What is an Eternity Ring?

What is an Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are timeless symbols of everlasting love and commitment. If you're curious about these beautiful pieces of jewellery, you're in the right place. In this article, we'll take a look into the history, significance, and various styles of eternity rings. Plus, we’ll explore the unique and bespoke options available at Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery.

What is an Eternity Ring?

An eternity ring is traditionally a circular band adorned with a continuous line of identically cut diamonds or gemstones. Throughout history Eternity Rings have given as a symbol of eternal love, representing a commitment that never ends symbolised by the never ending circle of diamonds or gemstones.

Historical Background of Eternity Rings

The concept of eternity rings dates back over 4,000 years to ancient Egypt, where they were seen as tokens of both eternal love and life. The circle of metal set with stones symbolised infinity, a cycle of birth and death.

Traditional vs. Modern Eternity Ring Designs

Traditionally, eternity rings featured a simple band with a row of diamonds, often round brilliant cut. However we all know that traditional styles aren’t for everyone, and eternity ring designs are ever expanding to include unusual diamond shapes like this Half Moon Diamond Eternity Ring, as well as various different gemstones, setting styles, and metals, offering a wide range of styles to suit any taste.


Half Moon Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring


One of a Kind Half Moon Diamond Eternity Ring


Types of Eternity Rings

Full Eternity Rings

Full eternity rings have stones that go all the way around the band. They are often seen as the most luxurious option, though they can be more expensive due to the higher number of stones. With a full eternity ring there’s no need to worry about the diamonds twisting to the back of the band, leaving plain metal on show at the front. You do however need to be aware that choosing the correct finger size is crucial with a full eternity ring, as they are quite often very difficult to size.

Half Eternity Rings

Half eternity rings feature stones that cover only the top half of the band. This style can be more practical and comfortable for everyday wear if you have chosen an eternity ring with particularly large stones while still providing plenty of sparkle. It’s also a more affordable option than a full eternity ring as you only require half of the diamonds to get the desired look in comparison with a full eternity ring.

Popular Stone Choices

While diamonds are the traditional choice, many eternity rings also feature other precious stones such as sapphires and rubies, allowing for personalisation and unique flair. As a specialist in unusual shaped diamonds I am also a huge fan of diamond eternity rings which feature more unusual diamond cuts such as half moons, kites & rose cut diamonds.


The Significance of Eternity Rings

Symbolism of Eternal Love

Eternity rings are a powerful symbol of everlasting love and commitment, often given to mark significant milestones in a relationship. When should you give an eternity ring? They are a great way to mark special occasions and are popular choices for a wedding anniversary gift, as well as a gift for the mother on the birth of a child. They do also hold a place as a token of commitment between a couple who don’t feel marriage is for them but are equally as committed to each other.



Unusual Eternity Rings

Unique Designs and Styles

For those seeking something a bit different, unusual eternity rings can feature various gemstones with sapphires being a particular favourite because of their multitude of colour options as well as their hardwearing nature. You can make an eternity ring more unusual by designing intricate settings, or even alternative metals like rose gold or using white and yellow gold together for a mixed metal eternity ring.

Combining Different Gemstones

Mixing different gemstones can create a vibrant and unique look. Consider combining diamonds with sapphires, rubies, or use a mixture of different coloured diamonds for a truly bespoke piece. At Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery every piece is made especially for you in the Jewellery Quarter, so your exact wishes can be included in the design of a bespoke eternity ring. If you’re having a ring to represent eternity, it should be exactly as you want it!

Alternative Metals and Settings

Beyond the classic yellow gold, eternity rings can also be crafted in white gold, rose gold, or platinum. Various settings, such as bezel or channel settings, can add a distinctive touch. A claw set eternity ring will ensure the diamonds are centre stage, whilst a channel set diamond eternity ring can add a subtle touch of sparkle and is also a budget friendly eternity ring option.


Bespoke Eternity Rings

Custom Design Your Eternity Ring

Designing a bespoke eternity ring with Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery means you get to be involved in every step. From selecting the perfect stones to choosing the metal and setting, your ring will be one of a kind. I love the romance & sentimentality behind an eternity ring, so during your initial consultation I’ll find out what’s important to you and work on ways to add as many special touches as possible. Some great examples of this are birthstones, engraving and hidden initials.

Personalisation Options

Add a personal touch to your eternity ring with engraving, custom settings, or a unique combination of gemstones. The possibilities are endless.

Working with a Jeweller

Collaborating with a specialised bespoke jeweller ensures that your vision comes to life. At Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery, I offer a personal service to guide you through the process, making it enjoyable and stress-free.



The stages in creating a bespoke eternity ring


How to Wear an Eternity Ring

Traditional Ways to Wear

Traditionally, an eternity ring is worn on the ring finger, stacked with the wedding and engagement rings. However, there are no hard and fast rules especially as some people have very little room left on their finger after their wedding and engagement rings – wear it in a way that feels right for you. Wearing an eternity ring on the right hand is a popular choice, especially when wanting to go for an unusual eternity ring as it means you don’t have to try to match in with your engagement ring and wedding ring, so you can be as adventurous as you’d like with the design.

Mixing and Matching with Other Jewellery

Eternity rings can be worn alongside other rings or on their own as a statement piece. Experiment with stacking different rings to create a look that's uniquely yours.


Choosing the Right Eternity Ring

Factors to Consider

When choosing an eternity ring, consider the style of your existing jewellery, the type of gemstones you prefer, and your budget.

Matching with Existing Jewellery

Ensure that your new eternity ring complements your engagement and wedding rings. Matching metals and stones can create a cohesive look. One consideration to be aware of is to ensure the metals of your rings that are worn together match with each other. If you wear a gold ring next to a platinum ring, the gold ring will become damaged over time as platinum is a harder metal.

Budget Considerations

Eternity rings can range in price based on the type of metal and gemstones used. As you may have guessed, the larger the diamonds that you choose the more expensive the ring will be. However, there are ways to make your eternity ring look like it has bigger diamonds than it does, so I’d be happy to offer my tips during our consultation.
At Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery, we offer options to suit various budgets without compromising on quality.



Caring for Your Eternity Ring

Maintenance Tips

Regular cleaning and proper storage will keep your eternity ring sparkling for years. Avoid wearing it during activities like gardening or lifting weights as you could damage the stones or metal.

Cleaning and Storage

Clean your ring with a soft toothbrush and some warm water with a gentle washing up liquid (always double check on the cleaning advice for more delicate stones like Emeralds which can be damaged with soap). When your ring isn’t being worn it’s best to store it in a jewellery box to prevent scratches and damage.

So now you know what an eternity ring is..

Eternity rings are beautiful, meaningful pieces of jewellery that symbolise everlasting love. Whether you prefer a traditional design or something more unique, Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery offers a range of stunning options. Ready to find or create your perfect eternity ring? View the collection of eternity rings today and start your journey towards a timeless piece of jewellery that will be cherished forever.


Explore our collection of eternity rings or book a consultation to design your bespoke piece with Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery. 

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