There are two types of eternity rings-
Full Eternity Ring- These feature diamonds/gemstones the whole way around in a continuous line.
Half Eternity Ring- These have diamonds/gemstones only on the top face of the band.
History of Eternity Rings
It is believed that the concept of eternity rings originated from Egyptian times. However, the beginning of the custom of giving diamond eternity rings did not start off as the romantic notion we have come to see it as. It actually came about when a diamond merchant DeBeers saw a clear money-making opportunity. It is widely accepted that DeBeers had a secret agreement with the Soviet Union in that in order to monopolise the diamond supply for himself, he had to buy 95% of the uncut diamonds produced by Russia which were a lot smaller than the diamonds which were popular at the time. So, in order to sell these unpopular small diamonds, he decided to put many diamonds in one ring and advertised them towards older, married women calling them eternity rings. One of his slogans was “She married you for richer or poorer. Let her know how it’s going”.
When to Give Eternity Rings
Eternity rings usually feature diamonds and based on the traditional list of appropriate anniversary gifts, a diamond should be given on the sixtieth anniversary. However, for those who’d rather not wait that long, based on the more modern list, diamonds should be given on the first or tenth wedding anniversary. Recently, the eternity ring has become to symbolise the circle of life and is often an appropriate gift upon the arrival of the first child. So, an eternity ring can be a symbol of the length of marriage or it can be a symbol of the extension of the family.
How to Wear an Eternity Ring
There are no specific set of rules as to how to wear an eternity rings. However, the most common order is wedding ring first, as that never comes off, then the engagement ring and then the eternity ring. Some people wear the eternity ring on a different finger to their engagement and wedding rings, normally the corresponding finger on the other hand. It is really up to personal preference as to what way you choose to stack the rings or what finger to wear the eternity ring on.
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