Eternity rings have become another must-buy commemorative jewellery piece but what is their significance and when do they make the perfect present? Read our short guide covering everything you need to know about eternity rings to discover the answers to these questions and more.
The Eternity Ring
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A perfect circle of diamonds set into precious metal; a symbol of eternal love or the circle of life, eternity rings are fast becoming a piece of jewellery that makes up another milestone for the modern woman. Although it may seem like these rings are another ruse dreamed up by jewellers, they have actually been around since Egyptian times.
Early examples of these rings were often rendered in the shape of the ouroboros – the symbol of the snake eating its own tail, which was used by ancient civilisation to express the unity of all things, material and spiritual, and the notion that nothing disappears but perpetually exists in an eternal cycle of destruction and rebirth.
That’s a lot of rather portentous meaning to pack into one item of jewellery, so these days eternity rings are given to symbolise eternal love and commitment.
Types of Eternity Rings
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You can play with metals, stones, cuts and settings but the one thing an eternity ring should have is a full or half-circle of precious stones on it; the most traditional version featuring an unbroken band of brilliant-cut diamonds set in platinum. However, as tastes change and women become more experimental with their engagement rings, so eternity rings have morphed. Now you can have everything from alternating ruby and diamond to halo-set sapphires.
Some people also opt for a bespoke ring so that they can have something that transforms their engagement and wedding ring into one beautifully interlinked design.
What’s the Occasion?
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The most common occasion on which to present an eternity ring is a wedding anniversary; though it is up for debate as to which year you choose. If you consult an anniversary guide, the 60th is the diamond jubilee, though we’re not sure many women would appreciate waiting that long for a piece of jewellery, however special.
One year in might be too soon to be giving symbols of eternal love, so the 10th anniversary, which is also diamond, seems like a good alternative.
Gaining in popularity as well is giving the rings as a push present following the birth of a child, with the ring being symbolic of the celebration of the circle of life. However, if you’re planning on having four children, this could get expensive.
Ultimately, it’s up to you when you decide to buy one – it could be apropos of nothing on a Tuesday because you want your wife to know just how much she means to you.
Where to Wear It?
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Rings that are given to commemorate special occasions usually go on the fourth finger of the left hand because people used to believe (wrongly) that a vein ran directly from that finger to the heart (it was known as the vena amoris or vein of love).
If you do choose to wear it there, then the order, generally speaking, is wedding ring first, then engagement then eternity. However, that can be a bit awkward, especially if you have a substantial rock for an engagement ring. Another way to wear it is on the fourth finger of the right hand. Essentially though, it’s completely up to you. After all it’s your ring and you’ve got all eternity to look at it.
We hope you found our short guide to Eternity Rings helpful. If you still have questions or would like to try on some different styles, please visit one of our eight boutiques where our expert staff will be delighted to help.