What is an eternity ring?
An eternity ring is also sometimes known as an infinity ring and is traditionally made with precious metal (silver or gold). The origins of the eternity ring can be traced back as far as Egyptian times. In most cases the eternity ring is set with several gemstones – these can be rubies, emeralds or diamonds. The eternity ring can be given instead of an engagement ring or wedding ring, yet, it can also be worn as well as your engagement ring.
- A “full eternity” ring is one where the stones are set completely around the ring.
- A “half eternity” ring only has the stones set partially around the ring.
What is the meaning of an eternity ring?
The symbolic meaning of an eternity ring relates to eternal love. The eternity ring’s circular shape refers to a lasting love that will continue forever and is usually given to mark a special occasion or simply as a romantic gift. Eternity rings are a popular way of showing appreciation and devotion to another person.
When do you give an eternity ring?
This circular form of adornment, with its unbroken line of stones is the ultimate symbol of eternal love, and is given to mark important events in a relationship such as the birth of a baby or a wedding anniversary. Increasingly, eternity rings are also being used as wedding bands and thanks to a series of male celebrity role models, are being worn by both women and men, so the rules regarding these rings are by no means set in stone (excuse the pun…).
How to wear an eternity ring
With Wedding Rings
As an Anniversary Band
Perhaps you’re wondering; what finger does an eternity ring go on? This is a common question, and often is misconceived. However, traditionally, the eternity ring is worn on the fourth finger on the left hand. Thanks to Egyptian philosophy of ‘the vein of love’ running directly from that finger to the heart, an eternity ring can be worn instead of a wedding and engagement ring or in addition to them. Wondering ‘where do you wear an eternity ring?’ is common, but really, there is no set answer. It can be a choice made between the giver and receiver of the ring, and generally what feels best for both of you.
The eternity ring is intended to be worn every day so practicality plays as big a part as the aesthetics do in the choice of ring. This leads many people to opt for channel set eternity ring designs which can offer the full protection of stones that standard claw settings simply can’t. Interestingly, and probably due to the popularity of channel setting, princess cuts and emerald cuts are prevalent when it comes to eternity rings.