Much like the wedding ring signifies love and commitment, the eternity ring is a symbol of an enduring and undying union. However, there is no precise time in a relationship to present it to your significant other, nor any rules dictating what it should look like or how to wear it. So where do you begin understanding this significant piece of jewellery?
The history of the eternity ring
The advent of the eternity ring can be traced back thousands of years to signify an eternal love between a man and woman, and a recommitment to cementing a future together.
Today, rather than being replaced by the engagement and wedding rings, the eternity ring still signifies the commitment of two people further down the track in the relationship, post-wedding. It also generally marks a major milestone in the couple's life together, such as having a baby.
What should it look like?
Diamonds are usually the first choice when it comes to picking a stone for an eternity ring. The most common style is a full band with diamonds embedded into the gold, silver or platinum setting. 'Full' eternity rings have diamonds all the way around the ring, while 'half' eternity rings have them around only half the band.
Of course, the settings and stones are purely up to the individual. Apart from diamonds, other stones that are popular include ruby, sapphire and emerald. It all comes down to personal taste and style.
When to present it?
There are no hard and fast rules on when to present an eternity ring, however, major relationship milestones are a popular choice. This could be a significant anniversary – one, five or 10 years – or to celebrate the birth of a first child.
How to wear it?
Many women opt to wear all three rings – engagement, wedding and eternity – together on one finger. This might prove to be rather uncomfortable for some, especially those weighed down by multiple diamonds. Therefore, it's not uncommon to choose to wear the eternity ring on another finger on the same hand or on the ring finger of the right hand. Some may even opt to wear the eternity ring on a chain around their neck, close to their heart.