An eternity band, also known as an infinity band, is a circle of precious metal such as platinum, white gold, rose gold or yellow gold encased with stones either halfway or all the way around the circumference of the ring. Typically, the stones used most often are diamonds although many other semi-precious stones, such as sapphires, are being used to create beautiful pieces.
Traditionally, eternity bands were given to celebrate a special anniversary or the birth of a child. Today, eternity bands are being used as wedding bands, to celebrate other momentous occasion such as a milestone birthday or simply as a beautiful gift of jewelry.
There are three styles of eternity bands: the traditional full eternity band, the half eternity and the stackable.
- The traditional full eternity band is fully covered by diamonds or another type of stone. It is very traditional style. Rings tend to spin around your finger so a full eternity band will always display its beauty.
- The half eternity is an alternative to the traditional full band. This style of ring only has the diamonds or stones across the face of the ring. A benefit of choosing a half eternity band is that it is easier to resize than a traditional eternity band. It is much easier to resize only metal than removing the stones.
- The stackable eternity ring is a new trend with eternity bands. It is usually given to serve as an accompanying piece to your engagement ring or wedding band. Also on trend is having several eternity rings stacked on another finger as a beautiful statement piece. The fun part of the eternity band as a statement piece is that you can wear more than just one! They also come in various widths, can be multi-rowed and have different types of stones.
There are four main ring settings for eternity rings: prong/claw, channel, pave and bezel.
- A channel setting has a set of stones set securely in a row into the band of the ring with no metal separating the stones. The diamonds are set right against each other with no prongs so the stones look like they are invisibly set with the stones are placed between two parallel walls. The underside of the channel in the eternity ring is left partially open to allow light to pass through. A benefit of a channel setting is that your diamonds or stones are saved from all the dings of every day wear.
- The prong/claw setting is another popular and traditional choice. The diamonds are set above the finger so they allow a lot of light to pass through. To hold the diamonds securely in place on the eternity ring four prongs rise up from the band. A benefit of prong/claw set eternity ring is that they can easily hold most diamond shapes and sizes.
- With pave eternity rings, the diamonds are studded in pave setting on a broad metal ring. This setting sets the stones closely together to look as the band is paved in stones. If your diamonds are small this style will showcase your stones.
- Bezel set eternity rings are fun and modern. A bezel set eternity ring encircles all or part of the diamond or stone with a strip of metal. This style makes the ring comfortable to wear and holds the stones very securely.
An eternity ring is a symbol of everlasting love. Whether you pick a traditional setting or a customized eternity band to mark a specific occasion such as a tenth anniversary with a ten diamond eternity band; an eternity ring is a very meaningful gift that will be cherished.