Your guide to eternity rings

Your guide to eternity rings

Eternity rings are a wonderful way to show your partner you are committed to your love for them.

Whether you're in a committed long-term relationship or celebrating a major milestone in your marriage, present your partner with an eternity ring to show your everlasting love for them.

At Bevilles, we're committed to ethically sourcing diamonds and we have a wide range of eternity rings to suit you.

What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is a circular band embedded with diamonds or gems. A ring must feature these stones either halfway around or all the way around the band to be considered an ‘eternity ring’.

Who came up with the eternity ring concept?

The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to think that love between partners could last forever – even beyond death. Inspired by Ouroboros, the symbol of a snake eating its own tail, they invented the eternity ring to represent endless love.

In the middle of the 1950s, a high quantity of smaller diamonds came on the market – the kind of diamonds perfect for eternity rings. American jeweller, De Beers, made eternity rings popular again by running a campaign to 'reinvent' them.

Eternity rings vs marital rings

If you’re wondering how these rings are different from your typical engagement rings or wedding bands, you’re not alone. We hear this question a lot in our Bevilles stores.

While both rings represent love, eternity rings aren’t bound by the convention of marriage. So, if you love someone – no matter who it is or how long you’ve been together – you can give them an eternity ring.

  • Engagement rings: Represent commitment or intention to marry.
  • Wedding rings: Celebrate the union of marriage or civil partnership.
  • Eternity rings: The continuation of the union of marriage or partnership.

Which finger do you wear an eternity ring on?

The eternity ring is designed to sit with your marriage or partnership set. Most people wear it between the wedding band and the engagement ring. But, really, it's up to you.

You can place it first, wedding band second and engagement last or vice versa. Some people even wear it on the ring finger of the opposite hand.

And if you don't have the marital rings? Then wear it on the ring finger in place of an engagement ring or wedding band.

Eternity ring design features

You can generally get eternity rings in two styles:

  1. A full eternity ring features diamonds all the way around.
  2. A standard eternity ring holds half the amount of diamonds.

Eternity ring band settings

The way these diamonds, or stones, are set in the band differ too. A few of the great diamond settings you can purchase an eternity ring with include:

Popular diamond cuts for eternity rings

As with any diamond jewellery, eternity ring diamonds can be cut in a variety of ways. Some of the more popular diamond cuts include:

  • Round: Also known as 'round brilliant', this is the most popular diamond cut.
  • Princess: You'll find this style in two shapes – rectangular and square. The colour of the diamond shows in the corners as well as in the centre, a trait unique to this cut.
  • Cushion: Sometimes called a pillow cut diamond, this is a timeless style which features rounded corners and larger facets.
  • Marquise: This is the perfect cut for maximising carat weight by emphasising the size of the diamond. It can make your fingers look longer and more slender thanks to its unique shape.
  • Emerald: This cut features rectangular facets step-cut into the diamond's pavilion. It has a large rectangular table which will emphasise any colour you add to your design.
  • Pear: Also known as a 'teardrop', the slender pear shaped diamonds have been cut to produce maximum brilliance.
  • Oval: Oval cut diamonds pair easily with other rings, so it's a perfect style for an eternity ring.
  • Asscher: Similar to an emerald cut, an asscher cut is an older style originating from the 1920s. It's perfect if you love antiques! It can't hide blemishes the way a round brilliant cut can.

Understand the value of each unique diamond, and adopt the proper diamond care practices, using our detailed diamond guides. At Bevilles, our diamond jewellery experts are dedicated to helping you find a diamond that suits your style and budget.

Eternity ring colour choices

When you buy an eternity ring, you can choose to incorporate gemstones in the design for a pop of colour. This works best with white diamonds, and gems like rubies and blue or pink sapphires are popular options.

Who normally wears an eternity ring?

Traditionally, eternity rings were given to couples who have been married between 10-55 years. Nowadays, couples give each other eternity rings for a variety of occasions – regardless of how long they've been together.

Eternity rings have been popular since ancient Egyptian times, and remain so to this day. Today, people all around the world wear eternity rings, including some of the most famous celebrities. Who wears it best?

Meghan Markle

To celebrate the birth of their first son, Archie, Prince Harry ordered a custom-designed eternity ring. The underside of the delicate ring features a birthstone for each member of their new family – emerald for Archie, blue sapphire for Harry and an olive-green peridot for the duchess.

Kim Kardashian

When she was engaged to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian wore a 20.5-carat emerald (square) cut engagement ring with an emerald-cut eternity band. It's completely over the top and utterly Kardashian.

Nicole Kidman

The Aussie actress now wears an eternity ring to celebrate over a decade of marriage to Keith Urban. It features brilliant round cut diamonds in a channel setting and pairs with her antique-style engagement ring perfectly.

Bevilles has eternity rings for every budget

We've got a wide range of eternity rings of all styles at Bevilles, priced competitively so you don't have to break the bank to celebrate your love.

Simple

We've talked at length about the kinds of eternity rings you can get. If your motto is ‘simple is best’, you’ll want to check out these three amazing options:

Dazzling

Then again, sometimes you do want to go all-out. If you're the kind of person who loves to be the centre of attention, you'll love these OTT eternity rings:

Unique

Your love is unique, so your ring should be, too. From the ring shape to the design, you won't have to worry about seeing these rings on other people's fingers.

Whether you're looking to renew your love, celebrate the birth of your first child with your partner, or you simply want to let someone know that you will love them forever, say it with an eternity ring.

At Bevilles, we pride ourselves on practising ethical diamond sourcing protocols, so you don't have to feel guilty buying one of our diamond rings. Browse our wide range of diamond eternity rings now!

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