Eternity Rings 101

Eternity bands are the ultimate symbol of everlasting love. But where did they originate from? Read on to discover more about the meaning behind eternity rings which have become so popular today.

What is an eternity ring?

Simply put, an eternity ring is a ring with a continuous line of diamonds or gemstones all around the band. With the circle representing eternity and the diamonds or gemstones represent love, the ring symbolises everlasting love.


What is the history of an eternity ring?

The concept of an eternity ring can be traced back 4,000 years ago to the ancient Egyptians, who used them as tokens of both eternal love and life. Early examples were very similar to the ones we received today. Some ancient designs also featuring a serpent devouring its own tail, signifying the circle of life and death.

When do you gift an eternity ring?

Eternity rings are often gifted on the first anniversary after marriage, before marriage to symbolise commitment or to mark a special life milestone such as the birth of a first child. Eternity rings are also popular with those looking to upgrade their wedding bands, perhaps because they are in a better financial position than when they bought their original wedding ring – or they fancy changing it up. Remember, there is no set rule as to when someone should receive an eternity ring – so if you feel the time is right, go for it!

What are the different types of eternity rings?

Typically, there are two kinds of eternity rings. First is the full eternity ring, which features diamonds or gemstones set all around the band to create a fully adorned circle. The second is the half eternity ring, with diamonds or gemstones only set across the top half of the ring. The type you choose can depend on your budget and preferred design.

Which finger do you wear an eternity ring on?

Whilst there is no set way to wear an eternity ring, one of the suggested ways to wear it is to place the wedding ring closest to your hand, then the engagement and finally the eternity ring. This can be a totally stunning look if all your rings work well together.

If wearing all three of your rings on one finger feels a little awkward, try moving your eternity ring to the fourth finger on your right hand, keeping your wedding ring and engagement on the left.  

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