in between your engagement ring and wedding band.
Although the traditional order for wearing wedding, engagement and eternity rings, there is no hard and fast rule saying you need to wear your rings in a particular way. Some women prefer to wear the eternity ring on the right hand ring finger.
If you don't care about the tradition, it is perfectly fine to wear your wedding band, engagement ring and eternity ring in any order that looks good and feels comfortable to you.
Famous Celebrity Eternity Bands
The idea of the eternity ring can be dated back to Ancient Egypt - although diamond eternity bands were not given as wedding rings or wedding anniversary rings
Notable eternity rings have been written about countless times throughout history and have been worn by few celebrity and royal women:
Joe DiMaggio gave Marilyn Monroe a platinum eternity band with Baguette cut diamonds for her wedding ring in 1954.
Elizabeth Taylor received two Emerald Cut eternity rings from Richard Burton: one for their first marriage in 1964 and one for their second marriage in 1975.
Kate Middleton was presented a diamond eternity ring as a push present.
Guide on Finding The Right Eternity Ring
To purchase a beautiful diamond eternity ring that will represent a unique personal style of your someone special, look for one from a reputable vendor like Sndgems.com.
Don't know how to buy the right eternity ring? Need help finding a ring that uses high-quality diamonds or other gemstones? Contact our jewelry experts at any time for assistance in reviewing eternity rings and other high-quality diamond jewelry.
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